These Are The 8 Best Indian Restaurants In New York City

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New York is a foodie’s dream. The city boasts everything from a meatball-only restaurant to restaurants that specialize in grilled cheese, meaning you can find food to satisfy any taste bud.Zagat’s Buzz Blog recently found the best Indian restaurants, based on the company’s standard food-service-decor ratings.

So next time you’ve got a hankering for curry or Tandoori, check out one of these cultural culinary gems.

#8 Dawat

210 E. 58th St.

Food: 23

Decor: 19

Cost: $50

Dawat bills itself as haute cuisine of India. Chef Madhur Jaffray serves up everything from Tandoori shrimp to lamb curry.

#7 Junoon

27 W. 24th St.

Food: 23

Decor: 25

Cost: $71

Legendary chef Viksa Khanna presents all five elements of Indian cuisine: Handi, Sigri, Pathar, Tawa, and Tandoor.

#6 Dévi

8 E. 18th St.

Food: 24

Decor: 20

Cost: $55

Devi, named after the mother goddess, is the only Indian restaurant in the United States to have earned a Michelin star, according to the restaurant's website. The 75-seat restaurant sits right outside Manhattan's Union Square.

#5 Chola

232 E. 58th St.

Food: 24

Decor: 16

Cost: $40

Chola offers a mix of traditional Indian cuisine and off-beat, more regional types of food. The menu boasts everything from chicken kali mirch to Martha Stewart's onion naan.

#4 Saravanaa Bhavan

81 Lexington Ave.

Food: 24

Decor: 14

Cost: $22

The Indian vegetarian restaurant highlights the country's southern region. The menu includes more than 350 dishes.

#3 Dhaba

108 Lexington Ave.

Food: 24

Decor: 17

Cost: $30

Dhaba highlights Punjabi cuisine, which includes popular street cart foods and various types of Tandoor.

#2 Amma

246 E. 51st St.

Food: 24

Decor: 18

Cost: $48

Amma breaks away from traditional Indian custom, choosing to serve food on individual plates rather than family style. The menu boasts everything from Cochin Crab Cakes to Tandoori Chicken.

#1 Tamarind

Multiple locations

Food: 25

Decor: 24

Cost: $58

Owner Avtar Walia opened his famous restaurant in 2001. The name Tamarind honours one of his favourite ingredients. His menu showcases classics such as Seekh Kabab and Chicken Tikka Masala.

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