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Chirag

1198B Forest Ave., Staten Island, NY 10310 40.5837531 -73.9444298
at Llewellyn Pl.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
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  • Cuisine: Indian
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Official Website

chiragnyc.org

Directions

S48 bus to Mundy Ave.

Prices

$10.95-$19.95

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Delivery
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out

Alcohol

  • Beer and Wine Only

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Delivery Area

Staten Island

Profile

This venue is closed.

While you’re welcome to judge a poori by its puff, don’t judge Chirag by its size. As slim as a slivered almond, there isn’t much room at this West Brighton Indian eatery and indeed the showy ice cream parlor next door looks like Tavern on the Green in comparison. Nearly unadorned save for a few prints of Indian gods on the plain beige walls, Chirag’s owners are more interested in what you eat than the smoke and mirrors of what you see. With that in mind, the flavors are big. Rich, golden mulligatawny soup offers a curried kick to its pureed lentils with every spoonful, and tastes even better when you tear off a piece of onion kulcha—a thick, savory onion-stuffed bread—and dip it in. Dishes like tandoori prawns get their masala spiciness slightly tempered by a yogurt marinade and heaps of basmati rice, and are so big they almost need their own seat at the table. But the small room means you get lots of attention, and if you run out of sweet mango juice too quickly, the owners are omnipresent with a pitcher of water for those who need to douse the burn.

Recommended Dishes

Tandoori prawns, $19.95; boti kabab, $13.95

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