Indian from High End to Low

Hounds who've tried the new Tamarind in Tribeca can't stop talking about the moist, delicious meats from the tandoor. Lamb chops (seasoned with cardamom, cumin, and nutmeg) and venison chops (with pickling spices) are both excellent, slicknik reports.

It's not all about red meat here. foodwhisperer singles out lobster masala with mustard, tamarind, and coconut milk, served in a coconut shell. And gnocchicroissant reports a beautiful vegetarian thali, a parade of small plates that might include dal, palak paneer (spinach with Indian cheese), vegetable curry and biryani, and poori, the puffed tandoor bread.

The space, carved out of a former diner by the owner of the popular Tamarind up in the Flatiron, is a gorgeous two-level palace with a special booth for the tandoor chefs. "If you can get past the idea of paying double the price of E. 6th St. Indian restaurants or Curry in a Hurry, you will enjoy the creativity, the ambiance and the quality of really good Indian food," foodwhisperer promises.

The newly arrived Famous Dal Cart is gorgeous in its own way, a brightly festooned kitchen on wheels that dishes up delicious, dirt-cheap Indian chow to East Village night owls. Black and yellow lentils on rice is $3. For a splurge, try chicken tikka masala with dal, garlic pickle, and rice for $5. Quality can be uneven, but portions are generous and you can't beat the price. "I highly recommend it and hope that this lovely privately owned business does well!" declares hungrycomposer.

Tamarind [Tribeca]
99 Hudson Street (near Leonard Street), Manhattan
212-775-9000

Famous Dal Cart [East Village]
Second Avenue at E. 10th Street, Manhattan
No phone available

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