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Cheap Eats: A Spiritual Experience at Ganesh Temple Canteen

There is no need to RSVP "No".

As seen on Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations:

No Reservations: Ganesh Temple Canteen YouTube video


Authentic South Indian staples draw dosa devotees to this brightly lit cafeteria in the basement of a Hindu temple in Flushing; decor’s at an absolute minimum and you’ll bus your own tray, but real-deal eats and cheap tabs have inspired a cultlike following here.

A few things you need to know before you go, according to one Yelper. The food is vegetarian/vegan.  You need to remove your shoes ONLY to enter the temple not the canteen. The canteen entrance is around the corner (on Holly Ave.) from the temple and stairs take you there. You order the food and wait for your number to be called so save your receipt.

It is buried in the heart of Flushing, so you'll need to take a bus from the last stop (Flushing Main Street) on the number 7 train.  Use the bus directions on Google Maps for bus options.

Ganesh Temple Canteen menu.

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  • Ro

    Fantastic meetup! My first time in a Hindu temple; I'm so glad I got to go. Great company as well. Thank you, George!

    June 12, 2013

  • Lisa S

    I have to say the "winners" for the meals were Mitch's "hat" and Sharon's "megaphone"! I still don't believe George when he said that the pepper he took a bite of wasn't hot! I enjoyed being able to walk through the temple and to see all the beautiful, intricate statues of the various Sri gods. And it was very nice of the priest to come over to us at the end to explain the blessing that was being made by the other priest. Thank you George for opening up yet another window of the world for us!

    June 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Love to come, sounds deelightful

    June 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Always wanted to try this, but now I have school meeting Wednesday afternoon.

    June 4, 2013

  • Mary

    working late

    May 30, 2013

  • Ro

    I've been wanting to come here for a few years now!!! I'm excited to go there with you guys :D

    May 2, 2013

  • Lisa S

    Ok hit the wrong button. I am going but first hit no by accident.

    May 2, 2013

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