Editor’s note: We originally reported that the new Nepalese Indian restaurant would be called “Mt. Everest.” It has since been changed to “Nepalese Indian Restaurant.” We have updated this post to reflect the new name. For a more detailed explanation of the name change, see the comments below.
A few days ago, we told you about a new Tibetan restaurant opening on Venditti Square. Now the Himalayan explosion continues with news of a new full-blown Nepalese sit-down restaurant. Construction is underway at Nepalese Indian Restaurant, which is located in the space formerly occupied by Golden Star, the always-empty but somewhat beloved Chinese restaurant that was shuttered last August due to severe health violations.
Rajesh Sapkota, the new restaurant’s manager (and the owner’s nephew), told Ridgefood that Nepalese will serve traditional bread baked in a clay oven, chicken tandoori, spicy tikka masala, and other regional specialties. And though few knew it, Golden Star had a full liquor license. At press time, Mr. Sapkota reports that Nepalese intends to maintain the license — so they’ll have booze. Woo!
Nepalese cuisine is similar to Indian food, which is not surprising since the two countries share a border. Cooking methods and ingredients vary between the two regions, but you’ll find a lot of familiar Indian dishes like curries and dal at the new restaurant. And from the north, Tibetan flavors also color the Nepalese palate, sharing Himalayan butter tea and momos.
With a Nepalese restaurant, two Indian & Nepalese delis (Mt. Everest Grocery & Deli, the better option, and Gajurel Brothers Inc.), and the Ridgewood Nepalese Society, it looks like Ridgewood’s “Little Nepal” is on the rise. Mt. Everest plans to open December 10th. It’s open!
Nepalese Indian Restaurant
Mt. Everest Grocery & Deli
56-09 Myrtle Avenue [map]
Gajurel Brothers Inc.
55-15 Myrtle Avenue [map]