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marlie202 Dec 11, 2007 12:01 PM

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

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    skooldya1 Dec 11, 2007 12:23 PM

    Devi on 6th street

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    1. re: skooldya1
      sam1 Dec 11, 2007 12:37 PM

      devi on 18th street?

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        jsg199 Dec 12, 2007 12:40 PM

        I'm pretty certain that Devi closed.

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          artfuldestruct Dec 12, 2007 12:45 PM

          devi has reopened...

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            JungMann Dec 13, 2007 06:13 AM

            Devi is open again.


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        Ianbro Dec 11, 2007 01:11 PM

        Banjara is pretty reasonable

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          nycskigal Dec 11, 2007 03:09 PM

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

          1. scarlet starlet Dec 11, 2007 03:15 PM

            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 (http://angon.biz/
            )Banjara (http://www.banjarany.com
            )Brick Lane Curry House (http://www.bricklanecurryhouse.com/)

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            1. re: scarlet starlet
              shivohum Dec 11, 2007 07:09 PM

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

              Banjara (excellent Indian food)

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                SANJAY Aug 5, 2009 08:40 PM

                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
                  JungMann Aug 6, 2009 06:00 AM

                  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!"

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              Pan Dec 12, 2007 12:43 AM

              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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                theashworld Dec 15, 2007 08:02 PM

                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.

              2. Jel212 Dec 12, 2007 04:53 AM

                I like Ghandi, near the corner of 1st and 6th. Not as dirt-cheap as the others (but very close) and very tasty, consistent food.

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                  hungry_fox Dec 12, 2007 10:59 AM

                  Oh I know of a good place but I can't remember exactly where so you will still be on the hunt with this one. The place is called the Raj Mahal, it's tiny, it's cheap, but last time I found it the food was amazing and the live music was really nice

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                    Wilfrid Dec 12, 2007 11:02 AM

                    It's on the same block of 6th Street as all the others.

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                      cherhag Apr 17, 2009 10:07 PM

                      Raj Mhal is so good..the best. The banana pakora is a must try!!!!!!!!!! I go there every time I get to city. And love the sitar player...a cool fun place!!!!!!

                    2. artfuldestruct Dec 12, 2007 12:46 PM

                      has no one ever been to indian curry mahal? i absolutely love this tiny place! definitely go and try their chana poori and chicken korma, you won't be disappointed!

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                        c oliver Jun 18, 2009 12:20 PM

                        A friend and I had lunch there today (78 Second Ave. bet 4th & 5th). I know SO little about Indian but I really like the lunch. The special was only $9 and included a nice sized bowl of muligatawney soup, papadum, samosa and pakora. Then the main event of curried lamb (I had that and it was falling apart tender), chicken or vegetarian with rice and dal. And it is a really cute place also.

                        Indian Curry Mahal
                        78 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

                      2. thursdayclubjason Dec 12, 2007 04:28 PM

                        I really like Spice Cove on 6th Street.

                        My Foodie Blog http://www.thursdayclubnyc.com

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                          erin07nyc Dec 13, 2007 06:30 AM

                          I got delivery from that place once and was very disappointed. The mango lassi was a neon orange color, and the curries really didn't have any flavor.

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