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Feb 26, 2008 07:09 AM

Good Indian Food in Manhattan

Hi there,

My friend is taking her husband to Manhattan for his 50th birthday and would love to go to an Indian restaurant for his celebration evening meal. Please can anyone recommend a good Indian they can try.

Many thanks
Amanda (Yorkshire, UK)

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    1. re: Wilfrid

      Thanks Wilfrid - I will pass the restaurant name onto my friend.


      1. re: Wilfrid

        I've got to disagree. I've been to Devi twice, and both times it's been mediocre. But I got the vegetarian tasting menu. That may affect your judgment.

        Amandajj, I would recommend Gaam (30th and 5th) or Chola (58 between 2nd and 3rd).

        The Vegetarian New Yorker:

      2. Brick Lane Curry House is THE best

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        1. re: unred

          Thanks unred

          I will let my friend know.


          1. re: amandajj

            Devi and Brick Lane are different types of restaurants. Brick Lane delivers a pretty good approximation of a neighborhood Indian restaurant in London. Devi offers higher end Indian fusion cuisine (at a higher price point) and I think it succeeds very well at what it does.

            You should try both.

            1. re: Bob Martinez

              i very highly recommend earthen oven.

              1. re: Bob Martinez

                I was at Brick Lane last night and felt it was disappointing compared to a previous visit late last year. The onion bhajis were unidentifiable and the pilau rice was unimpressive. That said the naan and main dish were pretty good. So yeah, it really approximates to a standard high street indian in the UK - if that's what you are looking for, it's perfect. Atmosphere was good and the staff attentive, just felt the food was a lot better last time!

          2. NB, Devi is out of business now I believe.

            For Indian I have three places I would recommend in Manhattan-

            Tamarind- Fancy place over on 22nd or 21st in the Flatiron distict, elegant and light, attentive service, expensive.

            Utsav- Really impressed me the last time I went. Over in the Theater district. Excellent prix-fixe, ridiculous service, great portions,nice view as well (the place faces a giant elevated window). Seemed like quite a value, and of course, the food was excellent.

            Indus Valley- Possibly, for my money, the best Indian food I've had in NYC. More downscale than the other two places, this is the restaurant I chose for my high school graduation. It lacks in the other categories (Tamarind and Utsav are experiences; this is just a nice Indian place), but the food was splendid.

            Hope this helps and let me know if you need any more specifics.


            P.S.- nativeNYer is very smart and I would probably pay attention to what she (?) said too, as I don't know that place.

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              1. re: Nick F.

                Ha! Nick F,
                YOU are *very smart* b/c Indus Valley and Earthen Oven have the same owners. Unfortunately, a chef can only be in one kitchen at a time [chuckle], and I tend to think Earthen Oven has a far better chef.

                Also, and now you're gonna feel really smart (like off-the-charts smart!), the chef at Earthen Oven was formerly the chef at Tamarind!! All this info is posted on the windows of EArthen Oven.

                So, if I were you, I'd stroll on over to EO soon and check it out. Then tell us what you think. The tamarind, CTM and Chicken Zafrani are all great.

                Oh and, yes, it's female.

              2. I like Tamarind a lot. It's beautiful inside and the food is solid.

                I also really like Bread Bar (associated with Tabla) because the food is great and the atmosphere is fun and service is good. Tabla is good too but not as authentic.

                I also like Mirchi, but that is more casual and maybe not the best for a 50th bday dinner.

                1. I am Indian, and for a celebratory meal, I would also recommend Tamarind. Another place to look into is Bukhara Grill. Great for dinner and even better for brunch.