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NYC’s 6 Best Indian Restaurants

December 6, 2011 6:00 AM

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Sorisha Maach from Tamarind (credit: Tamarind)

Sorisha Maach from Tamarind (credit: Tamarind)

From paneer to pekora, raita to roti, the cuisine of India is so rich, varied, seasonal, and regional, that eating your way through the best Indian restaurants in New York could leave your tongue in a permanent state of nirvana. Get enlightened by the best, below.
– Kelly Dobkin

chola NYCs 6 Best Indian Restaurants

(credit: Chola)


232 East 58th Street
New York, NY 10022
(212) 688-4619

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Ten-year-old Chola has a solid reputation as one of the city’s best upscale Indian restaurants yet is relaxed enough to offer one of the best Indian lunch buffets in town. The golden masala dosas are paper thin and delightfully flavored. The menu of entrees represents nearly every region of India.

mixed vegetables from dawat NYCs 6 Best Indian Restaurants

Mixed Vegetables From Dawat (credit: Dawat)


210 East 58th Street
New York, NY 10022
(212) 355-7555

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From curries to tandoor, Dawat’s extensive menu of Indian delicacies is sure to leave any food lover satisfied. There’s also a few tasting menu options of three, four, or five courses so you can custom-build your experience without breaking the bank.

devi 1 NYCs 6 Best Indian Restaurants

Devi offers a warm, inviting and fenstive background for it's delicious Idian specialties. (photo courtesy of


8 E 18th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 691-1300

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Devi’s “haute Indian” approach has expertly combined authentic Indian flavors with an upscale dining environment. Its “create your own” tasting menu allows you to pick 2-4 dishes of your choosing all for under $55.

sorisha maach from tamarind NYCs 6 Best Indian Restaurants

Sorisha Maach from Tamarind (credit: Tamarind)


41-43 E. 22nd Street
New York, NY 10010
(212) 674-7400

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A mainstay when it comes to haute Indian cuisine, Tamarind’s creative and far-flung menu has been wowing diners for years. Tamarind owner Avatar Walia named his restaurant after the fruit pod of the tropical tamarind tree, which has small seeds and sour pulp often used in Indian cuisine. The restaurant’s success and popularity led them to open a second location in Tribeca on Hudson Street.

delhi heights NYCs 6 Best Indian Restaurants

(credit: Delhi Heights/Facebook)

Delhi Heights

37-66 74th St
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
(718) 507-1111

Head to Delhi Heights, one of many incredible Indian restaurants in Jackson Heights, for a lovely lunch buffet that runs about $10 and includes a nice variety of dishes. A nice introduction to Indian cuisine if you’re not already familiar; if you’d prefer to order a la carte, the extensive menu affords you the opportunity as well. The aloo gobi is a particular treat: potatoes and cauliflower tossed with various spices, you won’t miss the meat while eating.

baluchis masala NYCs 6 Best Indian Restaurants


Baluchi's Masala

60 Pearl Street
New York, NY 10004
(212) 742-2222

Though Baluchi’s Masala falls squarely into the category of Indian fast food – witness the steam trays and meals easily purchased by pointing to what looks good and having scoops ladled into a container quickly for you to take to go – there lies within an item not available at just every Indian fast food place. That item? Kati rolls (pictured: chicken kati roll), or what some have likened to an Indian burrito. Hand over $7 and receive flavorful chicken wrapped up in a soft flour Indian bread, along with spicy sauce and lettuce. Wash it all down with a mango lassi and you have a great meal.

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  • S.

    Bombay Talkie in Chelsea is quite amazing.

  • Sheri

    For those in NJ – SONA in Maplewood NJ – is amazing…! It is in the town village and has a nice ambiance while being reasonably priced. The Pineapple Paneer Skewers are YUMMMM!!!!

    • Duncan

      Are you kidding, the Vindaloo tasted totally of cardamon.

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    the violations are for Tiffin Walla

  • judith houlihan

    Violations from 11/30/2010 Inspection
    Tip! “Critical” violations are displayed in red.

    Violation points: 37

    Violations were cited in the following area(s).

    Sanitary Violations
    1) No facilities available to wash, rinse and sanitize utensils and/or equipment.

    Administrative Violations
    1) Failure to comply with an Order of the Board of Health, Commissioner, or Department.

  • Wilsons

    Tate Of India 2 – if you are in Staten Island …is amazing!!
    Kemma Vindaloo and the Nan is tremendous!!

  • Vicki

    For those who live outside of NYC, I would like to suggest a fantastic Indian restaurant in Westchester County. Rangoli, located on Main St. in New Rochelle, has a delicious menu of fresh, home cooked and reasonably priced popular and traditional Indian dishes. It has a pleasant atmosphere, and the Father/Son team that owns and runs the restaurant make a point of welcoming and thanking their guests for coming to dine with them. Rangoli is a great treat and experience.

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