Although Columbus famously "discovered" India by landing at Lexington and Concord and proudly ringing the Liberty Bell, the actual location of India remains a mystery. Today's Groupon offers the best lead the world has had in centuries: for $15, you get $30 worth of Indian fare and drink at Bombay Palace in Midtown.
Bombay Palace's expansive menu dons a mélange of piquant platters. Start off with the savory vegetable pakora ($7), a motley band of vegetables coated in chickpea flour and fried. The restaurant's clay oven bakes entrees and bread to perfection, complementing dishes like the chicken tikka ($21), which mixes boneless chicken cubes marinated in yogurt and spices, and can be paired with white-flour naan ($4). Restore a stomach's veggie rations with the kadai paneer ($17), a succulent blend of cottage cheese, green peppers, dried fenugreek leaves, and cardamom, or the vegetable biryani ($17), its basmati rice and fresh greens baked into a casserole with saffron, nuts, and raisins.
Elegant palatial décor and a warm, comfy ambience set the stage for the authentic, aromatic Indian cuisine served up fresh at Bombay Palace. Dark wooden walls adorned with paintings surround the spacious setup and fish tank inside the restaurant, where attentive, friendly servers tend to each decorated table with care. Reservations are suggested but not required.
Dine-in only. Not valid for lunch buffet.
Zagat gives the food at Bombay Palace a rating of "very good." Insider Pagers give it an average of four stars, TripAdvisors give it an average of three owl eyes, OpenTable reviewers give it an average rating of 3.2, and Yelpers give it an average of four:
- A stronghold of Indian Cuisine. Perhaps the best Indian fare in the metro area…the dinner menu is perfect. – davidw807480, Zagat
- The service was friendly without being overbearing. The food was of high quality and very tasty. – OpenTable.com user who dined on 03/05/2010
- The food is always perfectly spiced and smells as good as it tastes. The naan is the best I've ever tasted. – Cheryl P., Insider Pages