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Cafe Spice Express

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109 E 42nd St, Grand Central Station Lower Level, New York City, NY 10017-8500
+1 646-227-1300
11:00 - 21:00
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2016

I did not want all of the sweet stuff that others were proposing and I also needed a rice meal (Yeah, Yeah, I am from West Africa). So I was fine with grabbing the lamb masala. Plus I could top it off with the coconut drink. Not as cheap as one may think though.

Thank NnennaWestAfrica
Parabiago, Italia
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287 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2016

This place is just OK for a quick lunch if you want something different from the usual greasy stuff. For 11$ you get a plate with rice and salad an up to two items from the menu. I didn't understand that so I only ordered Chicken Tikka Masala. Now I'm no Indian food expert, but all of the items looked... More 

Thank Vale23
DeLeon Springs, FL
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70 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 June 2016

Just before hopping on the train at Grand Central I discovered Cafe Spice with wonderful food from different parts of Central Asia and India. The vegetable Somosas were just wonderful plus all sorts of vegetable stews. I ate the Somosas right there in the cafe area of GC and took the plate with stews and rice onto the train what... More 

Thank Gobitrip
New York
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33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2016

I've eaten twice here. Its a bit expensive, but when I order, I can eat this for two meals. You can combine meals and order. I have always ordered the chicken biryani, its really good. Not too spicy. The aloo okra, isnt very well done, with the potatoes still uncooked, the chicken dishes are well done. The chili chicken, tandoori... More 

Thank Pamela f
Moncton, Canada
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87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2016 via mobile

Was in a rush to get something decent and cheap before I took of for the Cornelia street jazz cafe for a concert and turns out that place was exactly what Inwas looking for, great vindaloo chicken well spiced and fast service. I recommend it for a quick good quality budget lunch!

Thank Marsavis
Athens, Greece
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66 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2016 via mobile

This is a surprisingly good Indian takeaway conveniently located inside grand central train station. Portions are large, prices are reasonable, food quality is very good. Tried the coconut chicken Currie and the tikka masala which were ok and the chicken Currie and vindalou which were excellent!! The nan bread was also very tasty, although it would have been better if... More 

Thank Christina-art
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70 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2016

Let's get things straight, it's not a typical restaurant setting; it's more like a food court. Café Spice is at one end of the dining hall. They have a good menu, we've eaten there every time we've come to NYC for the last 5+ years, and the quality and portions have remained excellent. The naan or garlic naan is addictive.... More 

Thank Mike M
Sandy Hook, Connecticut
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89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2015

Despite being a take out place in a train station and the corny name, this place is quite good! I ordered Lamb curry over vegetable rice with sag paneer (cooked spinach with cubes of Indian cheese) and garlic naan. All tasted like they were prepared order except the naan which was cold. I have eaten numerous items on their menu... More 

Thank 123RIch_S123
Staines, United Kingdom
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118 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2015

this was recommeded to me as a good indian in Manhattan. Just had a snack of Samosas. They were really great, good decent filling and flavour, esepcially the lamb.

Thank Peter B
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19 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 15 April 2015 via mobile

If you are in grand central and looking for lunch, I recommend heading downstairs for Indian food at Cafe Spice!! I grabbed dinner from their counter for the first time in a while last night and was happy I did. I absolutely love their chicken vindaloo.

Thank Ed K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 109 E 42nd St, Grand Central Station Lower Level, New York City, NY 10017-8500
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City
  • Phone Number: +1 646-227-1300

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?