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Moti Mahal Delux, on the Upper East Side, is the first US franchise of the massive Indian restaurant chain from New Delhi.

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About Moti Mahal Delux

Moti Mahal Delux offers recipes that are distinguished principally by inventive flavor combinations and the finesse of ‘Mughlai’ cuisine, a "bargain in any neighbourhood for food that provides a surprising flavor of luxury" - The New York Times, 2 Stars

The signature “Butter Chicken”, has come to be known as one of the most renowned dishes in the world. “Tandoori Chicken”, "the most eye opening item to come out of the oven" is the legacy of the Moti Mahal restaurant chain. “Daal Makhani”, or “Kaali Daal”, is "deeply, truly luxurious" and here at Moti Mahal Delux, can make you go "wobbly with happiness". Another Moti Mahal Delux signature is the Masala, a fragrant curry prepared with a choice of goat brain, crab, chicken or shrimp.

This sophisticated and upscale restaurant with a "comfortable modern dining room" and "attentive and courteous" service offers a one of a kind Mughlai fine dining experience.


1149 First Avenue
New York, NY 10065
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Indian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: 12PM-3PM (Daily specials- A la carte options are not available during lunch)

Dinner: 5PM-11PM

Cross Street:
63rd Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 371-3535

Website:
http://www.motimahaldelux.us/

Catering:
Celebrate any event or special occasion by having Moti Mahal Delux create memorable dishes for your next cocktail party, holiday gala, wedding, anniversary, bridal shower, corporate luncheon, office party, birthday, book club, or private at-home dining.

If you are interested in having us cater your next event, please call us at 212.371.3535 or email us at contact@motimahaldelux.us

Additional:
Beer, Delivery, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Moti Mahal Delux Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

3.8

ambience

3.8

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (16)
Good Vegetarian Options (16)
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Authentic (12)
Spicy (11)
Good for a Date (10)
Cozy (8)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Vegan (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Casual (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Romantic (5)
Fun (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Healthy (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Business Meals (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Seasonal (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

Fantastic food. Although I've never been to India, this is by far the best Indian food I've eaten in the US. Each item that I ordered was memorable. Naan - superb.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined 5 days ago

Delicious. Each item was unique, mouth-watering, with complex flavors. Service needs improvement in the sense that they agreed to bring certain foods first but then did the opposite and everything took a very long time to come out, so they were nice and attentive but seemed to have trouble understanding and fulfilling the requests. Still, the exquisitely prepared food will bring me back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Vegan, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Authentic tandoori chicken, friendly and attentive service, but average décor and poor wine list.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

They were mobbed. Had a large party of Indian diners which was encouraging but also noisy and they could not handle it efficiently. We were pushed to place an order and then waited a long time until our food arrived. Will keep going thee for their amazing lunch but will have to reconsider dinner in the future.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Family dinner. Very very good food.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food at Moti Mahal Delux was outstanding. I enjoy trying lots of different cuisine and sharing plates with my companions, and this place is perfect for that. The only knocks I would give it were the service was a little inconsistent (20+ minutes between our app and our entrees; we waited for awhile to be asked about dessert or the check) and the place was quite loud and crowded. We were seated close to a group of older diners who all used the flashlights on their phone to read the menu. For 20+ minutes. Shining right in my face. A smart waitstaff would recognize this annoyance and come over to help those diners make some decisions and put away their glaring spotlights.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Excellent food and service. The tandoori chicken, and the eggplant curry were particularly delicious.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Special Occasion, Vegan, Authentic, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants in NY. As soon as I booked my flight from Florida I knew I had to visit Moti Mahal at least once. I met a few friends there and had an absolutely amazing meal. Everyone enjoyed what they ordered which spanned from spicy to mild, vegetarian to meat based. All of it was delicious!! The service was impeccable and the food was amazing - you cant ask for anything more.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Spicy, Special Occasion, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Perfect last minute Diwali dinner! Busy, seemingly at an atypical level, but the staff did their best in accommodating everyone— and the food was unreal good!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Great menu. Service was overattentive, so you felt rushed to order even though the restaurant wasn't crowded. But once you got them to chill out, friendly and very obliging.
I would eat here often.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great staff, great service, delicious food, friendly ambiance.......really good food.

Jim

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined on October 13, 2017

All the food was delicious particularly the naan. They temporarily forgot to bring our naan and tea but delicious when it got to us and they took some off the bill.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Liked it; good and reliable food as usual. None unexpected surprised

Tags: Vegan, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 9, 2017

The crunchy flatbread at the beginning was stale. Food wasn't great.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Food was great but the service was quite inattentive and inconsistent.

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·Dined on September 25, 2017

Strictly considering food only, NYC's best Indian Restaurant, period. Non veg appetizers and the makhani gravy (both Chicken and Paneer) have no comparison or competition with any other Indian restaurant in Manhattan.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Delicious food and attentive service. Highly recommend.

Tags: Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Absolutely the best Indian food in NYC! Flavorful dishes with the right amount of spice to enhance the fresh ingredients and the dishes are never greasy. The breads and condiments are outstanding. We have tried almost all Indian restaurants from midtown to Upper East side and none compares.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

The staff was very attentive, almost to the point of annoyance, that they came and asked how things were or if we needed anything so frequently. My chardonnay by the glass was awful. The prosecco was so sweet my girlfriend couldn't finish it. My biggest complaint was the music piped over the speakers. Although I couldn't hear the songs, I could hear the pulsating beat throughout dinner. It just added to the overall noise level. Very annoying. If I want dance music, I will go to a club, not dinner where I am hoping to relax and have a conversation. I don't understand that mentality.

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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Good authentic Indian food. One should have the taste buds of authentic North Indian food to enjoy the food here. Highly recommended

Tags: Seasonal, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 1, 2017

By far some of the best indian food in the city! Great atmosphere and quality service. The staff was very helpful with ordering enough food for the table. Everything was delicious and high quality. Very fairly priced as well. Highly recommend the butter chicken! But you can't go wrong with anything you order!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 22, 2017

I've come to Moti Mahal several times since it's opening and have never been disappointed. Excellent flavors and quality of ingredients and preparation. Hospitable and accommodating service - called to increase reservation count above what the app would allow and was painlessly accommodated. Upscale ambience. Quiet jazz music allowed for conversation all the way down there length of the table of 9. Pleasant decor and scent of jasmine (from the hot hand towels) as well as spices.

I especially recommend all the lamb and goat dishes, the fish, the chicken korma, the okra and other vegetarian dishes. They are a bit different than other Indian restaurants, especially in that the textures are better preserved and the spices more aromatic without being too hot. Garlic naan is worth cheating on your diet. The butter chicken was a bit dry to my taste, but everything else I would definitely order again. Equally good place for meat and vegetarian dishes. Lunch special is also great, includes plenty of variety.

Looking forward to returning with new friends!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Healthy, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Vegan, Spicy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Never fails...one of the best Indian restaurants in NYC.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Authentic dishes wonderfully prepared. Best to have 4 people and order 3 to 4 main courses

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

We had been going to this Restaurant at least every 6 months and had always enjoyed food in spite of prices, which for the ambience and service are on the higher side.
However, this time we decided to go for Lunch and invited a newly wed couple ( American bride) and that is the biggest mistake we made. The food was below average and the Service pathetic. Had it not been for the embarrassment, I would have asked them to reduce the Tips to 15% (pre-charged 20% in the Bill) or just pay 10%.
On enquiring, we were told that the Chef is different during lunch and that is the reason for different taste (what about Service).
So please be careful for Lunch!

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Unfortunately this place seems to be going downhill. Food not quite as good as it was. Service not good at all

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 2017

There's been a falling off. The seats of the chairs are now torn, and the food isn't what it was. Too bad.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 28, 2017

The food and service were top notch. Date night with my wife inclued shrimp lamb and goat dishes all authentic. Beer accompained dinner was Indian and delicious.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 25, 2017

The restaurant was very worn looking. The cushions on the chairs were torn and the place just looked dated. There was a strange smell that lingered throughout the restaurant . The service was poor, they brought a warm bottle of rose which was the only rose they had to offer and then took forever to bring ice for the bucket to chill the wine. We ordered the shrimp Pakoda which was very rubbery and tasted worse than frozen shrimp, couldn't eat them. They also served the main course WITH the appetizer. The wait staff seemed inexperienced and didn't know what they were doing and the food was bland. Would never go back and would not recommend it to anyone.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Authentic Indian food! The food was excellent, especially the Anardana Chicken tikka and Chicken biryani which was reminiscent of how it is cooked in India. The meat was soft and juicy. Service was prompt with the servers frequently checking if everything was ok. I would recommend this place for a date, business meal and everyday dining. Your palate will definitely be satisfied. Hope they can open something in Downtown as well.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Excellent choice of beautifully prepared veggie dishes. Management was very accomodating when we requested a table in quiet spot. This will become our new go to Indian restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on July 12, 2017

My second visit to this restaurant. This was to celebrate my birthday with my family. I picked this restaurant because of my prior visit.
The shrimp appetizer is amazing, the naan was great, the tandoori chicken was wonderful if a bit small.
Overall I love this restaurant and will return.

Tags: Spicy, Casual, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Overall the experience was good. All the food was mild flavored which is fine because that's how I like my food. The only thing I did not like was that I ordered a paneer sabzi which had a lot of food coloring added, so much so that it left a stain on my hands for a couple of hours. Other than that the taste was as it should have been. There, overall experience was fine.

Tags: Casual, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Most authentic and best Indian in town by far! The food and service are impeccable.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 27, 2017

This is now my go to Indian restaurant. Fantastic find for me. Great food, fine service, had a wonderful time and will be returning.

Tags: Business Meals, Fun, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Good restaurent. Extremely small
Limited choices
Appetizers good
Chicken good, not as great as made out to be.

Tags: Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Well seasoned food and very attentive service. This was my second visit, and will return.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Superb North Indian cuisine execution with friendly and unpretentious service.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 10, 2017

The food was Amazing, I ate slow to enjoy every bite .

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Vegan, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, People Watching
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 10, 2017

We love this restaurant. The food was amazing: full of flavor with the right mix of spices to have it taste just right. Great for vegetarians as well as non-Veg. The menu has several creative items as well as authentic India food down just right! The service was Fri fly and efficient. We loved all of our dishes, especially the Sag Paneer. We have been and will be going back to this place!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List
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