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I'm sure there are other cities that do a type of ethnic food better than in nyc. In nyc, though, one can find truly any type of ethnic food-good or bad-which other cities would be hard pressed to match.

for the indian people folks, i've dined in jackson heights with a bengali friend of mine. I personally dislike indian food, but from what he tells me, it is very authentic.

The guys next to us were eating with their hands, which i am told is the traditional way. I thought was kinda interesting and tried not to stare.

Jackson Heights is Indiatown part uno, but still, the food isn't that good.
post #107 of 198
Both towns have shitty Chinese food and shitty Mexican food. Therefore, I could not live in either. Re Indian food, I think there is a tendency for people who have traveled to exotic places to denigrate the versions in their own country. The original isn't always so much better as it is more original. Also, lots of ethnic people eat ethnic food at home, and prefer other food when going out.
post #108 of 198
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The one thing that confuses me is that there are so many Indians living in NYC (5 boroughs). Where do they all go when they want to eat out good authentic Indian food? There's nothing here at all for this segment of the population? I'd think that with the dozens of thousands of restaurants in NYC, basic supply/demand principles would result in adequate supply for that demand.

the one time i was in jackson heights was on a monday afternoon(after going to tip-top!) and we drove around for half an hour before giving up and throwing it into a lot.

granted, monday is a day when alot of these guys were off and out with the fam, but it was really busy anyway.

My friend lives in the LES and pointed out a few grocery stores where one could pick up the same things as in Bangladesh.

He also said that a few blocks away it morphs into a pakastani community, then maybe another indian community.

As a true midwestern native, i said 'well, shit-you all look the same to me'.
post #109 of 198
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Both towns have shitty Chinese food and shitty Mexican food. Therefore, I could not live in either
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Re Indian food, I think there is a tendency for people who have traveled to exotic places to denigrate the versions in their own country. The original isn't always so much better as it is more original. Also, lots of ethnic people eat ethnic food at home, and prefer other food when going out.

you got that right. I meet alot of tourists who ask me to recommend a good restaurant for either, and honestly, i cannot come up with one.
post #110 of 198
I know of at least two places where you see 20 or 30 yellow cabs at any one time at night stopping to get food - they're holes in a wall but they seem to attract Pakistani drivers (one is on 9th and 19/20th in Chelsea, the other on Crosby St btw Prince and Jersey).
post #111 of 198
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Both towns have shitty Chinese food and shitty Mexican food. Therefore, I could not live in either.


sorry, chicago has excellent mexican food, and not just in one neighborhood, either, I can get very good mexican food 7-8 minutes from my front door. food about as good as reasonably good food in DF.

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Re Indian food, I think there is a tendency for people who have traveled to exotic places to denigrate the versions in their own country. The original isn't always so much better as it is more original. Also, lots of ethnic people eat ethnic food at home, and prefer other food when going out.

point taken - there are a few types of food that I insist on authenticity, and indian is one of them. I guess that you could make the argument that soggy pasta is just as good as el dente pasta, just different. its the same with indian - slow cooked protiens, fresh roast and ground spices, a wide menu are all things that contribute significantly to the quality of indian food and are the basic differences between authentic and inauthentic.
post #112 of 198
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Both towns have shitty Chinese food and shitty Mexican food. Therefore, I could not live in either.

Huh? Chicago indeed has shitty Chinese food, but great Mexican.
post #113 of 198
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I grew up in Edison, and there is a total of 1 place I would go to get Indian food. Its a punjabi place right in the middle of Indiatown, but they don't serve punjabi food. Only parathas (aloo and mooli), samosa chats, chole bature, etc. Everything else in Edison/Iselin is crap.

Damn I miss that place.

What are the place you like in Chicago? I actually haven't had the chance to eat much Indian in Chicago, but I have heard that Tiffin on Devon is good. Any ideas?

tiffon isn't bad, hydrabad kitchen (on devon) is good - taxi driver place really shabby looking but good food

hema's kitchen is our go to place, though. very nice. all of these are on devon. but I'm maybe 15 minutes from devon, so I havn'et bothered to look for anyplace else.
post #114 of 198
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I know of at least two places where you see 20 or 30 yellow cabs at any one time at night stopping to get food - they're holes in a wall but they seem to attract Pakistani drivers (one is on 9th and 19/20th in Chelsea, the other on Crosby St btw Prince and Jersey).

I've eaten at places like this in Chicago. Food's goodish--very spicy and very greasy, and reasonably cheap. I haven't hurried back, as I prefer our Mexican (ehem).
post #115 of 198
Kwilk started a thread on ethnic restaurants in Chicago: http://www.styleforum.net/showthread.php?t=96215&
post #116 of 198
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Huh? Chicago indeed has shitty Chinese food, but great Mexican.
Not the kind of Mexican food I meant.
post #117 of 198
What kind do you mean?
post #118 of 198
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What kind do you mean?
Less evolved. More ethnic. Actually, Bayless' food is very unevolved and ethnic in a great way (and others in Chicago are great but overly evolved), but still, I meant more ethnic restaurants.
post #119 of 198
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What kind do you mean?

+1?
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Not the kind of Mexican food I meant.

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What kind do you mean?

Maybe this? vvv

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I think there is a tendency for people who have traveled to exotic places to denigrate the versions in their own country. The original isn't always so much better as it is more original. Also, lots of ethnic people eat ethnic food at home, and prefer other food when going out.
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