I love Joy and Maharaja.
Joy is very well priced and the food is excellent. My favorite dish is the Karahi which comes with chicken or lamb. This is a spicy ginger-tomato sauce. Delicious! And I have not seen this elsewhere. They also make top notch Samosa and Lamb Vindaloo (hot and flavorful.) I see they also have a Flatbush Ave. branch that gets raves.
Maharaja makes the best Onion Bhajee you will ever have with a tangy dipping sauce. They also make an excellent Korma (get the lamb) and their Tandoori Chicken is flavorful - slightly spicy and juicy. I crave this all the time.
I can order from either of these and be very happy. For me, it;s kind of like learning about wine. There are many options - some familiar, some less so, and it interesting to contrast and compare dishes I love as prepared by different restaurants and also try new dishes. I am not new to Indian food - just seeing what I like in my area.
My question - what is your favorite Manhattan Indian? Midtown/Curry Hill/E. 6th/ wherever...just curious what you like and where you go.