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“Friendly and exotic” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Neerob

2109 Starling Avenue, New York City, NY
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Ranked #3,366 of 11,751 Restaurants in New York City
Cuisines: International
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New York City, New York
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“Friendly and exotic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

The proprietor will lead you through the food at the front counter. He explains that there is no menu since you can see all the food right there. Everything was very good and tasted freshly prepared despite sitting there in the front display. The whole fish was quite good. Some of the food very spicy but mostly not. Very inexpensive -- $40 for 5 people with food left over. No beer.

Visited March 2013
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“Extraordinary and Unusual Restaurant in an Unlikely Location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2011

I did not expect to find my favorite restaurant on my recent trip to New York in the Bronx!

Why was I there? Well, I have been living in Bangladesh recently, and went to explore the communities where New York's Bangladeshis live. You can experience Bangla food at various places in New York and I went to Bangla restaurants in Brooklyn and Queens, but Neerob is the top!

Bangladeshi food is not Indian -- I had to classify it as "international" as there is no Bangladeshi category as yet on Tripadvisor. One of my favorite things that is pure Bangladeshi is bhorta: a smooth and delicious hash of various things. Khokon, owner and inspired chef of this place makes six different kinds of bhorta and insisted on having me taste all of them -- and they are all magnificent!

The food is displayed up front: a magnificent show of color. But then get to eating the stuff and you'll go crazy about the flavor. Go risk the chilli chicken, a popular item in Bangladesh you won't find in India. Delicious! Hints of China -- yes China is pretty close by -- and a curry sauce more mischievous than you'll discover in India. Yummy!

And sample the vegetables... And desserts... It is all fantastic, an amazing array of
flavors, some subtle, some a bit stronger. This is the sort of quality you will find only
in the very best restaurants in Bangladesh, but Khokon brings it all with love to probably
the poorest Bangladeshi community in New York, and crowds packing in to enjoy a taste of home.

The atmosphere is chatty and friendly if not for those who suffer from claustrophobia: with this quality and the prices low, there is little room to spare!; this is simply a wonderful restaurant to dine for a taste of Bangladesh in every possible sense. Well worth the trek!

  • Visited April 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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