Basera Indian Bistro

4.1
375 reviews
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$30 and under
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Indian

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Whether you are going to have a business lunch, romantic candlelight dinner or just a drink after a busy day, Basera Indian Bistro will always meet your needs.
This family owned and operated opened it’s doors in 2008 and has since become a staple for the tourists and locals.
Basera serves Traditional northern Indian cuisine. This menu has great tantalizing appetizers like Shrimp Balchao, two jumbo shrimp bathed in a coconut and mustard seed sauce.As well as an array of entrees like beef curry, the lamb Jalfrezi, the Paneer sag, or the seafood grill plate!
The dining room is open for parties and meetings, as well as people just stopping by for a wonderful meal. Everyone that walk into the door is treated as family and ensure they receive the best costumer service.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Indian, Vegetarian / Vegan, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Monday - Friday: Lunch: 11:30pm - 3:00pm, Dinner: 5:00pm - 12:00am( kitchen )
Saturday - Sunday: Lunch: 1:00pm - 4pm; Dinner: 4:00pm - 12:00am( kitchen )

I Bar is open until 2am Everyday

Happy Hour - Beer $5 , Wine $6 and all cocktails 1/2 Price. Monday-Friday 5pm-8pm and Saturday-Sunday 2pm-7pm.
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Phone number
(212) 757-9787
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
A place where you expect a traditional indian meal in a modern NYC atmosphere. We have full bar with a few tv's and the best Mango Lassi ninth ave has to offer. Whether you are looking for a casual Indian dining experience for a few or for a large party, we invite you to celebrate your special event at Basera Bistro. We provide you with the perfect dining experience to enjoy a blend of authentic Indian cuisine in the relaxed, casual atmosphere.
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Private party contact
Raj Kumar: (844) 425-5680
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Catering
We can cater appetizers, curries, naans, or tandoori items as well. There are packages for groups orders for holiday parties or office get togethers. All dishes made by our head chef have six different spices levels to welcome all pallets. We provide three different tray sizes so we are able to customize to your needs and wants. You have the option for delivery or to stop by us and pick it up as well.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 50th and 51st Streets
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Public transit
C & E trains to 50th Street
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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BM
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent service and food is reasonably priced. Enjoy coming here each and every time.

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Naples
17 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

food was so good! and portions were large. Next time I will do #3 on spicy level; #4 that I ordered was a little too spicy for me even though I do love spicy. I still enjoyed my spicy dinner but ate lots of rice and drank lots of water.

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B
Denver
59 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

fun place--very tasty food with good variety on the menu. Liked the fish tikka and the grilled vegetables. Will go back. Funny bar scene too.

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l
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

AVOID

I had lunch at Basera Bistro. Things started off fine. I opted for the a la carte menu and enjoyed the samosas. The next two courses, dal and tandoori, were not good. The dal was soupy and not tasty. The tandoori was tough; overcooked, requiring chewing and chewing and chewing. What was that about? Was it the prior night's food reheated?

During my lunch, the restaurant seated a family (a dad and 3 kids). Only the dad was ordering from Basera. He had purchased takeout pizzas from another restaurant in the neighborhood and brought the pizzas in for them to eat. The kids played videos on their phones, without ear buds, on LOUD, throughout their meals. This was disruptive and ruined anything I might have enjoyed about my dining experience.

The next day, I stopped in between 3-4 in the afternoon to pick up in the afternoon to pick up my credit card, which the server had failed to return to me. It was a shocking sight: all of the banquettes were filled with sleeping workers. So, when you dine at Basera Bistro, and sit on one of those banquettes, picture staff members sleeping where you are sitting; truly an appetizing picture.

As a footnote: the restaurant called Amex and told them my card was lost, causing it to be canceled, rather than using my contact info, available through Opentable. Thanks a lot, Basera Bistro. This is a major hassle.

I stay in midtown frequently. I will never return to this restaurant. I would suggest, if you are considering this restaurant, you think again.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my grandmother's first night ever in NYC, and they made it amazing. If you haven't tried this place yet, you should.

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N
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was good. Drinks were ok. Not blown away, but definitely yummy Indian food. Typical entree and Naan sizes (though a bit more expensive Naan for what you get compared to other places...). The cocktails could definitely use some updates. Very nice staff!

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l
St. Louis
28 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We went there for lunch while visiting NYC. The waitress/ Hostess was very friendly, efficient and fun. The menu offered many preparations for vegetarian and the usual protein options and everything was delicious.

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BM
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food, staff, and service was OUTSTANDING!!! My go to spot when I'm in the neighborhood and want some Indian food...the variety is plentiful as well.

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D
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

All around good place.

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CS
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Looking for a late-night (post theatre) restaurant, I looked on Trip Advisor and this restaurant jumped out. The modest environment was clean and the service was very attentive. Our waitress what charming and very friendly which we enjoyed. The food was really quite good - we loved the garlic filled naan, especially. I like things really spicy and requested hot which came out more moderate but, that was OK given that I was happy with the balance of the experience. Portions were moderate and very good price point. We were all pleased with our meals and was a perfect place for a late night bite.

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k
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Great food, great service. Usually I go to their sister restaurant up near me in the UWS called Indigo. If you are craving good Indian food and in the area, I recommend this place

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KM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great little find! Loved it and great price for NYC!

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K
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the mixed grill and the fish tank. The mixed grilled chicken and lamb were a little dry however still flavorful. The shrimp portion although few was perfect. The fish Tikka was delicious also. Watch out for the first level spicy because it is. Your mouth will be burning but you won't want to stop because it tastes so good. For drinks we had the mango lassi and the chai martini which were equally delicious. Great happy hour selection too. The service was on point as well so we can't wait to go back. Support this restaurant.

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KK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good Indian food that satisfies the craving. Servers are very friendly. Recommend going for happy hour because they have great deals then!

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R
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food, just what I was looking for. I look forward to going back during lunch hours to take advantage of the specials. The shrimp dish really looked very good.

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KJ
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

excellent food. well worth the money spent. Nothing is overly expensive, so you get plenty of dishes to share. They get your groups but they are in and out working minutes. they seriously inhale their food and leave. the staff is attentive and are willing to please

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Lively atmosphere, good food!

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E
New York Area
100 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Really good Indian food. I enjoyed this place, and wish I had come sooner. Service was good. Great happy hour that runs late. Food was solid. Favorite part were the chutneys. Shrimp was a little salty, but very good.

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b
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful find, loved the space, location, happy hour prices 5-9!

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DM
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

There were eight of us visiting NYC from out of town. We were having fun and were maybe a bit rowdy but our server got into the spirit of the occasion and took good care of us. We had a number of dishes and enjoyed them all.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food is delicious and very reasonable

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NL
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Really quick service from good staff. Starter portions were huge. Lovely food. Got a little noisier when more people came into bar.

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FB
London
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Reasonable curry for a reasonable price (for NY). We do like a good curry so tried this one based on Trip Advisor Reviews. Food was hot and ok. Unfortunately we have had better curries but good for a quick bite. The place feels like a converted pub and certainly a good place to socialise.

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ND
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is very flavorful, and we enjoyed it very much. I highly recommend.

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great experience. Service is very attentive. The curry flavors are on point. We even had a surprise belly dancing during dinner!!

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A
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Vibe was a bit weird in this restaurant which was part dive bar, part Indian restaurant. Was surprised that a darts competition was taking place right next to our table. I wish the host would have seated us elsewhere if they knew this competition was going to take place. Food was good, but nothing special. I have no reason to recommend this restaurant, given all of the other options in this neighborhood.

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C
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

This pretheater dining experience was good. The menu is full ansd flexible and was tasty. The staff was attentive. if just a little aggressive. There were lots of interesting vegetarian options. It was good value.

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D
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

If you want reasonably priced food that is good but not by any means great, this is the place to go. The advantage is that they are relatively close to the theater district - and dinner can be acquired conveniently. Ambiance is ok - not special. I would say the restaurant is utilizarian. One last thing - they do have really reasonable prices on glasses of wine - They have a happy hour from 5pm to around 8pm with glasses of wine at half price.

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PF
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

They forgot to bring a few of the items we ordered so it took a minute to track down the server but they did bring a big pitcher of water as requested and hat was great!

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BB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Stopped in for dinner after a show and was pleasantly greeted by bar tender, the place feels spacious, comfortable and clean. We had good food, the waiter was helpful with recommendations , and it was all very reasonably priced.

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NY
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Drag Queen brunch on Sunday was fun! Food was meh. Only 5 or 6 brunch items to choose from and they were out of 2. Worst bloody mary I've ever had, but you're going there for the entertainment, not the food. Service was slow and not attentive as well (had to ask for water 3x).

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WT
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Welcomed by name and service and food was great

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OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This is a good pre-theater restaurant. The food is delicious and the value is great.

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PM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good food and prompt service for a pre-show dinner. More casual atmosphere, and they were setting up a “paint night” next to us, so don’t imagine a fancy space. The flashing lights above the bar might give some a migraine. So, low key, good food, reasonably priced. Would consider again.

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N
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great friendly service and excellent tasting food. Look to go up a spice level if you are looking for something with a bit more heat however the standard spice level meal I had was spot on for flavor. The main dish portions are on the big side so watch out with those equally big starters. Bistro is definitely an accurate description with a great casual feel. Great bar eating area at front and great mix of seating options at the back. Good happy hour options if you like a refreshment or two.... We recommended it to friends who are visiting this week.

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B
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

We were at Basera for a birthday. It also happened to be on a Saturday night near Halloween, so the place was decorated, much of the staff wore costumes and there was a festive atmosphere. The only downside was that the staff was a bit distracted and super-busy, so the service wasn't as quick as it might have been. BUT everyone was very nice, and the food was terrific. (We really loved the food.) The happy hour drinks were a lot of fun too. We have happy memories of a special dinner, and we will definitely go back.

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A
Washington DC
94 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

We were disappointed. We went for dinner after a show. Our fault , we didn’t do enough research. This was our last dinner in NYC before heading home. We wanted a top rate restaurant.

It is a local very casual spot. Even has a dart board.

The staff was friendly and did their best.

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o
New England
39 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Indian food I have found in Hell’s Kitchen. Unbelievably good food and great service. The owner is very visible checking in on all of his customers.

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KP
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food. Enjoyed it.

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d
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Very good service. Two of the three meals came out warm, not hot. Seemed to be a timing issue. Also the tandoori fish was very dry.

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