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cstadler Jul 30, 2008 08:29 AM

Hi CH- two of my Indian coworkers have been complaining about the lack of spicy food here in the city. Can you recommend an Indian restaurant (in Manhattan) that really brings the heat?

Thanks for your help!

  1. Miss Needle Jul 31, 2008 09:27 AM

    I posted something yesterday and have no idea why it never came up or was deleted. But I just wanted to say that your coworkers can go to their favorite places and ask for them to make it extra spicy. In the past, I had no problems with restaurants doing that for me.

    1. Spends Rent on Food Jul 31, 2008 09:13 AM

      The spiciest indian I've eaten in the city is not the best I've had, but it was hands down the spiciest: Mughali in the UWS on columbus.

      Surya does a great job of balancing heavy heat with great flavors.

      1. sing me a bar Jul 30, 2008 03:31 PM

        Minar closes at 7:30! Where might one go a bit further downtown to take out an authentic vindaloo where you don't have to get in and out by 7:30?

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        1. re: sing me a bar
          Peter Cherches Jul 31, 2008 08:22 AM

          I don't know if they have it all the time, but Cafe Spice at Grand Central does a respectable vindaloo. I've never found a vindaloo in NY, however, that tastes anything like any vindaloo I had in Goa, and I don't think you'll find a pork vindaloo anywhere in NY.

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          Peter Cherches Jul 30, 2008 03:05 PM

          Many items on the thalis at Saravanaas are definitely Chennai spicy.


          1. jinet12 Jul 30, 2008 09:46 AM

            You can have dinner at Vatan, which is vegetarian but delicious, and tell them to do it extra spicy....It's a great dining experience...

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            1. re: jinet12
              JungMann Jul 30, 2008 09:55 AM

              Isn't Vatan closed? Last I knew the concept was moved to Gaam.

              1. re: JungMann
                jinet12 Aug 3, 2008 01:15 PM

                Vatan is closed temporarily for renovation, but Gaam looks like the same menu...It is spicy to me, but you can ask for as spicy as you like....

              2. re: jinet12
                Peter Cherches Jul 30, 2008 03:04 PM

                I've never thought of Gujarati as an especially spicy regional cuisine.

              3. JungMann Jul 30, 2008 09:36 AM

                When I call Minar for takeaway, I usually specify "Desi spicy" on items like vindaloo. If it's something not meant to be typically spicy (like malai kofta or korma) I just ask for extra-hot. Haandi also does pretty well. Typically I find that the take-aways offer much better spicy cuisine than the sit downs (ironic since it's the South Indian sit-downs that are supposed to be blazing!).

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                1. re: JungMann
                  sing me a bar Jul 30, 2008 02:56 PM

                  Doesn't Minar close really early? I keep wanting to order at a civilised hour, like 7:30 or 8, but I read they closed really early.Maybe Haandi's hours are better?

                2. tbear Jul 30, 2008 09:25 AM

                  The chicken vindaloo at Bukara Grill is really spicey and is really good. I love Chola, as well. Of coarse, I am not Indian and have never (alas!) travelled there.

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                    kathryn Jul 30, 2008 09:03 AM

                    Brick Lane Curry's Phaal should do the trick:

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                    1. re: kathryn
                      thew Jul 30, 2008 10:06 AM

                      i've said it before, but the phaal has heat, but lacks flavor. it is a gimmick, a one trick pony, and not worth it, in my opinion

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