Sirtaj Indian/Pakistani Restaurant
Am coming over to NYC early next year and quite fancy the idea of going for a curry (a good English tradition!!)
I've read a couple of quite good online reviews about this restaurant but was wondering if any of your fellow Chowhounds had eaten there and what you thought of the place
I really like Sirtaj, but as mentioned it's basically a lunch on the cheap kind of place. It's got bad diner as ambience.
Copper Chimney seems more like what you are looking for
An important disctinction: "English" Curry can be VERY different from what you will find in the USA (or India). Ususal complaints are that the English versions are too "creamy" and the
American versions are too "greasy". I'm not looking to spark a debate (hey, good curry is good curry), but thought you should be aware of the disctinction.
Sirtaj is a solid Pakastani take-out spot. Dining there is dismal, but they have a handful of great dishes. I've always enjoyed their Navratan, but a bit on the heavy side. In that immediate area, I'd say they are your best bet
More to the east, Copper Chimney is a great suggestion, but it's not a Curry House.
But you will find many options in this hood, depending on what you're looking for.
BTW, the only spot I know for English Curry is in Brooklyn:
enjoy your trip!
Hi Terry. Is there a specific area of Manhattan where you're hoping to find a good curry? Or do you just want the best one you can possibly get, and you'll ride the subway to wherever for it? Got a price range? Anyway, you'll find lots of recommendations if you do a search, including these relatively recent conversation threads:
So are you yourself English, hence the "English tradition?" I keep hearing that Brick Lane Curry House is the only place around here for specifically British-Indian cuisine....
Yes I am English and will be visiting New York for the first time, am looking forward to it a lot,
As for the curry, well both myself, my wife and the kids all love a curry now and then (I prefer Indian to Chinese) and we thought it would be good to try a curry when in New York, I do understand that it will be different to the curries we get here in England but I'm ready to give it a go! When I went to Australia a couple of years back the curries there were completely different to anything I had ever had in England, I'm not saying they were worse just different!
Apart from restaurants any recommendations as to where I should take my wife and kids (My daughter is 18 the my son is 15)in New York in February apart from the obvious tourist spots?
if you're looking for a british style indian curry house... brick lane curry house on 6th street advertises itself as such. having grown up in the states, it's not my cup of tea... but there must be some archived comments on it from brits out there. at any rate, given that sirtaj is a take out dive in a less fun neighborhood... this might be a better option...
I'm a fan of Brick Lane, but it's surprisingly expensive, especially for drinks. I believe my girlfriend got a $12 ketel one vodka and soda, which is about what you expect at a swanky hotel bar, not a neighborhood Indian restaurant.
That having been said, the food can be very, very good and similar to the Indian I've had in London. Just stay the hell away from the Phaal. It's not even enjoyable, and I am the biggest spice-hound I know. Do not be tempted by the offer of free beer for finishing it. You have been warned.
re: Andrew P.
There is absolutely no chance of me trying to eat a Phaal, I have seen first hand just how hot thst baby is! and lets not even mention the aftermath in the morning!!
I can handle about a Madras or Jalfreizi when it comes to the heat scale, I cannot see the point of eating a Phaal, Vindaloo or Tindaloo style curry unless your mouth and digestive system is lined with asbestos! From reading the messages on here it does sound as though Brick Lane may well get my business when me and the family come over next February
In Manhattan, your curry hotspot is Curry Hill, in the area around Lexington and 27th-28th. Excellent southern Indian cuisine and pleasant atmosphere at Chennai Garden on 27th btw Park and Lex. Curry Leaf is also very good, and has meat options -- that's on the corner of Lex and 27th. Dimple is great if you want to try chaat, Indian street snack food, very addictive. (30th, btw B'way and 5th.)
Hey foodforbrains (love the name), I went to Curry Leaf once or twice a few years ago, and loved it. Haven't had a chance to get back since, although I wanted to. But I was sad to read some reports on this board, posted circa July '06, that Curry Leaf has gone seriously downhill. So you don't agree, I guess?
Those reports are at the bottom of this thread:
In general, I haven't had a chance to get up to Curry Hill much recently at all. I used to really like Pongal and Madras Mahal. As for the Curry Row area, though it's mostly moribund, I like Banjara a lot, and the southern Indian vegetarian place on 2nd Ave. btwn. 4th and 5th Sts. Both have been discussed around here a lot.
Sirtaj is very, very good even if the ambience rates a zero (although it's very clean and the owner is very pleasant and courteous). As someone who's been over to Britain a lot and knows about the Brits love of a good curry this will be perfectly fine for you, Terry. I highly recommend the boneless chicken curry (not creamy). Also the Tandoori Chicken breast. And the naan is truly outstanding-my favorite in the city and it's only a buck! Fabulous samosas, too.
I love Sirtaj! And yes, it's a hole in the wall. It's the greasy spoon of Indian food. But, it's 100% worth eating there for a quick lunch. I used to work by there, so I miss it.
And then go to Vatan for a nice dinner. My favorite. It's all vegetarian. But everyone loves it.
I'm a huge fan of Tamarind and Devi.
I also really like Bombay Talkie. I know some people think it's way too expensive for the portion size, but it's the only place I can get Bombay street food aside from home, and Bombay itself, so I'm willing to splurge. Plus, the atmosphere is lovely.
Also, Vatan is beautiful, although the servers can be a little curt sometimes. And it's veg, which some people don't like.
I know Bayleaf is not in a trendy area, and is flanked by parking garages, but after a brief downhill turn, they seem to have come out on top.
When you say "go for a curry" do you mean you have to literally be eating curry? Or is that British slang for eating Indian food? The restaurants I've mentioned go way beyond curry. Wherever you go, get the lamb chops. There's nothing like Indian lamb chops.