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Jan 12, 2008 07:53 PM

Big Thumbs Up for Surya

It's late and I'm half asleep, but just a quick note that I tried Surya, an Indian restaurant in the West Village tonight, and was it ever good. I tried the chicken chettinad (chicken with a ton of herbs and spices, including fennel, coriander, cumin, chili pepper, cloves, turmeric, ginger, black pepper, and more). It was moderately hot, had huge chunks of white meat chicken, and was truly mesmerizing. There were so many flavors in it that I couldn't pick them all out.

Naan was excellent, too, as was the mulligatawny soup. Atmosphere was pretty plain, but it seemed clean and service was very good.

Off to a couple more restaurants in the city tomorrow, then back to Beantown before the snows...

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  1. I'm glad you had a nice meal at Surya. Sadly, the last time I ate there I found the meal barely average. There are far better choices for Indian cuisine in that neighborhood and in Manhattan in general.

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    1. re: Ora

      What are some of your favorites in Manhattan? I'll be back to NYC at least a couple more times this winter, so any suggestions would be great. Thanks!

      1. re: hiddenboston

        Tamarind and Devi. Try Tabla or Bread Bar for indian influenced cuisine. Earthen Oven is a good cut-above-the-rest neighborhood spot on the UWS--it has far better food than Surya.

        1. re: Ora

          Ora, in your response to hiddenboston's post you said, "there are far better choices for Indian cuisine in that neighborhood." Tamarind and Devi are in the Flatiron district and Earthen Oven is on the UWS. If you have any better recommendations for Indian food in Greenwich Village, I'm all ears.