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cstadler Mar 17, 2009 10:44 AM

Hello Chowhound-

My parents are visiting this weekend and my mom has requested Indian for dinner. To my knowledge, Indian food in Manhattan is broken down into two groups of restaurants: inexpensive and grubby (6th street) vs. expensive and posh (Tabla Bread Bar, Utsav). I'm trying to find a place in between. (I'm going to be paying for dinner for 12 and want to keep it reasonable.)

This will be an early post-show dinner in Manhattan from Times Square to anywhere on the way back to Brooklyn).

Thanks for your help!

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    RGR Mar 17, 2009 11:17 AM

    Since people's opinions can differ substantially as to the meaning of "reasonable," it would be helpful if you would give us your per person budget for food only (drinks, tax and tip additional).

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      cstadler Mar 17, 2009 11:44 AM

      I want to spend $400. So per person... $30? Not everyone will be drinking...

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        MMRuth Mar 17, 2009 11:47 AM

        It might be worth calling Dawat to see if they could do some sort of fixed menu for you.

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          Miss Needle Mar 17, 2009 12:02 PM

          I do like Dawat. Unfortunately, it's not on the way from Times Square to Brooklyn unless the OP wants to do a slight detour.

          I'll second JungMann's rec for Dhaba. And with a group of 12, I would avoid the vegetarian restaurants in Curry Hill that are mentioned elsewhere on this board (Saravannas, Chennai Garden, etc.) because you're probably going to find somebody who doesn't think a meal is a meal without meat.

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            MMRuth Mar 17, 2009 12:06 PM

            Oops - thanks - I completely missed that. Thanks.

    2. JungMann Mar 17, 2009 11:57 AM

      Earthen Oven and Dhaba are both within your price range without sacrificing quality or atmosphere.

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        maggiej Mar 17, 2009 12:05 PM

        My most recent meal at Banjara (with parents) was really fabulous. You can make a reservation.

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          cstadler Mar 17, 2009 12:13 PM

          which location?

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            LeahBaila Mar 17, 2009 12:14 PM

            I second Banjara

            www.thelunchbelle.com

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              cstadler Mar 17, 2009 12:16 PM

              yikes... lots of negative reviews :-/

          2. _emilie_ Mar 17, 2009 12:24 PM

            On 6th St, I have enjoyed Brick Lane Curry House. It's definitely not as grubby as the others -- and it feels "suburban parent friendly" if that's what you have (that's what I have!). I think you could get out of there for close to $30/person. I thought what I had there was a cut above the other 2-3 places I've been to on 6th, but its certainly no Devi/Tabla, etc.

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              malibu Mar 17, 2009 12:31 PM

              My first choice would def. be Brick Lane

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                cstadler Mar 19, 2009 12:12 PM

                thanks everyone... i made a rez at Brick Lane

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              rkaene Mar 19, 2009 05:53 PM

              Nirvana Lexington&39. Beautiful atmosphere, great drinks&food, not outrageous prices

              1. thegirlnextdoor Mar 20, 2009 11:58 AM

                Go to Bombay Talkie in Chelsea - it's a beautifully modern space inspired by Bollywood movies, and the Indian food, mostly inspired by street food, is amazing. Also, it's not too expensive and because you have a big group, you can order a bunch of little dishes and share. Be sure to make a reservation though. http://www.bombaytalkie.com/

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