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Mar 1, 2008 02:25 PM

E.6th street Indian food

Does anybody have a favorite Indian restaurant in the east village on or around the E.6th area? and please tell me why and what you like, thanks

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  1. The 6th st. Indian restaurants are mediocre at best catering to a B&T crowd, but when I can't get out of it I go to Royal Bangladeshi on 1st ave just south of 6th. They have a hidden gem of an outdoor space in back completely covered with colorful tapastries. Nice space, reasonable food and cheap.

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    1. re: fgf

      I'm by no means an indian food expert, but my indian coworker told me this is the last place she'd go for indian. she said all the restaurants are run by bangldeshis and they basically just by hte same spice packets and mixes you can get at like trade joes and make the food with that. my fav place right now is salaam bombay in tribeca.

      1. re: Renguin

        I love salaam bombay as well. I am also no Indian food expert but their fresh made naan and paratha are heavenly! It was actually recommended by my Indian coworker and I have been going there ever since.

    2. I would definitely suggest Angon on the Sixth. Nobody is standing outside, begging you to come into their restaurant for "Complimentary Wine" because they stand out on this street. A fantastically welcoming manager and staff, this place has fantastic food, great service. My favorites are the Halim appetizer, vindaloo and they have a mean tandoori too!

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      1. re: benjam26

        I heartily second the recommendation for Angon. The food is the closest to homestyle that I've had in NYC. Even my parents (who are Indian) were totally impressed with each of the dishes we ordered. Our favorites are the Halim, samosa chat, lamb biryani, chicken dopiaza, saag paneer and garlic naan.

        1. re: MAH

          I've been going to Angon for years now, and I've rarely if ever been disappointed. I always get the Samosa Chat, the Naan (NEVER dried out like the rest of 6th street), Chicken Dopeaja, Dal Fry, Lamb Rezala, or Chicken Saag (not on the menu, but they'll make it no problem). As ben mentioned their staff is great, although owner/server Milton is the clear standout, and will do just about everything to make sure you leave happy. Just for the record though, their food is homestyle Bengali

      2. while I agree that most of these places are crap, just trying to lure people inside with offers of free glasses of wine, there are a few that are worth visiting: Banjara (north Indian with a supposed Rajasthani influence ,, Haveli, and Balucchi's (a bit pricier, so only worth it for their lunch specials, a chain with several other locations I haven't been to, get the Kachori - "too difficult to put into words, but delicious nonetheless" if you go, it's great!).

        100 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

        97 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

        275 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10007

        1. i happen to love the chicken tiki marsala at Mitali East. We loved it so much , we ordered a 2nd helping for dessert. I have always had a great dining experience there.

          1. I love Indian food and have eaten in just about every fancy and un-fancy Indian restaurant I have come across in NYC and London--and I can honestly tell you that Banjara is really really good, especially considering that it is pretty cheap. At this point my husband and I have tried almost everything on the menu and haven't had a bad meal yet--although some nights the Chicken Tikka Masala is better than others, I don't know why. There is nothing unusual about the assortment of dishes on offer--they're just really really good. And they definitely do not use the same spice packs as all the other places on 6th St, which are indeed mostly awful.

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            1. re: 10yrresident

              Pretty cheap!?!? Every item they have is probably about 3 times as expensive as VASTLY superior places in Jackson Heights and Jamaica.

              1. re: JFores

                Point taken...I mean pretty cheap on the grander spectrum...comparing it to Tamarind, Dawat, etc. I also mean that it is pretty cheap relative to the quality and freshness of the meats/seafood.

              2. re: 10yrresident

                Please do NOT go to Banjara. It is amazingly over priced wiht very bad very slow service and mediocre food. I needed a dipstick to measure the amount of grease soaked into my eggplant. Who ever heard of bland Vindaloo? And I never had a dried-out over-cooked Poori bread before going there this weekend. I can't believe the bill came out to $80 for 2 people! Why? Because there are rugs on the wall instead of Christmas lights? I'll just bring my shades and my own bottle (lousy wine selection) to one of the other 6th St spots and at least not feel ripped off.

                1. re: NYCKim

                  I'm sorry to hear about your experience there. I am a regular and am rarely if ever disappointed. The prices are steep for the block, but unlike their neighbors they use real spices and uniformly fresh ingredients, and probably shell out more for rent as it is a large corner space.