chatting with a pakistani gent; he said the best biryani he'd had in years was available at 1st ave and houston in a small non-descript deli. apparently, someone cooking from their house makes it and delivers it there. so i'm all excited and am going to go see for myself, but as my time is taken up over the next few days i'm going to have to wait. should anyone else check it out, please post!
another tip was a sensational restaurant that makes great 'karachi' style kebabs on 71st and northern blvd - but unfortunately he couldn't remember the name. bukhara he raved about - but that was one, i had the pleasure to tell him, i already knew of.