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Reviewed July 7, 2020 via mobile

After traveling all over India for 2 months, I can honestly say that the best Indian food is at Jackson Diner. I’ve been coming here for almost 20 years. All the flavors are authentic and there are dishes from all around India. My personal favorites...are Bhel purri, samosa, mater paneer, mater aloo and lamb korma.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed January 27, 2020

We chance upon this restaurant as we were visited the Little India of NY at Queens. There were serving lunch buffet at a reasonable price. The buffet was mediocre; maybe their a la carte is better; we're not sure. We will probably try other restaurants...should we visit Queens again.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed January 22, 2020 via mobile

Indian cuisine is made up of spice and bite. A good chef will know how to season ingredients with a variety of aromatics and then decide how much heat is required to enhance the dish. A few Indian restaurants here serve top notch cuisine like...Indian Accent, Adda Student Canteen and Junoon . However, the majority fail to offer authenticity in their dishes. The common reasoning is that the food is “Americanized” in order to make money. Chefs add too many chillies which both ruin the food resulting in burning mouths snd create frustration. How “Americanized” is that? On Friday evening, I went to Jackson Diner to celebrate a friend’s birthday..We started with papads (poppadums) and assorted chutneys. Hot potato stuffed samosas were welcomed along with Merlot for the birthday girl, Kingfisher beers and superb mango lassis. I enjoyed my lassi. Then came a piping hot platter with a mixed grill of chicken and seekh kebabs dotted with sliced onions. New Zealand spiced lamb chops with foil wrapped legs still tasted gamey despite a large amount of masala that had been showered on it. Dishes of chicken curry, paneer and spinach, basmati rice, raitha (yogurt), paneer in a makhani sauce followed. Two bread baskets of various naans, plain and garlic, were placed on the table The shrimps in the biryani were soggy which marred the dish and was barely touched. Shrimps in any cuisine should never be soggy. Were the chefs in the kitchen not paying attention? All the leftovers which was a lot was packed up and given to the birthday girl. None of us wanted any. Dessert was the best part of this celebration. Kulfis, plain and with almonds, was luscious and we all lapped it up. I could have easily eaten another helping. Next time I am in Jackson Heights and I feel peckish, I will stop here for some kulfi and down it with an Indian beer.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed October 9, 2019

I had a wonderful lunch of crispy okra, Kashmiri kebab (chicken) and lemon rice. The decor is basic and this is certainly a no-frills restaurant, but I heartily recommend it if you are in the area (or a short ride away). The flavors were well...judged and the spicing was excellent. The chicken was perfectly cooked so that it arrived sizzling on a hot iron skillet pan and yet remained juicy and fragrant. $63 for the okra, chicken, rice and onion kulcha, plus two beers and a mango lassi. Good value.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed May 26, 2019 via mobile

They have a somewhat extended lunch buffet. They have the standard fare with two or three non-veg dishes. veg dishes, rice varieties, nan, salads, pickles and a couple of different desserts. They also make you dosas if you are interested but this is not obvious...to a lot of people. The service is good and the staff is good at getting you drinks and clearing the tables fast. Could get crowded on weekends but the place is large so usually there is no wait. It is a fixture and will try it again.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed January 16, 2019

staff, food, service it is incredible amazing location the best in the heart of Jackson Heights, some waiting time but is worth it.

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed November 13, 2018 via mobile

Traditional food And nice atmosphere. The portions are huge! The menu has options for everyone. They also do takeaway. A nice alternative to fast food.

Date of visit: January 2018
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Reviewed November 12, 2018

Was on a business trip and was doing quite well on food due to my work place being around Soho where one can get all types of food right from all parts of Asia, middle east, European to American fast food. However, thought of visiting...Jackson height to feel the authentic side of Indian food available in an Indian major locality outside India. And so landed here on my both trips. Cons: - Cleanliness: It’s quite old and famous restaurant and hence gets referred by all nearby people and hence need a bit of cleanliness, right from tables, cutlery and crockery to service and bar. - Commute: It’s far from the main town. You need to connect to purple line and get down at 74 street broadway station which can easily take 2 hours to commute back and forth from downtown. - Food: Now the main things, there is no rating like "Good" between average and very good, hence "average" 1. Buffet: Looks limited – 2-3 types of gravy items on both veg and non-veg side each. Snacks like a couple of chat and fried items suck. Even Tandoori nan was like the ones you get in a regular Pakistani restaurant in NY (which are thick and fluffy). - A la carte – Tries masala papad, Kadhi pakode, and some tandoori items. Not that great either. - Bar - Should have kept some Indian spirits and beers to accompany India food. There are two beers called 1947 and one more but not like KingFisher, etc. Pros: - The place is popular and busy with all communities coming here. Good to see non-Indians more than Indians, which means this place can do much much better if they redo things from a customers standpoint or things which some westernized Indian food joints do well. - They have a buffet for lunch at $12 + around $2 taxes which includes veg and non-veg things together unlimited, pocket-friendly with the US standards. Overall food is good comparing the price lines they offer but certainly could do much better doing small things like some mentioned above.More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed October 24, 2018

We went there to have the all you can eat lunch buffet which costs around $13. The buffet selection was really good - various chicken & beef, rice, spinach, chickpeas, naan bread and various other indian dishes. It was really tasty food and I definitely...recommend it :)More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed September 30, 2018 via mobile

Well been coming here since they were a small store on the corner 21 years ago. Was my favorite Indian place. Yesterday’s visit started out with new menus which means higher prices and possible new owners. The service was equal to the past and some...faces were the same but the FOOD has changed. May be a new chef or something but for over 20 year of consistency something has changed. I hope it was just a one time problem. But I think it’s time to find a new place.More

Date of visit: September 2018
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