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Posted by Barnacle Curmudgeon on 06/30/2006
The noodles were hard, the curry was like water. The "rice," god i don't know. Sorry fellas. Nice guys but they need to get their game tighter.
Posted by John&Emily on 05/25/2006
We've been to Cafe Himalaya 10 times, and have never been disappointed. The food tastes fresh and healthy (but flavorful), and almost all of the dishes are less than $10. There are tasty options for both vegetarians and meat eaters. Our favorites are Tsel Dofu (tofu sauteed with vegetables and ginger) and the slightly more expensive ($8.99) Chili Chicken. The dining area is small but comfortable. In addition, it's one of the few BYOs around.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/27/2005
As a frequent patron of Tsampa, I was ready to find another great Tibetan restaurant. Tsampa is great on atmosphere, but rather expensive for the portions and the service leaves something to be desired. As a very frequent patron there I feel as though the staff hardly pays attention to our requests. Regardless, Tsampa is wonderful, but I am afraid Cafe Himalaya is better! The food isn't even comparable - this is authentic, tasty, amazing, fresh and suprisingly unique fare. The momos are amazing and the menu has a good variety. Now, I haven't ever eaten IN the establishment (delivery only), so I can't say much about the restaurant, but if you want cheap and insanely delicious and fresh Tibetan then this is the place for you. Did I mention that they are sweet as hell?
Posted by justin on 01/07/2005
Fate, as it turned out, revealed to me this bastion of culinary divinity. I was not alone, thankfully, or else I'd have no one to share my unguarded pleasure. One potato momo and you too will see--no, truly comprehend the flawless merging of cuisines that is the cafe himalaya. As a child of chinese parents, I can spot a faulty dumpling at twenty paces. You will find no such disappointment here, as the uniquely-filled "pot-stickers" are perfectly formed, delightfully fried, and spiked with a classic chili and bean paste dipping sauce. The momo will meet you halfway between your craving for a north indian samosa and your yearning for sunday afternoon dim sum. Add to this, all you starch-loving (and atkins-defying) diners, a consortium of magnificent and fuss-free salads thankfully low on limp greens and big on deliciousness, and you may even forget entirely the initially unsettling quietness that pervades over the all-white momo mecca. But once you recognize that every penny you spend (of which are decidedly few) goes directly to food (3.99 for avocado salad? insane!) and not 'atmosphere', you'll discover it is money properly allocated.
Posted by Alex on 12/08/2004
Although the place needs a makeover, the food at Cafe Himalaya is really great. Where else can you find a great portioned NYC lunch for five dollars? And authentic plates! Low priced Thai teas and coffee add even more to this value. Watch out for the little container of super spicy sauce, it is quite deceiving!
Posted by Anonymous on 10/23/2004
Informal atmosphere, absolutely wonderful food. The best potato momos I've had in Manhattan.
Posted by john on 07/07/2004