Jackson Heights: Building a Himalayan Food Community

October 18, 2016

In recent years, the neighborhood of Jackson Heights in Queens, New York, has become home to a flourishing Himalayan community. Tibetans, Nepalese, and Bhutanese all congregate here, bringing with them their varied food traditions.

The resulting culinary landscape reflects the exchange of ingredients and cooking styles between these groups. Fiery curries, dried meats, hearty buckwheat dishes, portable momos, warming soups and teas — the food in Jackson Heights evokes the varied terrain and traditions of the Himalayas, but comes together in a way particular to this part of Queens. These are some of the stories of that community, told through the restaurants and dishes that have helped shape it.

Watch the video, explore the neighborhood history, hear the voices of local business owners, and taste the distinctive dishes of one of New York City’s most vibrant cultural enclaves.

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