Sometimes you just have to escape the comfortable surroundings of your regular haunts to discover new food sensations. It’s so easy to gravitate to the same spots over and over that are close to home, and become part of the normal routine for many of us here in NYC. Having friends who live in each suburb does offer the occasional opportunity to meander outside of the comfort zone and check out different food ethnicities to try out. We happen to love the foods of the Afgani and Pakistani peoples as there is just something so tasty and comforting about it. Intoxicating aromas. Plus, eating kababs are fun!
We were recently invited for a brunch at Bakhter Halal Kababs way out in Fresh Meadows, Queens. It was definitely a trek to get out there by subway and then a short car ride to the restaurant. Normally, we kind of avoid Queens as much of it is akin to the suburbs and you can’t get to many parts of the area by subway alone. Good thing for friends with cars. I have not owned a car since 1998 and don’t miss it at all! They picked us up and drove us there after arriving at the subway stop they told us to arrive at. When we walked up to this place along a main street strip mall I was wondering what we had gotten ourselves into here.
We were well rewarded with great food and low prices. You can’t go wrong with the amount of delicious food we got served up here for the cheap overall cost. Walk in hungry with a small amount of cash and walk out sporting a food baby!
Delicious rice and kababs. Chicken tikka, chicken kufta, lamb tikka, beef tikka, lamb chops, and beef kufta – Oh My! Each plate were all really good. Plenty of combinations on the menu to choose from. Love the seasonings, spices, and smells. Dat basmati rice tho. Yum! Dare I say I ate way too much? Maybe we ordered too many dishes. Didn’t matter as none of it was going to waste with this crew. Carnivorous animals!
Decor is pretty much meh, as are the cleanliness of the bathrooms. Just passable in my eyes. Service was ok for what it was, and drinks were self serve (soda cans/water bottles) out of the fridge. Cash only. No booze as it is a Muslim place. We had seven people here over the weekend, were all totally stuffed, and the bill before tip was less than $100. We even took some food home there was so much. It was pretty crazy. Our eyes, and appetites, were too big for our stomachs. Sure, it can be decribed as a “no frills” kind of joint, but one that was a pleasant surprise and that we would surely visit again next time I’m craving another Queens food baby.
Also, there are two squeeze bottles on each table with different sauces to pour all over your food. One is a green concoction that is on the hot side. The other is a white sauce of the gods! That white sauce is the shizz! Hot damn I want to pour this stuff on everything and lick it off. Including my own body!