Gallery: The Serious Eats Guide to Indian Food in New York City

Spicy Buradi Roll and the Pune Roll at Biryani Cart
Spicy Buradi Roll and the Pune Roll at Biryani Cart

The Biryani Cart makes some of our favorite kati rolls.

Special Hyderbad Dosa at Ganesh Temple Canteen
Special Hyderbad Dosa at Ganesh Temple Canteen

Hands-down the best place for dosas in New York. Their other South Indian dishes are great, too.

Keema Naan at Lahori Kebob
Keema Naan at Lahori Kebob

A pizza-sized, fluffy naan bread filled with minced chicken.

Samosa Sandwich at Rajbhog Sweets
Samosa Sandwich at Rajbhog Sweets

Rajbhog Sweets in Jackson Heights is a treasure of a snack counter.

Methi Para at Rajbhog Sweets
Methi Para at Rajbhog Sweets

More great snacks at Rajbhog Sweets.

Eggplant Chaat at Junoon
Eggplant Chaat at Junoon

Perhaps the finest chaat in Manhattan, and the best dish we've had at Junoon.

Chettinad Pepper Chicken at Anjappar
Chettinad Pepper Chicken at Anjappar

Seek out Anjappar in Murray Hill for Chettinad cuisine.

Lollipop Chicken at Tangra-Masala
Lollipop Chicken at Tangra-Masala

A signature starter, a drumstick whose meat is teased up into a ball at the knee joint, then breaded and deep-fried.

Chili Paneer from Saravana Bhavan
Chili Paneer from Saravana Bhavan

Saravana Bhavan makes the best dosas in Manhattan.

Mutter Paneer at Banjara
Mutter Paneer at Banjara

Sweet, creamy peas and cheese.

Noorjehani Kofte Ki Kari at Tamarind Tribeca
Noorjehani Kofte Ki Kari at Tamarind Tribeca

A creamy coconut milk curry heavy with fennel and star anise serves as the base for two chubby chicken meatballs.

Murgh Kali Mirch at Tamarind
Murgh Kali Mirch at Tamarind

Chicken with coconut milk, ginger, crushed black peppercorns, and garlic.

Bhindi Masala at Chennai Garden
Bhindi Masala at Chennai Garden

A lighter, milder dish of spicy okra with tomatoes and onions.

Mixed Vegetable Utthupam at NY Dosas
Mixed Vegetable Utthupam at NY Dosas

Thiru Kumar's NY Dosas cart in Washington Square Park is a New York institution.

Galub Jamun at Al-Naimat
Galub Jamun at Al-Naimat

The sweet and milky classic Indian dessert.

Chaat at Dosa Place
Chaat at Dosa Place

Some of the finest chaat in Jackson Heights.

Spices at Kalustyans
Spices at Kalustyans

Take a look around the Specialty Food Megastore for everything you never knew you needed.

Indian Ice Cream at Devi
Indian Ice Cream at Devi

Indian ice cream (kulfi) with candied pistachio in a hibiscus-scented citrus soup.

Jaal Moori at Thelewala
Jaal Moori at Thelewala

A refreshing dish made with puffed rice (think rice krispies but less crunchy), peanuts, red onions, potatoes, diced cucumbers, lime juice, and olive oil.

Roti at Roomali
Roti at Roomali

The roti wraps at this no-frills café arrive fresh off the griddle, pliant but pleasantly chewy.

Petha at Maharaja
Petha at Maharaja

Winter melon candied in rose syrup.

Vegetable Thali Platter ($21)
Vegetable Thali Platter ($21)

Unfortunately only available at lunch, but certainly one of the best deals in the area, the Thali Platter ($21 for vegetarian) are the fancy Indian version of a bar's sampler platter. Dip the buttery herbal roti into a cardamom-scented stew of chickpeas and ginger or pile some saag aur gobi ke bhurji—that's tiny cauliflower florets and spinach flavored with fenugreek and cumin—one your rice and drizzle it with creamy raita. Go ahead and use your fingers—it's ok. If you're used to standard Indian offerings, don't be surprised when you bite down on the paneer akbari and find that it's completely free of the squeaky rubberiness that can plague the fresh cheese. A non-vegetarian thali gives you a selection of lamb, chicken, and shrimp for $4 more, and with enough food to feed two, it won't run you much more than the cost of a pre-made midtown sandwich.