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Posted by indian diner on 12/11/2013
I ordered take out from this restaurant after reading good reviews. The place decor and ambience is fine but the food is horrendous. I am an Indian in new york for about 15 years so I've a taste for authentic indian as well american-ized indian. The food was cold, Naan was chewy like twizzlers, had no taste as the dough was many days old. I got Chicken Tikka Masala which is a pretty standard indian dish. If you can't get that right, you just don't have a cook in the kitchen. It was like a child had thrown all the masala's what one can get, into the curry. Absolutely rubbish food. If you read this review, and still go, think about trying only one dish at a time and walk out if unsatisfied.
Posted by WelbyH on 09/15/2013
We usually do dinner early,..between 4-6pm, so crowds are not usually a factor. Which probably is why we don't usually have a problem with service. Great food and Apps. They even served us a small Chef treat on the house. Mashed Lamb and Potatoes. ++ Prices are fair even for the above average food. I felt like other places like in E.Village would charge more for less. Would definitely go again and reco to others.
Posted by John from Murray Hill on 03/20/2013
Third time eating here and this place has been consistently good. Service was bit slow but charm made up for it. Food is very good, tandori chicken moist... Cooked to perfection and lamb a delight. Shrimp Bhana was tremendous. The atmosphere was relaxed perfect for a quiet dinner.
Posted by Toni on 10/28/2011
The meats were all really dried out & we never were offered the naan bread that everyone else got.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/21/2011
This is truly the best Indian I have ever had. I have tried Indian in many states, areas; northern, southern Indian and this by far was above and beyond. Service was out of the world fantastic for a city rated one of the worst for rude people. As a second time ever visitor to NYC I am completely impressed. And anyone complaining about $ - suck up the price folks...the portions are HUGE and the quality is awesome. I have paid as much or more for Indian in areas with a MUCH lower cost of living than NYC. Wake up, it is NYC and this is in a huge tourist area with many attractions around this particular location; what do you expect...5 dollar meals? I highly recommend Nirvana to locals or visitors looking for a great city eating experience. Yes, the lighting is a little bit crummy, but hey I'll tolerate a little ambiance issue for excellent food...I go out for food not to see the folks at the table next to me. I could find my fork and make it to my mouth...think that is the important part and here, the best part
Posted by LALA on 09/10/2011
I visited Nirvana for the first time a few weeks back. Its located near Grand Central Station and as I love Indian food I stumbled upon this cute little spot after I got out of work. I went in with a friend and the hostess greeted us with a warm smile. We had a drink at the huge bar downstairs and the Bartender was a really friendly guy. Finally we were led upstairs to the intimate dining area. We ordered the Gobi Manchurian which is a spicy Cauliflower appetizer and it was delish! We also got an order of Raj Kachori which are these small pastry shells filled with potatoes and yogurt and they were yummy, a good combo of sweet and tangy elements. Our dinner entree of the Chicken Tikka Masala was fantastic! Not too spicy but just enough to make it a savory dish. The Saag Paneer was pretty ok too, I loved the cubed Indian cheese inside the spinach dish. The waitstaff was really nice and answered all of my friends questions as it was her first time trying Indian food. You should totally check out Nirvana!
Posted by hhhhh on 08/09/2011
For the first time ever I had such bad Indian food. I had ordered Methi Malai Mutter (and the menu said it contained Mushroom - now who puts mushroom in this veg..) and the peas were not cooked properly and I bet I can cook this better myself...the second thing I had ordered was Paneer Makhanwala....can u b'live this dish to b of orange gravy...i can't....it was tasting like tomato soup with paneer in it...the nan was hot n soft...really nice...About the ambience - the lighting was so dim that u could hardly see nothing...need better lighting...a little bright...there is a bar downstairs and there was a live band the noise so so loud and annoying ...i guess they can atleast have a door to stop the noise for ppl who want to have dinner in peace...and the guy who was serving had no manners at all..i was still eating and he took my plate ....absolutely annoying...i hate this place and will never ever go again. I landed up paying $55...and I think it is a complete waste...