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Mar 17, 2009 10:44 AM

Affordable, decent Indian?

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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  1. 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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    1. re: RGR

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

      1. re: cstadler

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

        1. re: MMRuth

          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.

          1. re: Miss Needle

            Oops - thanks - I completely missed that. Thanks.

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

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      1. re: JungMann

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

            1. re: maggiej

              yikes... lots of negative reviews :-/

          1. 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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            1. re: _emilie_

              My first choice would def. be Brick Lane

              1. re: malibu

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

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

              1. 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.