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Hell's Kitchen Indian food?

Victor NYC Jun 12, 2007 03:22 PM

I'm looking for a new Indian restaurant in Hell's Kitchen now that Bengal Express (9th btwn 52nd and 53rd) has closed.

I've tried Kiran (53rd at 9th), Bombay Express (9th btwn 52nd and 51st) and Bombay Eats (52nd near 8th). None of those have lived up to my expectations.

I've heard good things about Minar (46th btwn 6th and 7th) but they are not open after 7:30. I've also heard good things about Desi Junction (10th btwn 48th and 49th) but they are only vegetarian.

As you can see I've done my research, but I still need help. Thank you.

  1. jakew8 Jun 12, 2007 03:40 PM

    I live in HK and I've never been able to find good Indian food there. I think this came up a few months ago here and unfortunately nothing has changed. Most cuisines are represented in the neighborhood, but Indian I think is one that requires a trip somewhere else.

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    1. re: jakew8
      Victor NYC Jun 14, 2007 04:39 PM

      That is so sad. Looks like I'll have to make more trips to Murray Hill. Do you have any favorites over there?

    2. Nosher Jun 12, 2007 08:16 PM

      Be sure you're eating at Desi Deli, not the taxi-themed restaurant down the street (near the corner of 48th and 10th Avenue). The one to the north is the better of the two, we find.


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      1. re: Nosher
        Victor NYC Jun 14, 2007 04:40 PM

        Is Desi Deli vegetarian only?

        1. re: Victor NYC
          johleer Jun 16, 2007 02:02 AM

          No, they have meat and veggie selections and they are pretty good. We live in HK and are absolutely astounded how crappy the Indian food is there. We order from Bombay Eats most of the time, and sometimes go to Bay Leaf in Midtown but we are waiting for something half-decent to open closer

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        anil Jun 16, 2007 04:05 PM

        Essentially there is nothing worthwhile. The taxi-takout places on 10th specialize in inexpensive steam-table quick meals. Once in a blue-moon I'll pick up a bread-pakora, something I have not found anywhere; but was common in BOM & DEL...

        If you want fresh ingredients, go to the Steam table of Indian Cuisine at Whole Foods in the Tome Warner Bldg in Columbus Circle.

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        1. re: anil
          D...DF Jun 18, 2007 08:43 AM

          Indian is a gaping hole in an otherwise eclectic HK dining scene. Desi Deli just doesn't do it for me (and certainly has nothing on the E. Houston spots). The Whole Foods Indian bar is a good suggestion. In a pinch I've seamlesswebbed Balucci's. It's far from authentic and should be a few bucks cheaper, but will satisfy a nondiscriminating craving.

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