45-57 Bowne Street , Flushing
The Ganesh Temple in Flushing is formally known as the Hindu Temple Society of North America and claims to be the first traditional Hindu temple in the United States. The temple’s architecture and rituals have their origins in the South Indian tradition. The structure is mostly composed of granite, with many intricate carvings, and was completed in 1977.
The temple boasts a vegetarian restaurant in its basement known as the Temple Canteen, which serves authentic South Indian cuisine and feeds approximately 4,000 people per week. The Temple Canteen has been featured more than once in food writer Anthony Bourdain’s tours of New York City.
The Ganesh Temple, which gets its name from its main shrine to Lord Ganesha, also regularly hosts dance, art and yoga classes that are open to the public. Every Sunday, Sanskrit classes for children and adults are held in the temple’s Patasala, which is the institution’s center for religious and cultural education.