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May 24, 2012 07:38 AM

Best Indian restaurant in Manhattan

The title pretty much says it all-what is the BEST Indian restaurant in Manhattan? Thank you.

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  1. do a search: there are two or three very long threads recently that ask this exact question...

      1. I don't know any contenders for Best, though I do know where not to go. That list gets longer with every venture towards Indian cuisine I have.

        I look forward to reading what others may have found that are good.

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        1. re: jonkyo

          Jonkyo, I hear you. I love the elevated cuisine on offer at places like Tulsi or Devi, but what I personally miss is good chaat and Indo-Pak home cooking, the kind of really down and dirty stuff you find at home and which represents some of the best of South Asian in my experience. I go to Jackson Heights when I really need a fix, otherwise I'll settle for a middling place in Manhattan that does a few things well. If anything NYC has vastly improved my cooking skills since I have yet to find a place with a rogan josh, vindaloo or shami kebab as good as what comes out of my kitchen, let alone recreate my father's regional recipes.

          1. re: JungMann

            We haven't been to Devi in a very long time, i.e., well before Hemant left to open Tulsi. Have you been to Devi lately? If so, is the food as good as when Hemant helmed the kitchen?

            As for Tulsi, I've read elsewhere that Hemant is now leaving the cooking to someone else and the food quality has deteriorated.


        2. Tamarind is probably most expensive. Possibly the most inconsistent too. It is surely not the best. I have no favorite,

          1. Junoon is great and you can get 30% off on Savored.

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            1. re: Tommy D.

              Junoon is our current favorite upscale Indian restaurant. We were there for dinner again last week. The only exception to an otherwise excellent meal was one of the the two desserts we ordered: an awful peach galette.

              Photos of our dinner last week at Junoon:


              1. re: Tommy D.

                Surely when you say Junoon's great, you're not referring to the food. Especially since no restaurant in Manhattan can give 30% off, make quality food, and keep its head out of the water.

                1. re: foodperestroika

                  It sounds like you have never eaten there.
                  Junoon does have great Indian food.