The Serious Eats Guide to Indian Food in New York City
Here's something we hear often: "I like Indian food, but I don't eat it enough." If you're one of those people, and you're looking to grow your Indian culinary knowledge, consider this your guide. We combed through the Serious Eats: New York archives to put together this glossary of Indian food in New York that we love, from street snacks to fine dining, and from downtown Manhattan to outer Queens.
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- The Chicken Kati Roll at Roomali combines chicken with potent Indian pickle paste (achar).
- We like pretty much everything at the Biryani Cart, but we can't get enough of their kati rolls.
- Thelewala has a unique peanut masala that is actually quite a hefty dish. The bhel por is also a strong order.
- Thelewala also has a crisp, and flaky paratha stuffed with various fillings called "The Famous Nizami Roll".
- While you're there, check out Thelewala's okra kati roll as well.
- At the Kati Roll Company, the undo aloo and achari paneer are the way to go. The chicken and spicy mutton aren't bad either.
- Masala Times offers a Paneer Bhurji Roll, which spices up mild, fresh paneer.
- N.Y. Dosas is about as well known as a food cart can get. We love the Special Pondicherry Dosa and the utthupam.
- Locations change frequently for the Desi Food Truck, but the Chicken Anda Kati Roll and the Paneer Masala Kati Roll stay reliable.
- The Punjabi Deli has standards like samosas with chickpeas, but they also offer a twist on the classic deli sandwich: the veggie sub, which can be topped with alu tikki, a potato pancake.
- Roti rolls and fried calamari dusted with "Indian Spices" are addictive staples on Bombay Frankie's menu.
- A reliable and completely satisfying dosa at The Hampton Chutney Co. is the Masala Deluxe.
- We go back to the Hampton Chutney Co. for their Thali Special.
- $1 samosas aren't always great, but Lahore Deli has them fried to perfection. There is also lentil soup, which is showered with cilantro and fried onions.
- A fried samosa sandwich? Yes please.
- Indian New York style pizza might not be the most common thing, but you'll find it at Tower Pizzeria and Indian Food.
- The Original Gola Kebab at Kebabish is a pile of soft beef made fiery with chilies and other Indian spices. It's served with a huge naan, which is used to scoop up the meat.
- The Ganesh Temple Canteen is the cafeteria associated with the Ganesh Temple, one of the oldest Hindu worship sites in the U.S. The menu is all vegetarian, and includes our vote for the best dosas in New York.
- Be sure to check out Starling Coffee Shop for chaat and other snacks.
- Seek out the eggplant chaat and vegetarian thali for the best deals at Junoon, the fine dining restaurant in the Flatiron.
- A review about the front lounge at Junoon, Patiala.
- Craving Indian food and need a romantic night out? Anjappar is the place to go for Chettinad cooking and a great date.
- Vatan is a quirky and fun date night spot. $31 for 21 courses of vegetarian Gujarati cooking.
- While Indian Row in the East Village can be daunting, we consider Banjara the best of the lot, and it's vegetarian friendly! Seek out the Phool Aur Aloo Ki Subzi, a delicious cauliflower and potato dish in a spiced tomato sauce.
- Chennai Garden in the famed Curry Hill is a fantastic place to get a meal for two for under $40. Behl Puri is definitely the first thing to order.
- While not brand new anymore, Bhatti Indian Grill's all-you-can-eat $8 vegetarian / $10 non-vegetarian lunch option is still a great deal.
- Think you can take the heat of the spiciest curry ever? Try your hand at the Phaal Challenge at Brick Lane Curry House.
- Tiffin Wallah is a great place for Indian on the cheap ($6 for all-you-can-eat!).
- Saravana Bhavan has 57 locations all around the world that specialize in Southern Indian cuisine. Their massive dosas are the best in Manhattan.
- Tamarind Tribeca has a three-course $24 prix fixe lunch, which is perfect if you want nicer sit down spot. Check out some photos here.
- Tamarind Tea Room is the sister restaurant to Tamarind Tribeca and, as the name suggests, they have tea pairings for all dishes, including the naan wraps.
- After a very brief closing, Devi has reopened. Check out a previous review here.
- Try the ever-creative Jehangir Metha's Graffiti for Indian takes on bar bites.
- Delhi Heights serves up more Indian Chinese fusion and some amazing Kathi Rolls.
- Samosas are the star here at the Five Star Punjabi Diner.
- Merit Farms has changed its name to Merit Kebobs, but that hasn't changed the Indian/Nepali food that can still be found here. Momos are a must.
- Indian Chinese fusion restaurants might not be the norm, but Tangra Masala treats it right. Lollipop chicken and paneer pakora are must-order appetizers.
- Bukhari's most expensive menu item is a luxurious goat curry, well worth the $6 it costs. Best of all, it's open 24/7.
- In Downtown Brooklyn you'll find Govinda Kitchen, the canteen of a Hare Krishna temple with great, cheap vegetarian meals.
- Neerob serves the best Bangladeshi eats in the city.
- We got a rare chance to experience a special evening of celebratory Bangladeshi cuisine at Neerob as well.
- Need a sweet drink? Try the Strawberry and Mango Lassi from the Hampton Chutney Co.
- Also from Junoon: the classic Indian ice cream called Kulfi.
- Try this sophisticated take on gulab jamun and kulfi at Tamarind.
- And at the Tamarind Tea Room, try the payasam.
- Rajhbog Sweets has some great snacks, including these fenugreek flavored Methi Para.
- Do you know what gulab jamun is? All you need to know is that they're sweet and delicious and we have the best from Jackson Heights and Elmhurst.
Indian Culinary Guides
- Follow Chef Floyd Cardoz as he gives his recommendations for the best Indian food in New York (and New Jersey).
- A massive photo tour down the aisles of Curry Hill's Kalustyans.
- Our guide to five great cheap Indian desserts in Jackson Heights.
- We tracked down the can't-miss dosas all across the city.
- Check out our guide to five great cheap snacks in Curry Hill.
- Our cheat sheet to finding the best Indian ingredients.
- We shopped at Indian super stores Patel Brothers and Trade Fair; here's what we found.
- With around 1,321 different spices at Kalustyans, here's a chicken recipe that uses a whole bunch of them!
- An epic guide to the best chaat in Jackson Heights.
- How to spend an afternoon feasting on the Bronx's Banglabazaar.
- We can't leave our brothers and sisters in New Jersey out of the fun. This New Jersey dispatch examins all things Indian while this one focuses on two Indian restaurants.
- We go behind the scenes to see how they make some of the dishes at Thelewala.
- How to make South Indian seafood stew at Benares.
- Where do Indian cab drivers go to eat between fares? We followed a few to find out.