Mughlai
Mughlai

Mughlai

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://mughlainyc.com/
  • Phone: 2127246363
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday/Sunday. 4:00pm - 11:00pm; Dinner: Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Executive Chef: Jonh ribero
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Private catering is available upon request.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 75th Street
  • Public Transit: 1,2,3 to 72nd street & Broadway A,B,C to Central Park West & 72nd Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is street parking & a public parking lot at 75th Street between Amsterdam & Broadway.
A word from Mughlai
Located in a glass enclosed, greenhouse-like, corner location on beautiful Columbus Avenue, Mughlai has been a pioneering Indian Restaurant since 1984. Just a few steps from Central Park, the Museum of Natural History & the Beacon Theater, Mughlai’s signature blend of authentic Indian spices originate from regional foods and staples of traditional Mughal Cuisine, as well as the southern regions of Hyderabad. Mughlai combines the traditions of the royal cuisine with the contemporary trends of light, healthy & flavorful dishes. Mughlai offers a rich and dynamic selection of a la carte items as well as family-style entrees. Mughlai also serves an incredible lunch deal featuring thali’s (assortment of freshly prepared meats, vegetables, breads, curries and sweets) for $9.99 and up. Creative cocktails, Indian beer, lassi or tea help complete the experience at this UWS family owned jewel.
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Mughlai reviews from OpenTable diners
21 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.7
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.3
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (11)fit for foodies (5)good for groups (2)special occasion (2)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • EstherVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    A pleasure to have dinner in a restaurant where I could see the food and speak to my friends without have to shout. Additionally, it was lovely to dine with white table clothes and cloth napkins. Thank you! It is no wonder this they have been in business for so long!!
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    neighborhood gem
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  • sandygVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Fo0o selection is great and the is very intentive to one needs.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Mughlai is Delicious
    Anand
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    All food excellent except the papads were too hot and the kidney bean dish too bland but the other dishes were delicious.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent Indian in a good location
    pa13
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was authentic Indian cuisine, and very good, but not the best we've ever had. The service was decent, but it was also a very slow night with only a few tables dining at the time we went, meaning I would have expected much more personal attentiveness. Value for the price was very good. We would go there again if staying in the same neighborhood.
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    kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ngangwalVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food has gone down in quality from the last time i was there. Initial bread was not cooked which had to be returned and way too much spice level on the vegetable dishes. The lentils were good and the service was good.
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  • Muglai great for lunch
    UpperWSDiner
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Food is good, service good, ambience great for conversation. But remember to ask for the lunch menu -- otherwise they will give you the regular menu, which is more expensive.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice Local Indian
    TomMVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Casual atmosphere you would expect from a local place like this...but the food and service are well above that. Mine list not too bad either...short but well selected for the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Every time I'm in New York
    dbreisch
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Service here is impeccable. They are very accommodating and ask all the right questions. The food is delicious and you can see it being made through the lass-enclosed kitchen. The tandoor is real.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gandmalibVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    the food was ok because most Indian food is good although our chicken was very under cooked was awful. The service however was awful. Our waiter gave the impression that he was reluctant to bring us anything and we practically had to tackle him to fill our water glasses. Very disappointing since we enjoyed the restaurant a lot a few years ago.
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  • Always a hit!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    What makes this Upper West Side Indian restaurant so wonderful is the amazing food and professional staff. It is also the only Indian restaurant of the three or four in the same neighborhood where I see Indian people actually dinning in large groups. That's a tell tale sign of not only authenticity but good cooking. Rarely have I seen an empty table at Maghlai. I return again and again and introduce new friends to it all the time. Their take out is also equally as appetizing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It wouldn't take much....
    jmparis
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    This could be a good little place with some tweaking. The tandoori was bland, but the okra was good. Needs a more aggressive stance to Indian spicing! But everything was fresh, and the service was very good.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.1
    • Service3.5
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 94 reviews are from the Mughlai reviews archive.
  • Great neighborhood restaurant.
    HelenVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed the dinner we had at Mughlai. The menu was very extensive and included Indian dishes from many different parts of India. The service was reasonably prompt and very good. The food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friendly and delish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    When we go to Mughlai we always order the whole trout. Other diners look skeptical but if you liked grilled fish, this is a delicious specialty and a great value. Other dishes are tasty and the service is pleasant and accommodating. And you can have a conversation with your dining companions! The only negative is that they now charge extra for plain rice. Huh??
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Fabulous Indian food best in NY
    TomandMaryVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We were stunned by the range of dishes, flavors and preparations. Having eaten Indian good for years we had never before encountered anything of such superb quality.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, attentive staff
    RoseVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    We enjoyed our meal very much but were particularly impressed by the staff all of whom were friendly and helpful. Batter fried cauliflower and the tandoori were especially nice. Waiters were good about telling us spice levels. The lamb vindaloo was really hot!
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    Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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  • Neighborhood Indian food
    Gerard
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Great neighborhood Indian restaurant . Extensive menu, with wide variety of dishes. Pleasant warm atmosphere. Good service.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Revisiting Muglai
    UpperWSDiner
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    I hadn't been to Muglai in a long time, but ate lunch there with a friend recently. Food was excellent, service excellent - and it was quiet enough for a good sit and talk. Friend had a lunch platter -- devoured all of it. I had a vindaloo, which was tasty, not killer spicy. Recommend this place for lunch, definitely.
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    great for lunch
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  • Good (not great) Neighborhood place
    AdamVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Went and had Chicken Tika Masala, a Cauliflower/spinach dish and some naan. The cauliflower was good - really good. The Naan was a little greasy (left a large shine on the wax paper and a small pool of oil) and the Tika was a bit sweet for my liking. Additionally, the portions were not large (Tika had 4 pieces of chicken and lots and lots of sauce). The wait staff was friendly and attentive and the restaurant has a glass enclosed kitchen so that families can watch the chef as he does his thing. Overall, a good experience, but not a great one
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    kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food-Kind, Attentive Service
    Grace
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    The Indian food at Mughlai can't be beat. It is simply the best. The servers are kindly respectful and attentive without being obtrusive. There is an air of gentle dignity in the place that accompanies the delicious and excellent cuisine. A very refreshing combination.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a dependable Indian neighborhood
    sunshineVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    a dependable Indian neighborhood restaurant with many choices on the menu.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty Tandoori
    Dobarry
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Great food, quiet enough to talk for two couples with a lot to say (even though a full house), and we'll definitely be back more often!
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Great Indian food
    CFJEBVIP
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    My husband and I have gone to Mughlai for years. My husband loved everything he had. For me, it was a little to spicy this time around for food I always order. They were very accommodating and brought me something else. We love their food and come from the east side just to eat their food and it never disappoints us. We never eat at any other Indian restaurant
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Really Great Indian Food
    YummYumm
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    The food here is some of the best Indian food I've had in New York City. I only wish I'd had more time to try other items on the menu. Definitely coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Naan Naan Naan
    Foodie007
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Delicious varieties of tandoori specialties and 9 naan specialties.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Outstanding Indian
    UpperWestSiderVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Just great, traditional, and solid Indian food. Great waitstaff and ambience as well. Definitely go.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great indian restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Mughlsi is one of the best Indian restaurants in New York.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Indian Delights at a Nice Price
    cooksdayoff
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    Did an internet search for an Indian restaurant near New York Historical Society Museam and found info with a good NY Times review for this place. It was perfect! Tasty, interesting food at affordable prices a block away from museums and park.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decently prepared Indian food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Decently prepared Indian food. Although there are some unusual choices on the menu, the results are just good, not scintillating. The hostess seemed to be on another planet, oblivious.
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  • In need of major improvement
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    This restaurant used to be good. The food is stale and not properly cooked. Over spiced to hide the staleness of the dish. The over all appearance needs to be updated too.
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  • Excellent Indian cuisine
    HelenVIP
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    We thoroughly enjoyed eating at Mughlai. Their menu was extensive and included Indian and Kashmiri dishes from the many parts of India. The servers were very attentive and friendly. The service was a little slow, but I attribute that to the care they took to be sure the dishes were prepared well. We definitely plan to return to this restaurant in the future.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Good Indian food for a night out
    gpshead
    Dined on 11/27/2013
    Great saag gohst (lamb), fruit & nut nan and lasses.
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    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can a restaurant get better?
    David
    Dined on 11/27/2013
    Mughlai has been serving reliably good food at this location for decades. On our last visit, we found the food to be better than before. This is rare in my experience. The lamb was succulent and well spiced and the vegetable appetizers and dishes were fresh and interesting. Our group of 8 was treated very well. Recommended.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner before show
    CarltonVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Went with family for dinner before show at Beacon theatre. Food and service was good. Would gladly go again
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    KathVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    The food was good but it took a long time to get served but that was because of a Saturday night and the place was full.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    UWS99
    Dined on 10/14/2013
    A friend wanted Indian food and Mughlai gets good reviews. It has been around for years, although I last ate there about ten years ago. This time the food was mediocre and the servers basically ignored us. I won't be back.
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  • Great food..service eh!
    LewisVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    We go here repeatedly despite service. Best Indian food in city. Just tolerate service. 45 minute wait for food to arrive each time. Need something. Waiters stand around doing nothing yet don't respond when you try to get attention. Even on weekday when relatively quiet. But take good with bad. Food is that good!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than Average Indian Fare
    PointCloatesVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    This is a regular for us. We do know our way around Indian food and find this to be better than most on the UWS. We find the service to be very good and ambiance is fine with a real tandoor on view.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very tasty food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    Lived opposite this restaurant for 5 years and have been meaning to give it a try. Wasn't disappointed, the food was lovely. Went here for my anniversary and glad I did. I usually order Indian takeaway from another local restaurant but I might decide to switch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We are family style so we
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/27/2013
    We are family style so we could try several dishes. Everything was delicious and the service was impeccable.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Tasty Indian Food attentive service
    Lonsue
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    I returned to Mughlai after a long absence and found it as good as ever. A friend and I shared two appetizers and one entree with bread, roti and chutney. Portions were more than ample and the food tasty. Tandoori is moist and flavorful. Waiters are pleasant and attentive. very enjoyable experience, reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.