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need indian suggestions

Planning a late Sept/early Oct trip to NYC; interested in really good indian (at any pricing point, don't really care about atmosphere). Help me out...it's my first post-Katrina vacation and I need to be reminded that not all places are half-ruined (watermarks & destruction are beginning to seem normal, so you know I need to get out of town).

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  1. I love Chola on 59th between 2nd and 3rd. It is an elegant restaurant with excellent food.

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    1. re: tbear

      LOVE Chola, was there a week ago, and ventured from my regular Indian dishes as per recommendation of waiter...FABULOUS. Also love Tamarind. Tabla is also a great suggestions for those willing to venture from the 'regular' Indian restaurant menu.

    2. More "Indian influenced" but yummy every time is Tabla (11 Madison Ave @ 25th Street). Enjoy!

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      1. re: jona2325

        Yes, even though Tabla's not straight up Indian food, the tasting menu was so good, I almost went blind.

      2. Devi has truly superb Indian cuisine served in a space on two levels that has unusual and elegant decor.

        http://www.devinyc.com

        Hope you have a wonderful stay in NYC!

        1. Thanks, everyone. Looks like three solid places. I'm leaning toward Devi, so if there's something I should know about it, please share. Also, any suggestions for cheap-ish, indian lunch spots.

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          1. re: Hungry Celeste

            Glad to hear that you're seriously considering Devi. I am certain you will not be disappointed. The tasting dinner is definitely the way to go, and there are wine pairings if you are so inclined.

            Copper Chimney is a less expensive but still good place for Indian food.

            http://www.copperchimney.com

            Enjoy!

          2. tbear.... would you recommend Chola over Dawat? (Have been checking Dawat reviews and can't find anything recent.) Am looking for good Indian around and above the '50s.

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            1. re: Gelaine

              Gelaine... only because I have not been to Dawat in a couple years and have been to Chola several times recently. I remember the food being good at Dawat, but the service somewhat supercilious.