The Rubin Museum of Art's Guide to Himalayan Restaurants

The art museum shares its favorite Himalayan restaurants in the Big Apple

Chicken Momos are a fan-favorite at Serai at the Rubin Museum of Art

In an effort to make exploring New York City’s Himalayan restaurants easier, The Rubin Museum of Art is providing its visitors with a complimentary Himalayan NYC guidebook featuring dining and attraction information.

See The Rubin Museum of Art’s Guide to Himalayan Restaurants

The museum produced the guide to encourage visitors to find connections between the Himalayan art presented in the museum and contemporary Himalayan city life. By drawing from the museum's Himalayan resources, they created a guide filled with Himalayan attractions, small restaurants, and boutique shops, many of which are in Jackson Heights in Queens. The guide also includes explanations and examples of Himalayan cuisine, which is often inspired by Chinese and Indian fare.

Dividing the Tibetan Plateau and the Indian subcontinent plains, the Himalayas are comprised of Bhutan, Mongolia, Tibet, and Nepal. Each country’s cuisine and the blending of these cuisines fall under the category of Himalayan cuisine. Bhutanese cuisine includes much buckwheat, maize, rice, and various spices such as turmeric, ginger, and cardamom. Mongolian food typically consists of meat and dairy products. Unique in itself, Tibetan cuisine is highly influenced by its geographic location and includes stewed meat and potatoes. Since it is a plateau, it produces many crops, such as barley. Nepalese cuisine typically includes boiled grains, lentils and spicy chutney.

Included in the booklet is the museum’s own Himalayan restaurant, Serai, where visitors can get a taste of some Tibetan flavors such as the Thali Plate, which is made of paneer curry with Malabar shrimp.

Here, the Rubin Museum of Art shared with The Daily Meal its 14 favorite Himalayan restaurants in New York City.


Tayler Stein is a Junior Writer at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @TaylerSteinTDM.