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  • jmax Aug 16, 2006 02:53 PM
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Have a craving for Indian - where is the best on Long Island?

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  1. Anybody hear of House of India in Huntignton?

    1. The Indian in Huntington is o.k. Best places on LI are in Hicksville. I attach a link on a previous thread. If you search on Hicksville, you'll find many ideas...

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      1. re: Siobhan

        I echo Siobhan's feedback. We love indian food, and went to House of India in Huntington once. It was just ok. We haven't been back & won't. Hicksville has many, many indian restaurants, many that are delicious. I"d suggest you check out places in that area.

        1. re: Siobhan

          I had also heard that the places on LI to find good Indian Cuisine are in Huntington & Hicksville ... but surprise to me - it's not true. An Indian friend sent me to Kiran Palace in Hicksville, it was ok but it just did not have "my taste." Be adventurous, try Western Nassau (Samrat) or Kew Gardens (Baluchi). So what am I saying here? I like Indian food and I'm open to trying the lesser knowns.

        2. Kiran Palace, in the Delco Plaza at Old Country Road and Route 107 in Hicksville.

          1. Samrat, West Hempstead

            1. Samrat, on Hempstead Turnpike , in West Hempstead has an excellent chef. I find the Indian food here far superior to other Indian restaurants on Long Island.

              A buffet is available for lunch...open 7 days /week.
              Try the shrimp soup for an appetizer...
              I eat here every week....no complaints except that more of us have to support him with our business....This place was the former Taj Mahal......

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              1. re: Twanya

                I agree. I really enjoy myself every time I dine at Samrat, Hempstead Turnpike, West Hempstead. The food is outstanding and if you don't see it on the menu, ask and they will prepare it for you. The wait staff is attentive and unobtrusive. And the owners are there every night to insure your delight. The chef is talented and consistent and DOES NOT USE GHEE. I love their tender lamb dishes & I agree with Twanya, the Shrimp Soup is a winner. Their prices are very good and easy parking. What more could you ask for?

              2. I love Indian food but find that most places cook with too much oil/ghee (butter) in it. Can anyone recommend a good Indian restaurant on LI that doesn't cook with so much of it?

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                1. re: synergy

                  I just at at Kiran Palace for the first time this weekend, and I thought it was terrific. The food was not at all greasy and the spicing was excellent. Also, the staff were attentive and helpful. We had chicken Jalfrezi (medium spicy, which was still pretty hot), chana masala, lamb saag (the lamb was a bit chewy, but it always seem to be in these kinds of dishes -- I gotta stick to chicken) and a couple of breads. The people at the next table told us they eat there every week and that they often get recommendations from the wait staff, who know them.

                  I've also eaten at Rahgmahal, which is also very good but definitely greasy. I would highly recommend Kiran Palace.

                  1. re: LloydG

                    We also went to Kirin Palace for the first time and it will be our last. First clue while waiting for a table was the fact that not one Indian person was eating there. We have been to most of the other Indian places in Hicksville and Kirin just didn't hit the mark. My lamb vindaloo was gristly and asked for not medium but hot and instead got bland. The dal had the right amount of heat, but way to oily. The onion kulcha was at best forgettable. Service was fine. Rahgmahal is just not good and way overpriced. How I long for Sansar. I know I'm going against the grain here but to each his own. Looks like we'll be heading to Queens for our next fix.

                    1. re: MKS

                      That sounds terrible. I noticed some Indian people, although it was mostly non-Indian. I probably wouldn't go back either after that experience. Do you know of a really good place in Hicksville other than Kiran Palace or Rahgmahal?

                      1. re: LloydG

                        e goes I agree with phofiend l

                        In Hicksville I agree 100% with phofiend about Masala Wok. Very interesting Indian with some chinese influence. Many Haka style dishes. Waitstaff is very helpful. If you go try the "drums of heaven" for an app. If your looking for vegetarian House of Dosas is decent. As far as Queens, Woodside and Jackson Hts. is where you will find the BEST Indian. Our favorite is Spicy Minas in Woodside. Do a search on the Outer Borough Board. You''ll read about endless amazing places to check out.

                      2. re: MKS

                        I've been to Kiran Palace at Lunch, Dinner, and all hours in between, and the clientele has always been about 80% Indian. And I have such a high heat tolerance that my Thai friends like me to tone down my dishes -- and when I've asked for spicy at Kiran, it is plenty hot. I've never had a bad dish, and get several that just aren't common elsewhere: chicken xiacutti, baingan dahiwala, etc.

                        1. re: MKS

                          Whereabouts in Queens?

                          BTW, I agree w/you on Kirin-thumbs down for all the reasons mentioned and then some. I miss Sansar too! And Sagar.

                          1. re: kelvin8r

                            Sorry for the late response. Our top three are;
                            Rajbhog's - Jackson Hts.
                            Deshi Biryani- JH
                            Spicy Mina- Woodside

                      3. re: synergy

                        Sorry this reply is so late in coming. Samrat, Hempstead Turnpike in West Hempstead uses poly unsaturated vegetable oil in place of Ghee. Other than being highly caloric and high in bad animal cholesterol, Ghee, at times does not sit well with me. I really enjoy the food, service & decor at Samrat.

                      4. Though it is more Indian-Chinese than typical Indian, Masala Wok in Hicksville is wonderful. Not much atmosphere, but the food is so good. Especially recommended are the cauliflower, the lamb chops, and the Manchow soup. For more familiar Indian food, I especially like Jewel of India in Syosset.

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                        1. re: phofiend

                          For Nassau Indian, Jewel in Syosset is good. The weekend brunch is generous and fresh. The restaurant is more upscale than the Hicksville assortment and the tab's the same.
                          A lot of Indian clientele, but not a lot of ghee, as I recall.
                          Waitstaff can be stand off-ish, but who cares-as long as they get the job done...