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Best Indian in New York

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Benares

This TriBeCa serves up delicious Indian dishes, both classic and unexpected. The contemporary dining room features warm colors and comfortable furniture to make you right at home as soon as you walk in. At Benares, you can sample typical cuisines from many different regions of India, and particularly the vegetarian dishes of the holy city of Benares (also known as Varanasi.) If you're looking to taste the wide and delectable variety of cuisines that India lays claim to, head to Benares.

New York, NY, United States
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Tamarind

Highly talented chefs put together a menu of assorted Indian delicacies that are at once mouthwatering and filling. One can gorge on Bhojpuri samosas, chimbori jalwa or crab, murgh angarey and Sufiana Machhli which are a little offbeat recipes, albeit a part of Indian cuisine. For the vegetarians there is soya dingri kofta, Bhagarey baigan and Jaisalmeri bhindi. Try the sindhi karhi which is a delicacy in India, uncommon in most restaurants. It has a casual dining area, though very huge in size accommodating 175 people. There is a cocktail lounge too.

New York, NY, United States
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Masala Wala

Masala Wala is one of many Indian restaurants in the LES, some are better than others, yet this one stands out a little more for its simple delicacies from Southern India that you can only find at any dhaba (food stand). Out of the 150 different languages spoken in India, there is one word that is intrinsic to all, masala. It is a mixture of spices that is ground into a paste and used in almost every kitchen in the country. At this restaurant, you can even order masala spiced soda alongside other interesting libations in a cool, easy and unpretentious ambiance. The menu features dhaba style food like bhel puri, which is puffed rice, potatoes, onions and curry leaves and of course chaat, which is a fried dough and potato mixture that can be prepared in many different styles. A nice spot to visit for lunch or dinner if you are looking for something familiar, but different.

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Haveli

From the delectable appetizers to the music playing in the background, everything is thoroughly enjoyable at Haveli. This relaxed but somewhat upscale restaurant has a charming atmosphere, excellent service and reasonable prices. At dinnertime Indian musicians play softly, allowing their sitars to carry each patron away to a world far from the East Village. The samosas (meat and vegetable filled turnovers) make an excellent start. Lamb and spicy seafood dishes, shrimp or chicken tandoori, tikkas and kebabs of all types are popular main courses.

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Malai Marke

Sitting in the midst of the East Village's curry row, Malai Marke might look par for the course from the outside. But once you step inside and check out the menu, you will see that it is something different. Serving special dishes from various regions in India, the quality really sets it above the rest. The menu even describes some dishes as being like you might eat at an Indian mother-in-law's home. If you're looking for some truly special Indian dishes, head to Malai Marke and give it a try.

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Junoon

Located in Manhattan's Flatiron District, Junoon serves Indian cuisine with a modern influence. The menu items originate from various parts of India and are made with locally sourced ingredients. Delectable choices include the lobster tandoori, vadouvan scallop, and lamb kolhapuri. The dining room is beautifully decorated and gives a welcoming ambiance. Admire the intricately carved arches and columns while enjoying delicious Indian fare.

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Tiffin Wallah

Despite a City Hall location that is inconvenient for many people, this restaurant has developed a reputation as one of the city's better Indian spots. It avoids the gaudy decor found in many Indian eateries in favor of simple lines, dark wood trim and serenity. The majority of the crowd is made up of locals or downtown workers, but the food also draws people from further uptown. There are some great renditions of such Indian favorites as curry dishes, tandoori and naan bread. There are also vegetarian options.

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Vatan

Gujarati cuisine is famous in India for its authentic vegetarian delicacies cooked in flavorful spices. Vatan brings this cuisine to new York, to be relished by New Yorkers. For those who think vegetarian fare has limited options, Vatan boasts an extensive menu of traditional Gujarati Khaman, Ragda Patis, Toor Dal, Muthia and Mirchi Bhajia. The Mirchi Bhajia can also be savored as a light snack in the early evening. Desserts include Kheer and home-made icecream. The highlight of the menu however, is the Aam Rus or thick mango juice. The meals are served in pre-set thalis. The decor recreates Gujarat with a real banyan tree acquiring pride of place in the venue. Other small details include hand-painted tables and straw covered roofs that further endure the charm of the place.

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Nirvana

The term Nirvana refers to the attainment of a sublime state of mind, and the culinary exploits at this contemporary Indian eatery certainly come close to providing that blissful experience. The menu at Nirvana offers a wide range of Indian fare which is an eclectic mix of traditional Indian dishes like vegetable samosas, Raj Kachori, shrimp bhuna, paneer makhanwala, and more exotic fare like Nirva Rabbit Fiesta and Venison Old Monk which are not usually found on Indian menus. The upper level of Nirvana is devoted to the dining room, while the restaurant's lower level holds a classy lounge that is a popular watering hole with the after work crowd.

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Amma

This wonderful restaurant serves delectable Indian cuisine in an intimate ambiance enhanced by pale yellow walls and orange hued seating. Owner Anju Sharma named her restaurant "Amma," meaning mother, to signify a cooking style which is reminiscent of an Indian mother's kitchen. The cuisine is authentic Indian with outstanding dishes such as the Bombay bhelpuri, kararee bhindi, fish moileey, and apricot-filled lamb chops. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian tasting menus paired with appropriate wines including Indian wines are available along with a prix fixe lunch menu. Amma provides an intensely satisfying experience.

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Darbar Grill

Darbar Grill is a well known Indian restaurant in East Midtown. Though they serve delicious Indian food catering to both the vegetarians and non-vegetarians, they specialize more in luscious Tandoori dishes. They have a full bar and Happy Hour is everyday. Darbar Grill has an elegant environment, making it an ideal place for special events. They also cater for various services from corporate to private events.

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Chola New York

The cuisine served at Chola New York is eclectic, and comes from provinces all over India. With white walls, dark wood and fresh table linens, you can feast like an Indian prince. Try shrimp bhuna, chicken tikka, Bombay calamari or grilled tandoori dishes. Also popular is the naan (flat bread) and Uthappam (a vegetable pancake composed of rice and lentils). Many entrees are spicy, eye-opening and unusual. Half the menu is made up of vegetarian and vegan offerings, while the other half features a great deal of tasty seafood, as well as lamb and chicken.

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