Himalayan Yak

Queens, New York City

3.7 / 2 votes

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Nepali, Tibetan, Indian and Bhutanese Cuisine

"Welcome to Himalayan Yak Restaurant, the oldest running and first ever Nepali restaurant opened in New York. We serve delicious, authentic food from the Himalayan region which includes Nepali, Tibetan, Indian and Bhutanese dishes...We have received numerous awards since we opened our doors in 2005, one of which includes winner of Best Tibetan restaurant from Village Voice on June of 2008. We were also featured in an episode of the hit ABC series "Ugly Betty", which featured the restaurant's exotic food and cozy ambience reminiscent of Nepal. We have a live band playing Nepali, Tibetan and Hindi music 5 nights a week."

Note: Himalayan Yak's menu consists of three smaller menus: Nepali, Tibetan and Indian. Each menu contains a "Vegetarian" section.

Added by Lola on Jan 3 10 (last updated Jan 3 10)

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I dined with a friend here recently and I really enjoyed the food. My only complaint is that the servings are a little small. I had the dumpling appetizer, which the waitress recommended; and it was good, but it didn't taste any different to me than a Chinese dumpling would.

For my entree, I tried the Tsel Bhaklab, which also came recommended. It was "four patties" with a special sauce. The flavor was very good but the size of it was like an appetizer, not an entree, so I was still hungry after eating.

I go to church in the area so I hope to return soon and sample some other menu offerings, as they have an extensive vegetarian section.

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You can tell that Himalayan Yak is authentic because almost all of the patrons look like they come from the Himalayan region. When I was there, many of the customers at nearby tables were dressed in traditional Nepali and Tibetan garb. The restaurant was quite popular - by 8 PM, there was a long line of people waiting near the door.

The menu contains a large number of vegetarian options, all clearly marked. For an appetizer, I decided to order the Cheura Tareko, which consists of "beaten" rice, peanuts, potato slices and spices. My friend (who is from the Himalayan region) explained that it is like the Nepali version of popcorn - it's a dry, salty snack that is meant to be picked up with your hands. If you've never had Cheura Tareko before, I highly recommend trying it.

For my entrees, I decided to try the Tsel Momo and the Tsel Tofu. The Tsel Momo consists of 8 steamed dumplings, which were similar to Chinese vegetable dumplings. The Tsel Tofu came in a delicious sauce, but there wasn't enough tofu for my liking (the dish came in a bowl with lots of vegetables and there were only 4 pieces of tofu).

Our overall experience was pretty good. The service was fairly attentive and the staff was nice about replacing a mixed-up order right away. Unlike some other Nepali/Tibetan restaurants that I have visited, Himalayan Yak did not try to pour yogurt sauce on everything. Almost all of the vegetarian options appeared to be vegan and items that came with yogurt sauce were clearly marked. My only minor complaints were that there weren't any vegan dessert options and that the chai comes pre-made with milk. Also, if you visit during the winter, you should try to request not to sit near the door (the restaurant was so popular that the door seemed to open every 3 minutes, which left us feeling very cold during most of the meal).

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located 1 block from the Roosevelt Ave. subway station



$$ - average


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  • Indian
  • Tibetan
  • Nepalese


  • Buffet
  • Delivery
  • Private Rooms



noon - 11pm
noon - midnight

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