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“My favorite Indian place”

Haveli Banjara Indian Restaurant
Ranked #3,069 of 13,551 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: Indian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: East Village
New York City, New York
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36 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“My favorite Indian place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2013

Since over 20 years my favorite Indian restaurant. The new owner did not change the quality, and I'm happy with that. The interior is beautiful and the food excellent and affordable. Excellent wine list, very reasonable prices. Free ice cream for desert...

Visited December 2013
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English first
Dublin, Ireland
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75 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Heavenly Haveli”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2013

Haveli is probably one of the best Indian Restaurants I have ever been to. The dishes are not over-westernised, the spice blends are excellent and I have managed to convert people who say they don't like Indian food by bringing them here.

I have a particular fondness for the Biryani and the mango ice cream as an occassional treat.

Service is attentive and prompt and it's nice to have proper tablecloths and a sense of occassion that usually signals a steeper price tag.

Portion sizes are not huge (which I like, as I find large portions off-putting) but there is always plenty of rice and naan.

A nice place for a not too formal date or dinner with some friends

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank PatriciaIRL
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New York City
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Ah, Haveli...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2012

Have no illusions that a trip to Haveli will be like stepping into a restaurant in India. While the food is quite good, and it's entirely possible to go authentic with some of the menu items, the beauty of Haveli is that you can take your friends who don't like Indian food, convert them, and not compromise your own meal in the process.

Food: The menu is extensive, and there are many offerings for people seeking quality Indian cuisine. A quick chat with the waitstaff, and you'll be spiced up to your liking, but everything on the menu can also be delivered mildly, to appease your friends who don't care for curries or spicy foods. Breads (excluding the papadum) are made fresh, and during busiest hours, naan is made at the back of the dining room, in view of the tables.

Decor: Aesthetically appealing two-level space with big tables, good acoustics, comfortably cushioned chairs and good spacing. This restaurant is well-equipped to deal with larger parties & families with children. Nice enough for a date or business dinner, but casual enough to just pop in on a whim. Far and away a step up from the other 6th street options, and great when you don't want the crowded NYC restaurant experience.

Service: The staff is warm & welcoming, and very appreciative of its regulars. Water glasses are attentively refilled without the need for a request. Most impressive is the clearing of tables -- the waitstaff can clear a table of four on one arm, which really must be seen to be believed. And it's a very nice surprise to be remembered upon your return, greeted with a smile and a handshake, by hosts, managers and waitstaff.

Visited December 2012
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Colona, Illinois
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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“Delish curry from a warm, friendly staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

We've had the pleasure of trying out lots of Indian food (due to extensive business travel) and this resturant did not disappoint. Great variety, friendly staff and a great bar selection. We enjoyed the veggie options and look forward to returning to this accessible location.

  • Visited October 2012
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Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Very nice”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2012

Excellent indian food. Not very cheap, but the quality is really good. Nice interior

Quiet and not very crowded, at least not when we were there

  • Visited October 2012
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