Best Indian Restaurants in NYC

October 25, 2016
by Zagat Staff

These top-rated NYC restaurants offer up Indian cuisine that's second to naan.

Indian Accent
West 50s · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.6

You’ll “completely change” the way you look at Indian dining at this contemporary Parker Meridien offshoot of a New Delhi original, which “kicks it up several notches” with “exceptionally creative” prix fixe menus; it’s undeniably “expensive, but totally worth it” for an “elegant” culinary “adventure.”
Indian · East 50s · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.3

It’s “not your usual” Indian lineup at this “exceptional” East Midtowner, where a “warm” staff serves “beautifully spiced” multiregional plates, plus tasting menus that are a “revelation” for vegetarians and omnivores alike; the “homey” yet “sophisticated” space can get “cramped” , but it’s “perfect for conversation.”
Tamarind Tribeca
Indian · TriBeCa · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

The “delight factor” is high at this “stylish” TriBeCa stalwart whose “exquisite” modern Indian cooking is served up in “gorgeous” , bi-level digs where “attentive waiters hover discreetly” ; yes, it’s “pricey” , but the “plentiful” prix fixe lunch is a “bargain.”
Dawat Haute Indian Cuisine
Indian · East 50s · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.3

East Midtown's Indian “pioneer” (since 1986) “still pleases” , thanks to actress/chef Madhur Jaffrey's “high-caliber” cooking, “graciously served” in a “quiet” , “contemporary” room that's “conducive to conversation” ; it may look a little “tired” , but fans say the tabs are “worth the extra cost.”
Saravanaa Bhavan
West 70s · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.2 · Service 3.5

“Interesting” dosas are “delicious” standouts at these “bustling” branches of a global chain, where the rest of the South Indian veggie fare is “terrific” too; the settings are “uninspiring” and “service could improve” , but you do get “excellent quality” grub at “reasonable prices.”
Indian · Murray Hill · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.1

An “incredible variety of flavors” from “delicate” to “spicy” emerges from the kitchen of this Murray Hill vegetarian Indian where the “authentic Gujarati” specialties come in an all-you-can-eat Thali format for $34; “caring” service and a transporting “village” setting complete the “totally unique experience.”