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I want to try one of the upscale Indian restaurants on my upcoming trip to NYC. Which is above the rest? :) (fyi if it helps: Indian food is my absolute favorite and I've also been to India)

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  1. Tabla is closed.

    I haven't tried Devi yet but loved Junoon. It's considered among the best in NYC for upscale Indian food.

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

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    1. re: Riverman500

      I had been looking for something similar (although had previously been to Devi and Tamarind) and ended up having a great meal at Junoon. Ambiance was very different from Devi (more formal but not overly so) but food was great.

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

      1. re: lucyj

        So you would recommend Junoon over Devi for sure? I don't care about the ambiance as much as the food.

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

        1. re: junglekitte

          It has been too long since I was at Devi to directly compare, especially since there has been some changes.

      2. re: Riverman500

        Oh I had no idea! Too bad. What is chef Cardoz up to now?

        1. re: junglekitte

          Cardoz will be opening North End Grill in Battery Park City later this year.

          http://www.thefeast.com/newyork/resta...

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          North End Grill
          104 North End Ave, New York, NY 10282

      3. Won't have much luck with Tabla. Unless you like Peruvian food.

        Devi, Tulsi, Junoon... all good options.

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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

        1. Tulsi.

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

          1. I went to Devi back when it still had a Michelin star. I think Junoon is better. Can't say about the other ones, but Tulsi has a lot of good reviews on here.

            My review of Junoon will probably give you a good idea of what a meal there is like:
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/813122

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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

            1. Tamarind. You may also want to try less upscale restaurants as well. For example, I love the dal makhani at Bukhara Grill, the lamb vindaloo and the fish malabari at Bombay Palace.

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              Tamarind
              41 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

              Bukhara Grill
              217 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017

              Bombay Palace
              30 West 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019

              1. Recently had Chola in medtown and it was fantastic

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

                1. Tamarind Tribeca. My favorite of this group by far. I've been to Junoon and Tulsi, and they don't match Tamarind Tribeca -- for food, decor or service. Enjoy!

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                  Tamarind
                  99 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013

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

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

                  1. I grew up on homemade paneer, subzis and fresh chapatis and I join you in saying that Indian food is my absolute favorite!

                    Tamarind (orignal loc @ 22nd st) is, imo the best authentic indian food in the city right now, matched with excellent service and a lively, yet fine dining atmosphere.
                    Devi, Dawat, Tulsi and Junoon run a close second in terms of food.
                    Devi loses points for me in service and atmosphere. It is more casual than the others listed.
                    Dawat, superb food, good service and pleasant upscale atmosphere. If you go here, do not skip the Pooris. These fresh from the fryer, enlarged, steaming flaky pillows are the stuff of my food fantasies.
                    Tulsi is a bit more trendy, but the food is excellent and the vibe is a little more bustling than the others.
                    Junoon is what I've been waiting for. The food, although not necessarily entirely authentic, is excellent and artfully presented. It's truly fine dining place, and the service reflects that. There are few indian restaurants in NYC that have pulled off fine dining and excellent Indian food. Junoon is one of them!

                    My vote goes to Junoon or Tamarind. Depending on whether you want truly authentic or not.

                    Let us know where you end up!

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

                    Tamarind
                    41 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

                    Dawat
                    210 E. 58th St., New York, NY 10022

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

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