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Good Indian food on the LES or in the East Village.

And by good I mean good, and by Indian I mean not Bangladeshi.

Any thoughts?

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  1. Haveli in the East Village is above average Indian, not the greatest ever, but decent.

    1. I used to be a Banjara fan, now made the switch to Brick Lane Curry for inexpensive, bright tasting Indian food with crisp service.

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      1. re: chow_gal

        No need to "switch," both are great. Banjara is slightly cheaper, but I have always liked the food at Bick Lane slightly better. Although, Brick Lane does not have those delicious pot pie things. Anyway, Indian food on the LES shouldn't be a problem...6th street is also known as curry hill. Try Panna II for the cheapest good Indian you can get.

        1. re: tikka

          You're right about the pot pie things at Banjara. They're called dumpakht and are worth going based on that alone.

      2. I hate it when pedantic posters do this, don't know why I am doing it now... BUT.... Curry Hill refers to that area of Murray Hill populated with indian restaurants. 6th Street is 'Little India'.

        1. Has anybody been to Angon on 6th lately? It was all the rage for a while, then the hype died down when the famous chef left. I continued to like it and go there, but haven't been for a few months now.

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          1. re: The Engineer

            Where did the chef from Angon go? I ate there after the hype and I really did not like it.

            1. re: I eat a lot

              She went to Spicy Mina's in Queens. I'm not sure if that is still the case. Do a search and you should find hours of reading! FWIW, I had a terrible meal there. I mean top three all-time most disgusting food experiences of my life terrible.

          2. Some of the restaurants listed so far - Brick Lane, for example - strike me as Bangladeshi in style (whether or not in ownership, I don't know). This may lead to disappointment.

            1. 4 years ago, I used to go to Taj on e6th every Thursday night but stopped for about a year or so. a trip back about two months ago was not the pleasant expereince we remembered. Ghandi, closer to 1st ave, is surprisingly good and still relatively cheap; Calcutta was always the benchmark for the slightly higher priced restaurants on the strip.

              and, as always, don't forget to stop by the little liquor store on 5th st b/t 1st & 2nd to buy your wine before you go to any (well...95%) of the places on e6th, regardless whether they have a liquor license. :)

              1. brick lane is delicious!

                1. Correct me if I am wrong, but are not all of the places on 6th Street considered Bangladeshi?

                  1. we like Spice Cove on 6th Street,

                    1. 1st of all, it's "bengali", not "bangladeshi".

                      2nd, brick lane is for the most part southern indian, even though it, like most indian and bengali restaurants in town, serves food from all over the subcontinent.

                      3rd, not all of the restaurants on 6th st are bengali. they used to be, but the new ones aren't.

                      1. Madras Cafe, 2nd Av. between 4th and 5th. If you want spicy uttahapams or masala dosas, ask for them to put extra small green hot peppers in them.