After eating at over a dozen restaurants serving kebabs for a story that ran Thursday in Newsday's food section, you’d think I’d be sick of grilled skewered meat. But once I got word of a new hole-in-the-wall in Hicksville, armed swordsmen couldn’t keep me away.
The place is called BBQ Nite & Fried Chicken and it occupies the former digs of Dosa Hut. If you can get over the bare-bones decor, order-at-the-counter service, Styrofoam plates and plastic cutlery, you're in for great pleasure and a check so low it seems like 1975.
Everything I ate was delectable, from moist, spicy (but not incendiary) ground chicken seekh kebabs to juicy dark meat chicken tikka to deeply smoky tandoori dark meat chicken quarters. While awaiting our order, my pal and I were given a plate of biryani (spiced basmati rice) with chicken — on the house. What’s more, tandoor-baked bread known as naan--crisp underneath, puffy on top – came free with any order over $10.
BBQ Nite & Fried Chicken, an offshoot of Al-Mehran Restaurant in Jamaica, Queens, is at 470 S. Broadway, Hicksville, 516-935-1599.
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