Went to Angon on the Sixth (a self-proclaimed 'Indian Culinary Den') tonight with a friend and almost everything - including the slow service - seemed to be in line with the Mina experience. The only big difference was the price.
The atmosphere was nicer and the waiters were friendlier, but the service was just as slow as ever, even though the place was pretty empty. We waited half an hour for our entrees, and it took ten minutes to get change. Oi.
The samosa chat, vegetable pakora, and the haleem (spelled 'halim' on this menu) were all prepared in typical Mina style, although they were not as spicy as the Sunnyside versions (even though we vehemently requested 'extra spicy' upon ordering). The haleem is actually cheaper than it was in Queens, and has been moved to the appetizer section of the menu. The ground lamb sausage was just as moist and savory as Mina Queens', but the sauce (we had the Keema, I believe) tasted a bit salty - it reminded me of the canned sauce I've bought at the supermarket.
The price is a real problem, though. Most of the entrees are between 12 and 15 dollars, but the portions are tiny. You're getting the same two-to-four nuggets of meat you were getting in Sunnyside for twice the price or more. The portions aren't as bad as those at Banjara down the street, with its tiny little samosas, but the lack of spice and slow service are troubling.
The food was delicious, mind you, but it didn't have the same spicy kick. Hopefully if more people start coming and requesting 'spicy', they'll crank up the heat.
Definitely worth a return visit, especially since Mina's versions of typical South Asian dishes are so creative (I actually didn't see Mina cooking, but it was hard to tell and I neglected to ask. No doubt the food was at least Mina-inspired). Even so, I'd still rather go to Haveli (on 2nd between 5th and 6th)or Banjara (1st and 6th). - Franky
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