2018-09-19 / Restaurant of the Week

Tadka Indian Restaurant

Since 1996, the 5 Star Restaurant and 5 Star Banquet Hall have been serving the Queens community and beyond. The Restaurant has consistently served delicious Indian cuisine and the 5 Star Banquet Hall has played host to hundreds of elegant, catered affairs. Now under new management, the restaurant has a new name: Tadka Indian Restaurant and still serves freshly prepared Indian cuisine from all regions of the sub-continent. The 5 Star Banquet Hall still gets 5-star reviews for its extraordinary catering and is accepting bookings for 2019 and 2020.

Starting with Tadka Indian Restaurant, the renovated dining room has a sleek, curved, wooden bar at the entrance serving all your favorite cocktails, beer and wine to add to your pleasant dining experience. Dark wood tables provide comfortable seating for couples and large groups, and the soft lighting highlights the Indian art objects on the walls. The ambitious owner Arun is the son of the original owner and has renamed the restaurant for a traditional cooking pot called a tadka, in which many delicious dishes are made.

We started with crispy samosas, delicate pastries filled with potatoes, vegetables and mild spices. The accompanying tamarind and chili sauces complement this tasty starter which costs just $3. Tandoori paneer tikka is homemade cheese that’s been baked in the clay tandoor oven with savory spices and slices of green bell pepper for a delicious starter with plenty to share. Mixed pakora are tender, fried vegetables served with dipping sauce and great for sharing. Order a cold beer and a plate of chicken seekh kabab, hot from the tandoor oven. These succulent chunks of minced chicken are mixed with fresh ginger, herbs and spices and cooked until juicy inside and crisp outside ($7.99). Lolli pop chicken and chicken wings are so juicy and delicious from the oven that even the kids will like them, along with some warm naan bread or garlic naan. There are many vegetarian and non-vegetarian options for starters and entrees, including homemade lentil soup, tomato, and chicken soup made from scratch and soul warming.

One of the most popular dishes is chicken tikka masala, made with tender chunks of chicken in a creamy sauce made with tomato and coconut milk, ideal for spooning over fluffy basmati rice. The tandoor oven bakes the tenderest chicken around, bursting with flavor and color after marinating in yogurt, herbs and spices ($10.99.) Lamb chops and even fish are imparted with rich flavor from the tandoori oven. Lamb curry and spicy vindaloo are house favorites for their fiery heat. My friend ordered the paneer masala and yellow dal lentils, a wonderful combination, and I devoured the chicken biryani, a delicious and satisfying rice dish from the northern part of India, served with yogurt sauce called raiti. You can have biryani with chicken, goat, vegetables or shrimp and the generous portions provide for lunch the next day. Our kind waitress brought us glasses of red wine to complement our meal.

5 Star Banquet Hall has been ‘wow-ing’ guests at weddings, engagements, Sweet16’s, and many corporate events for years. Just next door at 13-05 43rd Ave, the 5 Star Banquet Hall’s spacious, renovated dining room can accommodate up to 450 people for a sit down dinner complete with white glove service. Both Indian menus and Continental menus are available, or you can hire your own caterer. Music, flowers and photographers can be arranged with their vendors or you may choose your own. The plentiful parking and fantastic views of Manhattan will impress your guests and the E, F, and 7 trains are all close by, as well as easy access from all major highways. Call now to plan your big event as they are already booking 2019 and 2020 dates. Your first step is a meal at Tadka Indian Restaurant for the fine flavors from the tadka and tandoor. Next, check out the 5 Star Banquet Hall for a 5-star event. Visit their websites for more information and photos.

13-15 43rd Avenue, Long Island City


5 Star Banquet Hall

13-05 43rd Avenue, Long Island City


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