I finally made the Mina's pilgrimage this weekend. A few quick thoughts:
No excuse for the Queens-phobic. The restaurant is literally across the street from the 65th st. subway stop. You will not get lost.
We had a younger man serve us. He was very nice and repeated our (large) order to make sure he had it right. Service was prompt.
For the appetizers, the samosa chat is truly as wonderful as everyone has said. A big tangy bowl of goodness. If I lived nearby, the samosa chat would be my meal in its entirety on a regular basis.
Pakoras were light latkes-like fritters, very tasty indeed.
For the mains, the palak paneer was indeed more like a spinach stir fry with bits of cheese. Light and very tasty.
Mina's dal fry was bland and eh.
The shrimp dish we got sported five small shrimp. For 15 dollars, not impressed. (It was the one with coconut.)
The chicken tikka masala was really tasty. Lots of white meat chicken in a delicious, non-creamy sauce. Surprisingly good (it wasn't my choice!)
We ordered a dessert sampler to end. The server brought us what looked like a small bowl of pudding with a dab of condensed milk on top. We assumed that this was part of the sampler and that other items woudl be out shortly. After some confusion, it transpired that this WAS the dessert sampler, and that other dessert items actually lurked in the depths of the pudding or whatever it was. I had one spoonful of whatever it was. It tasted like cream of wheat. Oy. Anyway, I'd skip the sampler.
I peeked at the takeout menu, which is half the price of the eat-in menu. But it was still a cheap meal for us.
I would go back just for that samosa chat.