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Posted by Eat Out Alot on 07/05/2013
Indian food is a bit new for me. Friends have taken me to Agra a few times now...and I look forward to going back again and again. My friends tend to order the appetizers, mostly vegetarian dishes, breads and dips. However, they are all very good with spice levels that vary. I tend to order a lamb dish and have found that they can range the spice level from 1 to maybe 12. I have done 5/6 and dig it. It might take some time to kick up the spice notch from there, but I aim to try. The main courses are accompanied by rice, so that helps temper the flame, however, I do like my food spicy and Agra has not disappointed. Yes, the entry way is unique, but that's part of the charm. The staff has always been very friendly and they will answer any questions you might have about the menu and the way dishes can be prepared. We have tended to order wine by the carafe (and, yes, the spice makes you need to order at least two carafes), and in the end find the experience priced well.
Posted by I.M. on 04/12/2013
I must admit, I am very surprised at the mixed reviews. I came across this restaurant by accident and I was pleasantly surprized. I love the intimate atmosphere and my waiter was handsome and nice. The food was delicious. I ordered the Lamb Vindaloo and my daughter ordered the Chicken Shaag. I have never been to India but I have been to numerous India restaurants and this one was one of the best. I will definitely be going back.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/26/2013
We saw the reviews and gave it a try. Not sure how or who the other reviewers gave this such raving reviews as the food really wasn't that good. The condiments were tasteless and not fresh and one of them (which we paid for) was so salty that it was inedible. When we told the waiter it was too salty and he said that was the way it came in the jar...(yes out of a jar). Then the main course came and two of our three dishes were burnt (shag ponnir and another similar dish with chick peas). We told the waiter and he said that was the flavor. That was when we said that we eat this all the time and that it was indeed burnt and invited him to try it. That was when they offered to let us try something else and said that the chef over cooks everything. With that remark we thought it best to not order anything else. They weren't rude but they weren't at the top of their game either. It had to be the most unappetizing Indian food I've had to date, definitely doesn't live up to the rave reviews on line. Based on the experience I would have to surmise that the glowing reviews must be fabricated or written by persons who don't know how food is supposed to taste when cooked well. Or maybe just maybe the cook was on leave and the stand in was thoroughly inadequate. Sorry but this is one to avoid until they get the food right.
Posted by KW on 02/22/2013
Disregard the last two negative comments. Apparently, they do not know authenticity if it slapped them in the face. Agra is one of the best Indian Restaurant's in NYC. I take everyone to that restaurant. The food is awesome and the service is too. I go for lunch, dinner and on weekends too. Love it!
Posted by lw on 07/02/2012
Very surprising that people rave about this place--either they haven't been to India or that many Indian restaurants. The people who run it are lovely but the food is abysmal.
Posted by anonymous on 06/24/2012
We saw the positive reviews and decided to give Agra a try. I'm Indian and was excited about the ratings I saw on Menupages, until I tried the food! It was poor, oily and not fresh. Really it seemed like yesterday's not so good leftovers. We have never been since and don't plan on it, think of it as lesson learned.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/09/2012
This is my go to spot. I just love love love Agra. The food is amazingly good and consistantly on point. It's hidden so look out for the Blue Agra Sign on Lexington. Very authentic!