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nycmlr Mar 25, 2010 02:51 PM

Anyone have an Indian recommendations. Looking for something delicious & not fancy ... Devi and like are not needed for this excursion!

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    nycfinedining Mar 26, 2010 09:51 AM

    Darbar Grill (on East 55th Street) has some of the best Indian food I've tasted in NYC, at least in the Midtown area! Great naan, tandoori chicken, curry, etc.!

    Darbar Grill
    157 East 55th Street, New York, NY 10022

    1. CantStopEating Mar 26, 2010 09:04 AM

      Brick Lane Curry House has some amazing curry. In fact the chef makes one of the the spiciest Indian curry; he calls it the "Phaal's Challenge".


      Brick Lane Curry House
      235 E 53rd St, New York, NY 10022

      1. JungMann Mar 26, 2010 06:26 AM

        It used to be that you had to go to tucked away holes in the wall like Minar to find good Indian. Nowadays, though, your choices have branched out. There's Darbar Grill in Midtown East; Earthen Oven on the UWS; Desi Deli in Hell's Kitchen; Bhatti, and of course Tiffin Wallah, Dhaba, Haandi and more in Curry Hill. The one thing that hasn't changed is the uniform badness of the restaurants on East 6th. Plus ça change...

        Tiffin Wallah
        127 E 28th St, New York, NY 10016

        Earthen Oven
        53 W 72nd St, New York, NY 10023

        5 W 31st St, New York, NY 10016

        Desi Deli
        724 10th Ave, New York, NY 10019

        Darbar Grill
        157 East 55th Street, New York, NY 10022

        100 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

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        1. re: JungMann
          prdct Mar 26, 2010 11:23 AM

          I second the Bhatti rec...had a fabulous meal here recently.

          100 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

        2. Phil Ogelos Mar 25, 2010 03:44 PM

          And a stone's throw away from all these places, on a block in the mid-20s btwn Lex and Third is the only place I've ever seen in Manhattan where you can purchase "paan" -the betel nut amuse bouche that'll turn your mouth bright red -in case you're wanting to go all the way in your Indian oral experience!

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          1. re: Phil Ogelos
            bigjeff Mar 25, 2010 08:47 PM

            charlie paan shop! newly renovated as well although last week, I thought they went too heavy on the mint extract . . . absolute best dessert, post-indian (well, unless you go for mithai!)

            1. re: Phil Ogelos
              thew Mar 26, 2010 05:17 AM

              amuse bouche - mild stimulant drug - details details

              1. re: thew
                Phil Ogelos Mar 26, 2010 06:12 AM

                "amuse bouche - mild stimulant drug"

                if those terms aren't essentially synonymous, then my life [not to mention the entire wine industry] might be one big misunderstanding.

                1. re: Phil Ogelos
                  thew Mar 26, 2010 07:33 AM

                  alcohol is not a stimulant.

                  i do not mean stimulating to the appetite here.

                  1. re: Phil Ogelos
                    bigjeff Mar 26, 2010 07:42 AM

                    wait, you have paan BEFORE a meal? I'd call it more a digestif to cut all the heaviness, post-dosa, say. but then again, I always get the sweet paan and never the tobacco one.

                    1. re: bigjeff
                      Phil Ogelos Mar 26, 2010 07:49 AM

                      No no, I was speaking literally: something that amuses the mouth (whenever it's 'et.)
                      I meant the same thing in my reply to thew, but he meant another.

                      1. re: Phil Ogelos
                        bigjeff Mar 26, 2010 09:31 AM

                        gotcha. ya man, I loves me some charlie; his paan is the best I've had and so worth it; I try to find a good vendor but he seems to be the only one.

              2. thew Mar 25, 2010 03:39 PM

                dhaba - higher end, but not fabcy

                sigiri - not high end. not fancy. not even indian- sri lankan

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                1. re: thew
                  LeahBaila Mar 26, 2010 05:23 AM

                  DYING to get to Sigiri...what did you order and how did you like it? TIA.


                  1. re: LeahBaila
                    thew Mar 26, 2010 07:32 AM

                    i've had a bunch of different things there - the one that stands out is the pork black curry - which can be incendiary if you ask for it "sri-lankan spicy"

                    1. re: thew
                      LeahBaila Mar 26, 2010 07:40 AM

                      Thanks Thew...hope to check it out soon


                    2. re: LeahBaila
                      bigjeff Mar 26, 2010 07:38 AM

                      i always forget about that place! have to commit to memory next time I'm down there

                  2. Phil Ogelos Mar 25, 2010 03:35 PM

                    I've always had good luck at Saravanaa's (Lex @ 26th).

                    And, although it probably falls outside your criterion of "not fancy", Tamarind on 22nd off Park is my go-to place when I want to impress visitors, and don't feel like traveling out to Jackson Heights.

                    1. bigjeff Mar 25, 2010 03:21 PM

                      had a great meal at the new Bhojan (curry hill area):

                      delicious AND fancy, but not fancy enough to detract from the food, the price or the quality. perfect combo.

                      102 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

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