At Bombay Sizzler Pub & Grill, cooks pump out delicious smells that tickle patrons’ appetites and pile plates with savory Indian and pan-Asian dishes. The varied menu throws taste buds culinary curveballs in the form of entrees that integrate a menagerie of meats, from curried mutton in tomato-onion gravy to pomfret fish with ginger, garlic, and lime juice. Meat-free eaters might avail themselves of the dahl tadka, a serving of yellow lentils with onion, tomato, and cumin, or the okra masala fried with onion.
Specializing in the fragrant, well-spiced "loose rice" that is biryani, Astoria Biryani House prepares heaping mounds of the long-grain rice mixed with traditional South Indian ingredients. Diners dig in to dishes of the aromatic rice mixed with tender chicken, mutton, or goat in portions large enough to feed a table full of people or an actual table if it gets hungry enough. A full menu of other traditional Indian cuisine includes spicy curry, fluffy naan, and crispy samosas.
The cooks at Amruth Indian Kitchen embrace pan-regional Indian flavors in dishes made exclusively with halal meats. A clay tandoor oven bakes fragrant naan and roasts skewers of yogurt-marinated meats, which then top tables illuminated by pendant lamps. The lunch and dinner buffet lining the restaurant's back wall typically brims with more than 30 choices, and features a spread of vegetarian-only entrees on Thursday evenings. Although Amruth Indian Kitchen doesn't serve alcohol, they do invite diners to bring a bottle of wine from home or squeeze their own by filling a pant pocket with grapes.
India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan—Basmati Grill's spices and culinary traditions hail from these and other far-flung locales, landing on plates in the form of kebabs, seafood, and curries. Vegetarians have a sprawling selection of fare to choose from, but others will find goat, lamb, and fish on the menu. You can wake up on Sunday morning with a brunch buffet of traditional breakfasts and lunches, and drop by on Friday nights for the Bangladeshi buffet. There's no corkage fee for the bottles guests bring from home, so it's easy for diners to drink their favorite wine or beer.