Indus Valley
Indus Valley

Indus Valley

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.indusvalleyny.com/
  • Phone: 2122229222
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch and Dinner: Daily: 11:00am - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Non-Smoking Restaurant

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 100th Street
  • Public Transit: 1, 2 & 3 trains to 96th Street and 1 train to 103rd Street.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Indus Valley
This elegantly attired restaurant, named after one of the oldest civilizations in the world, offers a menu that features many classic dishes from the Indian subcontinent like an assortment of kebabs, curries and biryanisslow cooked rice dishes which feature vegetables or meat and many aromatic spices. However, the menu at Indus Valley also has some unusual offerings like chicken chat and chicken samosas, which do not normally feature on menus of Indian restaurants. Also, instead of the weekend buffet which is considered to be de rigueur at an Indian eatery, Indus Valley offers a 'lunch special' which can be had in various permutations and combinations at different prices.
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Indus Valley reviews from OpenTable diners
11 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelQuiet
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (8)fit for foodies (6)good for groups (3)great for lunch (1)kid-friendly (1)notable wine list (1)special occasion (1)Show More
  • A cut above
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Everything was so delicious. I took out of town company who requested Indian and they were suitably impressed. The cauliflower appetizer is not to be missed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Excellent
    FoodsterVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Indus Valley is a gem on the Upper West Side. The menu is deep, the preparations are excellent as is the attentive service. It's comfortable and accommodating. They deserve their reputation as the best Indian restaurant on the UWS.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 114 reviews are from the Indus Valley reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Very disappointed in the service. Waiter kept pushing us to order more and more. Very unpleasant experience. Food was good. But sitting there was uncomfortable.
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  • Met a friend for dinner &
    goodvaluegreatviews
    Dined on 12/6/2012
    Met a friend for dinner & we were warmly greeted by the staff. I suddenly realized that the restaurant had filled up, every talbe was taken, yet it was pleasantly quiet enough to easily have a conversation! We both had soup, one cream of spinach, one mulligatawny, both delicious! We each had chicken tikka masala & nan bread--wonderful. We shared the kasari malai kheer for dessert. It was a lovely dinner, great service, comfortable atmosphere & we agreed we'd both return, maybe fo the buffet lunch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • We were enjoying a lovely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2012
    We were enjoying a lovely meal at Indus Valley as the restaurant got packed. As soon as we ordered dessert, we were asked to switch tables to accommodate a larger group. We were then ignored. Honestly, it ruined the meal and it is unlikely that we will return. They didn't even comp us dessert or coffee or a glass of wine - nothing to say thanks for re-locating. It really left a bad taste in our mouths - no pun intended.
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  • I usually love Indus valley.
    UpperWestSiderVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2012
    I usually love Indus valley. Mostly everything is excellent, except the fish dish was mediocre.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Decent place but you are being
    HSG4fdVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2012
    Decent place but you are being rushed through your meal at all times.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Better Indian restaurants abound
    NYCGourmandVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2012
    Having a parent from India and growing up in New York with "home cooking" of that quality leads you to believe that going out to a Indian restaurant will be something special and offer even better cooking. Indus just doesn't make the cut. I read a lot of reviews about Indus that are seemingly positive but the food is not up to Tamarind, Devi or Junoon standards of excellence. Even the buffet lunches at Utsav, Sapphire and Chola are better versions of Indian cuisine than what Indus serves up. It would be easy enough for Indus cooks and/or managers and owners to sample what the rest of the city's Indian restaurants are preparing and observe and taste the difference for themselves. The false praise makes one wonder what diners really know
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  • during our appetizer we were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/29/2012
    during our appetizer we were asked to move to a different table so they could push two tables together to accomodate a larger party. We did, they sat us at a table for 4 and then they seated a party of ofur at our formeer table - didn't make sense. Not sure what they were trying to do and they should have comped us for our inconvenience - won't be back
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  • There is a very kind service
    SalliVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2012
    There is a very kind service staff. I went in with a broken ankle, on crutches. They saw me at the door, and anticipated every need, opening the door, arranging the seating etc. I already knew the food was delicious and a bit different than other run of the mill menus, but the feeling of being welcomed was beyond just being polite. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • In a sea of Indian restaurants,
    MikeyK
    Dined on 8/18/2012
    In a sea of Indian restaurants, Indus Valley continues to deliver the best food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I've lived in the neighborhood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/9/2012
    I've lived in the neighborhood for almost 4 years and this used to be one of my favorites but the last two times have been disappointing. I ordered the lamb vindaloo and the meat was quite chewy and tough - not tasty and not tender. Also, I always order vindaloo because I like spice and can handle spice - it wasn't spicy in the least. I even told the waitress that I like it spicy and it was as if she told the kitchen the opposite. My cousin had the chicken tikka masala and enjoyed her dish so maybe it was just mine. I had ordered delivery a few months back and it was also disappointing - not sure what has happened to the place or if I have just been unlucky, but the food used to be fantastic and consistent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Went here on a casual date
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/5/2012
    Went here on a casual date with the boyf and it ended up being one of the best places we've been in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently terrific Indian
    ADNYC
    Dined on 7/23/2012
    Consistently terrific Indian food, and flavorful not simply spicy. Staff is friendly and attentive but never makes you feel rushed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • VindaWow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/12/2012
    Service was great, though our waiter was quite serious-faced. They agreed to make my lamb vindaloo extra spicy and it was absolutely delicious- some of the best I've ever had. My friend's Tikka Masala, for a staple dish, was much better than expected. It's a nice restaurant for quality Indian food on the UWS and would work well for a date night dinner or a casual tasty meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Indus offers good Indian food
    Sunchic
    Dined on 7/7/2012
    Indus offers good Indian food with stuffy, but attentive service. ThHere's definitely no ambiance and the lighting/decor leaves much to be desired.... but if you're going for good food, then this place is worth dining at.
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  • Really good Indian food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/29/2012
    Really good Indian food. The shrimp appetizer is wonderful. The dals are tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a favorite place in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/19/2012
    This is a favorite place in the neighborhood and one of the best Indian food restaraunts in the city. Enjoy often.
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  • The food was quite good.
    LJGVVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2012
    The food was quite good. Presentation was nice. Service was attentive and efficient. We would certainly go to Indus Valley again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We are regulars at this Indian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/8/2012
    We are regulars at this Indian restaurant and have come to really enjoy the ambiance and food offered here. However, they are inconsistent w/how the food is prepared. We expect chicken vindaloo to come spicy when asked, and they usually accommodate, however, this time around the dish came very bland. Spice is a very important aspect of our meal, especially w/certain Indian dishes.
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    good for groups
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  • Great Indian restaurant on the UWS.
    rbwriter
    Dined on 5/25/2012
    We completely enjoyed our dinner at Indus Valley. The menu is awesome and the food was very good. I have to send a special shout-out to our servers who were excellent!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently excellent food
    NicknameVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2012
    Consistently excellent food & service. Reasonably priced as well. One of our favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very bad service and dry chicken.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/17/2012
    Very bad service and dry chicken. For the price I expected something better.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything we ordered was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/15/2012
    Everything we ordered was delicious. I am so happy that we decided to go there. I had only ordered in from them. The food in the restaurant meet my delivery expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice place and food. The food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/12/2012
    Nice place and food. The food was not exceptionnal, but it was decent. Glass front is very nice.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I took my friends there for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/22/2012
    I took my friends there for their anniversary and they fell in love with food and atmosphere. What can I say but love it!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • Delicious Indian lunch; not
    ManhattanPatriciaVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2012
    Delicious Indian lunch; not only enjoyed by me but by two English friends who dine in Indian restaurants regularly, in London. Thumbs up for Indus Valley!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Good neighborhood Indian -
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/1/2012
    Good neighborhood Indian - always a pleasant experience. Though I think the prices are rising...
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The service was outstanding,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/27/2012
    The service was outstanding, and most of the food was delicious. The one notable exception was the tomato sauce loaded on the cauliflower appetizer, and again on the Lamb Sagwala. The tomato sauce was a thick, gooey sweet tomato paste, and was not good. The lamb was a little tough and a little hard to chew. However, the rest of our meals were excellent, and the service was extremely helpful and courteous. The restaurant closes at 10:30, which is a little early, especially by NYC standards.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Casual, comfortable and clean.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/17/2012
    Casual, comfortable and clean. Polite staff made a stellar appetizer recommendation when they recognized we were sampling and sharing various items from the menu. Most important: the meal was delicious -- one of those rare occasions where you're actually glad there are leftovers to take home.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Small portions of average
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 3/13/2012
    Small portions of average food. Not the most flavorful Indian I had.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    ShainaM
    Dined on 3/3/2012
    Once again, packed with locals, and although we had a reservation, there was a bit of a wait. AND... once again, the service and food were wonderful!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reliable Indian cuisine
    Wildcat
    Dined on 2/24/2012
    I've eaten at Indus Valley (and its now shuttered sister, Earthen Oven) a number of times prior to this visit. When my daughter asked for Indian food to celebrate her birthday with family, we decided on Indus Valley. Why? The food is reliable, and the ambiance and service quite good. We ordered a number of appetizers (samosas, shrimp, cauliflower, salads) and breads (nan and puri), and all disappeared quickly. Our waiter was very helpful in selecting our entrees and accommodating our spiciness preferences. Our reservation for ten included two small children, and the table was ready for us upon arrival. All in all, it was a very satisfying meal!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cheryl F
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/15/2012
    I always ask for recommendations which helps me try new dishes. I sm always so happy and leave with a happy experience having had a great meal and wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • The best Indian restaurant
    UWSProfVIP
    Dined on 2/11/2012
    The best Indian restaurant on the Upper West Side. Really good food, a diverse menu and reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reliably excellent food and
    LaneyVIP
    Dined on 2/10/2012
    Reliably excellent food and service. We love this restaurant!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We have been eating here quite
    NicknameVIP
    Dined on 2/9/2012
    We have been eating here quite a lot lately & the food has been consistently good. Excellent salads, crisp cracker & dips served with dinner, tandoori anything - all great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great Indian and waiter did
    summitfays
    Dined on 2/7/2012
    great Indian and waiter did a very good job with recommendations
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The restaurant was pleasant,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/28/2012
    The restaurant was pleasant, the wait staff attentive and the food was very good. I would certainly return.
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  • Delicious!
    ShainaM
    Dined on 1/21/2012
    I've lived in my neighborhood for a VERY long time and kept hearing good things about Indus, but felt an allegiance to my favorite Indian restaurant that was down the block. When the place down the block went out, I figured it was time to try Indus. Now, I'm left wondering, "WHY DID IT TAKE ME SO LONG TO TRY THIS PLACE!" The food was plentiful and very, very good and the service was graceful and attentive. We made a last-minute 9p reservation, thinking the restaurant would be empty, but it was packed to the hilt. It was still packed when we left, as well. Great food, great people, neighborhood patrons, and we will definitely be returning!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic