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NEED HELP! Need to find a Indian restaurant in either SoHo or surrounding areas!

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My best friend and I are visiting next week and are staying in SoHo. Im treating her to dinner our first night and her heart is set on some good, traditional Indian food. Can someone please suggest a great restaurant? We would prefer moderate prices, no BYOB and maybe outdoor seating or big windows with view of the street. It doesnt have to be in Soho, East and West Village is just fine. This is my friends first time to the city so I want her to experience good food with a great ambiance but Ive never stayed in this area. I appreciate your help.

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  1. It is difficult to find good Indian food downtown, let alone good food with a view. If you're willing to travel about 10 minutes from SoHo by train, you have far more options in Murray Hill, among which Pongal and Bhatti.

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    Bhatti
    100 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

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    1. re: JungMann

      I second the recommendation for Bhatti. There's no view, but the food is excellent. I like Dhaba very much also - same block.

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      Bhatti
      100 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

      1. re: gutsofsteel

        IIRC, the dining room at Dhaba is sunken, but Bhatti is at street level with reasonably tall windows. That said, a view of Lexington Avenue isn't especially breath-taking, though neither is a view of E. 6th in my opinion.

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        Bhatti
        100 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

        1. re: JungMann

          At Dhaba the dining room is sunken as you said but there's a line of tables right against the window with a street view. If the OP called ahead she could probably reserve one of them.

    2. there's lots of indian in the east village- the best in that area, in my opinion, is banjara. if you dont mind trying sri lankan, i like sigiri. banjara has nicer ambiance, but the food at both are good.

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      1. re: InSearchOfTacos

        We get in a little late on our first night so we are trying to stay around our area but is definatly trying Murray Hill later in our visit. What about Haveli in the east village?

        1. re: MrsLeah

          You're talking only about a 20 block difference, for a very much better restaurant. It's a 5 minute cab ride, if that.

      2. We just ate at Tamarind Tribeca - the food and ambiance were great I would highly recommend this place for impressing a visitor!

        1. Tamarind in Tribeca just opened. They have another restaurant on 20th street. It is incredible food but it is pricey