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Best Indian Restaurant

What's the word on the best indian these days? Is Murray Hill the place to go? I work there, and have eaten at Chennai Garden and some others a few times, but wanted to find out if Dawat was still up to snuff...thoughts?

Want spicy. Authentic. Any suggestions are appreciated. Thank you. Cheers.

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  1. Depends on what you're looking for. My favorite South Indian place in Manhattan is Pongal, but I think that the Canteen at the Hindu Temple in Flushing is by far the best. As for North Indian, I would vote for Devi, but I hear that things have changed (ie taken a turn for the worse) since they recently reopened.

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    1. re: scarlet starlet

      We have been back to Devi since it re-opened and, in my view, the food is better than ever!

      http://www.devinyc.com

      1. re: scarlet starlet

        We were at Devi in late November and had a wonderful meal, easily as good or better than the one we had last summer. Go!

        1. re: enrevanche

          That's good to know, because I adore that place!

      2. Bukhara Grill

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        1. re: LeahBaila

          Sapphire on Bway and 61st is dynamite and Pongal is great for SI, as noted.

        2. ...and I vote for Chola on 58th Street.

          So the moral of the story is that everyone likes something different so you're not going to find a definitive answer to "Best Indian Restaurant" by asking--you've got to try them for yourself!

          1. We love Saravanaas for South Indian. I love Devi too but agree that it's gone downhill - just a teeny bit, but downhill nonetheless.

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            1. re: clembeauchamp

              I love the food at Indus Valley on 100th and Broadway.

              1. re: samiam123

                indus valley is owned by the same folks who own earthen over BUT the chef at earthen oven is so much better i agree that indus valley is good but earthen oven is amazing. i've also tried chola (buffet) and saravanaas, and devi before the reopening. of those, i liked saravanaas the best but my favorite is still earthen oven. they'll do anything to accommodate their customers so, if you want extra spicel, just ask for it . they also close after their brunch for several hours reopening around 5pm.