Cafe Himalaya

Tibetan Restaurant and Dumpling Restaurant$$$$
East Village, New York
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  • Pegah Y.
    "Eat the Shapta (Tibetan spicy beef and veggies)."(7 Tips)
    Taisiia I.
    "Chasha Shamdey and Mango Lassi 👌🏼"(7 Tips)
    Dorina Y.
    "Chili Dofu and Seasonal veggies awesome."(5 Tips)
    Chris B.
    "It's no longer BYOB, but they have cheap beer and wine."(9 Tips)
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  • Veronika S.
    Veronika SonsevOctober 18, 2013
    This place is fantastic and very cheap. We read the recommendations and had the momo dumplings and chasha shamdey. We also loved the beef shapta. Definitely on the regular rotation now.
    Upvoted Oct 8
  • Haley B.
    Haley BisseggerMarch 18, 2015
    I had the beef dumplings and they were delicious. I grabbed a mango lassi to-go and it was delicious. Friendly service and good prices!
  • Jorge Ayauhtli O.
    Jorge Ayauhtli OJanuary 22, 2014
    The sweet potato dumplings are great, the hot sause it's mild enough that you can use enough of it on them to flavor it. The bocha tea is interesting, kinda salty, prob. Good with a sweet dessert.
  • Gizem K.
    Gizem KDecember 21, 2013
    Lunch specials are very good and cheap. A lot of vegetarian options. The noodle soup is the cure for a cold day. Their ginger tea is amazing too.
  • Steve D.
    Steve DeanApril 10, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    This place is the East Village's best kept secret. Absolutely fantastic food and friendly service at absurdly low prices. $5.99 for lunch? Am I dreaming?
  • Ranu R.
    Ranu RajkarnikarSeptember 9
    Been here 5+ times
    This place is a hidden gem. Friendly service, cheap and delicious momos, noodles and chili tofu / chicken. Everything they make is so tasty!
  • Cindy T.
    Cindy TNovember 2, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    My favorite vegetarian dish is #16 Tsel Gyathuk Ngopa, which is sauteed noodles mixed with fresh green vegetables and tofu. Make sure you add the chili sauce that you get on the side.
  • Real Cheap Eats
    Real Cheap EatsNovember 5, 2012
    Alongside firm strips of tofu in the Chili Doufu ($7.99), you’ll find red and green pepper, onion, tomato and other spices that make the dish a panoply of textures. Read more
  • Ellie D.
    Ellie DMarch 5, 2012
    Has to be one of the best deals in town. Get any of the soups for a hearty and heart-warming appetizer. Everything I've had is delicious!
  • Bond Street
    Bond StreetOctober 6
    "Despite its surroundings, it’s a very zen place, my local hideout, and probably the only Tibetan restaurant in downtown NYC!" - Jayne Lies, photographer, video director, artist Read more
  • Chris B.
    Chris BellMarch 31, 2014
    This spot is great for vegetarians. Definitely try the Chilli Dofu, it's delicious. It's no longer BYOB, but they have cheap beer and wine.
  • Jason A.
    Jason AstonAugust 14
    The dumplings! Get the dumplings. Otherwise a lot of the stuff tastes the same. Solid choices: beef momos and pan fried noodles
  • Oz L.
    Oz LublingSeptember 15, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    a little hidden gem on East 1st street. Great lunch special and excellent authentic tibetan food.
  • Jess
    JessAugust 1, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the best spots in town. Super affordable and always delicious. Sha momo and pratha all the way.
  • Rachna S.
    Rachna ShrestaAugust 6, 2013
    Juicy and scrumptious - the momos are the best - try them steamed or pan fried
  • Dorina Y.
    Dorina YuenAugust 17, 2011
    Eat in or get delivery. Both works well. Chili Dofu and Seasonal veggies awesome. Homemade yogurt, great noodles and friendly staff.
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FurmanJanuary 20, 2015
    Got the chicken and noodles lunch special for $6.50. Awesome deal! Also check out the cool pictures of Everest.
    Downvoted Oct 17
  • Cat
    CatFebruary 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    one of the only places that doesn't bread their tofu! yes! also, order chili anything - the seasonings are incredible.
  • Pegah Y.
    Pegah YAugust 12, 2012
    Eat the Shapta (Tibetan spicy beef and veggies). Oh, and for the record this cuisine is Himalayan (Tibetan and Nepalese), not Indian.
  • Rajbir D.
    Rajbir DadhiyalaSeptember 13, 2013
    A pretty small place. Ignore the decor and concentrate on those juicy momos. Definitely worth a visit.
  • John O.
    John OrtenbergAugust 4, 2014
    Inexpensive and delicious. The curry was sublime and the Avocado Salad is a must.
  • Steff H.
    Steff HindFebruary 1, 2015
    Try the veggi potato dumplings they are delish... Beware of the sauce on the side it's crazy spicy
  • David H.
    David HuMay 18, 2014
    Really delicious and surprisingly cheap. Get the dumplings (momos) and chili dofu
  • Abigail A.
    Amazing steamed dumplings and pan fried noodles. Very affordable. Highly recommend.
  • Harumi U.
    Harumi USeptember 13, 2014
    Extremely vegetarian friendly. Have avocado salad and one of the dumplings (momo) for the table
  • Hibah H.
    Hibah HussainFebruary 14, 2012
    Get the momos pan fried, a side order of paratha, and don't forget to bring your fave beer.
  • Bin Y.
    Bin YangMay 11
    Share the momos and get the Luksha Shamdey. Cubes of tender lamb curry and soft potato chunks with a bowl of fluffy jasmine rice. FYI Amex is not accepted.
  • Kavita B.
    Kavita BabaMarch 8, 2015
    Mo' momos, mo' happiness. Seriously, the steamed momos are awesome. Great for vegetarians.
  • PJ P.
    PJ PergerMay 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Stop at the Bowery Whole Foods beer room, bring over a growler and eat sha momo until you explode.
  • mahammatt b.
    mahammatt babaNovember 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The Ginger is the best in the city!!! Get it hot or cold. Also get the Potato Momos.
  • Dan E.
    Dan EDecember 18, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    #17 + dumplings, one of the best meals available v. price in lower manhattan
  • Heather F.
    Heather FinkOctober 13, 2011
    This might be the best food for the price in NYC. It's great here! And healthy choices.
  • Racky R.
    Racky RossApril 7, 2015
    Delicious Nepalese cuisine. Great food in a very unassuming setting.
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CerdaDecember 27, 2012
    If you're a fan of the savory, try the Bocha Himalayan tea. It's basically a salty bitch slap.
  • Danielle B.
    Danielle BorschMay 26, 2011
    Cheap and tasty. The paratha is especially good. But I've had better mango lassi elsewhere.
  • Aiah W.
    Aiah WiederOctober 14, 2013
    Ask what's good on the specials board, because it's always different.
  • Simran J.
    Simran JaisingJanuary 27, 2013
    cheap, byob, nepali food in the LES. relaxed vibe. good for vegetarians.
  • Michael K.
    Michael KMarch 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Order a mango lassi with whatever you're having...refreshing & cuts through the spice
  • nikki a.
    nikki austinJanuary 5, 2015
    Great food, multiple vegetarian and paleo options, and great price.
  • Amanda T.
    Amanda TheilerFebruary 27, 2015
    $7-10, try momos (dumplings) $6-7.50, and deysee (rice pudding) $3.50
  • Muneeb A.
    Muneeb AnwarDecember 20, 2014
    One of my favorites in NYC! Get everything. 👍👌 perfect soups for a cold night.
  • Shawna K.
    Shawna KMarch 3, 2012
    #19 was so delicious we had to order two. Get it with the pratha
  • Sara M.
    Sara MathewMay 18, 2013
    Momos , chilli dofu ,lamb curry , chilli shrimp are really good
  • Noppanit C.
    Noppanit CharassinvichaiOctober 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Shapta. Everything is so flavourful and good spicy
  • Élise W.
    Élise WyattDecember 23, 2014
    Momos are good. Food is a bit more modern than traditional.
  • Kate Y.
    Kate YanJune 1, 2015
    Try the chicken curry off the lunch specials menu.
  • KP
    KPNovember 10, 2013
    The Deysee dessert is really good! I dig this place.
  • Jennifer Y.
    Jennifer YipMay 17, 2014
    the noodle soup is good as are the dumplings!
  • Siddarth K.
    Siddarth KannanMay 15, 2015
    Veg momos with the bucha Tibetan tea
  • raul g.
    raul gutierrezOctober 28, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Venue misspelled. Delicious everything. Momos + chili chicken is my standing order.
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