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 Punjabi 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. Want to dine like an empress? Look no further than Vatan, a vegetarian enclave in Manhattan's Little India.

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.

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

You'll be greeted by a bejeweled elephant at the entrance and transported by the village atmosphere complete with a banyan tree, amber lighting and prosaic murals. Vatan was among the very first dining rooms to focus exclusively on vegetarian...  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

Dawat is one of New York's pioneers as it debuted in 1986 and won this year's Diners' Choice Award and it still pleases. The driving force behind the North (and occasionally South) Indian menu is famous Bollywood actress/author/chef aMadhur...  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 $15-$18 on weekends, is a neighborhood steal. Come early and come often to tuck into traditional...  Read More

Greenwich Village

Named among New York City's Best Fast-Casual Indian Restaurants, Soho Tiffin Junction doesn't want you to just eat salads when you are on a health kick. Its nutritionally-balanced Indian bowls range from 200-950 calories and can be made to order...  Read More

Flatiron District

Grandeur is the word that comes to mind 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...  Read More

Tamarind changed perceptions of modern Indian dining in New York. Crisp white linens, soft lighting, and service so attentive it could make the staff of the Four Seasons (discreetly) blush, the restaurant was a bold departure from the fast-food...  Read More


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