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97 First Ave., New York, NY 10003 40.726392 -73.986222
at 6th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-477-5956 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Price Range: $$

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Nearby Subway Stops

F at Second Ave.



Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Delivery
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Take-Out
  • Online Ordering


  • Full Bar



Delivery Area

Canal St. to 21st St., Ave. D to Fifth Ave.


This venue is closed.

In spite of its location amid all those cookie-cutter curry cookers, Banjara is an oasis on Little India's restaurant row. The room and adjoining lounge are cliche-free. And chef Abu Ahmed's unusual dishes like juicy clay-oven chicken marinated in wine and cream should dispel any worries that the street's mythical underground shared kitchen has taken on a new client. Try the dumpakht, a strange, blimpish delicacy from the city of Lucknow. The lamb version (there's also chicken and shrimp) is slow-cooked in a creamy stew with almonds, bay leaves, and sticks of cinnamon, then sealed under a dome of pastry, like some fabulist South Asian rendition of lamb potpie.

Recommended Dishes

Sharabi kababi (clay-oven chicken marinated in wine and cream), $15.95; banjara karahi (barbecued lamb with sun-dried tomatoes), $14.95; bay goon ka goon (whole roasted eggplant), $10.95