Everyone knows about Little India on Sixth St. and Second Ave in the Village. But, for those of you who want to delve deeper, let me recommend the Ganesh Temple and Canteen in deepest Flushing.
Yesterday I biked to the Temple on a nice crisp day. After descending two flights of stairs, you end up in the Temple basement. Lots of tables and chairs, a large statue of Ganesh, and a counter where food is ordered. True delicious South Indian food. While this food is prepared by and for the congregation, outsiders are made to feel very welcome.
We had poori bread with chick peas, an utttapom with some great sides, desserts and mango lassi. We were sated and licking out lips. Nothing left but empty plates. And the cost of this delicious meal - $13. For both of us.
After feasting, we removed our shoes and entered into the temple itself. Simple and beautiful, with walls lined with Deities. It was interesting to be there during prayers. I am unfamiliar with Hindu culture, and there were people who were more than happy to answer our questions.
Do I expect most folks to run out to Flushing for this experience. Nope. But those who do will be rewarded, both physically and spiritually. It should go without saying that this is a temple and that utmost respect in dress and behavior should be done by all visitors.