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.