I changed my mind. Forget I suggested Baluchi's. Please.
I did the original post. If I misled anyone into trying this place, I'm sorry. I've gone back a few times and had take out a few times and it has really just been ok. Never even half as good as the first couple of times. In retrospect it was probably like one of the other posters observed. They brought in really good cook for the first couple of weeks and then brought in hacks.
It is nice to have even an OK Indian food option in the neighborhood and the dining room is really lovely...
I took a friend there Saturday night and the waiter was so incredibly surly and unhelpful that we picked up and left. Spent our evening and money elsewhere. And for a Saturday night the place was really dead so it wasn't that they were too busy.
I would withdraw my original review if I could. And I don't ever intend to go back.
Forget this place. It is so not Chowish.
p.s. Still no liquor license.
Totally exceeded my expectations. Best Indian food I've ever had outside of Queens. I've been totally underwhelmed by the Indian restaurants on 5th at 11th and 5th and President. Just ordered basics: Garlic Naan, Chicken Tikka Marsala, and Rice Pudding but it was all really really good. Naan was super fluffy, flavorful, not greasy, not doughy, garlic wasn't burned. Flavors in the Tikka were complex, not drowned in sauce but still very tender and juicey. They do the rice up with spices and peas and whatnot. The rice pudding was rich and flavored with just the right amount of cardamon and had excellent mouth feel. Cool atmospherics, decorated with colorful bejeweled swag lamps. It's like chowing in a harem. They won't start serving alcohol until Monday. Not expensive for Park Slope. Dinner cost me $25 and I had enough leftover for a decent lunch. They also have a $15 Take Out/Delivery special - appetizer, entree, rice, naan, Raita and Mango Chutney. Phone No. (718) 832-5555. 310 5th Ave. Menu at www.baluchis.com.
I'm really hoping this isn't one of those restaurants that open and close before people discover how good it is.
It's part of a chain with a couple of locations mostly in Manhattan.