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DesiBowl, a Vernon Blvd. Eatery Offering an Indian-Mexican Mix, Closes

DesiBowl, 49-11 Vernon Blvd. (Photo: QueensPost)

April 12, 2019 Staff Report

A Vernon Boulevard restaurant that served a blend of Indian and Mexican food has closed after being in business about a year.

DesiBowl, located at 49-11 Vernon Blvd., abruptly closed in the past week and a “for lease” sign has already been posted in the window. The short-lived restaurant replaced long-time tenant Paris Health Café that closed in 2017 after a nearly 30-year run.

DesiBowl owner Sabiha Uddin launched the restaurant in January 2018 with the concept of build-your-own burritos and tacos—offering Indian-style meats, rices and vegetables to choose from.

“It’s literally like an Indian-style Chipotle,” Uddin said when the restaurant opened.

The eatery expanded its menu a few months ago and began offering burgers, sandwiches and additional Indian fare.

Uddin was unable to be reached for comment.

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It’s a shame. They tried. Food was good but very limited selection. Too bad they didn’t added the burgers and sandwiches sooner.


It’s too bad because we had something good and they got their rent jacked. Paris Cafe.


I really wanted DesiBowl to succeed but the food was not great and the decor was downright depressing. Not a place you’d want to sit down and eat. The branding sucked, and for what it’s worth, branding really matters. I could never bring myself to go back.

We hardly knew ya

I agree. I wanted it to succeed but the food was not hot and fresh and the concept not appealing. Good luck to Sabiha.

Next concept should pull the operation closer to the door. Was weird to walk that deep into the location.


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