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Jul 30, 2007 09:58 AM

Best Indian food downtown (that's open LATE)??

Hi Everyone,

Badly missing Indian food. Coming to NYC late on a Thursday. What's the best Indian food place in downtown Manhattan that stays open pretty late?

Also, NOT looking for Indian-Fusion (Surya, Tamarind), upscale (Devi) or super-spicy.

I will be staying in Chelsea (around 23rd Street).

Thanks a million!


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    1. re: LeahBaila

      Well, I may not get to my hotel until 9pm on a weeknight...


    2. You can try Salaam Bombay on Greenwich St (Tribeca). It opens till 11pm. Great Indian food. It was recommended by my Indian coworker and I have been visiting there ever since.

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      1. re: kobetobiko

        Thanks, kobe. What do you get at Salaam Bombay?

        1. re: Liquid Sky

          I am not an expert on Indian food, but I have always enjoyed most of their dishes. As a meat / seafood eater I usually order the goan fish curry, the lamb chops, or kababs or any curry dishes. My vegetarian friend's frequent orders include Malai Kofta, Navratan Curry, and Palak Paneer. I don't usually like vegetables that much, but the indian spices and flavoring are so pungent that I usually eat a lot more vegetable dishes when I come here. Oh, and I like to include the bread basket (an assortment of naan and roti and such).

          The staff is very kind and sometimes they will bring free desserts. They also have delivery (on their website and on seamlessweb) so you may be able to get them to deliver to your hotel that night. Of course I recommend going there because the bread tastes the best when it is fresh from the kitchen!

          1. re: Liquid Sky

            I eat alone at Salaam Bombay and order the vegetable thali platter. I've always been pleased. It's nice to have a variety.

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          1. No romance needed. Just good food. And clean.


            1. No romance needed. Just good food. Thanks!

              1. re: Liquid Sky

                My suggestion is not the cleanest on Earth though... And it's basically a cabby stop.

              2. Sirtaj closes at 7 or 8pm, as I recall. If you go a little further east, there are a ton of great Indian places along Lexington in the 20s. I like Saravanaas and Curry Leaf, both of which should still be open at that time.

              3. Near where you're staying is Bombay Talkie -- Ninth Avenue between 21st & 22nd.
                The concept is Indian street food. I have no idea how "authentic" it is (though my Pakistani friend swears by the Bombay Bhel), but there are lots of menu items that are more interesting than the usual East 6th Street or Curry Hill fare. Not brilliant food, but I like it -- unpretentious and fresh. Service can be a little sluggish, but it's friendly. Open until 11, I think, on week nights and later on weekends.
                Hope you enjoy my nabe!

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                1. re: simkhele

                  i strongly second saravanaas but this is southern indian. i suggest calling the place you chose to ask when the kitchen closes. one place will close at 11 but the kitchen will close at 10:45 while another place that closes at 11 will close its kitchen at 10. that kind of thing drives us crazy.

                  1. re: nativeNYer

                    native: I checked out Saravanaas' menu, and although I love saag paneer, I don't want a vegetarian place. Craving tandoori shrimp, chicken tikka masala, the usual standards. Cheers!

                    1. re: Liquid Sky

                      while it is southern vegetarian, i have found Saravanaas to be the best indian restaurant in manhattan.

                      1. re: Liquid Sky

                        really good point; liquid sky. i got dragged there by a veggie loving friend.
                        i actually don't eat veggies (unless lettuce and corn count!!) so i was dragging my feet as we walked in. surprisingly, i actually found plenty to eat and loved it BUT if you have the cravings you mentioned (i know those cravings well!), this is not the place. cheers back. tell us where you wind up.

                    2. re: simkhele

                      Bombay Talkie is a little pricey, imo, but I have a feeling it might by what Liquid Sky is looking for. For example, they have the requested Tandori shrimp, which may not be available at some of the Lexington Ave places I mentioned. Plus, it's right in the area where it sounds like he/she will be staying.

                    3. Pakistani Tea House is open till 3am or 4am and it's acceptable.

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                      1. re: JFores

                        What's the deal on CURRY IN A HURRY on Lexington? Are they bad? Cause I heard they're always open late and the cabbies like to go there.

                        1. re: Liquid Sky

                          You are coming to NYC and going to Curry in a Hurry? Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeze-altho not bad-why not choose from all the above selections or buy a metrocard and hit any of the finer Indian restaurants like all of those on E 58th between 3rd and 2nd!

                          1. re: UES Mayor

                            Because I'll probably be tired after a long flight, and my hotel is in Chelsea. I won't get there until 8:30pm or so.

                            1. re: Liquid Sky

                              Curry in a Hurry is fairly popular (there's always someone at the counter getting takeout), but it's really not the cleanest place to choose.

                              1. re: racer x

                                Thanks, racer. I guess part of me misses the "divey, New York Indian-food experience."