|Paneer Pasanda at Jackson Diner|
Jackson Heights makes for one of my favorite culinary day trips. A half hour or so in the neighborhood's markets sets me up with Indian groceries for the next few months and fresh produce for the coming week. In short order I replenish my collection of spices and grab bags of lentils and rice, fresh long beans and purple yams. That week I'll make a creamy red lentil soup, some paneer makhani with rice and perhaps a stir fry with long beans and mushrooms.
First, I'll stop for dinner at Jackson Diner, a neighborhood institution and a good casual spot to feast on the area's fine Indian food. It's not much to look at, with cafeteria-style decor and rows of nondescript metal chairs and tables with paper place mats. But the smell of roasted spices tells a different story, as sizzling platters of tandoori meats leave the kitchen, giving off smoke as they parade crackling through the dining room followed by rich curries packed with warm spices and garlicky loaves of naan.
|Tandoori Deluxe with Lamb Chops|
37-47 74th Street, Queens, NY
Recommended Dishes: Achari Mushrooms ($7), Tandoori Lamb Chops ($19), Murg Malai Kebab ($13), Paneer Pasanda ($10), Garlic Naan ($3.50).
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