Naan Stop: NYC Indian Dining

by Julie Besonen, 02/05/2013

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  • Malai Marke
    318 E. 6th St., 212-777-7729, East Village, Manhattan
    Why isn't a charred, puffy disk of naan as celebrated as Neapolitan pizza crust? If the specimen is from Malai Marke, it should be. Fresh out of the tandoor oven, the warm bread is stretchy, chewy and addictive, the ideal vehicle to scoop up black lentil dal or hunks of chicken cooked with roasted coconut, peanuts and poppy seeds. This is the newest, most stylish Indian restaurant to arrive on Curry Row (East 6th Street), a passageway long known for cheap and cheerful curry joints. The menu here goes beyond the standard, boasting lamb with creamy almond sauce and spicy fish with hot and sour tamarind curry. Acclaimed restaurateur Shiva Natarajan (Chola, Dhaba, Bhojan) is behind it. It's not costly, but keep in mind the food is deeply discounted at lunch, with under-$10 meals that include dal, cabbage, rice and bread.

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