Indian Food in America

For us Indian food lovers, the names and flavors of dishes such as Samosa Chat, Sag Paneer, Chicken Tikka and other Tandoor items have seeped into a state of common knowledge. However, it was not too long ago where Indian food was not as well known as it is today. As mentioned in our previous blog post, Jackson Diner was one of the first Indian restaurants established in our area Jackson Heights. That was only thirty or so years ago, which occurred as a blink of an eye for some and a long grueling trek for others.

What has Indian cuisine become today? Now there is an established area in New York City called Curry Hill dedicated to Indian restaurants. Jackson Diner itself started a second location near Union Square, giving our part of Indian culture and tradition. In only a span of a few decades, we have seen the rise of awareness and love for Indian cuisine.

In a recent article written by  Visi R. Tilak, the place of Indian food in the palate of Americans is noted from its previous obscure position to being celebrated and praised. While unfamiliar to many Americans, Indian food has an extensive range of flavors and creations to offer and inspire. In modern television cook shows you can see more Indian Chefs as a respected artisan  than before. Indian food is texture and ingredient driven, pushing the boundaries and combinations to create “harmonious flavor out of many ingredients”.

Indian cuisine has reached a point of recognition in America. From traditional ethnic dishes to the bold flavors of new Indian chefs, the taste and attraction that Indian food brings is undeniable.


From the Heights to the Village

In the busy streets of Jackson Heights in Queens, New York, is one of the borough’s hidden jewels, the family eatery Jackson Diner. In 1983, Jackson Heights had its first addition of authentic Indian food to its selection of eateries. Although the diner’s Indian cuisine was first introduced for the lunch and dinner menu, Jackson Diner later on became famous for its delicious and affordable Indian buffet.

The idea for the buffet originated from the desire to serve workers who came during their lunch breaks. With the short amount of available time,  ordering food and waiting for entrees would take too long. With the availability of a buffet, fresh food could be served to customers who needed delicious, warm food without the waiting time. It also presented an opportunity to introduce classic Indian dishes to those who were new to the culture, as well as a large selection of healthy, non-meat dishes to appeal to Vegetarians.

In December 2010, Jackson Diner opened a second location in the Village, bringing its delicious Indian cuisine to New York City. In this new location, students, teachers, businessmen, and regulars alike could all come to one place for fresh, delectable Indian food.

Jackson Diner prides itself on healthy, authentic, Indian cuisine for everyone to enjoy.

With our new location launched recently, we wanted a way to get even closer with our customers. Jackson Diner now has an official Facebook page and Twitter. Like US! Follow US! Keep posted with the latest news and updates!

Jackson Diner: Your Passage to Indian Cuisine

Jackson Diner, an authentic Indian restaurant with its roots in Jackson Heights, New York, welcomes you to our new blog! We decided to create this blog as a way to connect and explore with our customers and all Indian food lovers. Jackson Diner is currently located in the core of the village in the greatest city New York! As a customer you will experience the wondrous diversity of culinary dishes from Northern and Southern India. Our menu will inspire and satisfy your Indian food loving appetites.

Our robust menu is prepared by our talented chef and contains classic dishes as well as unique appetizers.

Jackson Diner will bring India to you, offering catering for events and gatherings, large and small, for all your family and friends to enjoy.

Come and experience a magical feast that will please every discriminative pallet!

We now have an official Facebook page and twitter!!

You can also find us on Yelp and foursquare!