“Phayul” restaurant

4 Jul

Firstly, wishing a  very HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY to all the Americans around the world. It is indeed a proud moment for every American and I can completely feel their sentiment on this day. Each year,when any country celebrates their Independence day, I too celebrate  and share the joy with them. Another reason, why I also celebrate  is because, it reminds me of my”Phayul”(Fatherland in Tibetan language) and   it sparks a ray of hope & optimism that, someday, Tibet too will celebrate Independence day and the world will share the joy.  Anyway… for now.. here is a little home away from home  that  kept my festive spirit alive today.

I paid a visit to “Phayul” restaurant in Jackson Heights, Queens  NYC. Among all the Tibetan restaurant  that I have visited in Jackson height, This is the one that has  won my vote in terms of authenticity, simplicity , budget friendly  and above all a great  staff whose  smile is contagious. It has Also won the Best Tibetan restaurant award for 2011  from the Village Voice. So.. if you  want to  not only taste  the authentic Tibetan food but also   enjoy the warm culture of Tibet. You know where to go now.

Here are few links if you want to read more about this place.



Below are few pictures I Captured today.

74-06 37th Rd Jackson Heights, NY 11372. The nearest train station is 74st- Broadway ( 7 train) or the E, F, M, R to Jackson Height.

This is the counter which is on the left side as soon as you walk in. It’s not surprising to see the “A” grade from NYC Dept of Health and mental hygiene.

Except for the Lhasa style Hot pot($45) everything on the menu is below $10.This is only the front part of the menu. I forgot to take a picture of t he back part. There are more dishes. Still a novice when it comes to photography.

Master Chef Tashi

Master chef Tashi la was kind enough to not only to allow me inside the kitchen but also took time out to pose for a picture from his busy schedule.

Everything you order here is freshly made , even the dumplings are handmade right in front of you. No wonder they taste so good.

Preparing the dough for the dumplings.

Tsel Momo(Vegetable Dumpling) – $4.99

Shogo Khatsa( Fried Spicy Potato) – $5.99
Lhasa Tingmo ( Plain steamed Dumpling) – $1 ( oops,somebody already ate half of the tingmo :), yup , that was me.. couldn’t wait…It was too tempting)

A meal for two. We had 3 Tingmo( plain steamed dumpling) , 1 Shogo Khatsa , 1 Tsel Momo , 1 non veg dish( friend pork slices with onion and green & red pepper) 1 Butter tea(TIBETAN TEA. MUST TRY) and 1 Ginger ale. The total bill was for $24.

The place was packed when we went. Luckily, I managed to get a seat near the window. Yes, that empty seat you see near the window- that’s Mine:)


4 Responses to ““Phayul” restaurant”

  1. Susan July 5, 2012 at 12:15 #

    Mmm, looks good…especially those dumplings! I don’t often (ever?) Tibetan food–will definitely need to give this a try sometime. Thanks for the rec!

  2. Chris Chin July 9, 2012 at 14:53 #

    that looks really good! i have to go there when i visit queens

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