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Why are Indian restaurants so crummy compared with the glory of Indian cuisine?

Animesh, the idea that biryani and tandoor items are not "true Indian" dishes is ridiculous. Spoken like a true dravidian purist.

Sep 06, 2008
owhosane in General Topics

BEST MEXICAN FOOD, WORTH A DRIVE, BYOB, NEAR WEST CHESTER AND PHILLY, INEXPENSIVE

There are many Mexican migrant workers in Kennett Square and the surrounding area. It's no surprise that you can find pretty good Mexican food around here. No, it's not ubiquitous here like it is in some places in the West, but you can find it here. What do you want, LA? This is West Chester!

Jul 09, 2008
owhosane in Pennsylvania

Indian Taj on Bleecker? (I can't imagine it's any good)

I can only attest to the lunch buffet which is mediocre. They use too much cream and possibly not the best oil, as the few times I've eaten there I encountered some severe bloating. The vegetarian dishes are severely under-spiced.

Jul 08, 2008
owhosane in Manhattan

indian buffets near union square

FuDee, you must be crazy. One of the best Indian buffets in the city? I can think of at least three better ones on 28th and Lex alone. The Indian Taj's buffet is extremely cream laden, and I question the quality of the oil they're using. I've eaten there a few times, and every time I've felt severely bloated and unwell afterward. The vegetarian items at this buffet are particularly mediocre. Take the dal mahkni, for instance. Why so much cream? Dal mahkni isn't supposed to be a creamy dish. The buffet is uniformly under-spiced also. Yeah, it's cheap, but it isn't very good either. Get on the 6 at Bleecker and head up to 28th street.

Jul 08, 2008
owhosane in Manhattan

Sangam (New G. Village Indian)- Review

Nick F. - - Good lord, biryani isn't comparable to Chinese fried rice. Biryani isn't fried, it's baked, and has totally different flavors than Chinese fried rice. A typical biryani has flavors of cardamom, cinnamon, roasted chilis and fried onions, among others. An authentic one will have coconut and peanuts/cashews. You need to get yourself some good Hyderabadi biryani. Eat with raita. I think there's a place in Edison NJ that specializes in Hyderabadi biryani. Seem to remember it receiving a very good review from the Village Voice's Robert Sietsema.

Jul 08, 2008
owhosane in Manhattan

Ralph's on Fulton for Middle-eastern

The Middle Eastern counter at Ralph's has closed. It's a shame because the food there was very good and relatively cheap. The pita pitzas at Ralph's put the regular pizzas next door at Not Ray's to shame. I hope the two brothers open somewhere else soon.

May 31, 2008
owhosane in Outer Boroughs

A good Indian restaurant in Brooklyn?

Kinara is decent. Amin and the place on 5th Ave near Union St are terrible - low quality ingredients, bland and too oily. Brooklyn would seem to be too big a place not to have at least one very good Indian restaurant, but I don't know of any.

Jan 20, 2008
owhosane in Outer Boroughs

Greene Grape - Fort Greene, Brooklyn

$2.45 for a large regular coffee is too much.

Jan 20, 2008
owhosane in Outer Boroughs

best indian restaurant?

I had a dosa, two iddlis and a medu vada at Dosa Hut in Jersey City last weekend. The bill was $7. The dosa was almost two feet long, served from a lunch counter in a cafeteria setting. No atmosphere to speak of, just packed tables of people hungrily scarfing down Indian food from paper plates. If this place was in Brooklyn or Manhattan I'd be there all the time. I've been to India a couple times and this food tastes like what you would get at a lunch counter in Chennai. I'll be returning to Jersey City some time in the future to check out Sri Ganesh's Dosa House. Also curious about a new place on this same block called Udupi Shri Krishna Palace (got a nice review in the Village Voice).

Jan 06, 2008
owhosane in Manhattan

best indian restaurant?

I haven't noticed a decline in quality at Pongal (28th St. location) and I've been going there for almost ten years. I'm not trying to discount your observations about the food, only that mine differ, but I am interested in your comment about the Pongal budget. Where did you get this information? My girlfriend and I ordered thalis there a few weeks ago and I noticed no change in the quality of ingredients.

I won't go to Copper Chimney because I am usually looking for vegetarian, Madrasi style food. Copper Chimney doesn't seem to specialize in any particular cuisine of India, which is a warning sign, in my view.

Too bad the block lost the wonderful Asaivam, which served great Chettinad fare, only to be replaced by the god-awful IndoWok. NYC needs another Chettinad restaurant. Also, why is there no place to eat Hyderbadi cuisine in NYC? Perhaps more variety would change many people's ideas of merely two kinds of Indian cuisine (North/South), and also the idea that it is not worthy of more lavish treatment (a la the more expensive Italian or French restaurants).

The comment that Indian cuisines should not be "upscale" is outrageous, considering India's love of extravagant feasts. That said, I have found that many of the more expensive Indian restaurants in NYC tend to cater to what they perceive as American tastes. Bah!

Dec 17, 2007
owhosane in Manhattan

best indian restaurant?

Demerits to the poster who writes that only European food should be "upscale", whatever that means ("fancy", I guess). Rubbish.

I find vegetarian South Indian to be incredibly elegant. I'm surprised that no one on this thread has mentioned any of the places around 28th St and Lexington. There are a few very good vegetarian places within two blocks of one another. My favorites are Pongal on 28th and Chennai Garden on 27th. All dishes are quality, but you should try one of the dosas. You'll be hooked. Chennai Garden has a very good (and cheap) lunch buffet during the week. Another excellent lunch buffet can be found around the corner at Madras Mahal.

Another place I've been dying to give a try is Dosa Hutt in Jersey City. I hear they serve the best dosas and uttapams in the NYC area.

Dec 09, 2007
owhosane in Manhattan