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WestIndianArchie Jun 8, 2010 03:02 PM

Just moved to the neighborhood and was pleasantly greeted with about a million different Indian restaurants.

1. best low end
2. best high end
3. how's Chinese Mirch
4. How's the 2nd floor Deli at Kaluystan's?
5. Is there better Indian on the Island? (better in the city? queens perhaps?)
6. What should I avoid?
7. A spot to find Indian Mangoes? (a bunch of Haydn's from Mexico/Peru as far as I can tell)

thx in adv,
WIA

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Chinese Mirch
1830 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10128

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    Piso Jun 9, 2010 03:26 PM

    Kaluystan's 2nd floor is amazing. You have to get the Mujaddara sandwich. It is very satisfying for a 4.99 . Its rice and lentils topped with caramelizedshallots. Then they top with tahini sauce lettuce tomatoe and pickled vegetables. The guys who make the sandwiches are experts. Watch them at the counter making your sandwich. It amazing.

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      WestIndianArchie Jun 9, 2010 09:47 AM

      Thanks for all the recommendations

      1. bigjeff Jun 9, 2010 07:43 AM

        many people can answer questions 1-7, just want to put a note about Charlie Paan, which is the only spot for fresh paan in the hood. it's good. Bhojan will be your spot for sweets, if you are into that. Check Kalustayan but also check the small shop right next door, just as good with less hype. I've heard good things about Cinnamon's lunch buffet but I've never been and, if you are curious about other reviews, I really enjoy this guy's stuff; they cover a lot of Curry Hill (and elsewhere, search Outer Boroughs for "jackson heights indian" and you'll be covered)

        http://www.nyindia.us/

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        Bhojan
        102 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

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          nigella sativa Jun 9, 2010 06:22 PM

          I just loved nyindia's latest review of the Flushing Temple Canteen. It's informative, evocative, and absolutely hilarious!

        2. Bob Martinez Jun 9, 2010 07:34 AM

          "3. how's Chinese Mirch?"

          I've posted on it multiple times. Here's two.

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/565260?tag=highlight-4894203;post-content-4894203#4894203

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3415...

          As you probably know, Chinese Mirch serves a hybrid of Indian and Szechuan Chinese cuisine. If you go in expecting one or the other you'll be disappointed. I think they're the best in the city at what they do.

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          Chinese Mirch
          1830 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10128

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            downtownchica Jun 8, 2010 09:13 PM

            1. Recently tried and loved Bhojan as did all my dining companions. I was full after eating about half the thalis I ordered, which was sad as everything was amazing.

            2. Adore Devi. Want to try Tamarind Tribeca but haven't gotten around to it yet. Tabla is not India. Amma is decent but nothing special for the price.

            . . .

            7. I've seen indian mangoes in Tribeca Whole Foods on occasion but not recently.

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            Amma
            246 E. 51st Street, New York, NY 10022

            Bhojan
            102 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

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              kathryn Jun 8, 2010 08:11 PM

              There's a small Indian grocery called Spice Corner on Lexington and 29th that sells Indian mangoes individually but quality is rather poor. They often are all overripe and bruised.

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              1. re: kathryn
                JungMann Jun 9, 2010 07:01 AM

                Spice Corner also has homemade papri chaat and some okay sweets if that makes up for their sad mangoes.

                1) I usually stop by Haandi for a quick, cheap fix.
                2) No place in the immediate neighborhood is really high-end, especially compared to the other moderate-to-high Indian restaurants in the rest of the city. I suppose Dhaba and Bhatti could be considered on the higher end for the neighborhood with Dhaba edging out the competition by virtue of its varied menu.
                4) I haven't found anything worth going back for at Kalustyan's. Generally I find their food bland and their prices uncompetitive.
                5) It depends on what you want. Curry Hill has a great variety of options, but lacks a few things like kheema samosas, take away chaat, good sweets, Alphonso mangoes etc. so I make the trip out to Jackson Heights at least once a month to fulfill whatever needs are left unmet by my weekly visits to Curry Hill.

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                Kalustyan's
                123 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

                Bhatti
                100 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

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                ESNY Jun 8, 2010 07:02 PM

                My favorites are Sarvanaas and Dhaba. I guess both would qualify for high end for curry hill but certainly not high end like Tamarind or Devi. At Dhaba, I almost always get either the paneer chili mirch or the lamb biryani. Saravanaas I usually get a dosa, chili and onion utthapa or south indian thali.

                At Kalustyans the mujadarra is awesome. The falafel is mediocre. Some of the other things they have like the chickpeas or couscous are good too but i generally stick with the mujadarra platter.

                Chinese Mirch is pretty eh. Sometimes I get a craving for it but it usually leaves me disappointed.

                I also like Roomali for kati rolls. The newer place selling kati rolls, Kathi Rolls by kebab factory is really bad.

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                Kalustyan's
                123 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

                Saravanaas
                81 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

                Roomali
                97 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

                Chinese Mirch
                1830 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10128

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