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58 W. 56th St., New York, NY 10019 40.763029 -73.976326
nr. Sixth Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-581-1155 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Price Range: $$

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Daily, 11am-3pm and 5pm-10pm

Nearby Subway Stops

E, M at Fifth Ave.-53rd St.; F at 57th St.; N, Q, R at Fifth Ave.-59th St.



Payment Methods

American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Delivery
  • Lunch
  • Prix-Fixe
  • Take-Out
  • Online Ordering


  • Beer and Wine Only


Accepted/Not Necessary

Delivery Area

44th St. to 64th St.; First Ave. to Tenth Ave.


This venue is closed.

Patrons consistently trickle into this out-of-the-way Indian restaurant hidden at the top of a dingy stairwell and cramped between a cluster of ground-floor eateries. But the most exciting thing about this spot is the feeling that you’ve come across something undiscovered—until you realize exactly why it has no buzz. The regulars can’t be coming for the atmosphere. A few photos of sitar players are hung on the walls, a small Christmas tree is stuck in a corner, and fake flowers are strewn on tables. You’d think the food, then, would be more alluring. But nothing quite performs to its potential. Clunky vegetable samosas are too doughy, and while a bland stew of lentils and kidney beans might sooth at first bite, it quickly grew repetitious. “Specialty of the house” chicken lajawab, curiously described as “saffron-flavored curry,” may arrive in an appropriately yellowish sauce, but the flavoring of aromatic spice remains elusive. Ka-chori consists of semi-stale pastry patties topped with a mess of chickpeas, potato, yogurt, and tamarind sauce, while naan arrives with a slick, oily coating.

Lunch Options

A lunch buffet is served Mon.—Sat., noon—2:45 p.m. There are also curry and tandoori lunch boxes to go for $7.95.

Prix fixe

Sitar’s “special deal” offers a selection of two courses for $13.95. Takeout only.

Recommended Dishes

Khali dal maharani, $10.95; naan, $2.50