By: Lisa Crawford

Whether it is the succulent aroma of saffron rice or the tasty crisp of somosas, Indian food has taken over New York City. And fortunately for us, many eateries have not only made the food delicious, they have also managed to make the dining experience an exceptional delight. Here are 10 of the best upscale Indian Fusion restaurants in Manhattan.

1 Junoon– Located in Flatiron, the ever-popular Junoon will draw you in with its illuminating elegance. Beautiful archways and delicate wall hangings will transport you to a gorgeous fantasyland. Once you sit, it will be clear that the smells that surround you will only make your dream night that much better. Dishes like Murg Tikka Mirza Hasnu and the Piri Piri Shrimp are succulent and delectable. The service is also stellar. Your evening is sure to be superb at Junoon.

27 W 24th St, New York, NY
(212) 490-2100

2 Amma– Midtown East’s Amma is simple in design, but not in taste. Though the owners describe themselves as “the sweet little restaurant on East 51st street” don’t think that this place can’t compete with the other deluxe Indian restaurants. Locals rave about Amma saying, “A beautiful thing happens when you put Amma’s butter chicken and fried okra inside your mouth.” Enough said!

246 E 51st St, New York, NY 
(212) 644-8330

3 Chote Nawab– In Murray Hill you will find quite a special treat. This modern, with a funky twist, eatery is surrounded by windows and will make you feel like the coolest guy on the street. And the food is in a category of its own. The Kebabs are heavenly, the Chicken Vindaloo is to die for and the fun cocktails will make you want more and more. Chote Nawab even got a positive write in The New York Times. They must be doing something right!

115 Lexington Ave, New York, NY
(212) 679-4713

4 Vatan Indian Vegetarian– If you are looking for a top notch vegetarian restaurant, then Midtown East’s Vatan Indian Vegetarian is perfect for you!  From the signature elephant sign out front to the unique and charming décor inside, you will know you have made the right choice from the moment you lay eyes on Vatan. Some stand out items are the Curried Vegetables, the Kadhiv and the Rice and Khichadi. A fan favorite says, “The puri are in a league of their own.” And to end your wonderful evening, you have to try the mango ice cream. Yum!

409 3rd Ave, New York, NY
(212) 689-5666

5 Mint-The simplicity of the name should bring you in. After all, mint is one of the most popular spices and something about it says “posh”, and that’s just what guests of Midtown East’s Mint feel when they walk through the door. With a cool and futuristic ambiance, and a soft mint color illuminating your evening, you will know that its time to party! Be sure to order the Aloo Methi Tikki for an appetizer, potato pancakes served with chickpeas and tamarind sauce. The Diwane Handi is delicious entrée option with baby eggplant, cauliflower and potatoes cooked in a coconut cream. Mouth watering!

150 E 50th St, New York, NY
(212) 644-8888

6 Malai Marke Indian Cuisine– The East Village is known for its amazing array of cool and eclectic restaurants, and Malai Marke Indian Cuisine lives up to that description. With its exposed brick wall and unique wall art; Malai Marke Indian Cuisine will be the ideal place for a fun night with friends. Be sure to try the Murgh Makhni Malai Marke, which is more commonly referred to as Butter Chicken Makhani. The Lamb Pepper Fry is also exceptional. Locals say that the flavors and spices used at Malai Marke are perfection.

318 E 6th St, New York, NY
(212) 777-7729
7 Yuva– Another amazing Midtown East find is Yuva. A stylish ambiance greets you, with stunning wall sconces and crisp white tablecloths. This refined restaurant is family owned and boasts a great wine list. The Chicken Tikka is a very popular dish, and Yuva also has a fresh buffet for its guests. This place is perfect for an intimate date and a lovely evening. 
230 E 58th St, New York, NY
(212) 339-0090

8 Utsav Festive India Restaurant– When you hear the name “festive” in the title, it makes you want to celebrate. And celebrate you will in Midtown West’s Utsav Festive India Restaurant. Between the large dining room and the even larger billowing, cloud-like ceilings, you will immediately feel like its time to have a good time. Regulars have said that the Palak Paneer and Hakka Noodles are “wonderful”, and that the lunch buffet is “well worth the price.” We couldn’t agree more!

1185 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 
(212) 575-2525

9 Tulsi –It seems that Midtown East is the place to be for fancy Indian food, and Tulsi only adds another delicious layer to that list. With the glittering outdoor décor and the airy and comfortable surroundings inside, you will want to stay for hours. Add to that the expertise of Chef Hamant Mathur, and you are in for an indulgence. Tulsi’s signature dish is their Lamb Chops and they are not to be missed. They are also able to cater to larger parties, like corporate events and weddings. Tulsi could be the perfect place to celebrate your love.

211 E 46th St, New York, NY 
(212) 888-0820




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