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6 at 28th St.
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- Full Bar
Houston St. to 59th St., First Ave. to West Side Hwy.
This venue is closed.
When it replaced Curry Hill stalwart Annapurna in 2006, Masala Bollywood broke the mold with slick furnishings, giant photo-murals of Indian film stars, and a huge flat-screen TV broadcasting Bollywood musicals. The Vyas family, which also owns kosher vegetarian Madras Mahal and Indian-wrap joint Roomali, wisely grounded the tricked-out room with reasonable prices, generous portions, and warm service. In a neighborhood of bargains, the restaurant is also an outstanding value. Familiar tikkas, tandooris, jalfrezis, and vindaloos are all assertively seasoned and simply presented; the nearly foot-long dosas, filled crepes both gossamer and satisfying, are house specialties. Masala Bollywood’s menu is cutely divided into cinema-themed sections like Trailer, Main Attraction, and Happy Ending (for rather limp desserts). Even bathrooms go Bollywood with photos of movie beauties and lines from songs emblazoned on the walls. Perhaps taking its theme a bit literally, the restaurant presents occasional dance performances organized by co-owner Sonalee Vyas, a choreographer who also leads the Bollywood-inspired dance troupe Naach Sensation.Recommended Dishes
Chili dry paneer, $5; chicken dosa, $9; butter chicken makhanwala, $12
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