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danie3633 Dec 23, 2008 06:29 AM

I can never remember which ones I liked or don't like so I'm looking for one of those that has wrapping paper for wall paper and christmas lights everywhere. Also if they're BYOB or not, thanks!

  1. JungMann Dec 23, 2008 08:28 AM

    Of the restaurants with Christmas wrap wallpaper and fairy lights dangling from the ceiling, it is hard to say which is the least bad. They are all pretty equal in that regard.

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      danie3633 Dec 23, 2008 09:16 AM

      haha! very true! It's just one of those "new york" experiences and when you're playing tour guide and they ask for indian...
      any better ideas?

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        JungMann Dec 23, 2008 09:57 AM

        I don't really think of bad food and tacky decor as making for a quintessential "New York" experience, especially if you want your friends to like New York! The Japanese chaos at Kenka, the old charm of Katz's, the scene at Stanton Social, the secret steps to Decibel or Angel's Share, the generic Thai-glam of Klong or event the strange combination of secret clubhouse and hot dog fare at PDT are far more representative of the neighborhood and "New York experience."

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          danie3633 Dec 23, 2008 10:00 AM

          I know! it was just the indian request...
          don't worry katz's decibel and pdt are also on the list

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            JungMann Dec 23, 2008 11:18 AM

            If they want good Indian food, the East Village is not the place to go. The economy of the area has caused it to be dominated by restaurants that cater to the influx of folks who equate Indian with cheap, sweet and tacky, words better for a streetwalker than an exotic cuisine.

            You're better served by visiting Curry Hill: most spots are South Indian (Pongal, Saravanaas, Tiffin Wallah) though you can get good North Indian classics at Copper Chimney. Devi in Flatiron is a really luxurious Indian restaurant with a great ambiance, and in close proximity to Flatiron Lounge should you want to show your friends that. On the UWS, Earthen Oven rocks, though at that price point, I'd rather just go to Devi. If you're unconcerned with ambiance, Minar has great North Indian food as does Haandi, a scarily divey Pakistani joint dominated by cabbies and their native cuisine.

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            danie3633 Dec 23, 2008 10:01 AM

            and again any better indian ideas are more than welcome!

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              chow_gal Dec 23, 2008 11:40 AM

              On 6th St: Banjara and Brick Lane Curry are decent enough.

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              Pan Dec 23, 2008 01:50 PM

              "I don't really think of bad food and tacky decor as making for a quintessential `New York' experience, especially if you want your friends to like New York!"

              Agreed!

              But I'm surprised you like Klong. I gave up on them quite a long time ago. Have they recently improved greatly?

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                billyeats Dec 23, 2008 05:01 PM

                Dude - this person asked about East Village Indian because she wants to bring her friends there. Instead of crushing her request how about honoring it? I have very fond memories of being brought to 6th St when I first moved to NY. Also, you think Klong and Stanton Social are quintessential New York experience? I see......

                Banjara & Brick Lane are very solid choices.

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                  E Eto Dec 23, 2008 05:13 PM

                  Really? Kenka? You had me until you mentioned that place.

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                    JungMann Dec 24, 2008 06:45 AM

                    I recommended Kenka because it captures the random student/bohemian meets Little Japan vibe that used to define the area around St. Mark's. Say what you want about the food, but even turkey testicle yakitori is better than a Milon vindaloo tasting of brown sugar and coconut.

                    Stanton Social is certainly the type of sceney restaurant, filled with young patrons who don't blink at $7 sliders, which defines a prominent segment of New York dining (Delicatessen is a more current and ridiculous iteration of the same theme). Klong, on the other hand, is emblematic of the oddly futuristic club-cum-restaurant that for some reason dominates Manhattan's Thai market. I haven't been in a while and recommended it mainly because it was near the OP's desired neighborhood. Peep or Highline would be better examples if she wants to travel.

                    Asking a South Asian to recommend a wallpaper and Christmas light restaurant is like asking a Mexican to recommend a Taco Bell or Chili's. If you enjoyed your meal at those restaurants, that's fine, but I am not contributing to the further bastardization of a cuisine.

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                      E Eto Dec 24, 2008 07:14 AM

                      "Asking a South Asian to recommend a wallpaper and Christmas light restaurant is like asking a Mexican to recommend a Taco Bell or Chili's. If you enjoyed your meal at those restaurants, that's fine, but I am not contributing to the further bastardization of a cuisine."

                      That about captures my perspective on Kenka. If you enjoyed it, that's fine too.

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              marlie202 Dec 23, 2008 09:35 AM

              Could it be Panna--a bit garish but I like the place and I believe you can BYOB

              1. PlomeekSoup Dec 23, 2008 09:36 AM

                Panna II has the quintessential BYOB East Village "Indian" experience you're looking for: http://www.panna2.com/

                But remember that the lights are designed to obscure the obscene amount of orange grease covering every dish...

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                  Pan Dec 23, 2008 01:49 PM

                  The best Indian restaurant in the East Village is Madras Cafe, a South Indian vegetarian restaurant on 2nd Av. between 4th and 5th, but it doesn't have gimmicks like thousands of Christmas lights. If you want the most lights, just go to 1st Av. slightly south of 6th St. and look up. Touts will be there trying to persuade you to go to their restaurant, not the other one next door, which also has blinking lights.

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                    ukitali Dec 24, 2008 06:48 AM

                    I personally like Mitali East. No Xmas lights though. My family and I used to go to Rose of India a while back but it's gone now. They had decent food and crazy decor.

                    1. D...DF Dec 26, 2008 07:04 AM

                      Banjara is a serious restaurant better than the others by leaps and bounds. Unfortunately the decor, while awful, is not what you're looking for.

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