- Michael Schneideman Jun 29, 1998 01:19 PM
Can anyone recommend a really good Indian restaurant in
For food quality only, of the restaurants open prior to this year, I'd recommend, in order:
1. Mavalli Palace -- Southern Indian (strictly vegetarian) 46 E. 28th Approximately $25 per person for a lot of food. Especially for the dosai, lemon rice, lentil "doughnuts,"uttaphams, eggplant, etc.
2. Shaan-- 47 W. 48th. They are particularly good with shrimp. This is a lovely restaurant with plenty of space -- my favorite place for a business meal in midtown, because of the privacy. Approximately $40 per person (not *that* dressy). The shrimp appetizer is a standout.
3. Dawat -- 210 E. 58th. The most highly touted Indian in NYC, Maddhur Jaffri's restaurant has been inconsistent and noisy, in my experience, but has some good dishes, particularly lamb.
There are a bunch of new upscale Indian places, but I haven't been to any yet.
re: Dave Feldman
For an unbelievable (and inexpensive) authentic
vegetarian Indian experience -- try Vatan on 3rd Ave.
and 30th Street (or maybe 29th?) Looks like NOTHING
from outside -- but inside it opens up like a little
oasis with traditional tables surrounded by cushions
and mattresses that you can recline on between
courses. They serve lots of little bowls full of
delicious food -- and they keep bringing it until you
say WHEN. I HIGHLY recommend it. Mavelli Palace and
Shaan (recommended by someone else on this site) are
also terrific -- but Vatan is just an experience that
everyone who likes Indian should try once! (I think
it's $20 all you can eat)
Well, today I was on the Upper West Side and I was
stumped; a woman asked me if I knew of any good Indian
restaurants in the neighborhood and I drew a blank. Are
there any good Indian restaurants on the Upper West
Side? (I was up around Amsterdam and 84th, but I know I
could have sent her anywhere in a 10-block radius.)
re: Frank Language
It's been a few years, but when I lived near Columbia
there was a Indian place on Broadway around 110th or so
-- on the west side of the street just north of where
Broadway and West End join up. Sorry I can't remember
the name. I liked their food, but it was before I had
been exposed to actual good Indian food in Queens so I
can't really vouch for my memory of it.
re: Jeremy Osner
One of the best and oldest restaurant on upper
westside is Indian Oven at 200 west 84th street. It
has been on the upper westside for the last 25 years.
It happens to have one of the most innovative regional
menu as well as some old staple favorites. It has one
of the best Tandoori stuff and breads. You will enjoy
I've yet to find a moderately priced Indian restaurant that was consistantly good other than the Jackson Diner in Queens. I haven't been there since they moved to their larger location, but they had the best dosai (not greasey like most, and their chicken pagshwala (tandoori chicken saag) I think sets the standard.
re: james baird
Re: Cheap, terrific Indian food in Manhattan
Try Minar (31st Street between Broadway and 5th). I usually get masala dosa there, but their north Indian food isn't bad either. Drawback is their rather curtailed hours: closes at 7:00 (I think) M-F and 5:30 on Saturday. Closed on Sunday.
A word on Vatan...it's a great place to bring friends for a nice social occasion, especially ones not particularly familiar with Indian food. My friends from India were underwhelmed by the place; some found the mango lassi, shall we say, "unpalatable". I'd say a couple of visits per year is plenty; the place is neither a bargain nor a rip-off.
re: Frank Language
You can't find anything great on the UWS. My favorite, though, is Indian Tanpura, located at 564 Amsterdam (between 87th and 88th -- they have a branch at 1109 First Ave. at 61st St, which I've never tried).
I'm addicted to one dish at Tanpura -- the goat Danshak. It's a lentil/spinach sauce with moderate hotness. It's a complex sauce also available lwith lamb or beef). The onion kulcha at Tanpura is solid and their delivery service is terrific.
re: Dave Feldman
Sorry. just found your note today. It is certainly the
best buffet and may be the best Indian. It's hard to
imagine that flavor can survive a steam table, but all
the tastes here are bright and fresh. The owners are
conservative in their menu so the chef gets creative
with his buffet, trying out new things and giving a
lift to traditional dishes. I've only gone for lunch,
but I believe there's a pre-theatre buffet as well. Try
it and let me know what you think.
I haven't been, but a friend whose taste I trust likes
Salaam Bombay in Tribeca.
I haven't been to Dawat in about 5 years -- some things
were great, some weren't but the service and wait were
horrendous, for a considerable price.
Definitely Pappans...between 5th and 6th on first--I think. Next door to Milans (another Indian restauratn). Seating is tight, food is really good(I've only eaten there once)..atmosphere is awesome. Tiny lights hanging all over right down to the top of your head when you're sitting at your table. very cool.