Ahhh?the smell of curry wafts through the air so thick sometimes as you walk down 74th Street that you could almost bite into it. Everyone knows about our little slice of India on 74th and vicinity, but only insiders know which Indian restaurants are the really good ones! Jackson Diner is known to most people as THE Indian restaurant to go to for their chic atmosphere (definitely not a diner) and their delicious food. However, does it really live up to its hype? I?ve been to this place countless times both as a visitor to Jackson Heights and as a new neighborhood resident. They do offer great food but I?ve found their dishes to be inconsistent. Sometimes their buffets are too salty, as if catering to a more Americanized palate. Judging from the weekend and evening crowds here, they are most popular among the non-Indian clientele. The weekend buffet is set at $9, while the weekday buffet is more like $7.
For a more ?authentic? and less expensive alternative, I recommend Ashoka on 37th Ave, between 74th and 75th Street. They have better-prepared dishes with less salt and more spice.