Nov. 4, 2015 By Michael Florio
A new Tibetan restaurant serving momos, noodles and homemade yogurt opened on Roosevelt Avenue last month.
Cholsum Tibetan Restaurant, located at 72-24 Roosevelt Ave., opened in mid-October and offers authentic Tibetan food, according to owner and chef Nfn Woedtuk.
Woedtuk was born in Tibet before moving to India, where he opened his own restaurant in Dharamsala, India. He served as chef for 10 years at his restaurant, also called Cholsum, before moving to Jackson Heights three years ago. His family still operates the restaurant back in India.
Once in New York, Woedtuk knew he wanted to open a new restaurant, and decided on the Roosevelt Avenue location due to the large Asian population.
The restaurant is located just across the street from Little Tibet and one storefront away from Himalayan Yak Restaurant. However, Woeduk believes there is room for three Tibetan restaurants to operate successfully in close proximity given the number of Asian residents.
“There is a large population of Tibetan and Nepalese people,” he said.
He added that he believes his experience, along with the food the restaurant offers, will help him stand out.
Popular menu items so far include the beef and chive momo, the special thenthuk, which is a hand drawn noodle soup with extra beef, and the Cholsum special pasta, which is fried beef, lightly buttered with onion and tomato sauce.
Woedtuk said the Tibetan special yogurt has been a very popular item. He learned how to make this while living in Tibet.
“It is very special,” he said. “It has been popular with customers.”
The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. It can seat 18 people.
The location was previously occupied by GangJong Kitchen, which was owned by chef Tenzing Tsering. Tsering opened a restaurant in Sunnyside in March.