There’s a small restaurant, Hyderabadi, in Woodside. It’s on a tributary of Broadway, around the block from Spicy Mina. My first visit there, I realized how satisfying their food was, in particular my revelations with the complexities of a proper biryani. Great stuff, but it was a bit too far for me. A bit out of the way for most people, who probably did not come to Little India to walk 6 more blocks to eat. Their location was my only foreseeable precipitator of their demise.
Today they became mobile and the problem is solved. Their new cart is sitting at the corner of 37th Road and 74th Street, in the heart of Little India. I’ve said it before that if you want great Indian food, look away from 74th street, but now I take it back. Good luck finding a place to sit though.
The food is prepared at their restaurant and brought to the cart’s steam table. The short (and cheap) menu has chicken, goat and vegetable biryani, samosas, and the legendary Chicken 65. The lore of which is that it was either created in 1965 or has 65 spices. Either way, it’s kid friendly and better and realer than a chicken mcnugget. The item on their menu not familiar to me, though, is Baghare Baingan. After some research, it seems to be a simple yet deep-flavored dish of baby eggplant, peanuts, coconut and other spices. I want some.
In comparison to the guilt-laden tastes of the chicken and rice carts a block way like Sammy’s, this is a refreshing trip into a proper meal from a mobile unit. This is real food and if real food prevails, Hyderabadi will finally get the credit (and business) they deserve.
74th Street / 37th Rd, Jackson Heights
64-02 35th Ave
Woodside, NY 11377