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Malai Marke

318 E. 6th St., New York, NY 10003 40.7268 -73.987692
First Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-777-7729 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Price Range: $$

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Official Website

malaimarke.com

Hours

Mon-Thu: noon-3pm, 5pm-11pm; Fri-Sat: noon-midnight, Sun: noon-10pm

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at Astor Pl.; F at Second Ave.

Prices

$12-$20

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Delivery
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Good for Groups
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Open Kitchens / Watch the Chef
  • Take-Out
  • Family Style
  • Online Ordering
  • Online Reservation

Alcohol

  • Beer and Wine Only

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Profile

Malai Marke, Hindi slang for “extra zing,” is more modern than most Indian restaurants on Curry Row in the East Village. Mason jars are used for water, and repurposed wood drawers and metal bowls from India hang neatly on the wall. Dishes are served in white ceramic pots, and customers seated at the bar are close enough to the open kitchen to see water boil. The restaurateur behind Singapura, Chote Nawab, and Dhaba curates a traditional menu that's accented with vegan options and small grilled kebabs. Creamy chicken tikka masala is warm and comforting, and lamb madras, made with fresh coconut and dry red chilies, gives off flicks of heat. Fluffy naan is some of the best on the block and is divine when dipped in malai marke daal—small black lentils cooked with clarified butter. Though shrimp curry—just a few puny shrimp sitting in a pool of tomato-and-onion-based sauce—is bland, the simple Punjabi cabbage is crisp and refreshing, an unlikely winner.

Recommended Dishes

Lamb Madras ($16), malai marke daal ($11)

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