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Brick Lane Curry House

306-308 E. 6th St., New York, NY, 10003
nr. Second Ave.
212-979-8787

Avg. Rating

7
Food: 7
Service: 6
Décor: 7
"Recommended"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

62% would go back.

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Gives the real Brick Lane a bad name

By desi71 on 3/20/2003

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

In a wave of upscale Indian restaurants that have hit cheap and easy Indian food lane on Sixth Street, Brick Lane Curry House, with its warm decor and romantic setting, seemed like it would be a welcome addition. However, the food is much worse than its dumpy competitors on Sixth Street. The curries (Brick Lane's alleged specialty) lack the harmonious complexity of heat and spice. The food misses the mark completely. On a recent trip there, we had to send back a vegetable malai because it was just that bad. With the prices on the higher side of Sixth Street, there are plenty of other options, including Banjara right around the corner.

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211 out of 451 people found this review helpful.

worst indian food i have ever had

By grkgoddess0504 on 8/9/2008

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

ok, i have had my share of indian food, my fiance is indian and so i know what good indian food should take like..and its not like this...it was awful and for what they charge and the portion they give you its not worth it.. DO NOT GO HERE..

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100 out of 198 people found this review helpful.

Extremely disappointing

By Londoner21 on 12/7/2007

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

I ordered the stuffed calamari as an entree (18 dollars) with rice and a garlic naan for delivery. It took one hour and twenty minutes and was cold when it arrived. I was given three calamari stuffed with more calamari off-cuts in a bland brown goo (a poor portion for an entree). The calamari were tasteless and the stuffing contained absolutely no depth of flavour and was actually rather disgusting. All in all, the entree was a huge disappointment. The rice tasted like Uncle Ben's. The naan would have been fine if it had been vaguely warm. Two dips accompanied my rice/naan: one mild creamy sauce which had obviously been poured straight out of a supermarket jar and was sickly rich, the other a watery joghurt. As I had feared, twenty minutes after eating this bilge my stomach started to churn (no doubt the brown calamari off-cut goo) and I spent much of the rest of the night in the loo.

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195 out of 381 people found this review helpful.

Too Much for Not Enough

By NYBairn on 3/15/2009

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 3
  • No, I would not go back!

Visited on 3/14/09 with quite high expectations(despite some very "mixed" reviews). Initial impression was good, though steadily dropped as the night progressed. Seating was cramped. Service was OK. Kingfisher Beer on draft was good. Had Vegetable Pakora to start. Mistake #1. Mystery vegetable (or fruit?) was soggy and inedible. My wife had Chicken Jalfresi (OK, but too "oniony"), I had Chicken Vindaloo (Hot, but tasteless). No sooner was that finished than some bloke pops the check on the table and says "Thank you and Good Night". And what a check it was!. Highly unlikely we'll ever go back. Surprisingly busy restaurant for one this unremarkable.

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82 out of 181 people found this review helpful.

"Could you please hurry up and leave? We have people waiting for this table!"

By dreumes2 on 3/26/2005

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

This, after only moments ago the check was paid, along with a nice tip, by the way! The service was the most horrible and disrespectful I've ever experienced. The food is OK, not GREAT! And the service sucks! I would never eat there again! It gives the original street a bad name.

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279 out of 628 people found this review helpful.

Good Food, Horrible Service

By Anitsirk on 1/18/2009

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

I made reservations for 3 at Bricklane for a Saturday evening. We were seated promptly and our waiter was quick to come over. Aside from taking our order, this was the last time we saw him during our visit. I ordered the Lamb Madras as my entree and ordered stuffed naan with friends (which I thought was going to come out before dinner. We waited about 40 minutes for our meal and he bread came with our dinners. Our dinners did not even come at the same time and were missing components (Rice!). You would expect that a curry house would make sure water was filled during the meal, but we could not find our waiter or anyone else to refill for about 20 minutes. We shared the rice pudding for dessert, which was very good, but at the end of the meal, right as our waiter was taking the check, he told us he had another party waiting for the table and asked us to leave. I have never had such blatantly rude service. Food is good, but not worth the horrible service.

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O V E R P R I C E D

By Food123456 on 7/3/2009

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

My friend and I just ordered from this and spent 50+ dollars on take out. That is insane!! 3 dollar for a CAN OF SODA?? And I thought 1.50 from Chinese Take Out places was ridiculous! 3 DOLLARS???!! Then my friend ordered a cranberry juice, which was basically from a bar tap and they charged 4 dollars for that. We are STILL trying to figure out what the other prices were because what is on the menu and what we paid does NOT add up. Additionally, when I asked for the total cost of my food on phone, I was told "I am away from the register but it should be well under 50 dollars." What the hell is that? Sounds like a rip off to me! And what burns the most, the delivery took an hour instead of 30 minutes as promised AND my bread was COLD. Honestly, I would pass. I could have amazing Thai for HALF the price in HALF the time.

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83 out of 178 people found this review helpful.

Man vs Food; Me vs chicken tikka masala

By 1000dinners on 9/11/2011

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

The place I’d always referred to as “it was on Man vs Food for having the country’s spiciest dish” turned out to be just ok. Not the spiciest dish, no way am I ordering that. I saw the clip. The guys in he back wear face masks to cook it. Brick Lane is arguably the nicest looking of the Indian spots on 6th St. The rest all run together and probably share one kitchen. We walk in around 7pm, the host tells us it’ll be 10 minutes and there are plenty of empty tables in sight. Not really in a hurry, we agree to his terms and go to wait outside. The host interprets this as us leaving to go to any of the other 11 Indian restaurants, and magically comes up with a table. Cool. I’ll need to try that move more often. ... The food was definitely good, but if this place is making up wait times at the door, forgetting Naan and double the price of the rest of the street, I’m not inclined to go back. Every other place on the street is hawking their $8 three course dinner specials and practically begging me to have food that’s just as good. I’m going there next time. Bottom Line: Not worth the 2x mark up compared to the rest of Curry Lane. Skip this, try Sonar Gaow. 1000dinners.tumblr.com

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Stick with the actual street in East London!

By newyorkbrit on 3/29/2004

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

As I have said before in other votes, as an "Englishman in New York", I find the (otherwise excellent) array of eating guides in New York to be terribly out of kilter when it comes to Indian food. Brick Lane is deeply mediocre and over-priced; in fact it's an insult to the wonderful street in East London with its half-mile of mouth-watering Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi restaurants. The main courses suffer the same problems experienced in other New York Indian eateries, whereby the marinating sauce is non- specific and full of unsubtle spicing. This was only an adequate meal at a so-called "very good to excellent restaurant". Come on ... there must be better places out there (try the uptown Tamarind on Amsterdam Ave between 80/81, not to be confused with the downtown one)!

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Can go there once.

By vsaraog on 7/11/2005

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

We ordered Dal Makhani, Milai Kofta, griller paneer, naan and the hotest dice (forgot the name). DO NOT ORDER that hot curry. Its a waste of money. As rightly described in the menu, its just pain and sweat and no taste. Milai Kofta was good. Dal Makhani was o.k. The naan (bread) was pretty big. Since they also give rice with currys, I think 1 naan or else is enough for 1 person. Service was nice but one thing I didn't like was that they automatically added 20% tip in the bill. We were party of 5. They may have put that in the menu but I didn't see it. Now I consider 15% to be average and anything above that to be generous. Why would restaurants think that the customers really liked them and would tip them generously. Overall I will give them 6.0 in a scale of 10.0

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