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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. There’s a huge array of dishes to try and no shortage of restaurants to do them justice. Here are just a few:

  • User rating 4
    Akbar in Garden City. (Jan. 24, 2013)

    Akbar $$ | Indian, Caterers, Vegetarian, Tandoori 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 $$ | Indian, Dosas, Vegetarian, Lunch 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 $$ | Chinese, Thai, Indian 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.

  • User rating 4
    The Curry Club is located on Route 25A

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

  • User rating 3
    Diwan in Hicksville. (Dec. 18, 2012)

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

  • User rating 4

    Heritage of India $$ | Indian / Pakistani 2024 Hillside Avenue New Hyde Park Located in a catering hall-type building, a lunch or dinner of Indian cuisine is just ...

  • User rating 4
    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 ...

  • User rating 4
    Kiran Palace Indian Cuisine is located on Jericho

    Kiran Palace $$$ | Indian, Subcontinental-CentralAsian, Vegetarian, Lunch 6092 Jericho Tpke. Commack Under soft lighting and surrounded by colorful murals that depict simple times and musical festivities, ...

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    Madras Woodlands $$ | Indian, Vegetarian 1627 Hillside Ave. New Hyde Park Since everything on the menu of this stylish-looking South Indian restaurant is meatless- and kosher, ...

  • User rating 4
    The exterior of Raga restaurant in East Setauket

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