Like jalapeno chips, Tabasco popsicles, and spontaneously-combusting strawberries, Indian food is known for delivering fiery flavors via unassuming vehicles. Fan taste flames with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of traditional Indian fare at Delhi Heights in Jackson Heights.
Delhi Heights's wayfaring culinarians bring exotic Indian flavors to domestic diners with their traditionally prepared dishes. The extensive menu is populated by a diverse selection of subcontinental standbys, ranging from fluffy beds of basmasti-borne lamb biryani ($14.95) to tandoori chicken ($12.95), barbequed bits fired in clay ovens by terra-cotta chefs. Fusion enthusiasts may also enjoy blended bites from the Indian-style Chinese menu, with the chicken manchurian ($14.95) and Hong Kong-style lamb ($15.95) blending Far Eastern tastes with Indian cooking methods. Garden-minded gourmets can satisfy herbivorian hunger with vegetarian offerings, including the mattar paneer's pea-packed cheese curds ($11.95) or the daal tadka's spice-infused steamed lentils ($9.95). Delhi Height's sweets menu drop the curtain on plate performances, as the badami kheer's raisin-flecked rice pudding ($4.95) turns in the most evocative dessert portrayal since the all-cupcake production of Othello.
Patrons revel in their repasts at sleek, polished tables in the modern dining room as the attentive staff caters to their every whim, refilling waters when empty and politely destroying unfit flatware at just a nod of the head. Diners can also feed aural appetites with live evening music performances on Wednesday–Sunday.
The Village Voice favorably reviewed Delhi Heights, and Zagat rated the food as "very good to excellent." Fifty Yelpers give the restaurant an average of four stars, and 90% of Urbanspooners recommend it.
- Delhi Heights remains just another Punjabi joint at heart, though the Indian menu adds favorites from other regions, out-and-out inventions, and Punjabi stuff you won't find elsewhere. – Robert Sietsema, Village Voice
- I grew up on Indian food, absolutely love it, and think of myself as somewhat of a connoisseur. After 1.5 years in NYC, this is the best I've had. – Cheer D., Yelp, 1/2/11