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Devi (fka Baluchi's)

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  • Indian, Vegetarian-Friendly
  • 8 E 18th St, New York NY10003 40.738073 -73.991244
  • (Btwn 5th Ave & Broadway)
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  • (212) 691-1300
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User Ratings (Based on 81 reviews)

3.505
Food 3.5 Value 2.8
Service 3.7 Atmosphere 4.0

Other Restaurant Info

Phone:
work
(212) 691-1300
Fax:
fax
(212) 691-1695
Websites:
www.devinyc.com
www.eatdevinyc.com
Place Order:
Order From Devi (fka Baluchi's) for delivery & takeout
Notes:
Delivery Take Out Catering Private Parties Major Credit Cards
Hours:
Lunch Mon-Fri: 12pm-2:30pm Dinner Mon-Thu: 5:30pm-10:30pm Fri-Sat: 5:30pm-11pm Sun: 5pm-10pm
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Features:
Group Dining, Prix Fixe, Tasting Menu, Delivery, Online Reservations, Online Ordering, Wheelchair Friendly, Accepts Credit Cards, Take Out, Catering, Private Parties

User Reviews

  • Devi (fka Baluchi's)

    Posted by discerning palette on 06/02/2006

    Overpriced and scarcely Indian

    While I was suspicious before hand, nothing had prepared me for the disappointing experience that lay before me. Having eaten Indian food throughout the city and in various places in the UK, I was looking forward to this acclaimed new Indian restaurant and hoped for a delicious treat for the discerning tastebuds. Sob. Only a strange sweet potato (yam) item and the fennel seed mix, be sure to take a pinch on your way out, were up to par. The $11 glass of white wine was mediocre. The chicken in the curry was dry as a bone. The puri were strange. The mango cheesecake was judged by the person in our group who wanted to go there as "not very Indian." That I would say sums up the eperience. Talk about the Emperor's new clothes. Not very Indian. Not very charming. Cute enough! do like the areas that seat about eight people. But very expensive. There is much better value out there when you are spending about $200 for dinner for two with three glasses of wine.

  • Devi (fka Baluchi's)

    Posted by Allison on 05/09/2006

    A delight

    After the harsh reviews I was skeptical, but a colleague loves this place so we tried it out. What a delight! First of all, the place is beautiful-- high class all the way. From the gorgeous hanging lamps to the candlelit staircase and instricate latticework, the decor is stunning. And the food! Giant prawns, succulent lamp chops and spinach chicken cooked to perfection. Truly a wonderful meal. The wine list is lovely also. Will definintely be back.

  • Devi (fka Baluchi's)

    Posted by Bert on 05/01/2006

    A disappointment!

    I am a lover of Indian food, and greatly looked forward to Devi. What a let down! My associate and I each ordered the Cauliflower appetizer. My halibut entree was moist on the inside, but strangely sandpaper-ish on the outside, and "dusted" with dry, hot spices. My associates' prawns were huge and pleasing to the eye, but alas, undercooked! We were delighted, however, by the mango cheesecake, made of course by a separate pastry chef. Fine dessert, however, is no reason to go to Devi.

  • Devi (fka Baluchi's)

    Posted by Lee on 04/18/2006

    So much possibility...

    Devi is not a neighborhood Indian restaurant --if your neighborhood is Jackson Heights or Curry Hill. It strives for greater refinement. But somehow, in its striving, flavors dull and become less complex. Take, for instance, Devi's eggplant. One traditional Indian eggplant treatment--a kind of stew based on oven-roasted or grilled eggplant served in less expensive restaurants-- usually has a haunting undertone of char, which, in conbination with oil, herbs, onions and spice, results in a lovely harmony. At Devi, there was heat, some spice, some sweetness, but nothing complicated which might have revealed an essence of eggplant heretofore unknown. The sauce tasted like a mixture of ketchup, a little garlic, some stock and lots and lots of thickener. My companion's lamb shank, he concluded, was boring. It had heat but not much else. My scallops were perfectly fresh, but the accompanying tomatoes and onions lacked herbaceousness and was too sweet. I was very disappointed by the work of this upcoming chef. Lots of room for improvement.

  • Devi (fka Baluchi's)

    Posted by Anonymous on 04/08/2006

    A True Gem

    I can't believe some of the things people are saying on this review! I disagree wholeheartedly with anyone who says this restaurant isn't top notch...in fact I question their expectations going into their dining experience. Often when less-experienced patrons spend a lot on a meal for a "special night out," they expect angels to come down from heaven and wipe their fork off between every bite. Having been to a large number of quality restaurants here and in other major cities, I'd say Devi comes closer to that experience than most. I've been there three times now, and while it's not cheap, I believe it's worth it if you can swing the price tag. Each time I've gone, we've asked the manager to choose our entire meal for us. And each time, the experience has been incredible. "Gill" knows exactly what combination of tastes to put together. He always seems to pick just the right amount of dishes to leave us satisfied without feeling stuffed. He's supported by a very helpful and agreeable staff, and the general atmosphere of the place is friendly and upbeat. Compared to many of the "nouveau" restaurants in NYC it is, happily, free of the usual loud, in-your-face, super-trendy vibe, and caters to a more sophisticated clientele without being snobbish. I agree with one review on this page: the food may not be "authentic" Indian. But believe me, it's far better than authentic Indian. The word "fusion" doesn't do it justice. Devi takes common Indian foods and adds a little kick -- as far as I'm concerned the result is significantly better than more traditional approaches. Whatever you choose for the food, try a Mumbai marguerita with it...it's topped with cayenne pepper and the taste is killer and very unique. I and several of my colleagues now consider Devi our favorite place to take clients, not only because of the amazing food, but the atmosphere and service as well. Highly recommended.

  • Devi (fka Baluchi's)

    Posted by Anonymous on 04/03/2006

    Amazing!

    As someone who is obsessed with Indian food, i take great consideration into choosing which restaurant to be my favorite in New York, and i have chosen it to be Devi. The mung beban chaat and manchurian cauliflower are absolutely amazing in terms of appetizers and the Kararee Bhindi is the first time i have ever enjoyed an okra dish. In terms of an unusual poultry dish, the turkey kaa keema has some of the most delicious flavors. The service is amazing, and if you talk with them, which they are more than willing to do, they will quickly learn your faces and you will be rewarded with complimentry desert wine and deserts. i especially recomend the mango cheesecake. Don't bother with the tasting menu, go with a big group, try everything family style, and you won't be limited to what they suggest. ENJOY!

  • Devi (fka Baluchi's)

    Posted by disappointed guest on 03/20/2006

    Don't believe the hype

    This restaurant got great revews in the 2005 Zagats, but it was very disappointing. The servers were primadonnas who belived the customers were there to serve them. The food was too salty. Lastly, the food is not authentic Indian food, but more gimmicky "fusion" food. I would not go back again

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