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ebbatten Dec 17, 2007 09:44 PM

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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    clembeauchamp Dec 20, 2007 12:47 PM

    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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      samiam123 Dec 20, 2007 07:48 PM

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

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        nativeNYer Dec 23, 2007 08:48 AM

        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.

    2. jakew8 Dec 18, 2007 02:41 PM

      ...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. LeahBaila Dec 18, 2007 10:57 AM

        Bukhara Grill

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          DeisCane Dec 18, 2007 10:59 AM

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

        2. scarlet starlet Dec 18, 2007 10:12 AM

          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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            RGR Dec 18, 2007 08:05 PM

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

            http://www.devinyc.com

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              enrevanche Dec 19, 2007 02:52 AM

              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!

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                scarlet starlet Dec 19, 2007 05:20 AM

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

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