Indian food is fantastic. Incorporating unique flavors, fresh ingredients, and often making dishes from scratch—there’s a lot to love. With this in mind, New York City is home to a diverse number of Indian restaurants and 5 of which we’ll be looking at in this video.
1. Angel Indian Restaurant
Starting off this list is Angel Indian Restaurant. Many heralded it as one of—if not the best—Indian restaurants in the Big Apple. They feature a menu with mostly northern-inspired Indian dishes that are traditional to the core.
Must-tries are their Chole Bhature, a combination of chana masala or curried chickpeas and puri or deep-fried bread. Of course, their Biryani is also amazing.
Dhamaka is a relatively unique restaurant even among Indian restaurants, contrary to the usual regional cuisines. It offers a menu taken from the other side of India, less familiar to most people. Although they still generally have the same nature as homemade pieces of bread and Biryani, they appeal differently even to Indian food enthusiasts.
Gupshup is a greatly diverse restaurant that will h ave something for you on its menu for vegetarians, vegans, pescetarians, and everyone else. Being named Gupshup, which translates to “conversation” in English, this restaurant will have you talking about just how great the food was after you give it a try.
They have plenty of unique takes on Indian food, such as their crispy okra, guacamole, iconic Gupshup fried chicken, and even a grilled lobster tail with moilee sauce made from coconut milk. Of course, Gupshup also has traditional meals like their curried chickpeas, and black dahl served with their amazing naan.
4. Jackson Diner
Jackson Diner in New York’s Indian home of the local ex-pat community. They’re less of a restaurant and more of a relaxing community that the locals naturally gravitate towards. They have flat screens that play Hindi soap operas on Zee TV while people eat, chat, and catch up.
However, this doesn’t mean that their food isn’t all that great because sometimes there’s nothing better than comfort food. Jackson Diner has specials like their buttered chicken, also known as murgh tikka Makhan Wala, and it’s just as much a mouthful as its name. Their samosas enjoyed with chutneys, tomato, onion, yogurt, and chickpeas are great.
Last but not the least is Awadh, it’s a restaurant that focuses on slow-cooking northern style Indian food and is named after an ancient Hindu community. They have all sorts of specialties, such as their galouti kebab, malai lobster masala, and lamb patties inspired by a dish that used to only be served to royalty.
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