Last night was the 3rd time my husband and I have enjoyed a meal delivered from Clay Oven of India. They are on 10th between 48th and 49th. This is a new place I'm praying will stay in business. The food is terrific, spicy (although when I call and request vindaloo I let them know we want it very spicy), redolent with herbs like cilantro, fenugreek leaves, etc.
You must, must, must try the chicken tikka masala. For $8.50 you get tons of chicken in a fantastic onion tomato sauce that tastes like its simmered for days and then had plenty of minced herbs thrown in.
Other things we like
Lamb vindaloo- good amount of lamb with potato in a sauce so flavorful it could make an old shoe taste good.
Bharta- very good grilled eggplant onion mash with interesting subtle spices I couldn't quite place.
Cauliflower, pototo, peas and tomato dish - again very good spicing and generous serving size, as side dish more than enough for 2 plus leftovers the next day.
Vegetable pakora - yummy crispy tempura-like
Samosa- eh, good in that crispy greasy way but I wouldnt get it again, the dough they are wrapped in is too thick and the filling a little too heavy for an appetizer.
They have a buffet that I wont bother to try. All my dishes have tasted freshly made.
We haven't eaten in the restaurant because of its not so appealing lighting, decor. Your usual cheapo tables and chairs, random pictures on the wall. Not a lot of romance there.
If anyone else tries Clay Oven please post Id like to hear what else it good.
Clay Oven of India