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Posted by Kevin on 11/26/2013
This place is amazing if you want to go to dinner somewhere that is exciting! People on here have been saying its 'stuffy' and 'bland'.... it is what it is. I had a birthday party there on the weekend, as for being stuffy it accommodated for my 14 guest and yeah it was intimate but that just made it the better. In regards for being bland, I will admit it is maybe not the most authentic restaurant but it's great if you want to go with friends who are fussy about spicy indian food. Don't thrash a restaurant because the experience they offer isn't what you wanted. You've left a review you should have checked them before you went in the first place.
Posted by Beauregard on 12/14/2010
A fun experience -- just don't expect a relaxing meal. The place is nearly bursting, but the food is decent & cheap, and the gaudy decor is entertaining.
Posted by Burzhui on 01/23/2010
Went here for my birthday and was expecting some good Indian eats, was very disappointed. Yes it looks funky from the outside, but once you walk in, you just want to leave. It's stuffy, really really stuffy, everyone is sitting family style. I have broad shoulders and every time someone would walk by (mostly waiters) i would get nudged, this got so annoying that by mid meal i was ready to walk out. Now for the FOOD: Bland, oily, and no naan. They use pita bread instead, What kind of self respecting indian restaurant doesn't have naan? On the up side i believe they use fresh ingredients and the chicken was white meat. I wouldn't go back to this place.
Posted by anonymous on 12/28/2009
I came here for my birthday, and it was great. It's BYOB, which keeps the cost down, and the waiters sing to you and give everyone at the table free ice cream. It's an extremely festive and cozy environment. The food is good, not great, but the atmosphere and low price make up for that.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/22/2009
I came here with my mom for her birthday. We walked in with great expectations but were so disappointed. The place was very small and stuffy. You could barely walk to the tables. The food were tasteless. It was very bland. I certainly do not recommend this place to anyone.
Posted by melissa on 05/29/2009
small and squished with brilliantly ridiculous decor, friendly and accommodating staff (albeit forgetful), and delicious and cheap food. their overall awesomeness far outweighs their few mediocre traits. very charming. two thumbs up and here's why. made reservations for 730p and was still immediately seated at our saved table even though we showed up at 745p without calling (shame on us). i was very impressed by that though. ambience is fun and charming like only a NY place can provide. it is unbelievably small and cramped, as in your head ends up in the hanging chili-lights when you stand. ha! so it is pretty warm with all the bodies and cooking going on in the back (and only gets warmer after a few glasses of wine), but it's a super fun atmosphere and the BYOB with no fee cork service is just the cherry on top. we brought a few bottles of wine and some champagne. they limit the table to 2 glasses a person (one water glass, one wine glass), i'm guessing because they probably literally only have that amount. all part of the charm right? ;) maitre d' is super loud and bossy to his wait staff, which is pretty hilarious, but he's very friendly and everyone gets the job done... although you may have to remind them once or twice because there are only two of them for the huge-tiny place and they seem to forget the moment you tell them, which could be semi annoying, but really isn't because the place is so intimate you can get their attention in 2 seconds no matter where you're sitting. so you can tell right away if they're obliging your request or if you need to say something again. for a table of 7 with all different orders, we got our food really quickly. and it was delicious! (i tried the chicken tikka masala [they ask cream or tomato, we chose tomato], shrimp korma, banana pakora, mango ice cream, and basmati, poori, and nan of course. all were Yum! HUGE menu, by the way.) i have no idea what "authentic" indian food should taste like, but as far as what seems standard indian food served in america (that is, the standard taste you experience at restaurants here), this place was near the top! hubby and i have tried several places on curry row and Matali (if you know it) has been our favorite until now. this place ties. will definitely recommend, and definitely go back!
Posted by belovedabigail on 03/02/2009
I love this place; have only been there a handful of times over the last 2 years but when I do make it, I feel like they know me. Very friendly staff. Recently a couple of my girlfriends came with me for the first time and thought that even the spicy food was bland until they tried the hot sauce. It's really great hot sauce.