Tangra Masala Review

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Below is a review of tangra masala indian chinese restaurant by NYIndia.us

To ferret out the tastiest Indian food in the New York metropolitan region, sometimes you have to go to out of the way restaurants.

If you love Indian-Chinese cuisine as much as we do, you’d be missing a lot if you fail to make a trip to Royal Tangra Masala on Hillside Avenue in New Hyde Park.

Owned by an Indian Chinese entrepreneur from Calcutta (now Kolkata), Royal Tangra Masala is considered the gold standard of Indian-Chinese restaurants in New York.

And rightly so.

This is a restaurant that bestows lavish favors on its diners and intense flavors in its curries. Besides being spicy and tasty, the food at Royal Tangra Masala is also excellent value for money.

We tried Vegetable Pakoras ($5.95) for appetizers before heading into a combination of vegetarian and non-vegetarian entrees.

Fresh, crisp and spicy, the vegetable Pakoras (nine pieces in all) came with green chutney and tamarind sauce. At most Indian restaurants, vegetable Pakoras are usually bland and seldom fresh making the fine Royal Tangra Masala Pakoras a welcome treat.

Among the entrees at Royal Tangra Masala, our picks included Manchurian Chicken ($6.95), Ginger Chicken ($6.95) and Tangra Masala ($6.95).

All the entrees we ordered for Lunch at Royal Tangra Masala came with a choice of Vegetable Fried Rice or Steamed Rice and Corn Soup or Hot and Sour Soup (for an extra 50 Cents you get Vegetable Fried Rice Soup with Chicken). But keep in mind these are Lunch Special prices available only Tue-Fri from 12:00PM-3:00PM.

Being partial to spicy food, we requested our waiter to make all the entrees spicy. Oftentimes when you ask for your curry to be spicy, a lot of Indian restaurants – both on the East Coast and in California – just shovel chilli powder into the pan without bothering to add other ingredients in the right proportion. Invariably, the result is a fiery disaster on your table. But Royal Tangra Masala’s Chef is a rara avis, possessing the secret recipe of how to make the food spicy yet at the same time tasty.

Much to our delight, every single item we tried at Royal Tangra Masala was a real treat.

We chose Corn Soup, Hot and Sour Soup and Vegetable Fried Rice with our entrees. The soups were steaming hot and tasty.

Gobi Tangra Masala had the pleasant smell of freshly ground spices. Likewise with Ginger Chicken and Manchurian Chicken. All three entrees came in a luscious, thick gravy. A lot of spices, a little sourness and a pinch of salt made our entrees a delight till the last bite.

The quantity of both curry and rice served at Royal Tangra Masala was quite sumptuous, enough to satisy even a Bakasura (a mythological Indian demon known for his prodigious appetite).

While Gobi Tangra Masala, Ginger Chicken and Manchurian Chicken were outstanding, our vote for the best dish goes to the Rasmalai dessert ($3.50).

On both the East Coast and West Coast, we’ve had Rasmalai at scores of Indian restaurants. But none of them can hold a candle to Royal Tangra Masala’s Rasmalai. Set in a small cup of sweet milk, the Rasmalai was soft and absolutely delicious. Make sure to try it during your visit.

Throwing caution – and our high Cholesterol – to the winds, we ordered a second dessert – Lichee with Ice Cream ($3.95). Again, we struck gold. The Lichees had a fresh taste while the Vanilla Ice Cream was beyond reproach.

Yet another nice thing at Royal Tangra Masala is the clean condition of rest rooms and the unusual instructions inside. More than the cleanliness, what attracted our attention was the little, thoughtful note placed next to the light switch requesting customers not to switch off the lights after use. Rest rooms in most Indian restaurants are typically dark hell-holes and you have to grope your way for the light switch. Royal Tangra Masala is again the exception.

Our waiter – a cheerful fellow from Malaysia – was courteous and attentive, promptly removing the used plates and filling our water glasses.

Besides Indian-Chinese dishes, Royal Tangra Masala also offers Chicken Singapore Noodles, American Chop Suey, Chinese Chop Suey and Halal Meat upon request. It, however, does not offer staples of Indian cuisine such as Masala Tea, Tandoori Chicken and Naan Breads. To tell you the truth, we never missed them because what Royal Tangra Masala has on the menu is good enough.

Royal Tangra Masala is an Indian restaurant in New York worthy of your attention and highest respect.- RR


  1. […] in Calcutta, there isn’t exactly a glut of Chinese-Indian joints in New York. There is, however, Tangra Masala, the Elmhurst-based granddaddy of New York Chinese-Indian restaurants, and a popular destination […]

  2. Zong Zhai Ming says:

    On your next visit to Tangra Masala you guys or girls can have your haircut done as well, the owner was an excellent hairdresser and a good friend of ours.

  3. Vivek says:

    (thanx for the info.) missed……………………….. canada very much.

  4. vivek says:

    ops i thought this was in canada. LOL , my cousin stays there in vancouver i go there for vacation once in two year.
    not been to US.

  5. ycl1688 says:


    yes, definitely Vancouver is very much like Hong kong in food scene. Once you have been to Canada, it is easy to get US visa.

  6. vivek says:

    Hi, ycl
    The food sound yummy to me, i never knew such exotic food are there in chinese menu as you have mention in your other post. We know chinese food is only Chow Chow (noodles.) fried rice and chilli chicken. It will be a hell of an adventure to try those items. Cant wait the next time when i go to vancouver i will definitely go to US. and try the food in tangra masala.

  7. lu says:

    Hi, Vivek

    Those item he mentioned are very rare, you will be lucky to find them. You like Exotic food go to bangkok, you will get crispy scorpion and cockroch (like KFC) and lots of other stuff like shell to eat like popcorn on the roadside stall , dare to try those.

  8. vivek says:

    Thanx for your recommendation, for you kind information, im fond of chinese food not thai food.

  9. ycl1688 says:


    I know you are chinese food lover, most of the food you eat in Kolkata is ‘indianized’, most of it are fried. I am not looking down on Indian chinese food, as with most fried food, the end result is stomach ‘c’ you should know what i mean, fried food and stomach are the twin that shall never meet. Who am i supposed to tell others what not to eat. Anyways stir fry is different most of the authenic chinese food are stir fried.

    By the way if you ever make it to NYC, try some of the authentic chinese food in Flushing, NY is the second chinatown in nyc. Vancouver does have large HK immigrants those chinese food are as closed as you can get to HK, Vancouver’s Chinatown is as busy as Toronto, so does Los Angeles, SF. The bottom line is if you ever try the exotic food such as Shark fin soup, maine lobster, and so on you should get it in Vancouver,
    HK people know how to eat and eat fresh. If you ever have to line up for 3 hours to get a table in Chinese restaurant go for it make sure you bring a
    DVD player and a Hindi movie and wait for you seat, that is worth it. So next time in Vancouver try those mainstream Cantonese food. You will not be disappointed. You still are trying for chinese pastries, go for it in Vancouver. If food is not spicy for you, go with chilli sauce that is good for your blood circulation. So try to get on the next flight to Vancouver, and get a report and you have eaten there. Mean time I will still write food recommendation keep your mouth watering.

  10. vivek says:

    Yes it is true that we are used to eating fried stuff, If wonderful people like you, who are selfless to share your knowledge with us, then we can improve our eating habits.
    I have started to develop the taste for stir fried foods, its really delicious and it preserved most of the natural flavours. I have started to love this stir fried stuffs.
    Im very eager to meet my cousin in Vancouver, i hope i will have some nice story to share with you’ll.
    Till then please keep us posted with the best of chinese foods.