Indian Food-6th Street
Taking someone for the first time to try Indian food. (they usually only eat Italian and are skeptical). I used to eat at Gandhi on 6th street alot, but after one not one or two not so great meals switched to Paang(?) on 1st off 6th. Also know that Havelli's quality is a bit above, and so are the prices. Been to Jackson Diner and truthfully IMO found korma's and some other dishes lacking in flavor other than just being plain "hot". I think the atmosphere would not be also as desirable at Jackson. Anyone eaten at Gandhi lately? or Havelli? Can you still bring your own wine?
Would appreciate a quick reply as we are goin Thursday. Thanks,
Spring for Haveli it's definitely worth it. Especially since it and Gandhi both serve drinks.
why waste your time on 6th street, especially if you are bringing a first time Indian food eater. The food is still lackluster at best and tastes nothing like the delicacies found in Jackson Heights, or second to that some of the places up on Lexington/28th. the food on 6th street is a sham and it seems that it all comes from a central kitchen shared by all of these places. it is more bangladeshi than indian anyway.
I went to an Indian place on West Broadway a few months ago; it was very nice inside, reasonably priced (comparable, more or less, to 6th street) with good quality food. If I remember correctly it was called Namaskaar.
I would recommend it for your situation, though there is better food at other restaurants.
I ate at Haveli with my girlfriend last week, for the 1st time. About $45 for both of us before tip, IIRC. The standard pickled onion and cilantro+green chili sambals were unusually good, and hot. I got the mulligatawny, which was tomatoey and not as hot as I hoped, but good. My girlfriend got a special chicken soup which was delicious. Our main dishes were a potato, mushroom, and cauliflower dish (something gobi, I forget), which was good, and I'm forgetting which goat dish we got (it was OK). But what I didn't forget is that they were getting everyone's order wrong. They offered to give us 2 or 3 things we didn't order, and then they actually gave us what I figured was white chicken dhan sak, which we didn't order. They gave it to us free when we pointed it out to them, but I give them serious demerits for the slipshod service.
The decor is very nice and interesting.
I rate the restaurant 1-star overall, but my girlfriend disagreed seriously and gave it a 2-star rating. She wants to go back for Valentine's Day. I'll take her there, but it's not my preference. I wouldn't care if I never went back.
My favorite Indian restaurant in the area is Madras Cafe, 2nd Av. between 4th & 5th. It's around $18 plus tip for a full meal including dessert and lassi for a drink. (Note that we had no dessert at Haveli.)
If you want to eat in Manhattan, you might want to try Mavalli Palace, on East 29th St., for some good Southern Indian vegetarian food. There are many postings about Mavalli on this board - you can search for specific recommendations. The masala dosa is delish, and the service is very nice. It's perhaps a bit more expensive than the places on 6th St., but the food is much tastier.