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Jan 3, 2010 08:08 AM

Best Biryani???

I've been on a quest for great biryani since visiting India about 15 years ago. Most in NYC have disappointed, and are nothing like what I had there.

The best I've found so far is at Sapphire, on Broadway around 63rd - light, lots of herbs with clear distinct flavors, not masked by generic orangey or tomato-y sauce/seasoning. I generally like a veg biryani, as the meat preparation distracts from the qualities of rice, nuts, spices/herbs.

Would love to hear anyone else's recommendations!

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  1. The best I have had in NYC is from southern spice out in queens. 143-06 45th Ave flushing. It is a great consistent place and the owner is just an all around nice Guy.

    In Manhattan I like a little hole in the wall place downtown, Sangam. At 190 bleecker St.

    1. The link below cites some of the better candidates around town.
      "Rice for Royalty, on a Peasant’s Budget", NY Times, June '09

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      1. re: Rmis32

        I'm a big fan of the lamb biryani at Swagat (Amsterdam betw. W. 79th/80th). Very satisfying.