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97 First Ave., New York, NY, 10003
at 6th St.
Ugh. Fare thee well, my former favorite Indian joint.
By mpaik on 7/24/2012
So, I just got back from Banjara, my usual spot for good Indian. Today's experience has changed all that. Ordered (two kaati rolls, butter chicken, murgh tikka maslam, and two butter naan). After about 10 min, we'd finished the kaati rolls. 25 min passed and a busload of about 60 tourists walked in and was served immediately. 45 min after our initial order I asked after our food, and 10 min later we received our gravies in bowls rather than the covered metal 'handi' dishes they usually come in which keep them warm. The gravies were cold, and the tikka maslam, which is usually a generous portion, was a pittance. I had to ask for the naan as they'd been forgotten, and when it came it was also cold. It was at this point I smelled smoke and realized that the flowers on the next table were so wilted they had drooped into the candle and caught light. At this point, an hour after we first ordered, we are eating cold gravies of questionable portion and cold naan in the smoke of a burning flower on the next table over. The sixty tourists are making a hell of a racket, but I notice their gravies are plentiful and steaming. As I'm turned around looking at the tourists, I notice that rather than properly bussing the plates of the previous diners to either side, and our appertizer plates, they've been piled on the table behind us. In disgust, I fold up my napkin to pay and leave when I notice a smear where some previous user of the napkin has wiped his knife.
Poor to Mediocre
By saraht on 12/2/2010
Went tonight in part based on "critics pick" here and reviews. We were a party of three, ordered a range of starters and main courses. Food was very sweet and flavors indistinct. I was really disappointed. Ambiance is fine, waiter service fine, etc., but food was really not what we expected.
One of the best.
By promee on 6/12/2009
I loved the food there. Being indian myself, I am pretty picky when it comes to over priced indian food in the city ( manhattan) but i must this place was worth every penny. Not only is the atmosphere awesome, the food is off the hook!!!!
Banjara: good food with some difficulties
By freed on 12/7/2008
Unlike its warren-like competitors around the corner on 6th St., Banjara is somewhat spacious. It also has an interesting menu, with a number of non-routine, well-seasoned and generously-portioned dishes at reasonable prices. AVOID fried foods, though, which usually are encased in huge amounts of batter. Also, Banjara's too-bouncy floor can make for rough sailing from passing traffic, so try to sit in the more solid areas (if there are any). Service ranged from overbearing at the outset to inattentive later on. When I asked if they served tea in a pot, the waiter said "No." My wife ordered tea and it was served in a pot!
Terrible Service, Good food
By bailesb on 6/29/2008
The service here was terrible. The waiters took an unfinished dish and non-empty beer bottles from the table even after we asked them not to, in an attempt to get us out the door quicker. They also refused to take a credit card because the charge was too big (?!). Food was good, though the portions weren't that big. Reasonable prices, but the wait staff kept trying to push unwanted extras.
By rosy1 on 10/9/2004
I am in the restaurant business and this is one of my favorite restaurants. I eat here at least once a week. Despite the sophistication of the cuisine, it is also the absolute favorite restaurant of my picky 10 year old daughter. I have eaten here at least 100 times and have never had anything less than perfect food!!!!
A nicer option on Sixth Street
By desi71 on 3/20/2003
With the rest of the East Village blooming with gourmet restaurant options, Sixth Street is no exception. Banjara's Northern Indian Mughal cuisine does not disappoint. Anything from the tandoor oven is a real treat. Additionally, for quantity and quality, the dumpahkt dishes (a superior Indian version of the pot pie) are worth the trip alone.
By DebbiB446 on 3/11/2003
Yummmmm! The food here is fantastic, and great for all types of occasions. It is a great place to try Indian food for the first time... the staff is knowledgeable, if a little confused at times.
Bright spot on Indian Row
By bettina001 on 3/11/2003
More inventive than its neighbors' "same old" Indian cuisine. The perfumed steam that rises when you pierce the pastry-topped dishes is sublime. Overly solicitous service could be curbed a bit, but that's not a major negative. I love this place!
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