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Aug 5, 2004 03:32 PM

East Village Indian Myth?

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Are the rumors true that all those Indian restaurants on 6th street between 1st and 2nd avenues share one central kitchen?

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  1. the rumors are not true...but they all do have similar menus and similar crappy food...there's a reason why you never actually see anyone Indian eating down there.

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    1. re: Nathan

      Can anyone recommend some place better in the east village, NOT part of that strip?

      1. re: lalagirl

        go up 15 blocks to Curry Hill....lots of options.

        1. re: Nathan

          Pongol, Chennai Garden, Roomali, and Haandi are all very good in Curry Hill. Chinese Mirch and Kalustyan's Masala Cafe have recently received very good reviews...again in Curry Hill.

        2. re: lalagirl

          I like Brick Lane, which is Indian food like you find in London.

          1. re: Non Cognomina

            I went to Brick Lane with two other friends from London, where I also come from. Unfortunately we were all disappointed, the food was under-spiced, took an hour to get to our table and was a little overpriced!! They are using the name in vain!!

      2. Haveli on second ave, although nearby, is a cut above the 6th St masses.

        1. s
          sing me a bar

          I asked this awhile back and was assured it was apocryphal, but, I wonder.....

          1. Banjara on the corner of 1st Ave. and 6th Street stands out at the BEST place. It is clean and GREAT food. It is a little pricier than the other places in the area, but VERY worth it. You get what you pay for. Theya re friendly and have a full bar. Varry attentive. Try the Dumphakt!!! It is amazing. It is a creamy sauced dish with a bread skin baked over it. Also, ALL their dishes are tasty! Try it and you'll see! I love it and bring people from outta town there all the time.

            1. What about Angon? Is it better than the others on 6th St.?

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              1. re: tsiblis

                Love Angon. Read abt it here and checked it out. Have been back 2 or 3 times and brought friends. Everyone agreed the food is fresher and no comparison to the slop you'd expect to find on 6th. The room is also a little nicer than the rest.

                1. re: tsiblis

                  Based on my last trip, no. It used to be, when Mina was there and for a few months after she left.

                  1. re: tsiblis

                    A couple of years ago, when we were visiting NYC, we ate at Angon. It was easily the best Indian meal I've had outside of India (and I'm an Indian living in the SF Bay Area). As an added bonus, the people occupying the table next to us were Salman Rushdie and his wife Padma Lakshmi, the host of Bravo's Top Chef!

                    1. re: coriander

                      A couple of years ago, Mina was at Angon. It was a different restaurant than it is now.

                      1. re: Pan

                        Was she the very nice Bangladeshi woman who ran the kitchen? She came out a few times to talk to patrons. And I thought it remarkable that she made us feel no less special than the Rushdies, even though she clearly knew who they were. (Well... she was a bit more flustered to see them than she was us, but she was just as nice to everyone.) I heard she used to run a place in Queens. Is that still around?

                        1. re: coriander

                          She has a new place now, Spicy Mina's. I haven't been to it, but there's plenty of discussion you can check out on the Outer Boroughs board.