Dining out is a treat! So, it's better to know your options than experiment on your stomach. Below is a collection of restaurants, eateries and cafes that we've had the best luck of eating some amazingly prepared and flavored dishes. The list is categorized by geography and then in alphabetical order. Click on the restaurant name and/or dishes for my reviews. ENJOY!!
United States: New Jersey
Amiya Restaurant - Parsippany, NJ - CLOSED
Must try the Khyber Mushrooms and Kalonji Baigan with rice or naan. For non-vegetarians, try the Old Delhi Chicken Makhani. They were really tasty and flavorful. Be sure to specify the spice level at the time of ordering. There are 3 levels: mild, medium and spicy. Unless you can take the heat of chopped green chilies, don't ask for spicy.
Bad Shah Restaurant - Parsippany, NJ
Their buffet menu has a good selection of curries and appetizers. We love their naans the best since they are soft and fluffy; we love tearing them apart and eating with the curries. Up till now I couldn't wait to go back to Hyderabad for the biryani, but I found the biryani at this restaurant to be top notch. If you love spicy Indian food, this is the place to be because they really know how to spice it up.
Begum Palace - Madison, NJ
I've always been a fan of restaurants that play ethnic music that's usually instrumental and/or pleasing to listen to and enjoy. I enjoyed the fusion music at this restaurant; it set the mood for dining. I loved attention we received from both the wait staff and the owner; very courteous and helpful. Before I forget, the food here was excellent and flavorful...both for vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Check out our review.
Bombay Grill - Rockaway, NJ CLOSED
Highlights of our dinner were the naan and paneer bhurji. The paneer entree was made fresh and it was quite tasty.
Bombay Spice - Bridgewater, NJ
We loved their appetizers. Check out our review.
Chand Palace - Parsippany, NJ
Good vegetarian restaurant in the Northwest Jersey area. Check out our review.
Cinnamon - Whippany, NJ
Deccan Spice - Jersey City, NJ
Hoysala - Somerset, NJ
Melange: Asian Fusion Restaurant - Parsippany, NJ
Ming II - Morristown, NJ
Paradise Biryani Pointe - Parsippany & Edison, NJ
The biryanis at both Parsippany and Edison are so good. I also liked the Hariyali chicken dish at the Parsippany location. It was perfectly seasoned and flavorful. It's a must try dish!!
Paratha Junction - Jersey City, NJ
My favorite dishes here are Thalapakatti biryani, Chicken Chettinadu, and Kottu Paratha with Chicken.
New York City
Chennai Garden - New York, NY
Tamarind - New York, NY (Zagat Rated)
Kati Roll Company - 49 W. 39th St (between 5th and 6th Ave) New York, NY
Chutneys - Hyderabad, India
Authentic South Indian cuisine with various types of chutneys to experiment with your palate. Need I say more! Oh by the way, my dad went there recently and he ordered his favorite: Chiranjeevi Dosa.
Dadu's Purani Dilli - Himayath Nagar, Hyderabad, India
Ganesh Restaurant - Jaipur, India
It's the best dhaba I've been to that has mouth watering garlic naan and paneer bhurji. My sister and I dined there with our travel agent and we couldn't help finishing everything on our plates because it was delicious. Check out the pictures.
Haldiram's - Connaught Place, Delhi, India
They have more than just snacks, they have a wide selection of dishes from all over India. We especially liked the paneer tikka and kulfi served in clay matkas. Also worth mentioning is that they have a well maintained ordering system that reduces long lines at order pickup and lets customers enjoy their food. Check out the pictures.
Megana Biryani Point - Madhura Nagar, Ameerpet, Andhra Pradesh, India
I ate my first and best version of Hyderabadi biryani at this little street vendor/joint near my cousin's place. He told me this was the place to go and he was absolutely correct. We bought different varieties (non-veg and veg) and enjoyed the dishes at home. Hyderabadi biryani is known to be spicy and all my tears were while eating it were worth it.
Yamu's Panchayat - Connaught Place, Delhi, India
India's first paan parlour - Exclusive range of paans, chuskies and mukhwas.
Surabhi Grand Restaurant - Vidya Nagar, Hyderabad, India
Fruit biscuits, triple delight: fruit, chocolate and almond biscuits, and other favorites include the pineapple cake. Click for review.
(Opposite Gandhi Medical College) Hyderabad, India