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Kismat Indian Restaurant
Posted by Anonymous on 10/25/2008
Been eating from Kismat on and off for three years now. As long as your order's simple and you get it to go or get it delivered, you're fine. Very serviceable food, especially given there aren't a ton of great options around. Otherwise, the restaurant itself is in need of serious spit-and-polish, and the staff has turned rude indifference into an artform.
Posted by Indian food lover on 07/13/2008
Longtime WaHi residents may think this is good Indian takeout but it's below Baluchi's, by far, and certainly not nearly as good as 'good' Indian food you find scattered around the city. UWS has better Indian food, and that's not saying a lot. Tawaa's slightly better, but we need better Indian food than Kismat.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/20/2008
Fast delivery, TOTALLY delicious, will accommodate any request (vegan, diabetic, etc.) Restaurant itself is overcrowded and kind of a weird shade of green
Posted by wahigirl on 05/14/2008
this place isn't to everybody's taste but we LOVE it! we eat here and order in from them all the time - when we moved to a new place in the neighborhood, the delivery guy commented on it! They are actually Bangladeshi, not Indian (which I think addresses some of the complaints in other reviews).
Posted by Diana on 03/27/2008
I love this place and go here when in the mood for their shrimp tandoori. Huge shrimp and oh so good! I have been going there for years and honestly have never had bad service or attitute even when I have gone in with my messy toddler (rice on floor, you name it). I would have given it a higher rating for atmosphere but let's face it, it isn't some fancy downtown lounge. I just ordered in so they are probably relieved that I am not bringing my crazy baby in there right now :-)
Posted by NYFoodie on 02/13/2008
Great Indian food in the hood, however numerous times I have been told, "I don't have time for questions people are waiting" when I wanted to ask a 2 second question about a dish. Other rudeness has been seriously demonstrated when actually eating there that it's really weird... like whoa. Hope you're pro's at ordering Indian when even attempting this place.
Posted by WaHi 15 years on 02/02/2008
I've never had a bad meal here. That's my criteria for this neighborhood. There are some exquisite restaurants in the world, but this is where I wanted to live, and there are very, very few reliably decent restaurants. I have had truly inedible meals from places in Washington Heights & Inwood that's another story. But in the restaurant or delivery, I've never regretted Kismat. That sounds like kind of lame praise. But that's the real criteria, usually, for people who live anywhere near here. If you can't afford to drop $40 per person every night, you have to learn what works. Two people in the same Indian (or Mexican, or Italian) family will disagree about what's good and what's not. So saying something isn't Indian or isn't as good as someplace else is kinda silly, IMHO. Even Iceland has people quarreling about what's good Icelandic fare. Unless you're a foodie (ok, I am, but a reasonable one) or naive, all that matters is, did you like it. 99% of the Chinese restaurants in NYC would be boycotted in China. This is NYC, and they're in business, so they can't give us actual X food. From Kismat, I have always gotten clean food, Indian-style food, and reasonable portions. Indian meals have lots of components, and the restaurant does well with those, even for delivery. I find many things I like, and I do not get into a rut with these people (ordering the same thing every time because you have had to toss out previous meals from a restaurant). That's a very good recommendation.