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Indian on 6th St. that doesn't suck?

Hi all. Some friends from out of town want Indian tomorrow night. Normally I'd push for Saravanaas but they really want the 6th Street experience. I'd be grateful for any recommendations, and the more Christmas lights, the better.

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    1. Mitali East used to be good, though I haven't been there in many years... Agree with Haveli.

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      1. re: chowder123

        Brick Lane Curry House

        Brick Lane Curry House
        306-308 East 6th Street, New York, NY 10003

        1. re: NYCinephile

          Of the curry-row establishments, I second nycinephile's suggestion (although I haven't been to Brick Lane in close to a year). Angon would be another good spot.

          1. re: NYCinephile

            Seconding Brick Lane. It's a bit on the pricey side though.

            1. re: ExFlexitarian

              Just went to Brick Lane a couple of days ago. Thought the food was predominantly delicious, lamb madras , chicken tikka. The onion pancake was very dense and non-descript and could have been served warmer. The meat dishes could have been more generous with their respective meats but the sauce was balanced, just right between heat and flavor. Bottomless basmati. The service was attentive but most servers were robotic and did not have the ability to be spontaneous. The bill for 2 prior to tip was $57 (including sparkling water & rice pudding). Brick Lane won the coin flip this trip, will do Banjara next time.

          2. re: chowder123

            Haveli is tasty but pricier and without the "6th-Street" feel. Panna II has the most lights, and I used to like the food. Mitali East was good last few times I was there (some years ago).

          3. The food at Spice Cove is excellent. Not that tacky (re: Xmas lights), but the chow is top notch! Enjoy!
            My Foodie blog: http://www.thursdayclubnyc.com

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            1. re: thursdayclubjason

              I found everything I've tried at Spice Cove to be on the bland side, but their samosas were excellent.

              1. re: thursdayclubjason

                I just tried dinner at Spice Cove based on this and a friend's recommendation. I simply don't understand the allure of this type of cuisine: inappropriately sweet, gloppy and unbalanced. There was sugar in everything we ordered, from the coriander chutney to the lamb vindaloo to the mushroom bhaji. The pastry on the samosa was good, but the meat was very heavy on the clove. The poori was undercooked, though my lamb was cooked to tough dryness. The gravy for both curries had a thick, pasty consistency that I found offputting, as much as the fact that the flavor profiles weren't right for what we ordered. Admittedly the food was much better than other places I have visited in the neighborhood, but it was barely Indian. There weren't even Indians working in the restaurant. Given my experiences, I wouldn't be surprised if perhaps they might have gone off elsewhere to have an actual Indian meal.

              2. I agree with Banjara; also not "corny" inside. I have friends that swear by Angon. I was not as crazy about it, but it may have been what I ordered. Angon is not corny either.

                1. I third Banjara. Sit outside so that your friends can peep the Xmas lighting at all the inferior tourist traps.

                  1. Panna II works for us - but one of these days I want to try Brick lane curry house since I like Balti style cooking.

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                    1. re: debvil

                      Panna II has fairly lousy food, but I nonetheless almost always bring any NYC newbies there. It's cheap, BYO, and a lot of fun.

                    2. Another vote for Brick Lane or Banjara, although I haven't been to Banjara in a while.

                      1. Haveli a bit overpriced for Indian, I vote for Mitali East.

                        1. Banjara.
                          However, I hear good things about Brick Lane (mostly). Although the prices are definitely higher, I find the food at Chola, on East 58th, better than most anyplace on Curry Row. If you want to try another vegetarian spot, we've had some very good food at Tiffin Wallah, on 27th off of Lexington.

                          1. Thanks, everyone. We wound up at Haveli and I think I can safely say that it was my last meal at that restaurant. It's remarkable how much that place has declined in food quality, service, and decor over past few years. The food wasn't terrible - merely bland/average and a little on the sweet side. The real problem for us was the service. The bumbling wait staff crashed into our table repeatedly, spilled food all over us, would only refill water glasses when one was in the middle of taking a sip, got orders wrong, etc., etc. Next time we'll try Banjara.

                            1. Well, PANNA (1, 2, 3, or 4? I don't remember the #) has the most Christmas lights. Plus, they'll serenade you with Indian disco music if you tell them it's your birthday. I tell them it's my birthday even when it's not... just to get the full sensory experience. The food is probably pretty crappy all over 6th St though. I'd go to another nabe for decent Indian food.

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                              1. re: Liquid Sky

                                If they don't mess up their chana that bad, then I'll go. I'll be going for the music and lights primarily, because I want to experience what it's like to be in a Bombay danceclub and Dyker Heights at the same time.
                                The xperience would be surreal.

                                  1. re: Liquid Sky

                                    I am so there !!!
                                    Now, if I can only get the servers to dance with me.

                                1. re: Liquid Sky

                                  we had a party of 6 or 7 stuffed to the gills at Panna for about $60. BYOB with a bunch of beers and wine. Birthday light show and bolly disco. Food was not terrible probably a B- but the lights, mirrors and fun brought it up to a B+.

                                  Good times.

                                2. Ate at Brick Lane last night for the first time in a couple years. Delicious. Definitely one of the better Indian places around, and for my money, the best in and around 6th street for sure. It's such a revelation to eat a delicious Indian meal with so much mediocrity in the city...