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Jan 8, 2013 06:31 PM

Indian-Chinese food

Are there any good Indian-Chinese restaurants around? Or Indian places that happen to have some good Indian-Chinese dishes on their menus. Preferably Manhattan, but outer boroughs would be okay too.

In the past, I enjoyed Chinese Mirch in Curry Hill. But I stopped eating from there about a year or so ago because I was finding its meat to be very low quality. And going back 5-10 years ago, some Indian friends took me to a place in Queens that was very good. I think somewhere on the service road of the LIE.

What prompted my post was Bob Martinez's thread on Chote Nawab ( I wouldn't have given his post a second thought as I'm not crazy about Indian food itself but he mentioned having an Indo-Chinese dish there. I'm interested to hear of any other places serving this cuisine. Thanks.

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  1. This is a very late reply to your question but I haven't been here in a while. I'm an Indian-Chinese food addict. Have not been able to find another quality place in Manhattan (slim pickings), and I agree with your description of the CM meat quality. Six years ago, CM was my intro to this cuisine but it has drastically declined over the past several years.

    The place you mentioned near the LIE is Tangra (in Elmhurst, Queens) and I go there at least once per week. Tangra is very small and modest but it's clean and they couldn't be nicer, so have no fear.

    They have a far larger and more ornate place in Sunnyside. I've inserted the links below. Please let me know here if you have any questions and I'd be happy to then elaborate on the Outer Boroughs Board. The dumplings and chili chicken dry is the way to go here. I practically drink the red spicy oil.

    Tangra Elmhurst:

    Tangra Sunnyside (main website):

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    1. re: nativeNYer

      If churros dined on Indo-Chinese around a decade ago right on Horace Harding, the restaurant may have been Indian Oasis (later Royal Indian Oasis and out of business for years now). It was a Jim Leff favorite back in the day ...

      1. re: squid kun

        Sad to have missed Indian Oasis. This was well before my Indian-Chinese dining days. Enjoyed reading about it. Thanks!

        1. re: nativeNYer

          nativeNYer, thanks for your suggestions. I'll have to give the Tangra places a try. I think I may have actually gone into the Elmhurst location once before a few years ago to check it out but the very dim lighting and lackluster decor kept me from returning there to eat. But if the food is good as you say, I'm willing to overlook that stuff.

          And based on the thread provided by squid kun, the restaurant that I went to a number of years ago was probably Indian Oasis. Location seems about right and I remember the restaurant seemed pretty nice and clean for an ethnic joint.

          1. re: churros

            I know what you mean by the ambiance but I don't even notice it any longer b/c it's clean and everyone is really nice. I typically get the chili chicken dry and the chicken mo mo but the lollypop chicken, curry rolls, and noodle dishes (manchurian and tangra masala) are also great. Let me know what you think. But, remember, this is all relative as we don't have too many alternative options. There's a bit of a wait if you go on any given night between 7pm and 9pm.
            This place is also just a couple of blocks from the LIE service road.

        2. re: squid kun

          That place on the HH, which you can see from the LIE, is now some kind of Asian fusion place called Taipan- written in "chopsticks" font. I'm not sure which cuisines they are fusing though.

        3. re: nativeNYer

          you could also try Symphony Spice in Curry Hill. not fabulous but good.

        4. Nanking in Times Square is serviceable. They market themselves as fusion Asian but it's Indian Chinese. It's definitely better than Chinese Mirch, and bonus points for being in Manhattan. Not the best Indian Chinese ever, but decent enough for a craving.

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          1. re: saregama

            Do you really think Nanking is better than CM? I went to that Manhattan location several years ago and it was horrible. I will definitely try it again. Good to hear! Their location in New Hyde Park was so much better.

          2. Chal Chilli is a new spot in Curry Hill, about 29th and Lexington. It is apparently Thai/Indian. Looks interesting. I read a recent positive review of the spot but now cannot find it. Will have to stop by.....