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Indian restaurants?

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Indian restaurants?

I have just started to plan a trip for my daughter (16) and myself to NYC from Dec 26th to the 30th. She enjoys all kinds of food, but Indian is one of her favorites. Can anyone recommend an Indian restuarant? We will be staying at the Hampton Inn near the Empire State Building, but we will be all over Manhattan during our visit, so location isn't a big issue. I'm not sure how prices run, but ideally I would like to spend no more than $25 per person before taxes and tip, if possible. Thanks in advance, and I will be back with more questions as I continue the planning!

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2. Re: Indian restaurants?

Not too far from your hotel is "Curry Hill" (E. 28th St and Lexington Ave.) There are several Indian restaurants to chose from. My mother is a vegan yoga teacher so when she comes to NYC we just go there and follow our nose. There is a wide range, from upscale to quick and cheap. Also for good take out or a quick cheap sit down very close by is Minar:

minarindianmidtownwest.com/food-delivery/…

It is cafe service , and the dining room is "so so" but the food is fantastic.

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I have two favorite restaurants in Little India. The first is somewhat smaller and cozier. Mitalia has been around since the 70's dishing out delicious Indian food. Mitali is located near the end of East 6th Street.

On Second Avenue is Haveli. This is somewhat more upscale, but still very affordable. I have a soft spot in my heart for this place because my wife and I had our pre wedding dinner here, and my son's Bar MItzvah party was here as well. [Aunt Ginger was not amused.]

http://mitalieast.com/

www.yelp.com/biz/haveli-restaurant-new-york

But, there are a few who want to step out of the box. While there are lots of restaurants in both Little India's 6th Street or in Curry Hill, there is one Indian experience that transcends the usual. Head to Flushing Queens and visit the Ganesh Temple Canteen. This is great veggie Indian food, served in heaping portions. The atmosphere is just as you would expect a basement temple cafeteria to look like. But the food is delicious, and Westerners should not be at all self conscious of visiting. Lots of smiling faces. After dinner, take your shoes off and visit the actual Temple upstairs. It is a great insight into Indian culture.

yelp.com/biz/ganesh-temple-canteen-flushing

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5. Re: Indian restaurants?

For southern Indian in Manhattan, I like

Chennai Garden: nymag.com/listings/restaurant/chennai-garden/

Saravana: http://www.saravanabhavan.com/

Tiffin Wallah: http://www.tiffindelivery.us/

Dhaba is another restaurant from the people behind Chola, which MaggieMae mentioned, and they serve food from all over India:

http://www.highwaydhaba.com/

Vatan serves Gujarai food in a cheesy/fun all-you-can-eat setting:

http://www.vatanny.com/

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6. Re: Indian restaurants?

Haveli is good. You can also just come down to East Village and walk around East 6th Street where a bunch of Indian restaurants are located all in one area.

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7. Re: Indian restaurants?

That block of East 6th Street runs between First and Second Avenues.

Curry Hill is centered around Curry In A Hurry, which is at the corner of 28th & Lex, a 10-minute walk from the Empire State Building.

I recently went with an India USA Hospitality tour group to Bombay Palace, on 52nd Street between 5th & 6th, across from the 21 Club. I was impressed! Pricey, but well decorated, great food, and 100 seats.

www.bombaypalacenyc.com

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thanks everyone for the great recommendations. I think we will be having Indian food more than once on our trip!

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In many parts of the US, the food people get when they get Indian food is Punjabi and from other parts of Northern India - tandoori, naan, pakoras, etc. If your daughter has never had Tamil or southern Indian food - iddly, dosa, uttapam, etc., make sure you try it while you're here. Chennai Garden is a great example of southern Indian, and they have some Punjabi dishes on the menu as well.

Great, now I'm hungry.

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