Oct. 17, 2016 By Hannah Wulkan
The best restaurant in all of New York is tucked away right here in Astoria, according to Yelp.
A recent USA Today article asked Yelp to help find the best restaurant in each state, and Yaar Indian Restaurant in Astoria came out on top for New York.
Yelp used an algorithm that combined user ratings and reviews — excluding chain restaurants– to come up with the winner in each state.
Yaar, located at 22-55 31st Street by the Astoria-Ditmars Boulevard stop, has a 4.5 star rating with 179 reviews on Yelp.
The restaurant is known for offering an all-you-can-eat $10 lunch buffet on the weekends and prix fix menus for both lunch and dinner, as well as offering a full menu. It is also BYOB, allowing customers to bring their own alcohol to the restaurant.
“The food here is great! We love going here because the staff is friendly and attentive and the food is reasonably priced,” read one recent Yelp review.
“Hands down best Indian food in Ditmars/Astoria. I’m a picky eater and this place does it. I expect fresh, good food always and they never fail. The service inside and out of the restaurant is always perfect! I hope they stay in the area always,” read another recent review from September.
Yaar could not be reached for comment.
To see the original USA Today story, visit http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/experience/food-and-wine/2016/10/17/best-restaurant-yelp-by-state/92062430/.
ahahahahahhahah, nothing against yaar, but any recognition/award/best of from yelp is at lest laughable. Maybe not everybody know, but if you enroll in their yelp “vip” program as a restaurant, they’ll send a throng of “yelp vips” to dine at your place as a party (free of course) and a bunch of amazing reviews will pop up from all your guests in matter of days following the events…..this system is not crooked at all……
How could Seva not outdo Yaar?
That Location has been open significantly longer than Yaar.
Seva and Yaar have the same owners. The food is pretty similar too
Can’t beat Rocco’s Lin’ Contro’s on 31st street near Ditmars
If folks write on honest review on YELP then it works, I was recently traveling in Europe and i put in my honest both good and poor reviews of places i ate in and hotels i stayed at. I have not tried this Indian place and there are many many of them in the hood lately, but it is owned by SEVA and they have very good food. I have to give it a try.
dunno about best, but they are darn good!
must try this out and see if it’s as good as their other place off of 31st avenue and 34th street called Seva. The food their is great. Glad they are doing good and it’s in a populated location. Ditmars area has so much to offer. Such negativity from people that are probably miserable with their own lives that they have to beat down others doing well.
Good to see people understand Yelp is a joke. Failing restaurants often behind 5 stars for themselves, 1 star for the competition. Not sure what the pay scale is now for phony reviews.
Yelp is cyber stortion how much did they pay them to keep to reviews up
Samosa schmosa. A knish by any other name is still a knish.
Of course the article how to include cuisines from as many cultures as possible!! So I am sure they went out of their to embellish as much as possible for some. Nowadays, I am sure some group would protest and try to shut down the newspaper or fire the writer if they did not!
Or maybe people just enjoy Indian food, you imbecile.
Don’t order the Yelper Special.
best restaurant in NY is not accurate. It is very good though from a price/food/location standpoint. Been there a few times sitting and take out and it’s consistently good and staff is nice.
But have you tried their samosas? They are freaking delicious.
Yaar full o shite. Yelp reviews? Seriously?
Not buying this, that restaurant just opened has not even been there long enough for anyone to know of its existence. Think its Bulls*t!!!
But have you tried their samosas? They’re freaking delicious.