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Dec 11, 2007 12:01 PM

Good Indian Food in The East Village

I am having a desire for good Indian and especially vegetarian Indian food--any recs. please. Thanks.

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      1. re: sam1

        I'm pretty certain that Devi closed.

      2. Banjara is pretty reasonable

        1. Brick Lane on 6th is pretty good...went there after lots of recs on this board

          1. Devi isn't in the East Village; the following places are. I'm vegetarian, and these places definitely have great vegetarian selections. All of them are on E 6th

            Angon on the Sixth (
            )Banjara (
            )Brick Lane Curry House (

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            1. re: scarlet starlet

              I've tried these three places and I'd rank them as follows:

              Banjara (excellent Indian food)

              1. re: shivohum

                Had dinner at Angon tonight.

                I must say that it was the worst Indian meal I've ever had in my life.

                The pani puri appetizer was made with chickpea flour, rather than fresh chickpeas. The baigun bartha (eggplant) was REFRIGERATOR cold. I've never had it that way, nor had anyone in my family serve it thus.

                But the kicker was the Chicken Tikka Masala. They had started with tandoori chicken (just the breast meat, which isn't ideal for marinating), and SIMPLY SOAKED IT IN MULLIGATWNEY SOUP. Oh. My. God. To confirm, I took a spoonful of the curry off the top and tasted it -- yes, a passable version of Mulligatawney.

                My wife had the Navratan Vegetable Curry. Quite an odd selection of vegetables -- not Indian by a long shot; more like a california mix out of a frozen bag, chopped finely as if for salsa. Corn does not belong in Indian Curries.

                After trying to catch the waiters' attention for a few minutes, I walked over to where they were sitting together and mentioned that NONE of our food had the slightest bit of spices, so could he please bring over a mango pickle? This is what one traditionally does when they find their meal to be too mild.

                The waiter brought me a SWEET mango pickle.


                1. re: SANJAY

                  Do you mean to say that they filled the pani puri with boondi instead of chickpeas? I have come to disregard recs for the East 6th restaurants as typically unreliable for Indian food. Judging by your name, I think we are probably on the same page. Your experience mirrors every meal I have had along that corridor. I can't imagine why people like it other than their own self-impressed "Ooh, look at me! I'm in the East Village and I'm eating vindanavaratawny! I'm so edgy!"

            2. I can't believe no-one's mentioned the obvious choice yet: Madras Cafe, 2nd Av. between 4th and 5th. If you want your food very spicy there, make sure to ask for extra little green chilis for the purpose, because some of their clientele is a little tame. Good, reliable food.

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              1. re: Pan

                I second Madras Cafe. In fact, in spite of the name their North Indian food is surprisingly good too (i have only tried Chole Puri though).

                My all time favorite there is 'Vatta Kolambu with Eggplant'. I haven't seen this dish at other South Indian places. It's kinda sour, so maybe not for everyone. Other standard fare like Idli/Wada/Dosa are pretty good too.