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Mar 9, 2010 12:27 AM

Best Indian/Pakistani food in Manhattan?

any recommendations?

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    1. re: RGR

      I second Dhaba.

      There is a lamb dish on the menu (I think it's Achari Gosht but I'm not totally sure) that I really like, but it's pretty spicy.

    2. There isn't much Pakistani that is worth going out of your way for in Manhattan, but there are a number of choices for Indian. Devi would be perfect for upscale fare; Earthen Oven and Darbar Grill for general fare. Dhaba is a good choice for Northern and Saravanaas for Southern.

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      1. re: JungMann

        JM, I generally second your choices in all categories except Earthen Oven, which I tried on your suggestion and found rather uninspired; Darbar Grill I've only been to for lunch buffet--good, but didn't knock the socks off. But a resounding yes to Saravanaas (best South Incian thalis), Devi and Dhaba. I'd add Chola for best buffet lunch, Madras Cafe for best in East Village, Minar for great, cheap steam table combo lunches (fabulous aloo gobi and saag paneer every day), Haandi for Pakistani cabbie hole in the wall, and Tadka for great cheap dinner specials from the same owners as Chola and Tadka. I have to try Bhatti.

        1. re: Peter Cherches

          I have been to Dhaba twice, and although it was decent the first time, it was pretty awful the second. IMO, Dhaba=mediocre.

          Sarvanaas is pretty good for South Indian food.

          1. re: Peter Cherches

            Sorry to hear Earthen Oven disappointed; I can only hope it was an off night as the meals I've had there have been uniformly enjoyable. In some ways I like them better than Dhaba, which I think is somewhat overhyped.

            If you like Dhaba, you'll probably like Bhatti as well. The menu is not as broad and they have a tendency to run out of items I want, but the quality and flavor are good.

            1. re: Peter Cherches

              In the category of Pakistani hole in the wall, I highly recommend the biryani at Lahore Deli (Crosby just below Houston). Now I know there is controversy about this place, and they do some things better than others. I don't like everything there, but I LOVE their biryani. You have to go after 2 PM to get it. I always order biryani with dal (the yellow, smooth dal), which is another item that is always good there. And while we're on the subject, their spinach and samosas are good too. The good thing about ordering biryani with yellow dal is that both items are usually hot, that way you can avoid the microwave.

              1. re: Peter Cherches

                pcherches, on your last sentence, did you actually mean "Bhojan for great cheap dinner specials from the same owners as Chola and Tadka?" Indeed, the thali there is delicious and the food is majorly affordable; see my review from my reply to this thread at the very bottom.

              2. re: JungMann

                I strongly 2nd Dhaba. I've been there 7 or 8 times and every meal has been first rate.

                1. Thanks for your replies!! do these eateries have good vegetarian options?

                  looks like we'll be going to Dhaba!!!

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                  1. re: Sadia1

                    Saravanaas is totally vegetarian. Dhaba, while it serves meat, has plenty of options for vegetarians. There is also a vegan section on the menu, though I haven't tried any of the items.

                    1. re: Sadia1

                      Bhojan is 100% veg and, from same people as Dhaba. I would also add that Bhojan is a more low-key meal (but beautiful decor and experience), whereas Dhaba is crazy bumping and much livelier and energetic.

                      please do report back on wherever you ended up eating!

                    2. had a wonderful meal at Bhojan (old coconut grove space at 106 Lexington, same ownders as dhaba and chola) and can't wait to go back! I highly highly recommend it: