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Jan 07, 2016

Astoria Small Business Owner Spotlight: Sonny Solomon from Kurry Qulture

  We’ve profiled lots of veteran Astoria businesses in this series, like powerhouses Petey’s Burger and Sac’s Place, but this week we’re going to feature a new kid on the block, (…)

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We’ve profiled lots of veteran Astoria businesses in this series, like powerhouses Petey’s Burger and Sac’s Place, but this week we’re going to feature a new kid on the block, Kurry Qulture. We enjoyed a wonderful evening sampling their menu on a rainy December night in 2015, and can’t wait to see what success the new year brings them. Their owner, Sonny Solomon, is warm and welcoming, and is putting his heart and soul into the restaurant. We’re delighted he took the time to share HIS Astoria with us!

 

The main event: tasting portions of Kurry Qulture's excellent Lamb Chop (left) and Chicken Curry (right)

The main event: tasting portions of Kurry Qulture’s excellent Lamb Chop (left) and Chicken Curry (right)

Name of Business:

Kurry Qulture

 

Owned by:

Sonny Solomon

 

Year opened:

2015

 

Address:

36-05, 30th Avenue, Astoria, NY 11103

 

Known for:

A chic and casual restaurant to enjoy Seasonal Indian Cuisine.

 

Nothing starts a meal off right quite like naan.

Nothing starts a meal off right quite like naan.

 

Do you also live in Queens, if so where? How did you end up here?

Yes. I’ve lived on Broadway and 29th for the last 15 years. It’s the cultural diversity that attracted me to move this side of the river.

 

What made you decide to open a business in Astoria?

I believe the neighborhood needed a different take on Indian cuisine.

 

What’s been your favorite moment since opening so far?

Apart from the day of opening, I would say my favorite moment was bringing in the new year with a diverse crowd of Greeks, French, Egyptians, Indians and, of course, Americans.

 

What’s your favorite item you sell?

Ah, that’s a tough one! Mmmmm… for appetizers, the Lamb Stuffed Tandoori Chicken and for entrée, Shalgam Goat Curry. (That’s for this season of course, it’ll change in the next three months)

A tasting portion of the popular Lamb Stuffed Tandoori Chicken is on the left!

A tasting portion of the popular Lamb Stuffed Tandoori Chicken is on the left!

What’s the most popular item you sell?

Manchurian Cauliflower and Rogan Josh (Lamb Shank).

Don't miss out on the Manchurian Cauliflower!

Don’t miss out on the Manchurian Cauliflower! (pictured on the right)

What’s your personal favorite place to grab food when you’re working?

For breakfast it would be Sanford’s, and for lunch it’s Homemade Falafel.

 

What’s a hidden Astoria secret you feel like most people don’t know about?

The Sculpture Park.

 

What’s your favorite place to grab a drink?

Bungalo on Broadway and 32nd Street.

 

If you have friends or family visiting Astoria, where do you take them?

For Greek we go to Aliada, and for Italian, Sac’s Place.

 

How have you seen Astoria change since you’ve been here?

Definitely. I’ve seen it become more family oriented. And there’s a larger variety of restaurants and cuisines available now.

 

What’s you’re favorite part of owning a business in Queens?

I like the fact that I’m getting to know my neighbors and I’m introducing them to a different version of Indian cuisine.

 

A trio of fantastic desserts

A trio of fantastic desserts

 

We hope our readers are also getting to know Sonny, and the fabulous menu at Kurry Qulture!

 

Kurry Qulture (36-05 30th Ave (718) 674-1212
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About Lindsay Goyette

Lindsay has been eating and drinking her way through Queens since 2011. A casting director by day and Astoria explorer by night, you can usually find her checking out live music, theatre, or the newest neighborhood spot to enjoy a craft beer.

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