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Best Indian in Curry Hill (Lexington and 20s)

My parents are coming into Manhattan for dinner this weekend and they want Indian. I was thinking about taking them somewhere on Lex in the 20s. There are so many Indian restaurants over there. Which one would you recommend? Thank you.

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  1. Just outside that area are two high end Indian places: Tamarind (22nd between Broadway & Park) and Tabla 25th & Madison.

    Closer to Lex, we like the Curry Leaf, Tiffin Walla and Copper Chimney. The food's good but these options are nowhere near as upscale as the first two.

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    1. re: Spends Rent on Food

      Thanks for the recommendation. I don't think we will go to the high end places. The other thing I forgot to mention is that we would like the restaurant to have meat options.

        1. re: jackieparis

          If you prefer not to go high end at Tabla, there is the less expensive Bread Bar. The food's good, there are plenty of meat options, and the outdoor terrace is very pleasant.


      1. if you're not hellbent on curry hill, i would recommend bukhara grill or darbar, both in midtown east. not really high end, but very good food and nice ambience. curry hill is good for veg - not for non-veg. another excellent place is salaam bombay in tribeca if you're willing to make the trek.

        1. I eat at the Curry Leaf at 27th and Lexington a few times a month and I love it. I've never had a bad meal there. I find the high end places like Tamarind and Tabla to be highly overrated. I've always enjoyed the Brick Lane Curry House down on 6th St as well, but I haven't been there as often as the Curry Leaf.

          1. Saravanaas or Curry Leaf are my two favorites. For more upscale, but not quite in Curry Hill, try Devi.

            81 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

            8 East 18th Street, New York, NY 10003

            Curry Leaf
            99 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

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            1. re: fooodie

              Second the suggestions of Curry Leaf and Saravanaas. I also had some very tasty veggie curries recently at Famous Curry on 31st and 5th.

            2. Saravanaas is my favorite in that area, but they are a south indian dosa place for the most part. You should just take a cab ride to 48th and go to my abolsute favorite: Chola. If you don't like it I would be very surprised.

              1. Vegetarian only, but really good..

                Chennai Garden
                129 E 27th St, New York, NY 10016

                1. Most of the good restaurants in Curry Hill are south Indian vegetarian, jackie. It's filling, though, and I dont' think you will miss the animal protein.

                  My two favorites are Chennai Garden and Saravannas (already mentioned). If you want nicer decor without too much tradeoff in food quality, try Pongol. Good options to order: paper masala dosa, vada, avial, ladyfingers (okra).

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                  1. re: cimui

                    How recently have you tried Pongol? I had a bad experience, but it's been a while.

                    1. re: a_and_w

                      I've had it within the past 6 months or so. It not as good as my area favorite, Chennai Garden, which is right around the corner. But Pongol is a good place to go for south Indian if your dining companions care about decor. I'd rank the food around 6.5 or 7, if Chennai Garden is an 8 or 8.5 (on a scale of 1 to 10).

                      My primary complaint about it is that it's been "discovered" and written up in a lot of food publications like Zagat -- so it's perpetually swamped. Service can be on the slow side.

                      I'm curious about your bad experience. What happened?

                      1. re: cimui

                        I'll also second Saravannas as excellent with Chennai Garden a reasonable second, but both are all veg. Cimui is right that most Curry Hill places are south Indian and focus on vegetarian cuisine. When I got a little bored of iddly, dosa and utthappam, I ventured to the Punjabi section of the menu at Pongal and, while not horrible, it was a major disappointment. Though, in retrospect, it makes sense: a New Yorker wouldn't expect a good corned beef sandwich at a southern fried chicken joint.

                        Anyway, while I think there are better non-veg options in other areas of NY, if you're dead set on meat and on Curry Hill, I actually think Chinese Mirch is pretty good. Chinese-influenced food is a real cuisine in India and my last meal there was very good.

                        1. re: Jorel

                          Chinese Mirch is very good, but it's spicy, less greasy chinese food. It reminds me more of Thai food than typical Indian.

                          1. re: Jorel

                            >> I ventured to the Punjabi section of the menu at Pongal

                            In general, not a good idea, I agree! But I did once have baighan bartha there and it was pretty respectable. To each rule, the exception...

                          2. re: cimui

                            Well, I didn't order the south indian stuff, which was apparently a mistake. The chana masala was watery and the poori heavy and drenched in oil. Plus, they order took forever to fill the order.