Indus Valley / Manhattan Valley

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$30 and under
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Indian
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 / Manhattan 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 / Manhattan Valley offers a 'lunch special' which can be had in various permutations and combinations at different prices.

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4.1based on all time ratings
4.2
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4.0
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3.7
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vipSamanthaG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food here is consistently amazing, even the more plain dishes

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DT33
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful birthday dinner for 4. We ordered 5 dishes to share and all were as good or better than we’ve had anywhere. Service was very helpful and welcoming. Definitely want to return.

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vipsunshine
New York Area
504 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

our third time here and again a pleasure for the setting and authentic music, extensive menu, good wines by the glass and decent service. each time we have brought different people with us and each person has enjoyed it.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food and service fairly priced. Highly recommend!

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mwamwa
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Neighborhood Indian restaurant. The Tandoori lamb chops, which I had for the first time, were outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

A Table was not made up when we arrived. Appetizers arrived quickly but entrees were very slow un coming.

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vipwilliamB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Indian food ever!!! My wife couldn't believe I found this restaurant on the upper west side of New York for the 4 of us. We had visiting friends, former New Yorkers now living in Florida, can you believe that, and they were blown away. We live in Montclair, NJ, not exactly lacking in restaurants, especially Indian Cusine. Indus Valley/Manhattan Valley blow all of them away. It's now our "Go To" for Indian Cusine.

MG
vipManhattanGuy
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

My wife and I been coming here for years, but on my last visit, the owner / manager was not there... and service was terrible. We waited forever for our second course.
The soups have been served more watery lately, and I asked our waiter to make sure they were the former consistency. The served soup was watery... and was sent back for a replacement, which then luckily was fine.

LB
vipLucyB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been going to Indus Valley/Manhattan Valley for over 10 years and find the food consistently good and the atmosphere most pleasing.

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DaphneN
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I met a friend for lunch and we each had a delicious meal and enjoyed great conversation. Our server was very attentive.

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ShraddhaC
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Ambience was good. The starters were tasty but not the chicken kadai and chicken kali mirch. Chicken kadai almost tasted like an Indian version of chicken manchurian and chicken kali mirch had so much whole mustards in it that spoilt the whole taste of the curry. Desserts were tasty and nice. The waiter neither introduced himself nor was he courteous. Felt like he was doing a favor taking our order. Heard him behave same way with people on other tables.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a hidden gem. Excellent food and service and quiet and relaxing ambiance. Also has a great brunch. Not too fancy and great for family dinner.

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BetsyL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best Indian food on the Upper West Side. And they act like they are happy that you are there!

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vipsunshine
New York Area
504 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

this was our second time here and again we enjoyed it very much. brought friends with us as we did last time with other friends and they all liked it as well. very attentive, professional staff, extensive menu with many choices and good wine by the glass list. we will return and perhaps with new people yet again.

JG
vipJoshG
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Maybe the best Indian restaurant in New York these days. Great service, feels family style, and wonderful on beyonce's. Utterly un-hip.

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EricaK
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food and great service! We ordered the chicken tikka masala and chicken korma and loved them both!

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vipsunshine
New York Area
504 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience3

first time here and we will return. extensive food and wine menus and very tasty fare. and the staff was very professional and courteous serving nicely.

JG
vipJustineG
Sydney / NSW
20 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good service and yummy food. We were able to order a vegetable curry off the menu which was nice.

They sent out an extra vegetable appetiser by accident instead of the curry but they gave it to us anyway and had the vegetable curry come out soon after. That’s a bonus and great hospitality.

PL
PeterL
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was a mainly enjoyable evening. The service was great, and most of the dishes were very tasty. My only complaint relates to the lamb vindoloo, or rather to the lamb itself, because the vindoloo sauce was also excellent. Because I enjoy lamb when I dine out, I often order it, and I noticed that in this restaurant quality of the lamb time and again not the best. Maybe the individual who does the purchasing should pay more attention to this

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience2

This used to be a great Indian place in the neighborhood - what happened?! Ordered rosemary naan, raita, sea bass, and mulligatawny soup — all dependable basics in the past — and only the naan was decent. Raita was soupy and sweet, thinned with some questionable substance. Sea bass was possibly a cheaper fish, over slathered with greasy paste of something salty (the vegetables and he lemon wedge on the side looked pathetically wilted and lifeless), the mulligatawny soup was mostly salty. UGH!
The waitstaff gives off a less than friendly vibe, could not explain what what a certain drink was composed from. Should have taken a hint from the fact that there were only two other people besides us in the restaurant, although apparently they are quite busy with takeout and delivery orders.
Will not return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall4food3service5ambience5

All good but most dishes (lentils, chicken dishes, curries) are now far “hotter” as in more highly seasoned with green chilies than in the past at Indus Valley. . A problem for its older clientele. Probably a new chef. I wish people could assume lower level (very mild) hotness and then request IF they want it hotter.

MC
MarkC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

lOVELY INDIAN FOOD: ALLOW THE WAITER TO CHOOSE A VARIETY, AND YOU WILL BE VERY HAPPY. ONE OF THE FEW PLACES ON THE UPPER WEST SIDE WHERE YOU CAN TALK AND ACTUALLY HEAR EACH OTHER.

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Robert
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent Food.
Nice quiet restaurant.
Great place to dine with friends.
Service is very friendly and attentive.

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vipsb18
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

food was delicious. service was attentive and friendly. when we arrived we were concerned because there were mostly empty tables...restaurant did not fill up, but there were a number of other diners and we could see the delivery orders going out in a constant stream, so clearly a popular place.

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vipMadmax
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Food has gone way down hill since changing ownership. Don’t bother going.

MI
vipMadeInNYC
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner: as always, food, service and ambiance. Excellent.

We go here every 3 to 5 months. And are always surprised how good Indian food is.

Excellent

MU
MavisUWS
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Even though the name changes, the great Indian cuisine remains the same....excellent. I had dinner with a friend on a Friday night at 5:30, and at first we were alone in the restaurant, and then it filled up with several parties and groups, including one with small children. Everyone seemed to have a good time. I had Malai Kafta, and my friend had a chicken curry dish, with vegetable samosa and shrimp as appetizers. Also had yummy potato-stuffed bread...delicious. We thought we were too full for dessert, but somehow we managed to scarf up the rice pudding they brought us as a little "extra". Love this place.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2017
Overall2food2service3ambience2

They need to seriously do something about their food. Very sub-par vegetarian curries.

MI
vipMadeInNYC
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a special occasion / Date night. It was a movie theme night. Watched "Victoria & Abdul". Since it had an Indian theme - we went to Indus Valley.

The food is always good. But this time it was exceptional. The service is always friendly

I had asked for a window seat and we got it .

We will definitely go back. It's a neighbourhood gem

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was superb, and the mulligatawny soup was especially delicious. The place, however, was, all three of us agreed, overheated. We asked for air-conditioning, and they turned it on but only briefly. The same thing happened when we requested it a second time on that humid summer evening.

CI
vipCiclismoItalia
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2017
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The best Indian food I have had in NYC! It is so flavorful and fragrant.

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mwamwa
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Indian food on the UWS. Nicely spiced, not bland like others. Fine service and hospitable staff. Highly recommended.

NM
NicoleM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful service!

JR
vipJosephR
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good weekend buffet but have reservations about continued striking employees outside location due to their unfair treatment of workers. Felt guilt eating there , strikers weren't present on Sunday afternoon otherwise I'd have honored striking employees.

KW
KateW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food is not as good as it used to be, but still a good neighborhood spot.

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vipCinderella
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Tandoori shrimp excellent and Onion nan great! Lamb chops bit spicy

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vipRLFree
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2016
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Very good, reasonably priced Indian food on the Upper Upper West Side.

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vipYumm
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good friends, good food (best Indian in the neighborhood). A good time

IM
vipInsuranceMaven
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2016
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Good value, heavy on the spice which may or may not suit you. Very nice staff, friendly and helpful.

CE
CES51
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Best Indian cuisine on the Upper West Side. I particularly enjoyed my lamb vindaloo.