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FLdrummer Jul 19, 2011 05:51 PM

Looking for any recs on authentic Indian in the 212. Thanks!

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    AubWah Jul 19, 2011 07:00 PM

    dhaba on lexington between 27th and 28th

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    Dhaba
    108 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10016

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      AubWah Jul 20, 2011 02:41 PM

      maybe dhaba if you want to spend under $95, junoon if you want to spend over

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        rouxdauphine Jul 21, 2011 06:49 AM

        How is the lunch buffet? Thinking about Dhaba for a visit to NYC this fall. Some of the lunch specials sound really great, wondering how the buffet and menu compare. Thanks.

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          AubWah Jul 21, 2011 01:56 PM

          the lunch buffet is the best in manhattan

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          Blumie Jul 21, 2011 10:20 AM

          Based entirely on this thread, I ordered lunch to be delivered from Dhaba today. So far it has been a very bad experience. My food is an hour late, and every time I call they give me the runaround.

          Edited to add: I finally gave up. The food never arrived, notwithstanding three phone calls over the course of an hour in which they assured me it was on its way.

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            WestIndianArchie Jul 22, 2011 10:52 PM

            What is everyone ordering @ Dhaba? I live 3 blocks from the place, and menu wise it doesn't stand out next to Cinnamon, Pongal, Madras Mahal?, Chennai Garden, Tiffin Wallah, Curry Leaf, Tamba, or Saravanna.

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            Saravanaas
            81 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

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

            Chennai Garden
            129 E 27th St, New York, NY 10016

            Pongal
            110 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

            Madras Mahal
            104 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10016

            Curry Leaf
            99 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

            Tamba
            103 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

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              thew Jul 23, 2011 07:30 AM

              their "street" foods is where they really shine

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                Bob Martinez Jul 23, 2011 09:43 AM

                Among the starters, the chapli chicken kabob and the pahadi chicken kabob are just terrific. Beautifully spiced, juicy, and full of flavor. (Avoid the shami lamb kabobs - not good at all.)

                Among the mains, the Dhaba chili chicken is spicy as hell but delicious. Tandoori chicken is mild and among the best versions I've had anywhere. The bhuna lamb mirchwalla is also excellent.

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                  FoodDabbler Jul 24, 2011 09:05 AM

                  That's an odd list of restaurants whose menus you say are similar to Dhaba's. Some are vegetarian with a South Indian slant (Madras Mahal, Chennai Garden, Saravanna, etc.) which Dhaba most certainly isn't. Having said that, I'll add that my one meal from Dhaba was pretty ordinary. Without going all "high end" (Devi, Junoon, Tulsi, Tamarind) there's better food at Nirvana and Chola, although as with all mid-level Indian restaurants in New York inconsistency at these paces is a consistent problem.

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                  Chennai Garden
                  129 E 27th St, New York, NY 10016

                  Chola
                  232 East 58th Street, New York, NY 10022

                  Nirvana
                  346 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10001

                  Tulsi
                  211 E 46th St, New York, NY 10017

                  Junoon
                  27 W 24th St, New York, NY 10010

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                    AubWah Jul 24, 2011 10:40 AM

                    "as with all mid-level Indian restaurants in New York inconsistency at these paces is a consistent problem."

                    any idea why this is the case?

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                      FoodDabbler Jul 24, 2011 11:07 AM

                      Very hard to know for sure. There's a distinct inattention to detail, a distinctly cavalier attitude to standards, and a distinct tendency to start strong and continue weak, but I'm not sure what the reason is. Partly it's because restaurants get away with it. There's a certain group of people in places such as New York and Boston who like the standard fare at Indian restaurants (the neon red tandoori chicken, the tikka masala, the vindaloo that has wandered so far from its origins as to now be a completely different dish) and who keep them going through all their unevenness. I find that even on a site such as Chowhound people approach Indian restaurants with less exacting standards than they do Chinese, or certainly Italian or French. If a restaurant can get away with serving uneven food and letting its standards drop, in many cases it will. Take the decor at a place like Dhaba, for example. Obviously, some thought went into it originally. But look at how it's been maintained. When I was there a few months ago, every other table had a filthy folded paper napkin under at least one leg to keep it steady. Yet, the restaurant garners praise and this aspect of its upkeep garners no criticism. Why would they bother to change?

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                        FoodDabbler Jul 26, 2011 09:53 AM

                        Somebody has asked, bizarrely, on another site (http://tinyurl.com/3qecvmp ) how I know about the napkins under the tables at Dhaba. It's simple: I looked. I was there before 6 p.m. and it was fairly empty. I noticed that our table rocked and I looked under it. I saw a napkin. I looked around (it's not a place with tablecloths to the floor, so it's easy to see what's under the tables). I saw many napkins.

                        Now, I cannot tell a lie. I did not count to confirm that it was exactly half the tables that had napkins. Perhaps it was 53%; perhaps 47%. But my estimate is that it was every other table.

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                rrems Jul 19, 2011 07:41 PM

                Junoon

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                Junoon
                27 W 24th St, New York, NY 10010

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                  Blumie Jul 20, 2011 09:46 AM

                  Agree with Junoon. I find the place way too stuffy (although some of the servers and the sommelier are terrific), but the food is terrific.

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                  Junoon
                  27 W 24th St, New York, NY 10010

                2. thew Jul 20, 2011 03:03 PM

                  dhaba is great.

                  close to indian, but not exactly, is sigiri - sri lankan

                  i've been hearing good things about OM on the UES, but have not been - has anyone?

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                  Sigiri
                  91 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

                  Om
                  1593 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

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                    fehrbehr Jul 26, 2011 03:32 PM

                    I've been and thought it was alright. Live in East Village so not worth the trek for me personally.

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                    Bkeats Jul 21, 2011 08:48 AM

                    Its not the most authentic, but I really like the Tamarind Tribeca. Great looking space, attentive service and the food is great. Only downside is that it costs a bit more than your typical indian eatary.

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                    Tamarind
                    99 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013

                    1. Steve R Jul 21, 2011 01:10 PM

                      Junoon and Dhaba are pretty significantly different price wise. If you're willing to spend more than Dhaba, I'd still recommend Devi or the newer place, Tulsi, that the ex-Devi chef/owner (Hemant) opened this year. Very creative but still genuinely Indian. In it's price range, Dhaba still gets my business although, like most places, its lunch buffet doesnt get you the real deal. But, I've gotten it and I think it was more than ok.

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                      Devi
                      8 East 18th Street, New York, NY 10003

                      Tulsi
                      211 E 46th St, New York, NY 10017

                      Junoon
                      27 W 24th St, New York, NY 10010

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