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Best Indian restaurants

A waiter with various dishes served at Royal

(Credit: Nicholas Roberts)

The flavors of India are as complex, exotic and compelling as the nation itself. To dismiss the cuisine as merely a collection of curries is to bypass the variety and excellence that awaits the adventurous diner. Treat yourself to delicate dosas, lacy crepes filled with a savory (sometimes spicy) potato and vegetable mixture. Try some spicy, succulent tandoori chicken, accompanied by warm, lush tandoor-baked breads from the same clay oven. Or a biryani (rice dish) studded with lamb or chicken pieces. Or a mellow goat stew.Theres a huge array of dishes to try and no shortage of restaurants to do them justice. Here are just a few:

  • Akbar in Garden City. (Jan. 24, 2013)

    Akbar $$ | Vegetarian, Indian, Tandoori, Caterers 2 South St. Garden City This large venue serves more than just meals, as many a birthday and wedding is ...

  • Critic rating 2.5
    Chennai Dosas offers vegetarian buffet options. (March 14,

    Chennai Dosas $$ | Vegetarian, Indian, Lunch, Dosas 128 Broadway Hicksville Even carnivores will appreciate the bright, confidently spiced assortment at this South Indian vegetarian restaurant. Try the made-to-order dosas (potato-filled rice-lentil pancakes) and and the airy-foamy uttapam (dosa batter with filling baked inside).

  • Critic rating 2
    Deserts offered on Cotillion Lounge's buffet include gulab

    Cotillion Lounge $$ | Indian, Chinese, Thai 440 Jericho Tpke. Jericho This elegant little Indian-Chinese spot within a catering hall offers a vibrant lunch buffet, featuring 12 dishes that rotate daily. Good bets: chicken tandoori, an amazingly tender white meat chicken tikka (marinated grilled chicken pieces) and a great goat curry.

  • The Curry Club is located on Route 25A

    The Curry Club Vegetarian, Indian 766 Rte. 25A East Setauket You'll find almost all the Indian classics at The Curry Club. Especially tasty: rogan josh, ...

  • Diwan in Hicksville. (Dec. 18, 2012)

    Diwan $$ | Vegetarian, Indian, Tandoori 415 S. Broadway Hicksville With a large, modern dining space with dark wood furnishings (located in the same shopping ...

  • Heritage of India in New Hyde Park. (Nov.

    Heritage of India $$ | Indian and Pakistani 2024 Hillside Avenue New Hyde Park Casual restaurant serving Indian food. ...

  • Dosas at House of Dosas in Hicksville

    House of Dosas $$ | Indian, Vegetarian 416 South Broadway Hicksville This plain-looking vegetarian spot features the bright flavors of Southern India. The namesake dosas, or ...

  • Raga $$ | Vegetarian, Indian, Lunch, Tandoori 130 Old Town Rd. East Setauket Although located on a side street, this lavish lounge-style restaurant is easily spotted from 25A--and ...

  • Royal Tangra Masala in New Hyde Park. (Nov.

    Royal Tangra Masala $ | Vegetarian, Chinese, Indian 2207 Hillside Ave. New Hyde Park Casual restaurant serving Asian Fusion food. ...

  • Critic rating 3
    Patrons at Southern Spice in New Hyde Park.

    Southern Spice Chettinad Indian Cuisine $$ | Indian and Pakistani 1635 Hillside Ave. New Hyde Park Chettinad is a region in the very south of India, and it is apparently renowned ...

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