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An Unexpected Indian Food Discovery in Midtown


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An Unexpected Indian Food Discovery in Midtown

offbalance | Jun 19, 2003 11:30 AM

Last night, before attending a performance of the Baz Luhrmann La Boheme (which was so wonderful it's nearly a crime that it's closing), a friend and I were looking for a reccomendation someone on this board made (thanks to all who posted replies!) about a quick, cheap Indian Food joint. While we didn't find the one mentioned, instead, we found an absolute gem on 9th ave, b/t 52nd & 53rd Street.

Bengal Express is a small, very clean, hole-in-the-wall place that seems to do a lot of take out as well as house a few diners. The owner/manager was our waiter, a lovely gentleman who seemed genuinely pleased by how much we enjoyed the food. He also asked us how spicy we would like our meals. For me, mild was just right - but some of you more adventurous souls might want to try even hotter.

The vegetable samosas we had for an appetizer were huge, crunchy and bursting with flavor. A two piece order was perfect for sharing. My friend raved about her chicken curry, but I was too busy scarfing down my Lamb Chana Gosht to remember to ask for a taste. I first had Chana Gosht years ago, when an Indian friend cooked dinner for me, and have been on a quest since to find it somewhere (anywhere) to have again. Happily, my quixotic quest came to an end last night, when I was sent to food nirvana on a cloud of perfectly seasoned sauce (the brilliant thing about the dish is that it manages to be sweet and spicy - and if made right the nutmeg gives it the perfect zing)and meat so moist I didn't need to use a knife.

My only regret is being short on time and not being able to have a longer meal. Still, both dinners came to $21.35, which is hard to beat for something so great. I could not believe how empty the place was, but then again, the takeout guy was running in and out throughout the entire time.

Anyway, here's the stats:
Bengal Express

789 9th Avenue (b/t 52nd & 53rd)

No Reservations necessary.

Open 11:30 am - 11pm 7 days a week
Lunch specials (most expensive ones are $4.75!) 11:30-3pm M-F (non holidays)

Hope you all enjoy this place as much as I did!

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