Best Bangladeshi Restaurant, August 2013
Boxes of ripening mangoes sit beside coolers filled with bowls of doi, a thick milk pudding. A multicolored ward map of Dhaka City adorns a wall. At Aladin Sweets & Market, folks stop in for glasses of milky tea with honey-dipped fried pastries, though savory dishes are the main draw. Halal meat stews redolent with garlic and cilantro are spooned from a steam table, their juices sopped up with roti flatbreads. Hilsha fish steaks arrive beneath a thatch of tumeric-laced onions. A mango pickle tempers the heat; a glass of chilled yogurt salt lassi provides the balm.