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Maharaja (CLOSED)

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  • Indian
  • 133 E 45th St, New York NY10017 40.7531995 -73.9742073
  • (Btwn Lexington & 3rd Ave)
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  • (212) 682-7963
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User Ratings (Based on 34 reviews)

3.685
Food 3.9 Value 3.7
Service 3.8 Atmosphere 3.1

Other Restaurant Info

Phone:
work
(212) 682-7963
voice
(212) 973-9825
Fax:
fax
(212) 682-7964
Notes:
Delivery Take Out Catering Visa, MC, AmEx
Hours:
Mon-Sat: 11am-10:30pm Sun: 11am-10pm
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Features:
Prix Fixe, Delivery, Accepts Credit Cards, Lunch Special, Take Out, Catering
Min Delivery:
10.00
Delivery Area:
Riverside to 5th Ave E 21st to 75th St

User Reviews

  • Maharaja

    Posted by Jeremy H on 05/03/2013

    Use it for lunch takeout, not dinner

    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.

  • Maharaja

    Posted by Street Meat Eater on 04/17/2013

    Dark Hole in the wall. Go somewhere else.

    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.

  • Maharaja

    Posted by Michael W. on 12/16/2012

    Nice Suprise

    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.

  • Maharaja

    Posted by Maharajah of the UN Nabe on 01/06/2012

    In a word: Yum

    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.

  • Maharaja

    Posted by EthnicVegRox on 02/13/2010

    In a word: yuck

    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.

  • Maharaja

    Posted by Curry lover on 12/25/2009

    Good food, not so good on anything else

    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.

  • Maharaja

    Posted by East 40s on 12/19/2009

    Excellent

    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.

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