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Jewel of India
Posted by Well travelled on 02/09/2014
We have been here more than once. The food is pretty good BUT the prices are high. Even after spending over $ 200, they had an attitude over honoring a coupon that my sister had.
Posted by Matt on 10/26/2011
The food was o.k at best, not spicy if you prefer it that way. The price for a 2 person dinner cost us around $105, just 2 entrees and 3 breads and 2 appetizers. Waiters seemed irritated when we asked some basic questions regarding the food.
Posted by inidan food lover on 04/12/2011
I have been going to JOI for some years now, always fab. food, service atmosphere etc. I went there for my husbands birthday last week and was very disappointed. I had a table reserved, but when I got there they put me sitting at a small table for 4 instead of 6. I had to ask them to bring two more settings. We ordered the usual food, but what a disappointment. The kids had korma which is usually mild but they could not enjoy it as it was spicey. My husband had vindaloo and that also was way over spiced. I had lamb and spinach which should be mild and it was hot and spicey. We were all very disappointed and will not be going back any time soon. I'm assuming they had a different chef, on the night and he likes hot and spicey food.
Posted by WallFly on 07/26/2010
Jewel of India aims to serve good Indian food in an upscale environment for not too much money. It mostly succeeds. The restaurant is imposingly regal, softly lit, quiet. The service is also stately. Even though they use the "team" approach, Jewel's servers seem to understand how to coordinate. In keeping with the spirit of the place, the amuse bouche was a pappadum wafer served with a sneakily spicy tomato chutney. I have never understood the Hindi fascination with pappadums, but after eating this one I started to get it - it's just one of the better things I've ever eaten to start a meal. The onion pakoras were light and flaky, fried without being greasy. The keema mattar was very nicely done, and the selection of chutneys plus the roti I ordered went with it to perfection. Jewel does one of the best tamarind chutneys I've ever had. I was disappointed that they did not have kulfi the night I was there, but the gulab jamun was more than solace enough. I created a minor stir by ordering the Indian white wine. The waiters clustered around me, wanting to know my impression of it. In truth, it was a serviceable rendition of Chenin Blanc, and went quite well with the meal. Jewel of India would be perfect, except for two problems. I ordered my food medium spicy, but it was barely tolerable. True, Indian food should be seasoned, and the cold towel at the end helped a lot. But I'm not a spice wimp, and yet I was panting and steaming by the end of the meal. If that's medium, I'd hate to see hot. Also, I have eaten a lot of Indian food over the years, but this food ended up unsettling my stomach out of proportion with even its considerable spice level. I don't know if it's fair to blame the restaurant; I had a rushed and rather questionable lunch that day. But being kept up half the night with an upset tummy took the shine off the experience nevertheless.
Posted by haworthhoarder on 02/12/2010
We had dinner here the week before Christmas. We love Indian food and rate this place highly. All of the dishes were excellent. The service was first rate and the prices were very good for food of this quality in Manhattan. A must stop on our next visit.
Posted by Fran on 12/21/2009
We were very much looking forward to this meal. The food was tasty but for 3 people the bill was $148 - no appetizers or desserts. Hey, it's NY though. The food was good and spiced to perfection. No complaints other than higher expectations due to price. The waiters were extremely polite but a bit awkward. They reached over us to pour water and even tried putting a glass over my shoulder as I was sitting. A little lesson in serving is all that is required. They were very very polite and that mattered more. This could be a real gem with a little work. We won't return and will try a few other places in the area.
Posted by Pam99 on 11/23/2009
A+ indian food served by attentive and friendly staff makes this place our family favorite .. love the kababs and curry here.