Curry cravings? Never fear – our 2014 roundup is here. Check out our top Indian cuisine picks in NYC.
With dedication to authenticity through both culinary and aesthetic mediums, and named in honor of owner Avtar Walia's favorite spice, Tamarind is one of the city's best Indian cuisine spots, bar none. Both locations in Flatiron and in TriBeCa offer zen-like sipping rooms and menus teeming with Indian classics like seekh kebab and chicken tikka masala.
99 Hudson Street between Harrison and Franklin Streets
A more modern take on Indian tradition, Junoon marries contemporary elements with influences drawn directly from the five elements of classic cuisine: Handi, Sigri, Pathar, Tawa, and Tandoor. The space, aptly designed to offer an ambient and artistic atmosphere, pays homage to the name, which translates to English as "passion." This Chelsea eatery is complete with a notable wine list and glass-encased spice room, a destination for adventurous foodies with an eye for design.
27 West 24th Street between Broadway and Sixth Avenue
A significant break from tradition, Amma skips the family-style norm and takes it one step further with a not-to-be-missed seven course tasting menu, complete with optional wine pairing curated by their very own resident sommelier. Dishes inspired by northern India shine with chef's choice tasting selections and à la carte options from Cochin crab cakes to Tandoori chicken.
246 East 51st Street between Second and Third Avenues
While more reserved in décor than its comrades on the list, Chola spares no detail in its rich, colorful dishes, offering a healthy mix of traditional and regionally-inspired dishes. Since its opening in 1998, Chola has made a name for itself with a lengthy, robust menu and has become a New York City mainstay.
232 East 58th Street between Second and Third Avenues
New York City's only Indian restaurant to be awarded a Michelin star can be found in the heart of the Flatiron district. Dévi's bright and beautiful environment is lively in spirit and replete with exotic dishes as well as traditional plates. Go ahead, try something different. Adventurous palates welcome.
8 East 18th Street between Fifth Avenue and Broadway