**New** Optional - For Early Birds Interested in the $12 Buffet: You have the option of meeting us at 11:45am on Holly Street directly outside the Canteen entrance (see photo and directions below). Rob will be holding a "MEETUP" sign. At 12 noon we will all go inside as a group and start lunch early. (This 11:45am meeting is optional, for people who wish to arrive early. Everyone else is still meeting at 1:00pm outside the Temple Canteen. You can still order lunch at 1:00pm. See meeting directions below.)
The Temple Canteen
A Dosa in a Dream
(apologies to Coleridge's Kubla Khan)
In Flushing Queens did the Temple Ganesh
A Dosa lover's dream decree
Where Bowne, the sacred car path runs
past temples uncountable to man
down to the sunlit court
Welcome to the Ganesh Temple Canteen in Flushing, Queens, a 10-15 minute walk (almost one mile) from the last stop on the 7 line, the Flushing-Main Street Station. Walk, bus or drive to:
The Ganesh Temple
45-57 Bowne St
Flushing, NY 11355
The entrance to the Temple Canteen is around the corner from the temple entrance, on Holly Street.
Train Directions: Take the 7 Train to the Flushing-Main Street Station. From the train station you would walk along Main to Kissena, then Sanford to Bowne, and walk a few blocks along Bowne. Or, you could take the Q27 or Q65 bus from the train station. The Q65 bus stop is at the corner of Roosevelt and Main, and the Q27 bus top is half a block up Main from Roosevelt. Once you get on the bus make sure to tell the bus driver you're going to the Ganesh Temple at the corner of Holly and Bowne. It's almost a mile and takes 5 - 10 minutes, depending on the bus you take.
Driving and parking directions can be found here https://nyganeshtemple.org/direction on the temple website.
We'll meet outside the temple canteen on Holly Street from 1-1:15 (see the picture below), look for the person holding up a MEETUP sign. From 1:15 until 2 we'll be downstairs in the canteen, feasting on dosa. If you come late, just go through the doors and down the stairs two levels to the bottom, where you will find a table with a MEETUP sign on it and hoards of smiling people surrounding. After 2, we will depart for a tour of the temple area.
The Ganesh temple has kindly offered us a guided tour of the temple, and we've made arrangements with other neighbouring temples for a tour. This event is scheduled on the day of Deepavali (also known as Diwali), the festival of lights when darkness (ignorance) is removed by light (knowledge). What an excellent day for Dosa lovers of all creeds to gather!
In the temple canteen the chefs prepare daily a repast of South Indian charms. Here you will find a wealthy cornucopia of dosa, 20 or more kinds of the thin crispy lentil flour pancakes South Indian cuisine is famous for. The filling is what makes this dish and you will not want - there is masala, there is mysore, chile, tomato, rava, set, paper, pondicherry, oh my!
However, if your destiny is to reach past the 20 or so incarnations of dosa, perhaps you will find the uttapam, the idli, or the upma to be more on your direction home. The uttapam is a thicker pancake, of lentil and rice, perhaps topped with onions, chilies or tomatoes, while the idli is a steamed rice patty dipped in sambar.
It would be dire to stop here without mentioning the thirst quenching selections for the parched traveller. For those of weary sole, there are offerings of the eternal mango lassi, masala tea and madras coffee. For seekers of a less adventurous fare, there are soft drinks, hot chocolate, and the regular of tea and coffee.
All of the canteens offerings are all equally delicious, although, to be sure, some are more equal than others. The price however, for such a vast cornucopia, is very hard to equal, ranging from $2 to as much as $7!
The tour will begin at 2pm, and will start with the Ganesh Temple, and then move on to other temples.
45-57 Bowne Street, Flushing, NY 11355
Om Sai Mandir
45-11 Smart St, NY 11355
Shirdi Sai Baba Temple
46-16 Robinson St, Flushing, NY 11355
4552 Kissena Blvd, Flushing, NY 11355
So, on November 2, 1pm-4pm set your compass for the Ganesh Temple of Flushing, and enjoy!