Go to South Asia and Back at New York's Top Indian Restaurants

Ever had a fierce hunger? Assuming you fit into the "human being" category, likely the answer is yes. Indian food provides a culinary opportunity to fill every nook and cranny of your belly. Although the food may not always be Instagram worthy, it doesn't matter. Modern times may dictate otherwise, but we still think that the purpose of going out to eat is - ahem - eating.

For many New Yorkers, "Indian food" means "Curry Hill." This area, affectionately nicknamed as such for its proximity to Manhattan's Murray Hill neighborhood, spans a hilly section of Lexington and 3rd Avenues in the East 20s and 30s. It is packed with Panjabi and Gujarat counter joints, walk-in spots pouring killer lassis, and restaurants like Chote Nawab, with meats that are so fall-off-the-bone you may fail to register there was a bone there in the first place.

But there is so much more to New York's Indian cuisine than these short blocks can contain. Chola, in Midtown East, is a lunch buffet to end all lunch buffets. We also included a food truck because New York wouldn't be New York without Dosa Man at NY Dosas, where people wait in a long line for crunchy samosas stuffed with vegetables and potatoes.

So grab your Metrocard, and get ready to take on Indian cooking, one subway stop at a time. Here is our guide to the best Indian restaurants in New York City.

Saravana Bhavan is not the type of restaurant you go to to be blown away by the modern design elements. You go to eat dosas that are as wide as your table along with Indian food so authentic, there are four branches of this chain of vegetarian...  Read More

Founded in 1995 by Gary and Isabel MacGurn, Hampton Chutney has grown from a small operation that supplied gourmet markets in the Hamptons to a veritable enterprise, where the delicious dosas and kati rolls keep seats filled and mouths happy at...  Read More


Benares is a city in Northern India (in Uttar Pradesh) and this restaurant focuses on the culinary dishes from this region. The walls are lined with framed banarsi saris and this Tribeca location can seat up to 89 people comfortably. Uttar...  Read More

Dawat has been described in some reviews as New York's most innovative Indian restaurant. Even when it sticks to the basics, like lemon rice perfumed with lemon rind, curry leaves and mustard seeds, it feels sleek and refined. The driving force...  Read More

Don't let it go to his head, but we like Hermant Mathur's cooking so much, we have included two of his restaurants on this list. One of the nations top tandoor masters has done it again as executive chef of Chote Nawab, one of 6 Indian eateries...  Read More

Greenwich Village

Before there were artisanal food trucks in Hell's Kitchen, or mobile Milk Bars at the Brooklyn Flea, there was this humble Greenwich Village vendor dishing out New York City's best dosas. The word is out on Thiru Kumar's (or Dosa Man, as he is...  Read More

Flatiron District

Grandeur is the word at this fine dining outpost on the border of Chelsea and the Flatiron District. The heavy-handled door and building exteriors are covered in hand-chiseled limestone, invoking a New Delhi palace. The expansive dining room...  Read More

On a mission to eat like a king on a plebeian budget? Give this casual Indian spot in Midtown East a shot. The lunch buffet, priced at under $16, is a neighborhood steal. Come early and come often to tuck into traditional favorites like saag...  Read More

Greenwich Village

Soho Tiffin doesn't want you to only eat salads when you are on a healthy kick. Its nutritionally balanced Indian bowls range from 200-950 calories and can be made to order in less than 2 minutes. Choose between petite and regular sized bowls...  Read More


When it debuted in the Flatiron district, Tamarind changed perceptions of what a modern Indian restaurant in New York could entail. Crisp white linens, soft lighting, and service so attentive it could make the staff of the Four Seasons...  Read More


Meet Courtney Sunday

Courtney Sunday has lived in England, Switzerland, Canada and the US, finding her way into the professions of freelance writing and yoga teaching in between travel opportunities. She learned...  More About Courtney

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