thanks to all hounders for the recs (see thread below). had an awesome meal at the 5 star on a recent friday night. First of all, it was super-easy to get there. We hopped on the rear of the Queens-bound F train and got off at 23rd/Ely. There is an exit there that put us at the corner of 44th dr & 21st st. from there its a 5 minute walk north to the diner.
Overall, the food at the 5 star was light and flavorful, a sharp distinction from the greasy and muddled Indian Ive been accustomed to. Heres what we had:
Veggie samosas were nice and light and somewhat tasty
Cholly samosas the veggie somosas in cholly turned a decent appetizer into a savory and flavorful appetizer. What a treat.
Garlic naan truly awesome for us garlic lovers, not so great for the non-garlic fans at the table. Got plain nan too. Both breads were very fresh.
Chicken tikka very tender, but not spicy enough for us. We asked for medium spice on all dishes. Next time need to dial up the hotness factor.
Chicken tawa very good chicken dish with spicy (i.e., complex, not hot) sauce
Butter Chicken most amazing dish. Only problem was that it was too small and we should have ordered 2 (3?), as we all wanted more of it.
Cholly pishori wonderful stuff. Chickpeas were 'al dente' in a super flavorful sauce.
Sag paneer very interesting combo of chunky cheese that stood up to the sag. Color was kind of murky, but full of smoky flavor. Never had sag like this before, but prolly cause Ive never had the real thing.
Dal makhani lots of ginger and onion here, but the lentils themselves didnt have exceptional flavor.
Can't wait to go back!