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Posted by Jeremy H on 05/03/2013
Working on 42nd Street for a year, I used Maharaja a lot for takeout lunch. Excellent choices, good vegetables, tasty inexpensive food, not too hot (spicy), always hot enough (temperature), good rice. I loved this place. However I would never go there in the evening (the prices soar), and I would never eat in at lunchtime. Use it for what it's worth on this limited basis, and you won't be sorry.
Posted by Street Meat Eater on 04/17/2013
Although the curry Chicken had nice flavor the poor quality and meagher portion was not worth the price of $9. The nan was decent. both the lamb and chicken curry was made from meat with the bone in and although this isn't bad it just means that you are buying something that you are going to throw away. I had 3 or 4 bits of chicken and threw away 3 large pieces of bone. The place is dimly light. the food is served from a steam table so for cafeteria style food and limited atmosphere I would never go back there. If you want Indian food for lunch try Joy Curry on 39th or 46th street or any place that doesn't look like this hole in the wall. I eat streetmeat from the carts and 3 places that I used to eat lunch at have been shut down by the board of health so I may not be picky but I know if a place sucks.
Posted by Michael W. on 12/16/2012
Based on reviews. Expected decent food and questionable service. Found the service to be very good, the food to be very good and a great value.
Posted by Maharajah of the UN Nabe on 01/06/2012
I must beg to differ from the reviewer below, I just have to raise a toast to: Mutton Kolhapur, Lamb-Date Korma, Beef Vindalu, Chicken Madras, Mullagatwany Soup, Onion Bhajee, and more! I have tried many things from here and recommend them all. This is a place for A)lunch in a bustling but friendly spot, or B) takout that C) never misses. Delicious. I just wish they still had their nicer spot on 44th. Great food and atmosphere back in the day.
Posted by EthnicVegRox on 02/13/2010
What a let down. Everything was too salty; cheese was coarse; vegetable dishes were made with frozen or canned ingredients (not fresh produce); and yes, they got my order wrong, too. Service was friendly and polite, but almost pushy - it would be nice to have a nano second to respond before they start making suggestions. Zero ambience - the place is dark, tiny, and poorly appointed (crooked paintings, exposed wires, etc.). The delivery person was constantly throwing the outside door open and trudging obliviously through the dining area. Try the other choices just one block north, or jaunt over to 47th and 6th to Utsav for authentic Indian in a gracious, lovely setting (just bless yourself before getting too close to Murdoch's playground/Faux Newsville, and vibe some love across the street at those folks, will ya?). Leave Maharaja to the Grand Central crowd.
Posted by Curry lover on 12/25/2009
There are a host of Indian restaurants in the city, so the poor quality of this place when it comes to service, atmosphere and bad value is rather beguiling. I could forgive it if I was going to just do take out - but when I even have to remind this restaurant to give me cutlery (and given the prices they charge, this is rather ridiculous) this is unacceptable.
Posted by East 40s on 12/19/2009
Oh, don't pay too much attention to the nit-picks below. I order take out so I cannot vouch for their newer location (after they moved from 44th Street), but I CAN vouch for the food as someone who loves Indian food, and has tried many in the area. What is interesting is that many reviewers are people who work near here - but as someone who lives near here, I say try it! The Lamb Korma, Chicken Vindaloo, Papri Chat, Naan, and more are excellent. Also, the Mullagawtawny Soup, and the Veggie entree - Chick Pea dumplings come in a mild, yet flavorful sauce. I order from here as a resident because they never fail, and I compare them to Curry Hill not too far away. Try Maharajah, you will not be disappointed.