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Mumtaz India Restaurant
Posted by desol81 on 09/28/2005
I grew up in a fairly unadventurous family, as far as food was concerned. The only foreign food we ate was Chinese. Not even Mexican. So, when I moved into NYC in the 70s, I'd never had Indian. But whenever I passed this place, the wonderful aromas intrigued me. So this was my first introduction to Indian cuisine, and it's still one of the best. I have one special favorite thing on the menu. It's the Vegetable Soup. A lovely red lentil soup dotted with fresh green peas. On one visit, a guy at another table ordered bowl after bowl of the wonderful stuff. He stopped after 6 bowls. Gladly, they had some left for me! The appetizers are very good and freshly hot, not reheated. The wide array of curry preparations are all very bright and flavorful. Even the Vindaloos, which are very hot, aren't too over-the-top so that you can't taste them. The spiced tea and dessert round out a wonderful meal. The wait staff are superb, and the decor with blankets over the areched ceiling makes you feel like you're in a caravan.
Posted by Farfalles and Baibe on 07/28/2005
If you live in the Upper East side and DON'T try this place, even if you are allergic to Indian food, you are out of your gord. For serious. Delivery, eat in, you can't lose. You will have your water refilled so many times it will seem like it is raining the nectar from the very ceiling above you. The Chana Baji is an unexpected delight with the lamb anything as a main course. The decor is decadent & outrageous, and that is a good thing somehow.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/20/2005
I hope it was just an off day, but the Tandoori chicken was very salty and dry. Biryani was very pale and flavorless. Definitely cooked incorrectly. I will not return.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/16/2005
You will find the food at Mumtaz to be of great value for your money. With each entree comes free "dal". The service is spectacular so as the soothing atmosphere. You will be able to enjoy quiet dining in this upper east restaurant.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/12/2005
Food delivered is excellent. I have ordered over 50 meals by delivery and have never had a bad experience. The food is fresh - as if it had just come out of the kitchen. The food is of high quality, the sauces are authentic and well balanced, and the samosas and lassis are tasty.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/02/2005
This blows away all those Indian places down in the Village. Simply outstanding! The decor is a little brothelesque with it's red velvet coated walls, but it makes for a really fun experience.
Posted by A fan. on 03/19/2005
Beef vindaloo (whether it's on the menu or not) and tandoori chicken. These two things, from Mumtaz, constitute the best Indian meal in New York City. Nowhere else will you find tandoori chicken so moist and so thoroughly infused with flavor. They obviously marinate it for plenty of time, a rarity in Indian restaurants. The beef vindaloo is somehow better than any other vindaloo I've had in New York, in a way that is difficult to describe. This despite the odd tough piece, which is unavoidable, I think. Get it spicy, and mix it with rice and, if necessary the dal that comes free with the meal to cut the spiciness.