Jackson Diner

★★★★☆
A very popular Queens destination for southern and northern Indian favorites.
  • 37-47 74th St

    Jackson Heights, NY 11372

    Cross street: nr. 37th Rd.

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  • 718-672-1232

About Jackson Diner

Hours
Sun-Thu 11:30am-10pm Fri-Sat 11:30am-10:30pm

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After reading all the rave reviews a friend and I ventured into Jackson Heights in search for "The best Indian Restaurant outside of India".\r
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Well, to make a long story short, it's not bad, but it's really over-hyped. We didn't have

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★★★★★

After reading all the rave reviews a friend and I ventured into Jackson Heights in search for "The best Indian Restaurant outside of India".\r
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Well, to make a long story short, it's not bad, but it's really over-hyped. We didn't have

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The atmosphere is very nice, specially decoration, which is in my point of view pretty particular. I went with my family and even though the food was taking so many time it is not bad.

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★★★☆☆

The atmosphere is very nice, specially decoration, which is in my point of view pretty particular. I went with my family and even though the food was taking so many time it is not bad.

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i ordered tandoori chicken and they brought me 3 pieces of bone with tiny bits of meat on them and then they charged me $12 for it all. this "meal" is barely a sampler! they didn't even bring me rice, but even if they did, that still wouldn't change the unacceptable meat dish! I i ended up paying $19 because i was eating with a friend's group and that's the share my friend asked me to pay! maybe the restaurant made some kind of mistake? also, i sent them a an email through their website and it's been a few weeks now and they have not responded yet, so i just resent it. in case u work for the restaurant and u r reading this, please work this problem out 4 me and email me back at milanchik85@yahoo

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★☆☆☆☆

i ordered tandoori chicken and they brought me 3 pieces of bone with tiny bits of meat on them and then they charged me $12 for it all. this "meal" is barely a sampler! they didn't even bring me rice, but even if they did, that still wouldn't change the unacceptable meat dish! I i ended up paying $19 because i was eating with a friend's group and that's the share my friend asked me to pay! maybe the restaurant made some kind of mistake? also, i sent them a an email through their website and it's been a few weeks now and they have not responded yet, so i just resent it. in case u work for the restaurant and u r reading this, please work this problem out 4 me and email me back at milanchik85@yahoo

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I am Black American but my husband is Indian. So when he suggested that we and a couple of our friends go to Jackson Diner for Christmas Eve the first thing I asked him would the food be as good as what he makes at home (I am also a vegetarian). Much to my surprise, the food at Jackson Diner was ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS and the drinks are POWERFUL. FINALLY, there is a restaurant where you can order an alcoholic beverage and really taste the alcohol; YUM, YUM! The restaurant was really busy (which is always a good sign). The waiters were very sweet, a little shy at first, but all you have to do is be kind to them and they will certainly pour on the charm. I strongly suggest to anyone visiting a restaurant which is of a different culture than their own, is to please keep an open mind and let the good times flow.

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★★★★★

I am Black American but my husband is Indian. So when he suggested that we and a couple of our friends go to Jackson Diner for Christmas Eve the first thing I asked him would the food be as good as what he makes at home (I am also a vegetarian). Much to my surprise, the food at Jackson Diner was ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS and the drinks are POWERFUL. FINALLY, there is a restaurant where you can order an alcoholic beverage and really taste the alcohol; YUM, YUM! The restaurant was really busy (which is always a good sign). The waiters were very sweet, a little shy at first, but all you have to do is be kind to them and they will certainly pour on the charm. I strongly suggest to anyone visiting a restaurant which is of a different culture than their own, is to please keep an open mind and let the good times flow.

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Very good food overall with different dishes from Dosa to Crab Curries (which is a little strange but delicious). The prices are also great for those used to Manhattan prices for subpar food this is a refreshing place to goto. The only issue I have with the place is that they do not take credit and so you should hit the ATM but a dinner for four should not cost more than 60$.

P.S.
Great Atmosphere

P.P.S.
During my last visit however there were these loud obnoxious people next to me who could only stomach Chicken Tikka and complained about the food being too spicy. Avoid this table at all costs

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★★★★★

Very good food overall with different dishes from Dosa to Crab Curries (which is a little strange but delicious). The prices are also great for those used to Manhattan prices for subpar food this is a refreshing place to goto. The only issue I have with the place is that they do not take credit and so you should hit the ATM but a dinner for four should not cost more than 60$.

P.S.
Great Atmosphere

P.P.S.
During my last visit however there were these loud obnoxious people next to me who could only stomach Chicken Tikka and complained about the food being too spicy. Avoid this table at all costs

Pros: Food is great!

Cons: Does not take credit cards

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They don??t deserve a star at all. They deserve to be shut down. Wasted money. I should have gone to McDonalds for dinner.

I went there Saturday evening hoping for some good Indian food with family. I was wrong, and embarrassed, to bring my family there. It was so bad I don??t know where to begin in this post. The service was horrible. The food was horrible. Everything was a big disappointment. Let??s just say this was the worst service ever. Even worse than Chinatown service if you people know what I mean. (i.e. pushy in ordering, no recommendations on dishes when requested by us (trust me, nothing there was good), not friendly, never smiled until we paid the bill, took forever to get more napkins, charged us extra for roti we never ordered, dishes were not made to order, and much more).

As for the food, a few of my family members (elders and toddlers) can not eat spicy food. I specifically requested the waiter to have those dishes be mild. The waiter just nodded his head, so I assumed he understood and made a mental note. When the food came, everything was spicy. My nephew couldn??t eat anything but white rice the whole night. Poor kid!!!

What really got me upset was when we requested a booster seat for my three year nephew. The waiter said they do not have any. Right there, I was already skeptical about this restaurant. What restaurant doesn??t have booster seats!!!!! I was right about it. When we were about to pay the bill, I see 5 booster seats against the wall. We didn??t see it from the beginning because the restaurant lighting was dim.

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★☆☆☆☆

They don??t deserve a star at all. They deserve to be shut down. Wasted money. I should have gone to McDonalds for dinner.

I went there Saturday evening hoping for some good Indian food with family. I was wrong, and embarrassed, to bring my family there. It was so bad I don??t know where to begin in this post. The service was horrible. The food was horrible. Everything was a big disappointment. Let??s just say this was the worst service ever. Even worse than Chinatown service if you people know what I mean. (i.e. pushy in ordering, no recommendations on dishes when requested by us (trust me, nothing there was good), not friendly, never smiled until we paid the bill, took forever to get more napkins, charged us extra for roti we never ordered, dishes were not made to order, and much more).

As for the food, a few of my family members (elders and toddlers) can not eat spicy food. I specifically requested the waiter to have those dishes be mild. The waiter just nodded his head, so I assumed he understood and made a mental note. When the food came, everything was spicy. My nephew couldn??t eat anything but white rice the whole night. Poor kid!!!

What really got me upset was when we requested a booster seat for my three year nephew. The waiter said they do not have any. Right there, I was already skeptical about this restaurant. What restaurant doesn??t have booster seats!!!!! I was right about it. When we were about to pay the bill, I see 5 booster seats against the wall. We didn??t see it from the beginning because the restaurant lighting was dim.

Pros: None at all

Cons: Everything was horrible from service to food

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I was here once and was excited to go. Well I thought it was just OK. I asked for my dish mild and it was still too hot for me to eat. The mango lassi was delicious. The space is really large and open. Worth a try if you like Indian food. I'd recommend the buffet at Indian Taj in the neighborhood for 8.50 though!

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★★★☆☆

I was here once and was excited to go. Well I thought it was just OK. I asked for my dish mild and it was still too hot for me to eat. The mango lassi was delicious. The space is really large and open. Worth a try if you like Indian food. I'd recommend the buffet at Indian Taj in the neighborhood for 8.50 though!

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The food was great and came quick. No real gripes about the food. The ambience is above average for the area that the restaurant is located in. Service was friendly and helpful. If you are not familiar with Indian cuisine just ask the waiter. The restaurant seems oddly empty most of the time though.

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★★★☆☆

The food was great and came quick. No real gripes about the food. The ambience is above average for the area that the restaurant is located in. Service was friendly and helpful. If you are not familiar with Indian cuisine just ask the waiter. The restaurant seems oddly empty most of the time though.

Pros: Spicy food. Helpful and friendly staff.

Cons: Parking.

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This place is a trip! Service is fast and efficient, but I think it has become a little too trendy. It is worth eating here once or twice, and the quality is good. Also, I'm sure it feels like a safe bet if you don't go wandering around Jackson Heights too often. However, if you are more adventurous, you can find better deals and more exotic cuisine all over this neighborhood.

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★★★☆☆

This place is a trip! Service is fast and efficient, but I think it has become a little too trendy. It is worth eating here once or twice, and the quality is good. Also, I'm sure it feels like a safe bet if you don't go wandering around Jackson Heights too often. However, if you are more adventurous, you can find better deals and more exotic cuisine all over this neighborhood.

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I ordered takeout a couple of days ago, and pointed out to the host taking my order that the price he quoted per dish was not what was shown on the website. He replied that the website hasn't been updated in 8 years because the person in charge of it left. As a matter of principle, I asked him if he could honor the price on the website anyway, and he refused. The different was only $10, so it wasn't a big deal, but just the whole take it or leave it attitude left a bad taste in my mouth. I was already on my way, so I couldn't change my plans, but I would rather give my business to someone who is honest, even if it's more expensive. No wonder there were only 4 people in the restaurant.

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★☆☆☆☆

I ordered takeout a couple of days ago, and pointed out to the host taking my order that the price he quoted per dish was not what was shown on the website. He replied that the website hasn't been updated in 8 years because the person in charge of it left. As a matter of principle, I asked him if he could honor the price on the website anyway, and he refused. The different was only $10, so it wasn't a big deal, but just the whole take it or leave it attitude left a bad taste in my mouth. I was already on my way, so I couldn't change my plans, but I would rather give my business to someone who is honest, even if it's more expensive. No wonder there were only 4 people in the restaurant.

Pros: Accessibility to train service

Cons: Service

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After reading all the rave reviews a friend and I ventured into Jackson Heights in search for "The best Indian Restaurant outside of India". Weell, to make a long story short, it's not bad, but it's really over-hyped. We didn't have cockr oaches hanging around as other reviewers had, we didn't see waiters handing out secondhand food, and the bathroom - although it sucked, wasn't as horrid as others have made it. But I can say this: this is certainly NOT an authentic joint. It's Indian Food for Yuppies. If you ever go there, you will be surrounded by yuppies searching for culture, just as you are. You won't find Indian/Pakis/Bangalis eating there. In a word: it's not the real deal. If you want authentic Indian/Paki food, go to Roti Boti which is not far from Jackson Dinner (Broadway/72nd - there are two, right across from each other, I think the Shaheen Roti Boti is the better one). Or go to Bukhari on Coney Island Ave, bet Glenwood Rd and Avenue H (not on Citysearch either). Both are places that Indians and Pakistanis swear by, and for good reasons.

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★★★☆☆

After reading all the rave reviews a friend and I ventured into Jackson Heights in search for "The best Indian Restaurant outside of India". Weell, to make a long story short, it's not bad, but it's really over-hyped. We didn't have cockr oaches hanging around as other reviewers had, we didn't see waiters handing out secondhand food, and the bathroom - although it sucked, wasn't as horrid as others have made it. But I can say this: this is certainly NOT an authentic joint. It's Indian Food for Yuppies. If you ever go there, you will be surrounded by yuppies searching for culture, just as you are. You won't find Indian/Pakis/Bangalis eating there. In a word: it's not the real deal. If you want authentic Indian/Paki food, go to Roti Boti which is not far from Jackson Dinner (Broadway/72nd - there are two, right across from each other, I think the Shaheen Roti Boti is the better one). Or go to Bukhari on Coney Island Ave, bet Glenwood Rd and Avenue H (not on Citysearch either). Both are places that Indians and Pakistanis swear by, and for good reasons.

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Wow, I had no idea that such a place existed until yesterday when my friends surprised me for my birthday. I loved the food. I never had Indian food before and always wanted to try it so my boyfriend and me friends surprised me with this restaurant. I had the masala dosa and the chicken makhani. I was not sure if it was going to be spicy, but to my surprise the waiter asked us how we wanted our food and their medium level was good. It wasn't spicy. Also, there are so many ethnic places to shop around on the block. I highly recommend this place to anyone who has never tried Indian food before.

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★★★★★

Wow, I had no idea that such a place existed until yesterday when my friends surprised me for my birthday. I loved the food. I never had Indian food before and always wanted to try it so my boyfriend and me friends surprised me with this restaurant. I had the masala dosa and the chicken makhani. I was not sure if it was going to be spicy, but to my surprise the waiter asked us how we wanted our food and their medium level was good. It wasn't spicy. Also, there are so many ethnic places to shop around on the block. I highly recommend this place to anyone who has never tried Indian food before.

Pros: Thumbs up

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This is one of my favorite restaurants. They only accept cash which is cleary stated on a sign when you walk in. Even though it's usually busy you are seated quickly. The service is not extremely fast but we weren't totally neglected. I highly recomend the murg korma. I get it all the time. The only negative thing i can say is that it doesn't seem totally clean. I brought my family there and my plate and all our utensils were dirty which i had them change.

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★★★★☆

This is one of my favorite restaurants. They only accept cash which is cleary stated on a sign when you walk in. Even though it's usually busy you are seated quickly. The service is not extremely fast but we weren't totally neglected. I highly recomend the murg korma. I get it all the time. The only negative thing i can say is that it doesn't seem totally clean. I brought my family there and my plate and all our utensils were dirty which i had them change.

Pros: decent prices, good food

Cons: a little dirty

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At that price (ok maybe a couple of bucks extra), you could get MUCH better food in Manhattan. I didn't try the ala carte options but I don't expect much from this place. Seriously, you could find much much better places. Stay away ...

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★☆☆☆☆

At that price (ok maybe a couple of bucks extra), you could get MUCH better food in Manhattan. I didn't try the ala carte options but I don't expect much from this place. Seriously, you could find much much better places. Stay away ...

Pros: None

Cons: Bad ambience, no service, strictly average food

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You can't beat it for the food and the price. The decor may be a bit too "cafeteria," but the buffet is so nice that you won't care much.

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★★★★★

You can't beat it for the food and the price. The decor may be a bit too "cafeteria," but the buffet is so nice that you won't care much.

Pros: Great food, great price

Cons: Cafeteria style seating

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Seating is usually prompt at Jackson Diner, but the waiter service isn't always as prompt, especially when trying to request the check. Cocktails & food usually comes in a timely manner once you order. I've never left this restaurant w/o being completely, gluttinously stuffed. We've tried different appetizers & entrees each visit, never finding one that we didn't love. My current suggestions to diners is to try the samosa chat & vindaloo (if you can stand the heat). The dosa is an amazing site--it overhung our table from side to side it was so HUGE! My true test of any Indian restaurant is naan dipped in my entree's sauce. The garlic naan @ Jackson Diner will definitely keep the vampires away, but is a garlic lover's delight! Dipping the naan in their sauce, I find their sauces so thick, creamy & rich w/o being overpowering or overwhelming. I've tried a few E. Village Indian restaurants, but the brightly lit, modern design & clean appearance of the JD will definitely make me choose it over one of those. JD's weekend brunch is a great way to try several different things & expose your friends to Indian cuisine, but I also highly suggest you visit there in the evening sometime so you can try the wide array of dishes their menu offers. DELICIOUS!

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★★★★★

Seating is usually prompt at Jackson Diner, but the waiter service isn't always as prompt, especially when trying to request the check. Cocktails & food usually comes in a timely manner once you order. I've never left this restaurant w/o being completely, gluttinously stuffed. We've tried different appetizers & entrees each visit, never finding one that we didn't love. My current suggestions to diners is to try the samosa chat & vindaloo (if you can stand the heat). The dosa is an amazing site--it overhung our table from side to side it was so HUGE! My true test of any Indian restaurant is naan dipped in my entree's sauce. The garlic naan @ Jackson Diner will definitely keep the vampires away, but is a garlic lover's delight! Dipping the naan in their sauce, I find their sauces so thick, creamy & rich w/o being overpowering or overwhelming. I've tried a few E. Village Indian restaurants, but the brightly lit, modern design & clean appearance of the JD will definitely make me choose it over one of those. JD's weekend brunch is a great way to try several different things & expose your friends to Indian cuisine, but I also highly suggest you visit there in the evening sometime so you can try the wide array of dishes their menu offers. DELICIOUS!

Pros: Affordable, tasty cocktails. Amazing Indian sauces. Killer garlic naan.

Cons: Cash only. Service can be slow.

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Living here in JH for over 20 years, I was an early and happy customer of the Jackson Diner. When it was small and in it's original location, it was great. I brought everyone there and had wonderful experiences. I would often go thereby myself. The atmosphere has declined drastically since the move to the larger space. It's noisy, uncomfortable and feels like a factory, even feels unclean. I always get take out if I go there, as the the food is good. Better than the EVillage Indian fare. I prefer the other Indian restaurant just a couple of doors down for eating in.

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★★★☆☆

Living here in JH for over 20 years, I was an early and happy customer of the Jackson Diner. When it was small and in it's original location, it was great. I brought everyone there and had wonderful experiences. I would often go thereby myself. The atmosphere has declined drastically since the move to the larger space. It's noisy, uncomfortable and feels like a factory, even feels unclean. I always get take out if I go there, as the the food is good. Better than the EVillage Indian fare. I prefer the other Indian restaurant just a couple of doors down for eating in.

Pros: Plenty of space

Cons: Not so comfortable. Maybe a little dirty.

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I took my girlfriend out for her birthday on aug 2, 2007 and in the middle of the meal, i noticed that the restaurant only accepts cash. We ate, and that was quickly, because the waiter was rushing us, because it was closing. The bill came up to $40.50 and i gave the host $41.00 and he asked where is the tip, yelling and shouting. I couldn't believe my eyes. I was in shock, but i proceeded to explain to him that i thought the restaurant accepts credit card, but honestly i didn't have enough cash for a tip, but told him i will come back the next day to give tip, because at that point i felt afraid for our lives. I was assaulted by the host, man with a poney tail, who threw my fifty cents change at me and my girlfriend, and uttered very nasty things under his breath, and i couldnt believe it. We were so much in shock to see that we are decent tax paying american citizens that were treated like we were animals or that we came in for a free meal at the jackson diner in jackson heights, just because we didn't have a tip to give. I spend hundreds of dollars every month tipping people, as i do dine out alot, but never had such a horrific experience. If you want to dine out to an indian joint, please dont go there. This is with all honesty. I called to speak to a manager the next day, but wasn't able. If someone in management sees this review, please respond/

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★☆☆☆☆

I took my girlfriend out for her birthday on aug 2, 2007 and in the middle of the meal, i noticed that the restaurant only accepts cash. We ate, and that was quickly, because the waiter was rushing us, because it was closing. The bill came up to $40.50 and i gave the host $41.00 and he asked where is the tip, yelling and shouting. I couldn't believe my eyes. I was in shock, but i proceeded to explain to him that i thought the restaurant accepts credit card, but honestly i didn't have enough cash for a tip, but told him i will come back the next day to give tip, because at that point i felt afraid for our lives. I was assaulted by the host, man with a poney tail, who threw my fifty cents change at me and my girlfriend, and uttered very nasty things under his breath, and i couldnt believe it. We were so much in shock to see that we are decent tax paying american citizens that were treated like we were animals or that we came in for a free meal at the jackson diner in jackson heights, just because we didn't have a tip to give. I spend hundreds of dollars every month tipping people, as i do dine out alot, but never had such a horrific experience. If you want to dine out to an indian joint, please dont go there. This is with all honesty. I called to speak to a manager the next day, but wasn't able. If someone in management sees this review, please respond/

Pros: none

Cons: worst service and we were assaulted with two quarters

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My wife and I had been looking forward to the opportunity to try the much-ballyhooed Jackson Diner for some time. While the food was good and service was typical for a crowded restaurant, I can't help but acknowledge there wasn't anything unique about the whole experience that would entice us to return there over any other Indian restaurant. Word-of-mouth alone appears to have been key to their success.

The majority of patrons appeared to be from outside Jackson Heights; in other words, plan on being surrounded by yuppie culture vultures if you're dead set on going. On the other hand, if you want great Indian food that's reasonably priced, don't scrap coming to Jackson Heights altogether. Just be sure to give equal consideration to some of the other great Indian restaurants in the area.

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★★★☆☆

My wife and I had been looking forward to the opportunity to try the much-ballyhooed Jackson Diner for some time. While the food was good and service was typical for a crowded restaurant, I can't help but acknowledge there wasn't anything unique about the whole experience that would entice us to return there over any other Indian restaurant. Word-of-mouth alone appears to have been key to their success.

The majority of patrons appeared to be from outside Jackson Heights; in other words, plan on being surrounded by yuppie culture vultures if you're dead set on going. On the other hand, if you want great Indian food that's reasonably priced, don't scrap coming to Jackson Heights altogether. Just be sure to give equal consideration to some of the other great Indian restaurants in the area.

Pros: Variety of dishes; air conditioning.

Cons: Crowded; no credit cards.

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I like the way the place is decorated it is very modern and not dark like the old style indian restuarants that my parents use to go to when I was young. This is a very clean place too. I also enjoy that they can make my food very very very spicy hot for me and not picy for my American friends. They make awsome cocktails too. It is a very good place to bring your non-Indian friends to introduce them to Indian Cusine.

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★★★★★

I like the way the place is decorated it is very modern and not dark like the old style indian restuarants that my parents use to go to when I was young. This is a very clean place too. I also enjoy that they can make my food very very very spicy hot for me and not picy for my American friends. They make awsome cocktails too. It is a very good place to bring your non-Indian friends to introduce them to Indian Cusine.

Pros: Wonderful Decor and Great modern Indian Food

Cons: parking is a little hard

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JD rocks. i have been there only like million times and will keep going there. I feel at home whenever i go to jackson diner.

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★★★★★

JD rocks. i have been there only like million times and will keep going there. I feel at home whenever i go to jackson diner.

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I have been here for lunch buffet and thought it should be a good treat on diwali, so here we go but my utterest disappointment the service and the food were nightmareous....the idly is the fastest you can get but it seem to be prepared ages ago....very sour. the only good thing is baghia...next to the main course, next the service time is around 20-25 minutes which you have to wait. the people sitting next to us have left before their order arrived. also the main course is nothing special or great, just average and very expensive. The mood of the restarunt itself in the night transforms into to an old filmi type restarunt...my advice avoid it in the night and specially on holidays

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★★★☆☆

I have been here for lunch buffet and thought it should be a good treat on diwali, so here we go but my utterest disappointment the service and the food were nightmareous....the idly is the fastest you can get but it seem to be prepared ages ago....very sour. the only good thing is baghia...next to the main course, next the service time is around 20-25 minutes which you have to wait. the people sitting next to us have left before their order arrived. also the main course is nothing special or great, just average and very expensive. The mood of the restarunt itself in the night transforms into to an old filmi type restarunt...my advice avoid it in the night and specially on holidays

Pros: nothing in particular

Cons: Too many to list

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I saw lot of people complaining about food, service, bathroom etc etc. Let me put it this way, any place you go its not perfect all the time. There are some days where things are not going to be right but then again we all are humans. Just cauz you been there once and you had bad experience doesnt mean place is bad. I have been going there for almost 10 years now and every time I go there its same as last time. Yeah maybe I might have had bad experiences here and there but this place serves best frickin Indian food then any other Indian restaurant around there. I do recommend this place to everyone, please dont listen to someone who has no idea on what Indian food is all about. People eat food to live, I live to eat food which puts me ahead of others when it comes to judging food.

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★★★★★

I saw lot of people complaining about food, service, bathroom etc etc. Let me put it this way, any place you go its not perfect all the time. There are some days where things are not going to be right but then again we all are humans. Just cauz you been there once and you had bad experience doesnt mean place is bad. I have been going there for almost 10 years now and every time I go there its same as last time. Yeah maybe I might have had bad experiences here and there but this place serves best frickin Indian food then any other Indian restaurant around there. I do recommend this place to everyone, please dont listen to someone who has no idea on what Indian food is all about. People eat food to live, I live to eat food which puts me ahead of others when it comes to judging food.

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The food was okay, service was non-existent, and bathrooms were silly, with anti-Bush grafiti. It was a nice, gigantic diner. I wouldn't go there again...Too expensive. You could get the same stuff for a lot cheaper on Curry row in Manhattan.

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★★★☆☆

The food was okay, service was non-existent, and bathrooms were silly, with anti-Bush grafiti. It was a nice, gigantic diner. I wouldn't go there again...Too expensive. You could get the same stuff for a lot cheaper on Curry row in Manhattan.

Pros: spacious, close to subway, funny bathrooms

Cons: too expensive, average food

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I've been going to the JD since it used to be a diner. I've had tastes there that I've never had anywhere else. Since it became "discovered" I think the quality has suffered a bit but it is still among the best Indian restaurants I've ever eaten at.

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★★★★★

I've been going to the JD since it used to be a diner. I've had tastes there that I've never had anywhere else. Since it became "discovered" I think the quality has suffered a bit but it is still among the best Indian restaurants I've ever eaten at.

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This is one of the few places I'll venture out of Manhattan just to eat their Sunday buffet. While the prices have just recently risen to $9.95, it remains a reasonable price for all that you get. Always a treat, the butter chicken, palak paneer, and goat curries are sensational, while the tandoori, samosas, and chana aloo are a bit dry. You'd expect one to have more dessert options, other than rice pudding. One thing that is great is there is a pitcher of water at each table, great for people who can't handle the spices. The decor is among the funkiest if not some of the most peculiar ambiance I've seen in an Indian establishment. The service is so-so at best and the most inconvenient is the inability to use credit cards or check, as Jackson Diner is strictly cash only.

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★★★★☆

This is one of the few places I'll venture out of Manhattan just to eat their Sunday buffet. While the prices have just recently risen to $9.95, it remains a reasonable price for all that you get. Always a treat, the butter chicken, palak paneer, and goat curries are sensational, while the tandoori, samosas, and chana aloo are a bit dry. You'd expect one to have more dessert options, other than rice pudding. One thing that is great is there is a pitcher of water at each table, great for people who can't handle the spices. The decor is among the funkiest if not some of the most peculiar ambiance I've seen in an Indian establishment. The service is so-so at best and the most inconvenient is the inability to use credit cards or check, as Jackson Diner is strictly cash only.

Pros: Buffet, Prices, Variety

Cons: Cash Only, Service

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I've come here once, and I wish I would be able to go again. It is a great restaurant with great food. When I went there, there was a lot of crowds and noise, but that is just the great atmosphere to eat the food in. Higly recommended!

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★★★★☆

I've come here once, and I wish I would be able to go again. It is a great restaurant with great food. When I went there, there was a lot of crowds and noise, but that is just the great atmosphere to eat the food in. Higly recommended!

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Hillary Clinton came and ate at this restaurant. The reason I gave this 3 stars and not 5 is because when I first came here the service was slow, and the water glasses were dirty. From which I got a sore throat the next day, and they gave me the chuntey dish from someone elses table which is disgusting. The second time I came with my friends, everything was going good until the check came. As we split it and paid the tip and all, the waiter took $5 infront of us put it in his pocket, and then another waiter came and said your $5 short. Their waiters are thieves if you pay by CASH. I would go here only if I were with friends and they wanted to go here, or else this would be far from my first choice.

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★★★☆☆

Hillary Clinton came and ate at this restaurant. The reason I gave this 3 stars and not 5 is because when I first came here the service was slow, and the water glasses were dirty. From which I got a sore throat the next day, and they gave me the chuntey dish from someone elses table which is disgusting. The second time I came with my friends, everything was going good until the check came. As we split it and paid the tip and all, the waiter took $5 infront of us put it in his pocket, and then another waiter came and said your $5 short. Their waiters are thieves if you pay by CASH. I would go here only if I were with friends and they wanted to go here, or else this would be far from my first choice.

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I heard about this place via friends, magazines, etc. and finally made the trek out to JH for "the best" Indian food in the city. Other reviews rave about the lunch buffet, but while it looks fantastic, it was surprisingly VERY average. Not great, not bad. Basically, the food was not memorable. I remember my buddy (who is Indian) and I eating our food in bewildered silence. Maybe it was just the buffet. An Indian couple next to us were eating dosas that seemed decent. Super disappointed...

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★★★☆☆

I heard about this place via friends, magazines, etc. and finally made the trek out to JH for "the best" Indian food in the city. Other reviews rave about the lunch buffet, but while it looks fantastic, it was surprisingly VERY average. Not great, not bad. Basically, the food was not memorable. I remember my buddy (who is Indian) and I eating our food in bewildered silence. Maybe it was just the buffet. An Indian couple next to us were eating dosas that seemed decent. Super disappointed...

Pros: Hype, Weird decor

Cons: average food, hype

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A really nice buffet spread. Indian lunch buffets are a dime a dozen but I found the quality of all the dishes here to be a cut above the usual. Chicken makhani, vegetable pakora and saag paneer were all delicious. They also had a much wider variety of things than many buffet places do. The restaurant itself is sort of odd-looking, and the clientele runs heavily to families with screaming brats (make sure you're seated at a free standing table and not one of the tables that shares a communal long bench), but the food makes it well worth the visit to Jackson Heights. Beat the rush by arriving around 11:45am-12pm. The strip of sari shops out there makes for a fun afternoon of window shopping, too!

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★★★★☆

A really nice buffet spread. Indian lunch buffets are a dime a dozen but I found the quality of all the dishes here to be a cut above the usual. Chicken makhani, vegetable pakora and saag paneer were all delicious. They also had a much wider variety of things than many buffet places do. The restaurant itself is sort of odd-looking, and the clientele runs heavily to families with screaming brats (make sure you're seated at a free standing table and not one of the tables that shares a communal long bench), but the food makes it well worth the visit to Jackson Heights. Beat the rush by arriving around 11:45am-12pm. The strip of sari shops out there makes for a fun afternoon of window shopping, too!

Pros: Food

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After reading reviews here, I had to check this place out. I went there for dinner yesterday, and was very disappointed. I am Indian, and the food was nothing compared to the actual taste. In fact, I have had much better food in Jersey City and New York. I was very disappointed, since I had heard good things about this place from Indians! The malai kofta was not that tasty, chicken makhni was improperly cooked, samosa chaat and masala dosa were okay. The only thing I liked was bread and mango lassi. I loved the lassi! The bread was very good, fresh, and soft. In fact, we even got a bread on the house! But I was still disappointed.

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★★★☆☆

After reading reviews here, I had to check this place out. I went there for dinner yesterday, and was very disappointed. I am Indian, and the food was nothing compared to the actual taste. In fact, I have had much better food in Jersey City and New York. I was very disappointed, since I had heard good things about this place from Indians! The malai kofta was not that tasty, chicken makhni was improperly cooked, samosa chaat and masala dosa were okay. The only thing I liked was bread and mango lassi. I loved the lassi! The bread was very good, fresh, and soft. In fact, we even got a bread on the house! But I was still disappointed.

Pros: Service

Cons: Food

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well what can i say i have eaten indian food all over the world and i have never ever had indian food this good!!!!My husband and i are not much of a buffet lover, but that all changes the second you walk into this place, their variety,consistency, and quality are mind blowing....their buffet has the best variety, something for everyone, i love the kadhi, the chaat, and the chole those are my favorites...my husband loves the chicken makhani and chole....and we savor their kheer and gulab jamun........they have a perfect mix of spice and flavor...and once you are there you will be suprised how many plates of food you can actually consume-excluding dessert of course...so if you want some authentic delicious tasting indian food check this place out no matter how far the commute may be....its well worth it........

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★★★★★

well what can i say i have eaten indian food all over the world and i have never ever had indian food this good!!!!My husband and i are not much of a buffet lover, but that all changes the second you walk into this place, their variety,consistency, and quality are mind blowing....their buffet has the best variety, something for everyone, i love the kadhi, the chaat, and the chole those are my favorites...my husband loves the chicken makhani and chole....and we savor their kheer and gulab jamun........they have a perfect mix of spice and flavor...and once you are there you will be suprised how many plates of food you can actually consume-excluding dessert of course...so if you want some authentic delicious tasting indian food check this place out no matter how far the commute may be....its well worth it........

Pros: delicious, consistent, good variety

Cons: none, far from where i live

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OUT OF INDIA EXCELLENT CHOICE VERY TEASTY INDIAN FLAVOURED FOOD EXCELLENT MALAICOFTA.EVERYONE IN MY FAMILY LOVES TO GO THERE.

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★★★★★

OUT OF INDIA EXCELLENT CHOICE VERY TEASTY INDIAN FLAVOURED FOOD EXCELLENT MALAICOFTA.EVERYONE IN MY FAMILY LOVES TO GO THERE.

Pros: INEXPENSIVE, ONE CAN TALK LOUD!, FRIENDLY STAFF

Cons: , SAME OLD MANUE, PEOPLE NEEDS VARIETY!

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For the price ($8), the quality of the buffet is great! They have samosas, chicken tikka masala, and a lot of other dishes you can think of. I recommend coming here if you have some time for lunch!

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★★★★☆

For the price ($8), the quality of the buffet is great! They have samosas, chicken tikka masala, and a lot of other dishes you can think of. I recommend coming here if you have some time for lunch!

Pros: price, food

Cons: location

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Some Advice: Staff is very rude if you enter the restaurant between 9:55 PM - 10:05 PM. So if thats the time you are hitting Jackson Dinner ~ Think again & make another choice. Food is OK! Pretty hyped but nothing spectacular. Limited choices on the menu. Try the sampler platter and some variations if you are going in a large group. Whatever you do DO NOT ASK FOR RECOMMENDATIONS. Service is effecient but misses the personal touch, it's all about the order and once you have placed an order, Boy it can take you ages to catch staff's attention for something else (They are all glued to the big Screen Indian TV on the ceiling). Make sure you are wearing Not the best of your wardrobe or the food smell will embrace your clothes and all you know you will end up giving your clothes for Dry Cleaning.

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★★★☆☆

Some Advice: Staff is very rude if you enter the restaurant between 9:55 PM - 10:05 PM. So if thats the time you are hitting Jackson Dinner ~ Think again & make another choice. Food is OK! Pretty hyped but nothing spectacular. Limited choices on the menu. Try the sampler platter and some variations if you are going in a large group. Whatever you do DO NOT ASK FOR RECOMMENDATIONS. Service is effecient but misses the personal touch, it's all about the order and once you have placed an order, Boy it can take you ages to catch staff's attention for something else (They are all glued to the big Screen Indian TV on the ceiling). Make sure you are wearing Not the best of your wardrobe or the food smell will embrace your clothes and all you know you will end up giving your clothes for Dry Cleaning.

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Jackson Dinerm compared to its surrounding restaruants, is a fairly modern looking Indian restaurnant in the heart of Little India/Pakistan. The lunch buffet is a great deal but you get better deals in many of the surrounding restaurants. I highly recommend this place for people who want to go to Jackson Heights for its very South Asian bazaar like feel (the sights, the smells, the people - its all there!) but who are a little afraid to go into the other establishments where the locals flock and which don't look as 'nice'. My favorite dish at their buffet is the karhi (or kardhi) which is basically made from yogurt & graham flour and is eaten with white rice.
However, if you'd like to be a little adventerous, Kebab King Palace around the corner is a great deal for really authentic South Asian (specifically Pakistani) food.

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★★★★☆

Jackson Dinerm compared to its surrounding restaruants, is a fairly modern looking Indian restaurnant in the heart of Little India/Pakistan. The lunch buffet is a great deal but you get better deals in many of the surrounding restaurants. I highly recommend this place for people who want to go to Jackson Heights for its very South Asian bazaar like feel (the sights, the smells, the people - its all there!) but who are a little afraid to go into the other establishments where the locals flock and which don't look as 'nice'. My favorite dish at their buffet is the karhi (or kardhi) which is basically made from yogurt & graham flour and is eaten with white rice.
However, if you'd like to be a little adventerous, Kebab King Palace around the corner is a great deal for really authentic South Asian (specifically Pakistani) food.

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Jackson Diner was my first intro to true Indian food and its been 10yrs since and I cannot go one month without some of this unbelievable food. My faves are the mixed grill, lamb korma and the chiken tikka makhanwalla is divine. The friendly and courteous staff is a wonderful compliment to the food.

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★★★★★

Jackson Diner was my first intro to true Indian food and its been 10yrs since and I cannot go one month without some of this unbelievable food. My faves are the mixed grill, lamb korma and the chiken tikka makhanwalla is divine. The friendly and courteous staff is a wonderful compliment to the food.

Pros: food, food, service

Cons: tough parking

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It looks like an American diner and the name is American, but the food is all Indian, including vegetarian Indian dishes from different regions of the sub-continent. Crisp pakora, tasty samosas and tender lamb rogan josh are all served in…

 

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