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Posted by BlacKarmaDog on 03/10/2009
A solid choice, especially in comparison to the plethora of mediocre Chinese and so-so pizza delivery .up here in the 'hood. When an Indian friend recommended Kismat recently, I gave it a try and was pleasantly surprised. I've had better samosas and chicken tikka kurma downtown, and the Indian iced tea was bizarre, not the sweet/ creamy concoction I expected, but this place gets a solid 3 to 3-1/2 stars in my book, and even though I live east of Broadway, the delivery time was very fast.
Posted by anonymous on 03/06/2009
I almost always order the specials at this place and they are always fantastic. Some of the other menu items can be a little hit or miss, but in general, I've always enjoyed my meals here. I don't know much about Indian food and this place does seem different from the Curry Hill places I'm used to-- for me, it's a nice change. I've always found the service to be friendly.
Posted by ZeldaDahl on 03/06/2009
I love Kismat. The food is consistently delicious, the service in the restaurant is excellent, and the delivery is fast. I've eaten Indian food all over the city, and this is some of the best. I don't know what the last reviewer was talking about--perhaps the Indian food isn't perfectly authentic, I wouldn't know, but it's similar to that provided by most other Indian restaurants in the city. If you want authentic food, go to India! If you want delicious Indian cuisine as it is typically prepared in the U.S., go to Kismat!
Posted by Indian on 03/01/2009
We ordered a couple of times from here and have been highly disappointed both the times. We ordered the lamb Biryani the first time ..tasted like somethng we never imagined would be called biryani...it was more like a pilaf with peas (never found in true biryani), Sweet coconut garnishing (absolutely unheard of) and the spices were raw and and overpowering..didn't taste of anything. We realized it was a bad idea to order biryani from any "Indian " restaurant. However Biryani is hard to make and only a few Pakistani and Bangaldeshi places in the NY/NJ areas can do it right. We decided not to order from Kismat again ..But sadly we decided to give the place a shot after almost a year..We ordered Aloo Paratha and Mughlai Paratha..pretty simple dishes ..Hard to screw up ...but we were in for a rather unpleasant suprise.. They looked like empanadas stuffed with bland mashed potatoes and deep fried ! aloo paratha should have mashed potatoes mixed in with the dough before baking on a pan with some butter, no deep frying involved...Unfortunately this place failed on both accounts to even produce a dish not even conceptually close to the original dishes..It does leave us wondering who does the cooking here but one thing for sure ..we will never order from here again.
Posted by Michael on 03/01/2009
This place is delicious and their delivery is quick- I ordered dinner and it was at my door in like 10 minutes.
Posted by Julia on 01/26/2009
Kismat has by far one of the top indian restaurants in manhattan. I always order Chicken Tikka Masala, Lamb Saag, and Naan. The lamb is so delicate and fresh, and it's very difficult for many restaurants to cook lamb well. You need to try this place out. If you are planning on eating at the location, it's nice for the prices they have.
Posted by Wendy on 11/25/2008
...and not only for uptown, but for all of NYC. Baluchis is overpriced and only mediocre. We've been eating in/ordering for three years the service is always top-notch and the food is really great. I've ordered a lot from this menu, and have never had anything I didn't like. The raisin/nut naan is amazing. The dude who titled his review 'Inedible Indian in Inwood' didn't even get the name of the hood right. This is clearly Washington Heights, not Inwood man, and Kismat is a neighborhood staple.