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

Liquid Sky Jul 30, 2007 09:58 AM

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!


  1. LeahBaila Jul 30, 2007 10:17 AM

    How late are we talking?

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    1. re: LeahBaila
      Liquid Sky Jul 30, 2007 10:33 AM

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


    2. k
      kobetobiko Jul 30, 2007 12:23 PM

      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
        Liquid Sky Jul 30, 2007 01:01 PM

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

        1. re: Liquid Sky
          kobetobiko Jul 30, 2007 03:08 PM

          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
            alc Jul 31, 2007 02:50 PM

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

        2. l
          Liquid Sky Jul 30, 2007 02:28 PM

          No romance needed. Just good food. And clean.


          1. l
            Liquid Sky Jul 30, 2007 02:29 PM

            No romance needed. Just good food. Thanks!

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            1. re: Liquid Sky
              JFores Jul 30, 2007 09:59 PM

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

            2. a_and_w Jul 30, 2007 03:00 PM

              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.

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              1. re: a_and_w
                Liquid Sky Jul 30, 2007 03:02 PM

                Ok... thanks!

              2. s
                simkhele Jul 30, 2007 08:47 PM

                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
                  nativeNYer Jul 30, 2007 09:55 PM

                  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
                    Liquid Sky Jul 31, 2007 10:13 AM

                    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
                      josh L Jul 31, 2007 02:01 PM

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

                      1. re: Liquid Sky
                        nativeNYer Aug 2, 2007 11:24 PM

                        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
                      a_and_w Jul 31, 2007 10:35 AM

                      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.

                      1. re: a_and_w
                        Liquid Sky Jul 31, 2007 10:59 AM

                        OK! Thank you.

                    3. j
                      JFores Jul 30, 2007 09:58 PM

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

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                      1. re: JFores
                        Liquid Sky Aug 2, 2007 07:55 AM

                        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
                          UES Mayor Aug 3, 2007 05:10 AM

                          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
                            Liquid Sky Aug 3, 2007 09:24 AM

                            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
                              racer x Aug 3, 2007 01:44 PM

                              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
                                Liquid Sky Aug 4, 2007 09:28 AM

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


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