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Posted by HungryBird on 07/11/2011
India Place is my go-to for reliably tasty Indian in Prospect Heights. Definitey the best Indian I've had in this area. Their food is unexpectedly good, but their dine-in experience is decidely not. It's almost always empty & the atmosphere is a bit dingy. The service is mediocre at best. Whether you order- or dine-in, paying by credit can be a hassle. They will try anything to get you to pay cash which is incredibly annoying. Food comes fast & is always great, though. Always keeps me coming back. Well worth it if you don't mind occasionally arguing about charging the bill. Save yourself a trip & order in if you want the best experience.
Posted by Frequent Patron on 05/29/2011
I agree with folks here who say the really good food is the redeeming quality for this place - 'cause it's sure not the service or the dumpy atmosphere. Another annoyance I'd add to the list is the fact that they say they "accept credit cards", but if you try to actually use one for delivery, they give you a hard time, asking you why you can't pay cash, etc. Once I was even told that the machine was down, only to have it magically start working again when I said I would have to cancel my order. That said, they really do have much better food than any of the other nearby Indian restaurants. Every time I get tired of the bad service and go somewhere else, while I usually have a much better experience, I'm disappointed by the food.
Posted by qpcorn on 03/14/2010
The very first time we ate there a few years ago, we noticed a lot of people just stop by for takeout orders. Their service was ok, and because the takeout deal seemed like such a good deal, we started to do the same--call ahead and get the takeout special. For $15, you can get 2 samosas, nan, rice, yellow bean soup, raita, curry dish (and rice pudding if you get lucky). More than enough for two people. It's pretty decent for takeout. I just would not eat there. I don't think it's worth it.
Posted by Park Slope Snob on 02/13/2010
I've lived in Park Slope for 2 years, but have steered clear of Indian restaurants due to their sub-par rep in the hood. Friends had referred me to Indian Place, but I'm let down after my first try. The Dhal Mahkani was subpar: way too tomato-y and it hardly had any black lentils in it. It was inexplicably filled with kidney beans. Their "soup" however, was great; the nan mediocre at best. Oh, and the raiti I paid $3 for was sugar-y and water-y. Overall a bummer. I wanted to like it so much, but it let me down - so much so that I've come online to write my first ever restaurant review. Onward, I guess.
Posted by FtGreener on 12/20/2009
This is the best Indian food I've had in Brooklyn, but be prepared to wait up to 1.5 hours or more for delivery. They have no problem lying about how long it will take. Even if you call and ask where your food is, they will simply lie and say it's on the way. So order early and call often. You will most likely still be disappointed by the service, but not by the food.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/06/2009
This used to be our favorite Indian restaurant because the food was good. But we have had two experiences this year that have made us decide it's not worth going for a long while if ever again. In May the family went to celebrate our daughter's return from 5 months of travelling. It was a chilly evening so the heat was on. There was a very strong heating oil smell in the restaurant, strong enough to make several of us feel slightly ill. We asked if anything could be done, so they opened the doors, and then we were freezing. We eventually asked them several times to close the doors, but they never did, so we froze for most of the meal. When the bill came, most of the prices we were charged were higher than what was on the menu. When I asked about this, the person at the register, who I assume was the manager, said the prices had gone up but they hadn't gotten around to changing their menus! Upon request he did adjust the prices down to what was in the menu, but it was just one more thing in an already poor experience. We tried again in late June, ordering some take-out. The heating oil smell was still present (which made us glad we were not planning to eat in). The order took about 40 minutes to complete, which we felt was a bit excessive for take-out. When we got it home (and we don't live within walking distance), we discovered they had given us half of someone else's order. So we had to call them, drive all the way back (because the part of our order that was missing was the vegetarian stuff for our child who doesn't eat meat), so by the time we actually got to eat the food, it was almost an hour and a half after ordering. All this aside, we do like the food there, so if you don't mind the smell and less than stellar service, it's not bad.
Posted by anonymous on 07/12/2009
I had a late lunch here on a Saturday afternoon. The restaurant was empty, which should have been a sign to steer clear. The waiter took his sweet time to come over and take our order. I asked twice for them to make the food extra spicy and he didn't acknowledge me. Not surprisingly, when the food came, it was not spicy. We ordered biriyani and they charged extra for raita, which is supposed to be served with the rice. The food was fine, not bad but not great. I don't know what the other Indian restaurants in the neighborhood are like, but this was really mediocre and in my opinion, not worth the high(ish) prices. Trust me, I'm Indian!