320 Columbus Avenue
City: New York, NY
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 12PM 11PM Friday- Saturday 12PM to 12AM
Site: Visit the restaurant site
Area: West 80s
Payment: Amex Visa Mastercard
New York is one of the best cities in the world for international cuisine: Chinese, Thai, Japanese, French, Italian... you'll find some of the best chefs from any country you can imagine in Manhattan. You shouldn't be surprised, then, to find some of the best traditional Mughlai cuisine on the Upper West Side: after all, it's been here for more than 30 years.
Walk into Mughlai, and you'll immediately sense the warmth of wafting Indian spices. Choose a seat with a view of the traditional tandoor oven, or else pick one of the tables overlooking Columbus avenue, with huge windows that allow you to people-watch as you browse.
The portions here are generous (as are the prices), so consider splitting an appetizer: the Mughlai Hors d'oeuvres (11.95) allows you to taste several dishes, like sheesh kebab, samosa and spinach fritters. The Mulligatawney soup (4.95) is also excellent.
Mughlai offers dishes from all over India, but if you want to try something from traditional Mughlai cuisine, go for the Chicken Tikka Masala (15.95) in a savory, rich tomato sauce. For something a bit more spicy, try the Goan traditional Lamb Vindaloo (16.95). The Tandoori Paneer Tikka (15.95) offers cubes of Indian cheese and vegetables, seasoned and cooked in the hot clay tandoor, and is one of the many vegetarian options available. As an accompaniment, try one of the 14 Indian breads on offer, from naan to paratha to roti to poori, with all sorts of different flavorings.
If you still have room for dessert, consider the Rasmalai (5.95), a very sweet Indian dessert made from mild cheese, or Kulfi (5.95), Indian ice cream.
Review By: Emily Monaco