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New Bangladeshi joint in Jackson Heights-- chowhounds unite!

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New Bangladeshi joint in Jackson Heights-- chowhounds unite!

Jonathan Harwitz | Oct 9, 2001 10:58 PM

to encourage this new entry-- Grameen (37th b/w 75th and 76th)-- to be the fresh, less oily South Asian alternative in JH for which we all long.

Grameen just opened this week and the 2 meals my wife and I have had there give us great hope that we may have found a place our stomachs can tolerate more than once in a month.

The decor is quite subtle for South Asian in the area, and the menu changes (at least somewhat) daily.

My wife is Indian, vegetarian, and in constant search of people (other than her) who make South Asian vegetarian dishes without tons of ghee, chili, etc. At Grameen, the aloo bhurtaa (a mashed combo of potatos, onions, peas and seasonings) and baingan bhurtaa (eggplant mash) were wonderful in this regard. Nearly no oil, and very refreshing. Their chat-patti -- a boiled spicy mash of chickpeas, egg and other ingredients-- was also great.

The dish that deserves special mention though, is the daal, which is much lighter and more garlicky than the Indian version. Although there is clearly plenty of oil in it, it's worth every calorie/hardened artery here, esp. when mixed with rice and topped with a little aaloo bhurta.

For the carnivorous, I've had the chicken curry and biryani, which were good, but I hope others will join me in advocating with the very friendly staff/owners that they will see the benefit of REALLY using less ghee, and not just a little less. I've not tried the seafood, but i understand Bangladeshi cuisine is strong in this area.

Note: lower prices than most in area, but small portions. and, of course, it's just the first week.

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