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#31 jogoode

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Posted 27 January 2005 - 01:26 PM

That beef and pickled mango dish is on the menu now, I really liked that.

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I had something like that at Mina Foods once and loved it. Achar gosht, perhaps? I'll try it and report back.
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Posted 29 January 2005 - 03:26 PM

That beef and pickled mango dish is on the menu now, I really liked that.

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I had something like that at Mina Foods once and loved it. Achar gosht, perhaps? I'll try it and report back.

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Achar gosht it was. Despite a bad cold, I had a great dinner at Angon yesterday with three friends. Achar gosht -- big tender chunks of lamb in a thick, intense sauce that tastes of subdued mango pickles -- tasted just as I remembered it at Mina Foods. I had never tried alu dom, potatoes sauced with mlid, slightly sweet Indian cottage cheese, but it was a perfect foil for fiery shrimp dopeaja. One of the cool things at Angon is that each time you order a dish, it's comes to you slightly different. For instance, the halim last night had big pieces of lime in it. Shrimp dopeaja is always different, though I can't put my finger on exactly how. We had two orders of halim, an order of amazing vegetable pakora, fish biriyana, achar gosht, alu dom, shrimp dopeaja, and nan -- more than enough food for $25 per person.

I was also happy to see the dining room nearly full when I got there at 8 and stay that way until I left at around 10:45. A few groups even arrived for dinner at 10:30.
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Posted 02 February 2005 - 11:17 PM

I went for dinner tonight. I do not recommend the Seafood Soup, which included lobster and salmon that didn't taste fresh. I ate the soup anyway, and it was otherwise good, but people more sensitive than I to fishiness would have had to send it back. (I did tell the waitress why I was lukewarm on the soup, and the proprietor offered to comp me something else, but I declined, saying it was OK and I ate it, but just wanted him to know.) For a main course, I got Khichuri with vegetables. I thought it would be something like biryani, but it didn't have any sauce -- my mistake. It was in fact good; as described on the menu: "a mixture of lentils & rice with spices, comes with choice of chicken, lamb, beef or vegetable curry." The thing was, the vegetables weren't really a curry but just sauceless boiled or steamed vegetables. I would get the dish again, but would get another dish to have with it. Be warned, though: The Khichuri is a lot of food, and probably best to share with a dining partner (I was solo tonight).

My feeling was that I had a good meal and should go back sooner than every several months, but that, despite the prioprietor's assurances that the Seafood Soup would be great next time, I think I'll order something else as a first course next time.

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Posted 04 February 2005 - 02:26 AM

I realized later why it's been a long time between visits to Angon: Something in their cuisine (probably partly the fat?) has been very hard on my digestion each time, and that was also true of my one meal at Mina, though I initially wondered if that time had been due to eating too much rich, tasty food. This is true of many other Indian restaurants in this neighborhood, especially the longstanding 6th St. ones (which are way inferior to Angon and which I don't go to anymore), but much less true of Madras Cafe, which happens to be vegetarian. It's even that much less true of my father's take on Indian food, which is very low-fat. But anyway, I had a very hard night last night and a tough morning and afternoon today.

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Posted 04 February 2005 - 07:14 AM

But anyway, I had a very hard night last night and a tough morning and afternoon today.

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Too bad, Pan. My stomach is fine after Angon, but needs at least two days to recover from Sripraphai. It's frustrating, especially when you're trying to plan other exciting dinners during the same week as dinner at the place that gives you trouble. I try not to, for instance, plan a trip to Sushi Yasuda within two days after Sri.
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Posted 04 February 2005 - 09:28 AM

I went to Angon last night.
the Achar Gosht and Chicken Jhal Fry were terrific (as was the Kareema Paratha)...I found the apps to be a little lackluster....though better than other homestyle places.

with that said, my stomach's still in recovery...it's been a tough 15 hours.

#37 jogoode

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Posted 04 February 2005 - 09:56 AM

I went to Angon last night.
the Achar Gosht and Chicken Jhal Fry were terrific (as was the Kareema Paratha)...I found the apps to be a little lackluster....though better than other homestyle places.

with that said, my stomach's still in recovery...it's been a tough 15 hours.

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Wild. I have friends who have a similar reaction to Indian food.

Glad you liked the Achar Gosht! I've never had the Chicken Jahl Fry; I've wanted to try the Liver Jahl Fry for a while now but haven't gone to Angon with people willing to commit to it. What was the chicken-version like? And which appetizers did you try?
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Posted 04 February 2005 - 10:38 AM

I realized later why it's been a long time between visits to Angon: Something in their cuisine (probably partly the fat?) has been very hard on my digestion each time, and that was also true of my one meal at Mina, though I initially wondered if that time had been due to eating too much rich, tasty food. This is true of many other Indian restaurants in this neighborhood, especially the longstanding 6th St. ones (which are way inferior to Angon and which I don't go to anymore), but much less true of Madras Cafe, which happens to be vegetarian. It's even that much less true of my father's take on Indian food, which is very low-fat. But anyway, I had a very hard night last night and a tough morning and afternoon today.

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I'm the same way, but it's definitely the richness that gets to me, doesn't matter what the cuisine is. A lot of Indian restaurant food, be it good or bad, is needlessly rich. That's why I learned to cook it myself some decades back.
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Posted 04 February 2005 - 01:03 PM

yeah...it was a little weird to have that sort of intestinal reaction....I handle any Thai at any level of spiciness just fine...and even the spiciest, oiliest stuff at Grand Sichuan doesn't give me more than an hour's trouble (if any)...so I'm not sure why....but I just had leftovers for lunch and I'm fine.
the chicken jhal fry was quite good....need more of a kick...next time I'll ask for it spicier....ditto for the achar gosht.
we had the appetizer platter...decent enough but kind of one note...everything seemed to be along the lines of dough with potato....

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Posted 04 February 2005 - 01:06 PM

we had the appetizer platter...decent enough but kind of one note...everything seemed to be along the lines of dough with potato....

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Next time, get halim and vegetable pakora.
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Posted 09 February 2005 - 10:18 AM

Nice article by eG's own JJ Goode in the new issue of Time Out NY on outer-borrough faves opening Manhattan outposts -- Angon, Sezchuan Gourmet, Nicky's Vietnamese Sandwiches and DeMarco's.

Maybe this will give Angon a well-deserved boost. I need to go back soon.

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My article's online! Not much about Angon, but after it was published, I spoke to Milton, an owner, and he said the article has brought in a lot of customers.
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Posted 09 February 2005 - 11:06 AM

Very nice work, JJ! Here's a small excerpt for posterity:

The prices at Angon are much higher than they were at Mina Foods, the portions are smaller, and the menu omits some Sunnyside favorites like lamb tawa and chat potti. But before anyone passes judgement, diners must first take a bite of heavenly halim, a stew of lamb and seven types of lentils, or Azad's pungent chicken dopeaja. The dishes justify the price increase. The food is as vibrant as it was in Sunnyside, because Azad still refuses to cut corners, preparing each dish to order. She is also happy to cook old hits from Mina Foods for anyone who asks and will even send out dishes that she invents on the spot, which show up on the bill as "Mina's Choice."


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Posted 10 February 2005 - 08:06 AM

Another great meal at Angon last night. Since I took Angon newbies, most of what I ordered were repeats of my favorites: halim, achar gosht, and shrimp dopeaja, which I'm convinced is prepared in a slightly different was each time. I tried two new dishes, whose names escape me. One was the last item in the "Rice Dishes" menu category. It was an East Indian rice dish -- a big plate of seasoned rice and a separate bowl of intense gingery chicken curry (also offered with lamb, beef, or vegetables). The other was lentils cooked with green mango, a simple and soupy dish that won me over, mainly because of the bursts of tartness from the mango.
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Posted 10 February 2005 - 08:10 AM

I'm considering hitting Angon tomorrow night. I was wondering - do you usually order family style - i.e. get a few dishes for the table and split? Or does everyone usually get their own? Also, it may just be myself and my wife - which isn't good for family style. I like to try as many different things as possible of course. Does anyone have any dish recomendations for a two-person meal there? What are the two best dishes for an Angon newbie?

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Posted 10 February 2005 - 08:29 AM

I'm considering hitting Angon tomorrow night. I was wondering - do you usually order family style - i.e. get a few dishes for the table and split? Or does everyone usually get their own? Also, it may just be myself and my wife - which isn't good for family style. I like to try as many different things as possible of course. Does anyone have any dish recomendations for a two-person meal there? What are the two best dishes for an Angon newbie?

thx
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Sharing is totally the way to go. You could order one or two appetizers and two mains and it won't be too much food for two people. Halim, samosa chat, achar gosht, chicken dopeaja, fish kofta curry, dhal fry, all good choices. You can also ask the waiter to let Mina (not the waiter) choose something to compliment the other choices and she won't do you wrong.
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Posted 11 February 2005 - 08:22 AM

Was in the area last night so I decided to have dinner there.. The whole experience was great.. I really enjoyed the atmosphere.. Really dark and warm.. The service was wonderful as well.. Had the Halim and a potato dish appetizer.. Split the Chicken Tikka and a Lamb Dish.. Everything was wonderful.. Looking foward to going back and trying more dishes.. Has anyone had the mustard fish, it looks really good.

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Posted 11 February 2005 - 08:55 AM

I was there as well last night -- had the achar gosht, chicken dopeaja, and a "mina's special" which was a seafood biriany (shrimp, tilapia, some other kind of fish). everything was great, just super delicious -- and no tummy trouble this time (i too have suffered on occasion in the past). it's not cheap -- $60 with three beers, tax and tip -- but it is certainly worth it.
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Posted 25 March 2005 - 10:12 AM

Bruni's mention, in his otherwise positive Diner's Journal on Tandoori Hut, of bland saag paneer reminded me that last time I went to Angon a friend ordered saag paneer and complained that it tasted weird-- "soapy," she said. I tasted it and it tasted much different than it normally did, though not exactly soapy. It turned out that Azad used mustard greens and mustard oil in the dish that night. The bitter greens go beautifully with the paneer.
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Posted 12 April 2005 - 05:18 PM

I am a regular of the angon delivery dinner. The vegetarian dishes are like the ones I would make at home if I had the time. Love this joint.
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Posted 17 April 2005 - 01:38 PM

Sharing is totally the way to go. You could order one or two appetizers and two mains and it won't be too much food for two people. Halim, samosa chat, achar gosht, chicken dopeaja, fish kofta curry, dhal fry, all good choices. You can also ask the waiter to let Mina (not the waiter) choose something to compliment the other choices and she won't do you wrong.

*Sigh*...undoubtedly.

I just ran across this thread (I've been far too pre-occupied with other crap to pay much attention to eGullet for far too long...)--I somehow hadn't heard about this place before this moment, and I have to try it NOW!! So the spontaneous decision has been made to go tonight.

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I went, with Pan who graciously agreed to accompany me, even though he wasn't particularly hungry. Stuck to recommendations from elsewhere on this thread--halim (delicious, and I've never had anything quite like it) and chicken dopeaja (also quite tasty, if extremely tame in the spice department). Pan got a vegetable kurma that I would give about a B-plus...nicely prepared, but I've had much better and more interesting kurmas elsewhere. The paratha bread was way above average, second only to Mitali's a few doors away, in my experience. In fact, I thought the food was generally on about the same level as Mitali's, with Angon having the advantage of many more unusual and interesting dishes (kurma excepted).

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#51 Pan

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Posted 09 December 2005 - 06:12 PM

I had an early dinner at Angon tonight, which comprised the Halim and the fishball dish. Both were delicious. I think they've decreased the size of their portions, at least of the halim, but there was still a bit more food than I needed, and a satisfying, filling dinner for $23 and change (including a pot of masala chai) before tip is certainly a fair value.

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Posted 09 December 2005 - 07:25 PM

Pan, I suppose that you are aware that Mina is not cooking at Angon anymore, right? She's back in Queens, just opened her own place about a month ago (no relatives involved this time, I hear) - somewhere on B'way around 63rd St if I remember corectly.
Happy to hear that the food at Angon is still good even without Mina. Maybe they learned something from her.
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#53 Pan

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Posted 09 December 2005 - 09:36 PM

I met the new owners today. The woman who's in partnership with her brother-in-law told me her name, but I forgot it.

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Posted 10 December 2005 - 12:09 PM

I think it's Spicy Mina's. I didn't make it there yet.
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Posted 25 January 2006 - 09:18 PM

Based on my dinner tonight, I think this place is no longer good. I ordered a mildly salty lassi which was so salty I couldn't drink it, and it was replaced with a supposedly "neutral" lassi that was itself saltier than I really wanted. The Samosa Chat was overly sweet and the flavors weren't balanced throughout. The Mustard Fish tasted more of salt than anything else, though it's fair to say that the excess of salt in the lassi had helped to keep that flavor in my consciousness. But anyway, the meal was just plain too salty, too sweet, and not good enough. I don't think I'll go back.

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Posted 25 January 2006 - 10:32 PM

Yikes... Sorry to hear.. Would love to hear from Bond Girl if she still orders on the reg..

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Posted 26 January 2006 - 09:39 AM

i can't comment on Pan's experience because we *still* haven't managed to make it there when it's serving.

the most recent attempt began with a phone call to ensure they were open, followed by a drive out to Woodside, and ended with us walking in and them telling us they were closed for a private birthday party. OK, not entirely true -- it ended with us driving back to Sunnyside for soon dubu at Natural Tofu.

small owner-managed restaurants often have some issues with business savvy, but this is insane.

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Posted 26 January 2006 - 03:57 PM

i can't comment on Pan's experience because we *still* haven't managed to make it there when it's serving.

the most recent attempt began with a phone call to ensure they were open, followed by a drive out to Woodside[...]

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Let me make clear that my remarks were about Angon, which is on 6th St. in Manhattan. I have not been to Spicy Mina's, or whatever the new restaurant in Queens is called. In order to avoid confusion in the future, would someone please start a new thread under the correct name of the new restaurant in Queens?

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Posted 28 January 2006 - 11:45 AM

Just as I was about to stop dragging my heels and get over to Angon! Well, I Googled and found an About.com page dated October 25, 2005 titled "Chowhound Loves Spicy Mina" -- http://queens.about.com/b/a/213135.htm

>> Spicy Mina, 64-23 Broadway, Woodside, NY 11377, 718-205-2340

So I picked up the phone.... R train to 65 Broadway; open for lunch and dinner every day, if I got this info right...


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Edit: Oh, well .... I realize that I must have been reading carelessly. I guess you already know where the new location is. [shameface]

Edited by Aquitaine, 28 January 2006 - 11:49 AM.