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Best Indian Restaurants in New York City

Updated on June 22, 2011

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There are hundreds of Indian restaurants in New York City that might overwhelm you if you want to select one for a perfect evening or just traveling through the area. Hope this list of Best Indian Restaurants in nyc helps you narrow down to one depending on your taste and occasion. Some of the best indian food in nyc can be found in Devi, Tamarind, Pongal and others that are mentioned below.

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Devi Indian Cuisine in nyc

Devi Restaurant located between 5th avenue and Broadway is perfect for a date night. Rachel Ray loves this restaurant and says that everyone here looks so young and healthy. Devi also has great lighting that creates a romantic mood to compliment your ultimate Indian dining experience. Devi offers authentic regional dishes and introduce new classics to be enjoyed in a warm, sumptuous setting. You can find a 3-course lunch for $25 including appetizers like salmon-crab cakes to desserts like Pistachio Kulfi while the main course has items like Tandoor-Grilled Lamb Chops.

Tamarind restaurant

Fashionably dressed with stark white walls, stained hardwoods, earthen accents and pendant lighting, this high-end Indian restaurant appeals to everyone with a good appetite. An exceptional array of menu items like gosht (a combination of lamb and goat meat) to seafood will leave you wanting more. The restaurant's menu includes dishes from Punjab, Hyderabad, Goa, Madras, Lucknow, and Calcutta. India's assertive spices and seasonings distinguish its cooking from all others.

Pongal South Indian restaurant

At Pongal indian restaurant in nyc you will find a range of delectable vegetarian cuisine bursting with all the natural flavors and spices true to its original tradition. Consistently applauded by  ZAGAT, MICHELLIN , THE NEW YORK TIMES, NY TIMEOUT  and millions of highly satisfied customers since 1996, pongal offers one of the most unique menus in New York city  which is also  Kosher. Typical south indian menu items like idli, medhu vada, masala dosa, vegetable uthappam can be found on the menu for reasonable prices. It is located
110 lexington avenue in new york city and there is another location on 1154 first avenue.

Vatan indian restaurant in nyc
Vatan indian restaurant in nyc

 Dawat restaurant
This upscale East-50's Midtowner has long been the trendsetter in Indian cuisine. Regulars return again and again for the great service and innovative food that features such spicy treats as bhel poori, shrimp and salmon. Typical north indian restaurant with menu items like panneer makhani, bhindi masala also offers non-vegetarian items like tandoori chicken and seafood platter.

Banjara restaurant in nyc
Banjara, the highly distinguished Zagat-rated restaurant, is named for the Banjara people whose Rajasthani homeland is near Jaisalmer and Jodphur. However, the Banjara live and travel throughout twenty-two states of India, taking with them a rich cultural history of rice and a distinctive individual aesthetic. They are renowned for their dramatically colorful dress, much of it featuring intricate embroidery and magnificent jewelry. The Banjara people enjoy wearing their wealth, and proudly display an array of rings, bracelets and earrings. The songs, poetry and dance that they have handed down through generations are filled with characteristic mystery, romance and intrigue.

Chola fine indian dining in New York City
Their lunch buffet, priced at under $15, is a bountiful spread that's full of traditional favs from several regions, among them a handful of flavorful chicken, seafood, vegetarian items. The interior of the restaurant is tastefully decorated, and the service is consistently professional and friendly making it one of the best casual indian restaurants in nyc that offers a good bargain.


Located on 3rd avenue, Vatan celebrates the true flavors of Gujarati style Indian dining and the ambience of a typical Indian courtyard. They even have a 20 foot tall banyan tree, hand painted tables, thatched roofs and many artistic stuff that are very detailed. Enjoy the fine thali that comprises everything from appetize, main course to dessert.

Tabla indian restaurant, Utsav and Salaam Bombay are some of my other picking that fall into the best restaurants in new york city that offer the best Indian dining experience in this great city.


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      ncuxapa_ 7 years ago

      Will pay it a visit one day :)

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      Davis Miller 8 years ago

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      Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

      A well researched and informative hub. Thank you.


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