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Mar 25, 2010 02:51 PM

Looking for authentic Indian recommendations

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

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  1. 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

    1. 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. dhaba - higher end, but not fabcy

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

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        1. re: thew

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

          1. re: LeahBaila

            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: LeahBaila

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

          2. 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

              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

                amuse bouche - mild stimulant drug - details details

                1. re: thew

                  "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

                    alcohol is not a stimulant.

                    i do not mean stimulating to the appetite here.

                    1. re: Phil Ogelos

                      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

                        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

                          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. 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 ├ža 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

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

                    100 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016