Let’s try a thought exercise. Imagine you’re in your apartment (this should be easy, since that’s likely where you spend all of your time these days). Now imagine you’ve barricaded yourself inside a shelter made solely of naan and goat curry containers like some sort of wonderfully fragrant fort. It’s a safe place, it’s a warm place, it’s a place where you can rightfully hide from the world. Let this guide turn your imagination into reality. Here are 27 great spots to order Indian food from tonight.
Delhi Heights is as multifaceted as your WFH desk that also happens to be your dining room table. Not only is this one of the best Indian restaurants in Jackson Heights, but Delhi Heights also serves some excellent Nepalese food like beef and chive momos. Order from both categories online or by calling 718-507-1111.
Biryani Kitchen is the only Indian restaurant in the city dedicated solely to biryani. That fact alone makes it worth ordering biryani with fried prawns or lemon chicken. Another reason to consider this Greenwich Village option is that their takeout comes in large, high quality, gold-trim to-go containers. Each one looks like something you’d receive in a goodie bag at a baby shower, and the content inside will make even the dullest Wednesday night feel special. Order directly through their website here.
This Long Island City Indian restaurant has delivery and takeout available online or by calling 718-433-3888. There is no wrong order at Adda, but we like the spicy goat that falls off the bone and the cheese-stuffed naan.
When you get takeout and delivery from Bombay Chowk on the Upper East Side, prioritize the excellent chicken kadai. It comes in red masala sauce, and is cooked so perfectly that it’ll break apart with a plastic fork. You can place your order online starting at 11:30am every day.
There are a lot of great spots to order from in Jersey City’s India Square, but Rasoi is one of our absolute favorites. This restaurant focuses on dishes from northern India, and it’s a fantastic place to order a takeout feast for three or four people. Get a few orders of puri, the lamb rogan josh or a platter of various meats and vegetables cooked in a tandoori oven. Rasoi is on a bunch of delivery apps, or you can call them for takeout at 201-222-8850.
There are more vegan and vegetarian options on this South Indian restaurant’s menu than anywhere else in the immediate East Village area. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that the vegetarian dishes should be your focus here, even if you’re a meat-eater. We like the creamy chana masala and the vindaloo from the “spicy club” section. They’re accepting pick-up and delivery orders online.
If you’re looking for Indian delivery in Astoria, Kew Gardens, Williamsburg, or Park Slope, know that Tikka Indian Grill has locations in all of those neighborhoods. Our favorite dishes at this spot, like the lamb vindaloo and the very spicy black pepper chicken, come in pools of sauces that you’ll want to sop up with extra naan. All of the locations are running a 15% off delivery special if you use the code TIKKAG15 (loyal Tikka followers, know that it’s only good for your first order).
Aroqa in Chelsea has sub-$15 lunch specials available every day, like curry boxes and a paneer tikka sandwich that comes with fries and salad. If you’re looking for a big takeout dinner where you can share containers of biryani and roti, they can do that too. Go online to place your order.
This Jersey City spot has 15 types of biryani available for delivery and takeout, so order at least a couple and play your very own version of American Idol in your apartment. You’ll have to decide which roommate is Simon Cowell - that’s something we cannot do for you.
If you’re looking for vegan and vegetarian options in the Jackson Heights area, consider Samudra’s menu of Indian food. They’re doing takeout and delivery through a bunch of online platforms, and their giant dosas will make you giddy.
Usually, to eat at Bhatti in Murray Hill, you have to make a reservation or get there early. But right now all you have to do is stare at some pictures online until you decide what you’d like to gorge yourself on for lunch, dinner, and breakfast for the next 20 ish hours. We like the kebabs (it’s their specialty), so order a few of those.
As it always does, Bombay’s in FiDi is offering a delivery special that includes an appetizer, entree, and naan for $15.95. Get some crispy samosas and spicy roganjosh with tender lamb, and pay the extra dollar for the garlic naan.
The team behind Adda and Rahi debuted this biryani delivery project during the pandemic as a way to bring their dum biryani straight to its loyal fans. Not only will you get the hot and steamy dum biryani with bits of ginger and chunks of meat, but you also get to keep the clay pot it comes in, which you can use to take up more space in your apartment that you don’t have. Whether you want lamb, goat, chicken, or vegetable biryani, pre-order it from Biryani Bol here and pick it up from Adda, Rahi, or The MasalaWala every day except Monday.
If you’re in the Bushwick or Bed-Stuy area, we recommend getting takeout from Agra Heights. Their chana saag is consistently good, and has gotten us through many evenings where we feel uninspired by the contents of our refrigerators. Agra Heights is available for pick up and delivery online starting at 2pm every day.
This Punjabi spot in Murray Hill makes some of the best tandoor chicken in the city, and their entire menu is available for takeout and delivery through a few different online platforms, or by calling 212-679-1284. Focus on the tandoor section - all of the meat tastes like it’s been marinated for days before it reaches your mouth in all of its smoky, and spicy glory.
Chote Nawab and Dhaba are run by the same team, they’re located in the same neighborhood, and their menus are fairly similar. One distinction is that Chote Nawab makes a special Hyderabadi-style biryani with a peanut curry (mirchi ka salan). So when you order Chote Nawab online or by calling 212-679-4603, make sure to try some.
If you’re looking for upscale Indian takeout or delivery in the Tribeca area, check out Paisley’s to-go menu. The chef here used to work at Tamarind (another Indian restaurant in the neighborhood). In addition to chaats and curries, Paisley serves a bunch of seafood options like seared scallops in a cilantro cafreal sauce, Chilean sea bass with tandoori spices, and prawns in a creamy tomato sauce with curry leaves. You can place your order online or call (212) 274-8003.
This UES Indian restaurant is specifically known for their incredible butter chicken - it’s rich, cooked in a clay oven, and you’ll be perfectly content on your couch for the evening after you eat it. You can go online to place your pick-up or delivery order.
Awadh serves food from the Northeastern region of India (also called Awadh), including lots of low and slow-cooked meats in spices you won’t detect at too many other places in NYC. If you live near the UWS, you can order online or by calling 646-861-3604.
Typically, we recommend Tamarind Tribeca for impressive dinners with clients or someone you need to convince to date you. So if you’re looking to have a Big Night In, consider Tamarind Tribeca’s northern Indian food. They have a bunch of deluxe tandoor platters and seafood options, and you can order everything online.
If your lunch options leave you uninspired, order a samosa and a curry special from Jackson Diner. They start taking delivery orders online at noon everyday.
The Soho location of Hampton Chutney Co. makes dosas that are about the length of your arm and come stuffed with everything from eggs and potatoes to some exceptional curry chicken. You can also get a great cilantro chutney tuna sandwich here, as well as a bunch of other salads and sandwiches. Their menu is available for pick-up or delivery online.
Jalsa - Grill And Gravy
This Ditmas Park restaurant could conceivably create their own theme park based around their chicken dum biryani. There would be huge lines, costumed mascots dressed like chickens roaming the grounds, and the smell of saffron wafting through the air. Unfortunately there is no such theme park (yet), but you can imagine it while you enjoy their northern Indian dishes. Call 718-552-2534 to place your takeout order or check out their delivery menu online.
Baar Baar in the East Village makes special dinner combination meals that come with chaat, your choice of paneer makhani or butter chicken, naan, rice, and a dessert. So all you have to do is make one delivery selection online and you’ll have a full meal.
Most of the menu at this Jackson Heights spot costs around $10 or less, so it’s a great option if you want to fill up on a half pound of goat curry while also ordering as many samosas as you have throw pillows (too many, hopefully). They’re accepting orders online and over the phone at 718-651-4187.
Taj Kabab King
If you’re in Williamsburg or Greenpoint and want some stacks of warm naan to talk to (and then eat) while you watch bad-but-still-good romantic comedies from the past, try Taj Kabob King. They have a takeout deal that comes with an appetizer, an entree, rice, and naan for $19.99. You can place your order online or by calling 718-782-1722.