I was at the Javits Center this weekend and, as I left, walked down 9th avenue. I passed a restaurant called Qasim that promised "Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Indian" cuisine. Even though I had already picked up a takeout lunch from Los Dos Hermanos, I was intrigued by a tasty-looking pile of orange chicken tikka.
The woman behind the counter couldn't have been sweeter, asking whether I liked spicy food. I was pretty set on tandoori, so I got the lunch special of 6 pieces of chicken tikka, any two vegetable dishes I liked (I chose the saag and mixed vegetable curry) and basmati rice. When I tried the tikka later, it was very tasty - it seemed like the yogurt had been laid on a little thick, but otherwise it was yummy. The vegetable dishes were also very tasty and fresh. The raita was especially good - sharp, peppery and scrumptious. I ate the meal over two days. The price? 6 dollars.
It's pretty much a hole in the wall, but worth trying for anyone in that area, where good restaurants are not exactly plentiful. The menu has a fair amount of goat on it, which interests me. They also have fried fish at 8 dollars a pound (the most expensive thing on the menu.
Qasim is on 9th avenue between 29th and 30th. They say they are open 24 hours.