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Dec 17, 2006 06:20 AM

Curry In A Hurry - Closed

Went to CIH for dinner tonight and found the place was closed, "for renovations"..The "curry" sign was dark, and only a few guys downstairs, talking. Anybody know what happened?

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    1. It is possible, I suppose, that they closed for renovations.

      1. I can only hope that they close down. And quite frankly, many of the restaurants of similar ilk on that stretch of Lexington need to go the way of the dodo.

        Having lived in the nabe for the last 2 1/2 years, I've sampled almost all of them and am remarkably disappointed in the food they produce.

        Curry in a Hurry makes a decent naan and the best beef samosa in the area. But otherwise...the food is nasty.

        Haandi is no better. An environment that just doesn't look or feel clean. The food will no doubt send you running.

        Roomali is pretty good. Again though, the cleanliness of that place (and the kitchen crew) leaves much to be desired.

        Saravanaas is very good despite the harsh lighting.

        Pongal is pretty good and Copper Chimney is likely the best in the neighborhood and I hope they stay and continue to do well.

        Curry Leaf is plummeting downhill fast and the other little places are so unappetizing and the food no better. Chennai Garden and all of the rest are serving mediocre food in less than welcoming environs.

        Sadly, once well-liked places Rice and Kelley and Ping, failed to add any real substance when they created outposts in the neighborhood. Kelley & Ping succumbed - how long will Rice stick it out?

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        1. re: dkstar1

          Did you ever eat at that Kelly and Ping? I did about a month after it opened. Every aspect of the meal was bad - unfriendly and slow service in an empty dining room, pot tea served at slighty above room temparture w/ 1 tea bag for an entire pot, way overcooked noodles. No surprise it didn't last.

          1. re: Scott V

            We had dinner once at Kelly & Ping. Though hardly the worst meal I've ever had, overall, it was mediocre. Business completely tanked when Rice opened. Understandable, since our one meal at Rice was very tasty. But that was soon after they opened and after a while, there were some posts indicating that the quality had taken something of a downward turn. Not exactly an incentive for me to go there again.

            Btw, has anyone tried Rungsit, the Thai spot, on 26th St.?

            1. re: Scott V

              I did...twice. And both times were as you described.

            2. re: dkstar1

              yeah, the only thing good about curry in a hurry was the unlimited rice pudding that you could get from the "buffet" upstairs, after scarfing down a meat and two veg. hope they open a decent place. btw, dkstar1, been to kalustayan? that place seems scary-pricey, I'd love to hear a report . . .

              1. re: bigjeff

                I really like Kalustyans. The selection of spices is unbeatable. I also get my favorite honey there. In a pinch, I can count on getting Pacific chicken stock, Nutella, flour or just about any other sauce or starch.

                The mujiddarah (sp?) sandwich is definitely worth getting at least once (go upstairs).

                1. re: dkstar1

                  The mujaddarah sandwich is very good although they dont have the best pitas, so I recommend getting a platter and making your own sandwiches with different pita/bread, or at the very least, assemble while eating or the pita will fall apart. Skip the falafel. Grape leaves are decent.

                  The store itself is great for nuts/dried fruit of any kind, spices, hot sauces/chutneys, etc. And just other interesting grocery items

                  1. re: dkstar1

                    sorry, was asking on the restaurant that opened; or has it closed already? the spice store is a standard for sure.

                    1. re: bigjeff

                      oh...that place was open for like a week...RICE took over about a year ago. The same family, however, owns Curry Leaf too.

                      I should add that the name "Kalustyans" is still on the awning at Rice. It is remarkably cheesey on the part of the owners of Rice.

                      1. re: dkstar1

                        sneaky sneaky. and how's tamarind, btw? Any other indian-chinese in curry hill? I've had great meals at the queens favorites (tangra masala, tangra wok, etc.) but never in manhattan. any good?

                        1. re: dkstar1

                          There were actually two Kalustyan-owned incarnations -- "Masala" and "Kalustyan" -- in that space before Rice took over. In fact, the second had truly excellent food (the chicken tikka masala was some of the best I've had anywhere), and I was very sad to see it close.

                          As regards the Kalustyan name on the Rice awning, I've always thought it was there because Kalustyan owns the space and probably has a financial interest in Rice in that location. If that's not the case, I doubt they'd have continued to allow their name to remain there.

                2. Curry in a Hurry closed? I was wrong, there is a God.

                  1. well I guess I am alone in saying I love their chicken tikka masala and I have had it everywhere...tamarind and every single place on 6th street. Does anyone know what and why they closed or if you know of any tikka masala like theirs??

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                    1. re: shen

                      Shen, you're not alone..the Tikka Masala and Naan were the best. All the CIH haters have checked in, but I wonder where those are who waited on line every night, sometimes out the door!

                      1. re: boulemiche

                        people haven't waited on lines there in the 2 1/2 years I've lived in plain view of the place. Those days are long gone. I will admit that their naan is likely the best in the area.