New York is a city exploding with ethnic eats. It can be hard to navigate through the authentic, the cheap but still good, the cheap which tastes cheap and the expensive and worth it. I’ve been getting a lot of questions about good Indian food in New York. I’m always hesitant to create a list of my go to’s because there are constantly new places to add. But here goes:
*Bukhara Grill has been a favorite of mine and Rajat’s for a number of years. It’s not cheap but the food is consistently delicious over the six or so years I’ve been eating there. My favorites are the Dal Bukhara, a creamy and rich blackish-brown urad daal, Gobi Taka Tin, moist pieces of spiced cauliflower with red bellpeppers, Paneer Dilruba, chunks of paneer in a creamy tomato sauce and garlic naan. For starters, try the Pudina Paneer Tikka, pieces of paneer marinated in mint and spices then cooked kebab style in the tandoor oven. Their kheer, rice pudding, is a cooling, creamy choice for dessert. You won’t have room for it. But make some.
*Chennai Garden is where we usually head for South Indian food. Like most South Indian restaurants, Chennai Garden is all vegetarian. And this being New York, it’s also Kosher certified. Paper dosas (crispy rice crepes) are my favorite. Their South Indian thali is usually packed with North Indian style vegetables, so I don’t order it often.
*Saravanaa Bhavan is another South Indian favorite. This restaurant is part of a chain of vegetarian South Indian restaurants from India. The food is authentic and spicy. I love indulging with their South Indian thali.
*Kati Roll is as good at 1 p.m. as it as 1 a.m. They serve buttery flatbread roll-ups stuffed with your choice of paneer, potatoes, egg and chicken among others.
*Tamarind is a beautiful, classy Indian restaurant. They serve traditional Indian foods and then innovative dishes like a salad of paneer and watermelon splashed with balsamic vinegar.
With so many places in New York, I’m sure I missed some. What are your favorites?