Naan Stop: NYC Indian Dining

by Julie Besonen, 02/05/2013

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  • Dhaba
    108 Lexington Ave., 212-679-1284, Murray Hill, Manhattan
    Dhaba is designed like a chic bazaar, lined with dayglow rolls of silk fabric, its shelves stocked with jars of Indian spices. Tables are filled with young, stylish Indian professionals and discerning Westerners who recognize it's a cut above the rest on this stretch of Murray Hill dubbed Curry Hill. Cashews fired up with chiles, onions, black pepper and lime are a stimulating way to begin the feast. Goa fish curry with tamarind and coconut is sublime. And it's hard to think of a better chicken tikka masala. British expats will enjoy the "London Calling" specialties, such as lamb balti and chicken korma. At lunch, the $10.95 buffet ($12.95 on Sundays) is brilliant, offering an array of flavor-packed proteins, starches and vegetables. The space is tight, so you may have to suck it in if you go back for thirds.

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