Indian Restaurants on the Upper West Side
Is there a better remedy for the winter blues than Indian food? The exotic flavors and aromas of authentic Indian cuisine are not only incredibly comforting but extremely delicious. We’ve selected some of the best Indian restaurants on the Upper West Side to satisfy your curry or tikka masala cravings. From casual eateries to upscale and fine dining experiences, you’ll find the perfect spot for each occasion.
The name of this chic restaurant refers to one of the oldest and most diverse Hindu regions in India. Awadh’s menu is inspired by this historical area of India known for its colorful cuisine. The cooks make the flavors come wonderfully together with just the right amount of spices and herbs. Each dish served here brings a different amount of aromas and textures to the table. Try the sufiyan chicken briyani that comes in a sealed clay plot. Or go for their signature chicken tikka masala and one of the exceptional vegetable based entrees. The menu’s endless array of options offers a real taste of authentic Awadhi cuisine. This makes each dining experience here seem like an adventure waiting to happen.
411 Amsterdam Ave.
The dishes prepared at Swagat carefully follow their original Indian recipe. The menu offers something for everyone and is incredibly varied. The lamb samosa, a stuffed pastry with seasoned minced lamb, is sure to kick things off on the right note. The chicken malai kebab, which is prepared by marinating pieces of chicken in a yogurt and cream cheese sauce flavored with fresh coriander and fenugreek leaves, is an excellent choice for main entree. The Bombay Shrimp Masala, which cooks shrimp in rich curry sauce, is the perfect dish for those who can’t get enough of seafood. Swagat is a short walk away from the Lincoln Center which makes it the ideal spot for a late night date.
489 Columbus Ave.
Master chef Lala Sharma brings his innovative vision to the Upper West Side with Lala Sahab. Sharma trained with some of the best chefs in India at Bukhara in New Delhi where he learned how to perfect the art of tandoor cooking. His own restaurant brings an authentic Indian experience to the middle of NYC. Lala Sahab’s menu expertly takes on traditional recipes with a modern and creative spin. Diners can order from four different categories that are split according to the style of cooking. Everything is seasoned to perfection and truly delectable. Pair the meal with one of the hand crafted drinks from the full bar that’s completed with draft beers and wines. And don’t forget to order the rice pudding with crushed pistachios on top for an spectacular finish.
Hampton Chutney Co.
464 Amsterdam Ave.
The Hampton Chutney Co. on the Upper West Side serves up some of the freshest and most delicious fresh chutneys around. Each chutney is prepared with either fruits or vegetables and then mixed with a bunch of exotic Indian spices. The six flavors (mango, curry, peanut, pumpkin, tomato, and cilantro) served here are impossible to resist. Their menu also features lots of kid-friendly options that are healthy and nutritious. There’s a kiddie area in which children can have a blast reading books and playing with toys. This makes Hampton Chutney Co. the ultimate hotspot for families. The dosas are wildly varied and come with tons of toppings and cheeses options. The chicken chutney or the grilled chicken dosa with caramelized onions, arugula, and peppers with peanut chutney both make for a truly mouthwatering meal.
320 Columbus Ave.
Saffron is considered to be one of NYC’s most innovative Indian eateries. Its upscale and high-end ambiance make it a truly unique fine dining experience. Each dish served here is seasoned with exquisite spices, fruits, herbs, and vegetables. Saffron’s popular “all-you-can-eat” buffet for lunch offers diners the opportunity to savor a total of 15 different courses. The menu offers traditional chicken dishes such as the spicy chicken vindaloo which batters tender slices of chicken into ginger, garlic, red chilies, and spices. There are also plenty of options for vegetarians. The aloo gobi mutter, which mixes spiced potatoes with cauliflower and green peas cooked in a ginger and tomato sauce is a sure appetite pleaser. The restaurant is located at a walking distance from major cultural institutions such as the American Museum of Natural History and New York Historical Society. Stop by for lunch or dinner to enjoy a one-of-a-kind feast for the senses at Saffron.
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Edgar is a a film fanatic, a food lover, and an Upper West Side enthusiast. After working in PR and marketing in Chicago, he is pursuing his dream of becoming a writer. He loves photography and on his spare time you can find him hiking or biking the great outdoors (while also snapping some pretty awesome Instagram pics!).