By Ching Yu Lin
72-20 Roosevelt Ave. Jackson Heights NY 11372
Located just steps away from the Roosevelt Ave. subway stop in Jackson Heights, Queens, is the extremely popular Himalayan Yak restaurant. Serving authentic Nepali, Indian, and Tibetan foods and specialties, Himalayan Yak has been satisfying the appetites of both regulars and first-time diners for more than 10 years.
The recently renovated decor is authentically Himalayan, and the live music – offered five nights a week – give the restaurant a fun and engaging atmosphere. Recognized in 2008 by the Village Voice the best Tibetan restaurants in the city, Himalayan Yak is also one of the oldest restaurants of its kind in the area. The restaurant is on two levels, frequently crowded, and provides a fun and unique setting for private parties. Himalayan Yak should not be overlooked when planning birthdays, weddings, or other special or private events. Catering services are also available.
Traditional Tibetan dishes like laphing (a wobbly cube of mung bean jelly), along with newer fare like gyuma (beef sausage), cheyley (beef tongue), are highlights from their extensive menu. Signature Nepali dishes like dal-bhat (Nepali traditional food) and sadeko gundruk (dried and pickled vegetables) are specially imported and well worth a bite. Indian stand-outs include the chicken tandoori, the chicken biryani and naan. The beverage menu is outstanding, especially the mango lassi (a yogurt-and-mango shake), as well as Khukuri rum, imported from Nepal.
Recently featured in an episode of the hit ABC series “Ugly Betty”, one could easily say they’ve hit the big time out in the boroughs. Whether thukpa (noodle soup), momo (dumplings), or other specialities like thenthuk (hand rolled pasta soup) or pingsha, Himalayan Yak consistently delivers Himalayan cuisine in a cozy, friendly, and inviting setting. Enter Himalayan Yak, and you’ll find your tastebuds tingling with a sense of epicurean excitement and discovery.