Naan Stop: NYC Indian Dining
by Julie Besonen, 02/05/2013
(From left) Tulsi photo by Melissa Hom • Photo courtesy Junoon
When it comes to fine, authentic Indian cuisine, the City is finally catching up to London. The subcontinent is well represented at a variety of venues, from opulent upper-caste showplaces like Dévi and Junoon to the Vendy Award–winning Biryani Cart, a treasured street-food vendor in Midtown. Vegetarians adore Curry Hill's Bhojan, which focuses on India's Gujarat and Punjab regions. Tulsi, a modern establishment in Midtown East, is more a reflection of Jaipur-born chef Hemant Mathur than any particular province. He veers off the traditional path with creations like pistachio chicken and wild boar chops with apple chutney. The hospitable Banjara has long anchored the East Village's Curry Row, but there's a new kid on the block you should check out. Read on and say "namaste" to the five restaurants we've chosen to highlight, from glamorous to humble, new to decades old, mildly seasoned to thrillingly spicy.