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Best Chicken Tikka Masala in NYC?

Yeah, I know there's already a "best restaurant in Curry Hill" post, but this one gets a little more specific: namely, who makes the best CTM in the city?

I'm well aware that- as Indian food goes- CTM is about as exotic as a hamburger, but I don't care- it remains my favorite Indian dish of all (despite its Anglican roots).

So, have at it, people: who makes the tastiest Chicken Tikka Masala around? The one you cross town to get to, the one you greedily schlep home, all the while dreaming of that first divine bite?

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  1. Personally all chicken tikka masalas taste the same to me. I agree that, while "pedestrian" it is still a tasty dish! Cant go wrong at that Balucchi's chain if all you want is tikka masala.

    1. Hard to find it in Manhattan, but if I must, my vote goes to Brick Lane Curry House

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      1. If CTM is truly Anglican, it's little wonder that so few people can tell if it's Indian traditional or reformed.

        I hate to be the guy who gives recommendations for something totally other than what you're asking for, but if you are a fan of CTM which, admittedly, can be good, you should try butter chicken, a.k.a. chicken makhani, a.k.a. murgh makhani. It is a similar dish of chicken tikka in a mild tomato cream sauce, but has the added edge of being native to Northern India. Dhaba makes a reasonable version.

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        1. re: JungMann

          try earthen oven at w72 and columbus. their butter chicken, sometimes served at their weekened buffet, is also good.

        2. My vote goes to Bukhara Grill. Well executed, bold flavor. You really taste that it's a step up from your curry hill indian holes in the wall.

          1. For All-you-can-eat buffet tikka masala, go to Taj Mahal on Bleeker st.

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            1. re: silencespeak

              Brick Lane rocks , no doubt.

              But I want to propose a new contender - Devi. One of my favorite lunches in the city is sharing 2 lunch specials there consisting of Manchurian Cauliflower, Tandoori Lamb Chops and Kulfi and also getting a dish of CTM on the side. It is all so good there.

            2. You said NYC not Manhattan. The best general Indian food that I have had in NY is at Dosa Garden on Staten Island. Had chicken Tikka masala last time we went and the flavoring was amazing and complex.

              1. I like chicken tikka in a thick bhuna sauce, not creamy, so I get the Chicken Tikka Salan Curry at Banjara (6th St at 1st Ave. It's really wonderful.

                1. I haven't been in awhile (because I rarely go to Queens), but I really liked the CTM at Jackson Diner. This is such a great post, though...I'm always looking for new Indian places!

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                  1. re: kim e

                    Jackson Diner has I think mostly chicken makhani, and they usually taste it down for the tourists. Most other buffets in the Jackson Heights area do a better job. My favorite buffet CTM is at the relatively new Delhi Heights. If you can, you should go to Spicy Mina's in Woodside. They have an great CTM. Southern Spice in Flushing has also recently become well know in Flushing. So, to get good Indian you'll need to hop on the 7 and do a CTM tour of Queens.

                  2. I agree with the other replies that Brick Lane is probably the best although with a British touch. I think Dhaba would be considered more typical Indian. But both places are great.

                    My new favorite is Kabab Factory and most popular with people from India. It's not consistent everytime you'll order, but when they do it right it's the best in NYC.

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                    1. re: rikrik

                      In my opinion, CAFE SPICE on University Place (in the Village) always makes a solid CTM!

                      The quality of the chicken is always good, and you can't say that about a lot of the low-rent Indian places in the East Village!

                    2. Chicken Makhani at Delhi Heights in Jackson Heights