I was too late for the breakfast special: To my chagrin, the combo of alu dum (spiced potatoes), bhalep (flatbread), an omelette (three eggs, fillings unknown), and a choice of beverage had been discontinued. On most days, serve-yourself butter tea is still available from morning on, but the kitchen doesn't get cooking till lunchtime, when the modest dining room fills with a largely Tibetan clientele.
One crowd favorite, suggested by City Spoonful, is a plateful of fried savory pies called sha bhakleb or shabhaley (five for $7). In the absence of readily available yak meat, here they're filled with beef. Like many dishes at the cafe, sha bhakleb are prepared to order; figure on about a 20-minute wait, plus another couple of minutes to allow the hot, slightly greasy wrappers to cool to a tolerable temperature. From that point everything goes down rather quickly.
Friends Corner Cafe
74-17 Roosevelt Ave. (74th-75th Sts.), Jackson Heights, Queens