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Devi - any good

shen Sep 25, 2006 02:50 PM

my bday is wednesday...what do you all think of DEVI as a place. my fiance only eats chicken tho...

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    Lucia RE: shen Sep 25, 2006 03:11 PM

    Devi is very good. Haven't had chicken there, though.

    1. gumnaam RE: shen Sep 25, 2006 04:33 PM

      I had dinner there in December 2004 and was not impressed. The usual Indian mush at higher prices is my verdict.

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        CTownFeedR RE: gumnaam Sep 25, 2006 05:26 PM

        Curious how you could call dishes such as Veal Brain and Liver Bruschettas, Manchurian Cauliflower, Crispy Okra, Jackfruit Biryaani "the usual Indian mush"?


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        Nehna RE: shen Sep 25, 2006 04:46 PM

        Indian mush? That's not a very attractive way to refer to the wonderful delicacy that is Indian food.

        Never been to Devi, so cant comment. Had a great meal as usual at Brick Lane last week though. Love their lamb madras.

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          gumnaam RE: Nehna Oct 6, 2006 02:56 PM

          Sorry! What I meant was that much of the Indian food in New York is mush. You know, the same sauce mixed with different veggies or meat kind of stuff. Of course Indian food is not mush - just the stuff you get in half of New York's Indian restaurants

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          ericat RE: shen Sep 25, 2006 05:00 PM

          I went over the weekend, We tried everything on the tasting menu. While I thought it was quite good, nothing was really amazing, and I don't think think it was worth the $60 / pp, and I probably won't be returning.

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            ceeceee RE: shen Sep 25, 2006 05:04 PM

            yes, i've definietly had better indian at a heck of a lot cheaper.

            1. Wilfrid RE: shen Sep 25, 2006 06:13 PM

              In New York?

              In my experience, Devi is the best Indian restaurant in Manhattan, and yes, it's somewhat upscale. I would find it more appropriate than Brick Lane for a special occasion like a birthday.

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                RGR RE: shen Sep 25, 2006 06:19 PM

                I'm with Wilfrid. Devi is serving extraordinarily delicious Indian cuisine. The tasting dinner we had last time we were there was sensational! The unusual and elegant decor adds to the fine dining experience. Definitely a place to celebrate a special occasion.

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                  Hungry Celeste RE: RGR Sep 25, 2006 06:50 PM

                  I'm happy to hear at least a few voices in support of Devi, as I just booked a table for Saturday night and was beginning to reconsider my choice. From pics, it appears to be a lovely setting, and the online menu certainly has some interesting-sounding items.

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                    Sugar RE: Hungry Celeste Sep 26, 2006 02:57 AM

                    I would NOT reconsider. Devi has fantastic (and spicy) flavors, nice presentations, gracious service, AND a beautiful room.

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                  ceeceee RE: shen Sep 25, 2006 06:21 PM

                  i guess i'm coming from living in queens where you cannot beat the indian.
                  i found devi to have run-of-the-mill "fancy" decor and the food, imo, was just ok.

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                    Denis RE: ceeceee Sep 25, 2006 06:30 PM

                    OK, ceecee, I have to know--what are the Devi-beating Queens spots, in your view? Maybe answer on the Outer Boroughs board.

                    For my part, the one time I went to Devi I thought it was excellent, but that was over a year ago. Regrettably, I haven't had Indian in Queens since the old Mina.

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                    ceeceee RE: shen Sep 25, 2006 06:41 PM

                    actually haven't gone for indian in ages, but even still, i think even masala is better than devi.
                    i guess this should be on outer boroughs.

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                      tikka RE: shen Sep 25, 2006 08:21 PM

                      If you don't mind the price, yes, Devi is about as good Indian food as you can get in Manhattan

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