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Posted by The Z on 09/02/2007
Excellent food. My favorite Indian restaurant by far.
Posted by Your Reviewer on 06/01/2007
Because Calcutta charges a little more and looks a little fancier on the outsite than some of the other restaurants on 6th St., we decided to give it a try. The food quality was objectively decent; but what little flavor the dishes had lacked any trace of sophistication even when compared with the very cheapest Indian restaurants. Soup was served lukewarm. The menu and the waiter said there would be curry leaves in the chicken and lamb curries, but none were to be seen in those dishes; more importantly those dishes had some heat but little flavor. We literally waited an hour for our food once we sat down; I cannot recall ever having that bad of an experience in a restaurant. Another first: one of us ordered brown rice because the waiter told us that they had it, they served her white rice, and then the waiter insisted, "In my restaurant this is the brown rice." Tandoori chicken was okay, dahl was poor. Wait staff was unprofessional; water and service was hard to come by, and the place wasn't even particularly crowded. Chutneys were uniquely poor. If you value your time and your food, you will do better anywhere else than Calcutta.
Posted by nan man on 02/16/2007
I have eaten curry's and balti's the length and breadth of the british isles, and I have to say that, after sampling many of new york's curry houses, Calcutta is undoubtly the best. Great balance of flavours, suberb value for money, and friedly - prompt service. choose this place, you won't be dissapointed.
Posted by Rich on 02/09/2007
I order the Dansak, yet should have paid attention to the review below - it was poor. Very bland, little use of herbs and spices and the lentils were under cooked to the point of being close to raw. The dish lacked flavour and the amount of lentils packed into the dish should have warranted the dish to be called 'Lentil Dansak (with chicken)'. The chicken wasn't the best white meat and had a poor taste to it. All round very very poor. In future I'll stick to my usual cuury house which is exceptional if not a little expensive, I thought I'd give a cheaper option a go - you really do get what you pay for.
Posted by desol81 on 01/26/2007
Among the offerings on Indian Row, Calcutta is one of the best. Great soups. Fresh appetizers. The curries are great. At some places, you have to search for the meat in a sea of sauce. The opposite is true here. Ample portions of quality food not masked by MSG as so many are. Delivert is swell, and they throw in a free dessert. My one complaint was the the dhansak dishes(cooked with lentils). The lentils were really underdone and a bit crunchy. Maybe they had a bad day.
Posted by Lindsey on 11/15/2006
The food here was amazing! My friend had the chicken tikaa masala and I had the vegetable malai, and would recommend both highly. Atmosphere is comfortable: a little more posh than most Indian, but still a little kitschy. Our waiter was also very considerate, albeit a little eccentric. Will definitely return.
Posted by Gus on 10/29/2006
My girlfriend and I have been coming back to this place for years now and have yet to be disappointed. The crew of hosts and waitstaff are courtious and friendly. The breads are great. The tandoor turns out delicious meat and vegies. And on top of all this, nothing is overpriced. You can tell that this place is doing a lot better than its neighbors on 6th Street and its pretty clear why that is: good food, nice people, and reasonable prices. Definitely worth checking out! P.S. They also have a solid sitar/drum duo--though I'm no expert, they're certainly better than the other Indian resteurants on that street.