Namaste, Manhattan. Dhaulagiri Kitchen — whose original, tiny Jackson Heights location can still accommodate you and, if your timing is good, a handful of your closest friends — now has a dining room in Curry Hill. Shown here is my Sunday afternoon nosh, sandheko Wai Wai, a spicy salad (sandheko) featuring crumbled instant noodles (Wai Wai brand) plus ample onion, garlic, and chile pepper. It's good on cucumber, great on daikon.
Previously, from the original, tiny Jackson Heights kitchen: Samae baji, a Nepali variety plate featuring beaten rice. The baji itself, made by flattening uncooked, soaked rice with a mallet, can be incorporated into cooked dishes or, as at Dhaulagiri, offered as a textural counterpoint to other items. Below, baji is surrounded by spicy chicken, potato curry, crunchy fried soybeans, and pickled daikon. The accompanying sel roti (not shown), a ring-shaped rice flour fritter, has a faint sweetness that plays well against the spicier dishes.
H/T Jeff Orlick
124 Lexington Ave. (28th-29th-Sts.), Manhattan
Also inside Tawa Food, 37-38 72nd St. (37th Ave.-Broadway), Jackson Heights, Queens