Rated one of the top restaurants in the area on dine.com, Tandoor is a hidden gem in the Rego Park section of Queens. Situated in a step-down dining room on the ground floor of a glass-covered office building on Queens Boulevard, Tandoor offers those in search of fine Indian cuisine, a welcome respite in the midst of a sea of ethnic eateries. With a glass walled Tandoor cooking station for patron entertainment and an upstairs banquet hall, Tandoor seems to have something for everyone.
In addition to the all-you-can-eat lunch buffet, which includes appetizer, entrée and dessert options, their Indian-Pakistani menu focuses on tandoori specialties which include Salni Fish, Seekh Kabab, Tandoori Mixed Grill and Kashmiri Rack of Lamb. Also available is a relatively long list of vegetarian options, classic chicken, beef, lamb, goat and seafood selections, as well as an assortment of basmati rice dishes. For a treat, dive into the Chicken Biryani (long grain basmati rice cooked with saffron and a blend of herbs and spices), the Lamb Vindaloo (highly spiced and cooked in a tangy sharp onion, tomato gravy), or the Seafood Malabar (shrimp, scallops, crab legs smothered with rare condiments, onions and tomatoes.) In addition to a great selection of authentic dishes, there is the welcome addition of a small “spice station” where you can flavor and spice your food to your liking.
With a good selection to fit almost any budget, word on the street is not to miss the Chicken Tikka Masala and the soft chewy Onion Kulcha, with fresh scallions and rosemary. Additionally, there seems to be a buzz about the vegetarian dishes Daal Makhani (lentils with cream with spices) and Banarasi Alu (potatoes cooked with fresh tomatoes, coriander leaves and ginger with a sprinkle of roasted cumin.)
Tandoor is not one of the most talked about Indian restaurants in NYC since its location is in Rego Park, Queens, but it appears to be a local favorite and just may be worth the trip off of the beaten path.
From Zagat.com – “This is one of my favorite restaurants of all time. I could eat there every day and the service is fantastic. I’ll never forget the first time I went with my family. I asked if they had lemonade. The server regretfully said that it wasn’t on the menu, and then he made some for me.”