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Spicy Bangladeshi Dinner at Khaabar Baari

If you've eaten in an Indian restaurant, your meal was very likely prepared by a Bangladeshi.

Now taste what Bangladeshis themselves eat at Khaabar Baari, a popular gathering place for the Bangladeshi community of Jackson Heights.

The proposed menu:

Moglai: Fried naan with a spicy meat stuffing

Bhorta: Spicy mashed vegetables

Fish: A staple of the Bangladeshi diet

Beef Curry: Proof that this is not an Indian restaurant

Dal: Lentil stew

Cham Cham: A traditional sweet

...and more

The final bill, including tax and tip, for the meal will be divided equally among the diners. You will be responsible for the cost of any drinks and individual desserts that you order. The estimated cost per diner is $15-22. Cash only. Please bring small bills.

Seating is limited to one table. Please only RSVP “Yes” if you will attend. If your plans change, please update your RSVP.

Public Transportation:

- E, F, M, R to Roosevelt Avenue - Jackson Heights

- 7 to 74th Street

(from Manhattan, exit at the rear of the train on the north side and walk less than one block on 73rd Street)

Distance between New York and Dhaka, Bangladesh:

7,877 miles

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  • Sally

    The sign says “No Prayer in Walkway”, but my prayers for a real meal were answered. We started with an array of appetizers: chotpoti, mama halim, dal puri, potato chop and moglai. Unlike Mama Bear’s, Goldilocks would think mama halim, a wheat and lentil porridge, was just right. That's if Goldilocks likes spicy food, of course. At $2 each, potato chops, plump croquettes stuffed with chicken and egg, were a steal. Keski was a dish of a 1000 eyes as the tiny fish stared back at us. The unheralded superstar of Bangladeshi cuisine is bhorta. Almost any vegetable or seafood can be mashed with mustard oil, garlic, chili, coriander and other herbs and spices and transformed into bhorta. Good thing that I knew that brinjal was eggplant or the manager’s pantomime would have made me blush. In a battle of vegetable spreads, the brute intensity of bhorta wipes the floor with wimpy hummus. Yet the most consciousness expanding dish may have been the simple beef curry. Holy cow!

    3 · March 7, 2013

  • Brianna

    Great food and company. Thanks for organizing, Sally!

    March 7, 2013

  • luci

    I really enjoyed my first Bengladeshi dinner. Thank you Sally for great selection of dishes.

    March 7, 2013

  • Chuck

    Great food and great company, thanks again Sally, you did a terrific job, the evening was a pleasure.

    March 6, 2013

  • Sahar S.

    Really enjoyed tonight guys! Thank you very much!
    Definitely gonna come back to Khaabar Bari more often!

    March 6, 2013

  • Thomas N.

    Really sorry for the last minute notice but have to work rather late.

    March 6, 2013

  • Ginnie

    NOT going to drive during storm sorry

    March 6, 2013

  • Sally

    This group's waiting list is set on manual. Therefore, whenever a spot becomes available, an email is sent to the waiting list. Whomever responds first by moving himself or herself up to "Attending" gets the spot.

    1 · March 5, 2013

  • luci

    I keep getting messages that there is room but I am still in top of waiting list. It is not automatic for the first in waiting list to move up to attending?

    March 5, 2013

  • Caitlin

    Just found out I probably have a gluten allergy. I won't know for sure for a few days, but in case it is I'll switch so someone else can go. I imagine it would be somewhat difficult to accommodate.

    March 5, 2013

  • Sahar S.

    Never had Bengali food! Sounds interesting!

    February 20, 2013

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