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Kababish -- Jackson Heights


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Kababish -- Jackson Heights

Eric Eto | May 13, 2004 02:51 PM

I thought I read some posts about this place recently, but I can't seem to find them. Maybe it was written up in one of the rags. Either way, I got a chance to check it out recently, and I was very pleased with what I had. Kababish is a storefront and counter on Broadway near 72nd St (a few steps from the Shahi Food shop) that specializes in wood fired tandoori items, like kababs, meats, fish and bread. And it's really inexpensive. I tried the plain chicken kabab ($1), the tubular ground spiced chicken, chicken bihari kabab ($4), marinated spicy chunks of chicken thighs, and some nan (50¢ each), which had a nice sour taste to it. Both kababs were grilled perfectly. I watched them cook my order and while I thought they may have undercooked the chicken bihari, I saw the tandoor guy test for firmness to judge if it needed more time in the oven. It didn't. The guy seems to know his cooked meat textures, since it was perfect. And I mean perfect as in not even 10 seconds past the optimal texture. The marinade in the bihari was quite spicy and well flavored. The chicken kabab well spiced as well. It may be the best version I've had. That's a lot of food for $6.

There's usually a crowd outside or in their cars double-parked, waiting for their orders. I hope the other stuff on their menu is as good as I had this week. I think the chat papri I got from Maharaja was a perfect accompaniment for the kababs.

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