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Posted by Mari on 04/12/2011
My girlfriend and I love Indian food so we were excited to try Ajanta. Unfortunately, it was one of the worse meals I have ever had. We first ordered Gobi and Baigon Pakora (fried cauliflower and eggplant). The batter was fine but the inside of the cauliflower fritter was cold. For our mains we got Vegetable Korma and Fish Masala. The Korma tasted like curdled cheezwiz. It was not creamy at all. The fish in the Masala was rubbery and the sauce was watery and foul-smelling. The naan was fine. So, if you are want to go here stick to the Kingfisher beer and naan and you should be fine. However, if you want delicious food just go to Massawa next door where you can sample Ethipean food with depth of flavor.
Posted by Worst Food In NYC on 03/28/2011
Tastes like frozen tv dinners.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/14/2011
I've been living in this neighborhood for over seven years now, and even though I've had some bad food experiences there - I've gotten undercooked rice and really boring one-note curry dishes (seriously? curry?) before - I will keep going back. This is because the food on average is, well, average, and will satisfy an Indian food craving (but not really a connoisseur's review) when you have one and will absolutely satisfy a Chicken Tikka Masala craving (if you're looking at flavor and price for this neighborhood). The Mango Lassi is also great (not watered down, like some other places do! gross!). Eating in is also a nice treat if you like a quiet atmosphere with un-intrusive yet helpful service.
Posted by coocoo for curry, but not this curry... on 09/27/2010
In as few words as possible: you're better off spending your money elsewhere. The only thing that was worth the money were the drinks: a kingfisher and a sweet lassi (a decent one for $2 is really a deal in this town). The rest really and truly left us deeply regretting we had gone into this restaurant on really empty stomachs. The vegetable curry was undeniably tasteless and watery, the vegetables certainly frozen. The saag mutter was equally as bad; the cheese had no taste at all and the spinach might even have been the type from the can.The nan resembled a store bought pizza dough crust than any indian bread I've ever encountered. It was overall a very greasy bland culinary exploit. We sent back the curry TWICE, because I couldn't even bring myself to pay $7.95 for such muck. They took it off our tab no questions asked. Though the service wasn't inefficient, while we're being honest, the people working there weren't exactly warm either. In the end, we can really only say one positive thing: they did choose a lovely, deep pink for their walls.
Posted by docstudent on 09/11/2010
As soon as I entered the restaurant, I appreciated the soft music and peaceful ambience. My friend and I had the Gosht Kurma and Chicken Tikka Makhnee. The sauces were mild, just right. The meat was tender and delicious. The service was friendly and courteous. The restaurant would benefit from new Indian decor, perhaps sarees and a different color on the walls. Aside from that, I strongly recommend this restaurant.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/13/2010
The saag tasted like frozen creamed spinach - seriously. The tikka masala was slightly better - like canned pasta sauce with some spices and vegetables added. The rice was bland and the naan was tough. It wasn't exactly gross, but certainly wasn't quality Indian food. Save your money or venture downtown.
Posted by Michelle on 04/23/2010
I live in Hamilton Heights, so this is the closest Indian restaurant that will deliver. I have to be with other people as they'll only deliver if my total is at least $30 (double the regular minimum delivery). The food is okay, but by no means great for Indian food in NYC. Delivery time is average. The people are relatively polite on the phone, but always ask how many people I'm ordering for and how much my total will be as if fifteen blocks is really THAT much to ask. I tip generously (usually 25%) but the delivery man always counts the tip. Overall, it's average. It would be nice to have an Indian place closer to deliver without the hassle, but Ajanta will have to do. The cost of the food isn't quite worth it, but it's okay on occasion.