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Dec 18, 2007 02:11 PM

Best Indian in Brooklyn ?????

What is the best Indian Food in Brooklyn?

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  1. From the absence of responses, I guess that a lot of people feel like I do:

    The state of Indian food in Brooklyn is so, so sad, that using the word "best" in connection with any of these restaurants, would be a huge overstatement.

    So, to all you skilled chefs that cook Indian cuisine (with pride), please come to Brooklyn (preferrably Park Slope or Prospect Heights ;-) ) and open a restaurant that serves good quality Indian food.

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    1. re: FoodWine

      It's also one of those threads that appears at least every month so people don't really feel like responding again. I'd suggest doing a search for some suggestions. That being said, there is a need for affordable, quality Indian in the BK.

    2. I think that the best Indian food in Brooklyn is in Queens. Sorry to be a wise-ass, but....just go to Queens.

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      1. It makes a difference that there is a desi populations around. There is none in Brooklyn, except around coney island avenue (as mentioned below), and the south asian population there is of new and rather poor bangladeshi and punbaji immigrants without much money to spend. So the restaurants are cheap and basic (as on CIA-Church Ave) or anglo oriented, cookie-cutter and inauthentic..

        Out in Morris County NJ where I work there is a significant south asian professional and business population, and quite a number of rather upscale restaurants with pretty good food, rather like what you describe for Philly. There is always going to be a struggle with presenting the food so that westerners will accept it, but at least if there is a strong desi audience you have a shot at getting something good. On a recent trip to India, it was really a struggle to get good, wellspiced indian food at hotels (mostly few if any indian travelers). They have learned how nervous westerners are about spice. Buffets can be the worst from this point of view.

        1. re: jen kalb

          What you say is true jen kalb. For example, Ragini in mountainside NJ was fantastic when it opened in 2003. Now it is a shadow of its former self. Where did that chef go?

      2. I'd recommend kinara or joy. that said, both are thoroughly mediocre. but they are light years ahead of such disasters as raga and dhaka.

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        1. re: BoerumHill

          Coney Island Ave btw Ave H and Church has some places. Most are just awful, but Paradise East was at least passable. Then again, the stars could have just aligned that day. I agree with NYJewboy. Queens has so many options for great Indian, it's worth the time to get there.

          1. re: JSHAFT78

            I've heard that a new Indian is going in between 2nd and 3rd on Fifth Avenue; next to the MRI place, but i don't know much more than that.