From the familiar smell of its tangy spices to the tenderness of tandoor-grilled meats, Indian cuisine boasts an intensity of flavour paired with an unmatched ‘comfort food’ factor. The foodies of New York City have long been tempted by India’s culinary heritage, and numerous informal curry houses, as well as more upscale establishments, can now be found across the metropolis. Here are few of our favourite Indian restaurants in NYC.
Ceiling-high windows allow light to flood into the two floors that make Tamarind TriBeCa, creating an airy and luminous atmosphere. The chefs at Tamarind are masters of India’s diverse culinary heritage, providing diners with a chance to travel across the mosaic of different traditions that populate the vast subcontinent. The tandoori ovens produce meat and fish specialities, a must-try together with the Punjabi mutton, a northern Indian dish of baby goat in a cardamom sauce.
The spice room is at the heart of this luxurious, Michelin-starred Indian eatery in the artsy Flatiron district. Bouncing across a multitude of regional traditions, the menu spans classic cooking methods like tandoor (clay oven) and handi (curry) dishes as well as tawa, sigri and patthar (respectively cast iron, open fire, and stone cooking) to offer signature flavours like the patiala shahi goat, slow-cooked in a sauce of green chillies, tomato, yoghurt and cilantro, or the Goan piri-piri shrimp, prepared with chilli sauce, avocado, and citrus salad.
The stretch of East 6th St between First and Second Avenue is informally referred to as Curry Row. This little corner of New York, famed as Little India, is possibly one of the places to start a culinary exploration in the city. With drinks served in mason jars and lines of metal bowls and spice drawers decorating the rustic brick walls, Malai Marke has a light, contemporary feel that many other restaurants along the same street lack. Guests can pick from a vast menu featuring meat dishes as well as a range of vegetarian and vegan options, among which the flavours of paneer kurchan (creamy cheese with fenugreek) and bindi sasuralwali, based on okra prepared with onion and tomato, are highlights.
Located on the Lower East Side, The MasalaWala stands at the crossroads between high-end dining and an authentic Indian street food experience. Owner Roni Mazumdar brings the traditional street food from the stalls right to his tables, giving a fresh twist to the habitual idea of an Indian