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Posted by Clair on 01/02/2006
Calcutta was a totally pleasant experience. The atmosphere is standard Indian, not too gaudy, not particularly striking, and the sitar guy perched in the window is very laid-back and unintrusive. The food is very good. No real surprises, except a more invigorating spiciness than usual, but totally delicious and very generous portions. Huge, plump, juicy shrimp; tender, hugely flavorful lamb; succulent, delicate chicken; and lentils cooked to perfection. I wouldn't recommend having what we had -- the meat and seafood combination platters, just to get a sense of the variety the place had to offer -- since there are more standard sides than exciting main dishes. But the menu offered all the feel-good standards as well as some really exquisite-looking dishes with some bold cinammon-cardamon-meat spice combinations that looked delicious. I'm definitely going back to try the whole red snapper, and would be quite happy to revisit the lamb as well. In addition to our entrees, we also tried, again for variety, the assorted hors d'oeuvres. Again, this was all standard and totally acceptable, but not particularly exciting. I would recommend that people try the unusual and enticing dishes on the menu, since I have a feeling this is a restaurant that rises to the occasion. Soups and stewed dishes on nearby tables were presented in bright copper pots and looked and smelled fabulous. Price range is standard and acceptable -- mostly $8-$15. No price-gouging. The very best thing, however, is definitely the service. Very gracious, and the kind of attention that is there when you need it and invisible when you don't. On the whole, this place is not what you'd call a culinary revelation, but there were no disappointments, I had a delightful time, and would recommend it to anyone looking for a comfortable, pleasing meal, with some successful elaborations on a well-realized familiar theme.
Posted by Lindy on 12/28/2005
What an absolute bloody treat. We chose the place expecting same old same old but with live music. Wow. I had the beef madras and was dreaming about it for days. My husband had the vindaloo which was hot as hell but spectacular. The dessert is a bit arb,unless you like sweet milky stuff, but who cares...
Posted by Poor NYU Law Student on 10/19/2005
Was looking for good indian food in NYC, had never gone to the restaurants on 6th street as I always thought they were not the genuine thing...how wrong was I. The food at Calcutta was prepared freshly and tasted great. Ask for less spice if you are not really into hot dishes. There was live sitar music which made the atmosphere even more delightful. It was like visiting India and being able to catch a cab home right afterwards! The prices were reasonable and people very hospitable.
Posted by Atmosphere + Great Food = Perfect on 10/14/2005
Great restaurant here. Perfect atmosphere with live Indian music, and great interior design/decoration. Great value and great taste is a rare combination these days. Recommend this restaurant to anyone, anyday.
Posted by tumbleweed on 12/14/2004
Calcutta is, hands down, the best of all the restaurants along Indian Row (6th st). It's been my trusted favorite for years. I've tried a few of the others, like Raj Mahal and the one at the eastern corner (Banjara?) but Calcutta always draws me back. Always make sure and give the specials a try, and the Shrimps Bengal are insane.
Posted by Stephen_witherspoon on 11/23/2004
I have been to calcutta on two ocassions and both times the food was very well prepared and the service was very attentive. The Indian beer was superior and very cold as it should be.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/03/2004
Cheap, tasty, flavorful and delicious, large portions can't go wrong.. Some of the best Indian food I have had.