Rose of Bombay: "Indian food" Spice Cove Tip by danchatman

Spice Cove, New York City: 1 reviews and 0 photos

There are two blocks in Manhattan where Indian food can be found in abundance: one is East 28th Street, and the other is East 6th Street, between 1st & 2nd Avenues in the East Village.
East 6th Street is filled with restaurants, all quietly and politely encouraging you to sample their particular menus. Some have live musicians playing sitars, others are filled with colored lights that make it seem as if you are dining inside a Christmas tree ornament (they don't just put a few lights around; they put ALOT).

For those who wish to attempt Indian cooking at home, go to a little deli-style shop (I think "Dowel" is its name) at 91 First Avenue between 5th & 6th Streets - you'll have to go down a couple of stairs to walk in. Inside, they sell every spice known to man, including many I've never even heard of. The prices are cheap, and it's downright inspiring just to walk in the place. Makes you want to buy in Indian cookbook and try everything out! They even sell unusual beers from all over the world - but those will cost you, up to $11 a bottle for some. But hey, New York is about trying new things, whether you're a visitor or a local.

Favorite Dish: A favorite restaurant of mine, which I stroll to often, is Rose of Bombay, at 326 East 6th Street. I'll usually start with the poori bread, which resembles an air-filled pillow, and go on to the vegetable samosas. After that, I'll indulge in a curry dish, or something "stewy" that comes with a dish of basmati or jasmine rice. It's very tasty and filling. The table has traditional Indian condiments such as onion chutney and tamarind sauce, and the waiters are always there to refill your water glass. They can also adjust the spiciness of the dishes, which are generally mild. I like spicy food, so I often ask them to boost it up a bit, but someone not inclined to hot foods should be quite alright.
One suggestion: if you're not accustomed to ordering fish in an Indian restaurant, you might want to choose something else (like lamb!!!). Fish often arrive sitting stiffly on a plate, looking very much dead. For the uninitiated, it can be a bit much. Also, this isn't haute cuisine; it's cheap, it's fun, and delicious, though.
It's also been written that most of the restauranteurs on this block aren't even Indian - they're Bangladeshi. But so what? The food is still good.

Address: East 6th Street between 1st & 2nd Avenues
Price Comparison: least expensive
Directions: Ornamental India, Manhattan style
Phone: 212-982-8848
Price: less than US$10
Rating: 5
Theme: Indian

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 13, 2004
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