Last Wednesday I stopped by Himalayan Yak on the way out of town (I was sick of Fig's at LGA) and was amazed that it was even better than before.
First off, since changing from Tibetan Yak, the room is darker, yet more intimate and warmer - a nice dark crimson color has been painted over most of the room.
Second, and more importantly, the restaurant seems to be leaning much more towards Nepali food than before, with around 30 or so dishes on the menu claiming Nepali provenance. (As noted in the "From Nepalese Kitchen" sections on the menu.)
For an appetizer, I started with the Achar ($3.99), an incredibly spicy mix of potatoes, cucumber, and daikon radish in a chili pepper/garlic sauce. The use of the daikon in the dish added such a great flavor and texture - I loved it.
For the main, I got the Aloo Kauli Ko Tarkari ($4.99 at lunch, $5.99 at dinner), which is essentially a potato and cauliflower curry. Very fresh flavors - I imagine that this was made to order. Everything was very pronounced, and I feel like there may have been a slight heavy hand with the ginger - but it worked with the achar. The rice ($1) was fine, but nothing special.
I can't wait to go back and try some of their other offerings - including those from the Tibetan side of the menu. Offal lovers will enjoy the Nepali dish Khasi ko Giddi, or Goat Brain. A couple of mutton dishes are strewn throughout the menu, too.
Himalayan Yak Restaurant
72-20 Roosevelt Avenue
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Open 12 pm to 11 pm