Sun-Thu, noon-10:30pm; Fri-Sat, noon-11pm
2, 3 at Bergen St.; B, Q at Seventh Ave.
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10th St. to Atlantic Ave., Washington Ave. to Fourth Ave.
While many of Brooklyn’s South Asian eateries seem interchangeable, Joy Indian Restaurant stands out for its superior cooking, quirky décor, and a friendly BYOB policy. This modest Park Slope spot, which opened in 2002, gets a regular crowd for all three. A mural of the New York skyline made of tiny changing lights is at first glance tacky, then oddly mesmerizing; folk art on beige walls adorned with corral sconces is complemented by a subtle Indian instrumental soundtrack. Chef Abul Basher, formerly of the East Village’s Haveli, runs the show. His huge menu embraces India’s numerous geographic regions, with slow-cooked and artfully spiced curries, moist tandoori dishes, and robust vegetable preparations. The deep-fried samosas and pakoras are greasy, however, so for starters, steer instead to the fresh shrimp. For mains, the crab pathia is a spicy delight, its reduced tomatoes and onions peppered with plucky yellow lentils.Recommended Dishes
Fresh shrimp cooked in Bengal fashion, $6.95; baingan bhurta, $8.95; lamb vindaloo, $9.95; crab pathia, $12.95