Imli urban indian food

4.4
60 Reviews
$30 and under
Indian
Urban Indian food in NYC
imli was founded from a combined passion for Indian cuisine, which in turn sparked a desire to create a unique and memorable dining experience. As three self-professed foodies with discriminating tastes, though inspired by the vast amount of options in NYC, we've always had the craving for something different from our current choices.

A place where ambiance, service and cuisine are all treated equally.

All this in a modern atmosphere, where the charm of exposed brick, a partially open kitchen, full service bar, and outdoor garden seating enhance the already welcoming ambiance.

Just as in the Old-World Parsi cafes of Bombay, where patrons from all walks of life spent countless hours relishing the company of their counterparts and savoring the diverse flavors of India, we hope you will join us at Imli to do the same.

Experiences

  • Bottomless Boozy Brunch

    $35.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Includes 90 minutes of bottomless brunch with your choice of Bellini, Mimosa, or Prosecco and one brunch entree.
  • Weekday Lunch Special

    $15.99 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Available Monday through Friday. Choose one of each: Vegetarian Starter: veg samosa, spiced brussel sprouts, paneer tikka, cauliflower Manchurian Meat Starter: Malai kebab, lamb meatballs, Tandoori Murg Chaat Main: Chicken Tikka Masala, Chicken Curry, Lamb Rogan josh, Gobi dum aloo, palak paneer, Chana masala Lentils: Yellow Dal Tadka, Dal Maharani Accompaniment: Basmati Rice, Naan, Roti Dessert: Kheer, Gulab Jamun

Safety precautions

Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 60 people are saying
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MelA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was just ok. We ordered 2 appetizers- paneer tikka and chicken malai. They were pretty bland - no flavor really. For main course the malai kofta was good.

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vipcp123
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is wonderful and the staff is very accommodating. One of our neighborhood favorites!

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RamS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was good and spiced properly. Service was a little slow although it was not full that night.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! We do Indian quite frequently and were very impressed by the quality. It was delicious and not greasy. The service was great - didn’t rush us and we got a great table in the back. Wonderful Father’s Day and every day!

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vipComet
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good food, good service, pleasant ambience

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vipNancieS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and such original dishes. Appetizers are nice addition.

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Martygee
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fine cuisine as usual. Lamb and chicken entrees wonderfully tasty, chick pea samosa appetizer scrumptious and mango vodka cocktail exotic.

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vipJillS
Birmingham
23 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've eaten here before. They made some changes to the menu and the food was even better. Great meal.

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Manpreet
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This was a first time my family & myself had visiting this place. Right from the ambiance to quality of food, we were pretty impressed and would love to come back again. They were very attentive to our group and made sure we were comfortable and all of our requests were taken good care of.

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vipheryon
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall food was good - we had the crispy brussels sprouts appetizer (although it's really more a side dish) which did not have much flavor, lamb rogan josh (my favorite), chicken madras (surprisingly good), naan and rice. Price was reasonable and service was attentive. Will definitely return.

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vipMHoff
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eclectic menu with delicious options, appetizers are varied (try the paneer) and entrees run the gamut from standard items to tasty unusual dishes. Great service, food served promptly. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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PrashantT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here a month or so ago with work colleagues for a weekday lunch and we had a really good time! We were around 10-12 people and the hosts were very accommodating in handling such a big party. The hosts were really nice, fun to talk to and gave us really good service all though out our lunch. Their prie fixe lunch menu is really good and is good value for money since it comes with 2 appetizers, 1 entree and dessert at the end. Their goat biryani is to die for! One of the best I have had in the city and a must have. Must I add the Kheema is also very delicious. I have been here multiple times at this point and have tried a bunch of items. It has always been a good time! I love this place and definitely plan to visit here again.

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vipNanaBanana
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food!!!! The while experience was wonderful. I will be back.

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Broccolihead
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Inattentive servers you have to flag down. Dry white chicken underneath more complex sauces which could be good.

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vipMadavey
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fantastic meal with attentive and welcome service!

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vipAmazing
Raleigh
33 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall, the experience was fantastic! This restaurant has to be one of the best serving Indian cuisine in NYC. The dishes are authentic and flavorful without being too spicy. We had the mango mirchi margarita, which was awesome! In addition, the goat biryani was served beautifully and was excellent. The lamb vindaloo was authentic Goan stuff! Even the lamb keep was superb! Have to go back to this one, and keep going back

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vipJulieK
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We came to Imli based on a recommendation from a friend. We spent 4 days in New York City and went to Imli 2 of the 4 nights. Once was just not enough. Fantastic food and amazing service. If you haven't gone to Imli, you absolutely should. If I lived in NYC, I would be a regular patron. I wish that they would open up a restaurant on the west coast.

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vipTK719
New York Area
339 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was absolutely delicious and service was outstanding. Very reasonable prices and the lunch special is a steal.

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vipAriela
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

not your typical same old menu. I have eaten here twice in the last couple of months. I've been to some nice places in India. Imli ranks!

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AvtarS
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic tasting food with great service. Highly recommended.

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vipSoniak
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

If you want to treat yourself with some real good Indian food, this is the place to go. One of the best Indian restaurant you can find in the NYC Area..

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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vipAmmsy
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Used to having really good Indian food in London for many years, I was of course sceptical that I could find a good Indian restaurant in New York! However I was very pleasantly surprised by how good the food was at IMLI, only to be matched by excellent service. The portions were very generous and we ended up taking at least half the meal home! My only criticism is about the layout of the restaurant- one area (in front) is quite narrow and doesn’t have any ambience at all. The opposite seating area is better but spiked by the blinking and flashing of a giant tv screen (totally unnecessary). Unfortunately we could not sit in the nicest area of the restaurant which is at the back because this area was not open. I would return but only contingent on sitting in the back area.

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dwitz1
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

There's a lot of good Indian food in the neighborhood but this is the best.

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vipSharonH
New York Area
412 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cute little place with very good food. I will be adding this to my list of regular places!

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SnehaS
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Took too long to take order. Mango mirchi cocktail was too good where as imlirita was bit of a disappointment.

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vipNYCfoodie
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

IMHO Imli is the best Indian Restaurant on the UES. A friend of mine from India recommended it and we've been going ever since. Food and service is consistently great. It's a nice modern restaurant. Doesn't get overly crowded and the level of noise is low enough to easily converse with people at your table.

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vipSherbear
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Really good food and nice service. Just don’t go if you are in a rush! As other commenters have mentioned, it took awhile for the food to come out

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TomS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in town for a few days and this place was in walking distance to our place. The food was delicious! Service was really good and we throughly enjoyed dinner. Our three boys did too. Wish we had a place like this in our home town!

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Amanda
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, easy to get a table, kid friendly yet trendy. Food is great!

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vipAlisonP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dinner with friends and their one year old. Staff were so great with the kid!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A wonderful reimagining of the flavors and techniques we associate with Indian cuisine. Yes, there is curry, yes there is tandoor chicken, and a wide assortment of classic dishes, but the chef clearly is thinking about the western palate as well with much of the execution of these dishes. Hospitable, innovative, family friendly. If there is one weak link, it’s the wine and beer list. The food lends itself to bold and unconventional wine/beer pairings and here there is little opportunity for that. Only in this area, is this very special spot,not so special.... BTW, the garlic naan and the baby eggplant are must-haves.

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vipAmazing
Raleigh
33 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! Fantastic food and exceptional service. Had the karahi prawn, lamb and paneer tikka. Spice level was perfect. The quality of the food was superb. Just mouth watering in a place that has no dearth of good food choices. Will certainly return. Some of the best Indian cuisine this side of.... anywhere.

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vipNYCfoodie
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A friend of mine from India turned me on to this restaurant and I have been back several times since. It's become our go-to neighborhood Indian restaurant. Great food and service. Modern ambiance. Not too noisy.

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vipBettyW
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Very interesting and tasty Indian street food. Quiet for Sunday brunch and nice family was in first room while we were in second room.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good authentic Indian food with good service. Owner came to the table a few times which we appreciated. Nice touch.

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vipDavidMedina
Cleveland
12 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staying in the city for a meeting at a nearby hospital the following morning, a couple of colleagues joined me for dinner at Imli and we all enjoyed the experience. The service was perfect, the food authentic and fresh and the outside seating was covered but clear which gave a great view of the buildings around us. I look forward to my next meeting and the chance to stop in again.

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vipBrillyOcean
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food is excellent, the service was not good. Although the food came out quickly, the server was really not knowledgeable about the food. For example, when asked how many ribs come in an order - the server said "four or five," for a party of four, which is fine for tapas. Except the dish only included two ribs, which is not really great... Kind of tough to make three spare ribs work for four people. This restaurant is pretty expensive, and at this price point, that's kind of inexcusable. The portions are also a little small on the entrees, for how expensive they are.

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oodood
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wow, wow, wow. Just superior Indian food. I married a Brit so I eat Indian, a lot. I’ve explored the famous Curry Mile in Manchester and eaten some nice Indian in London as well. None compare to Imli. It was simply superb. We shared 4 dishes ( lamb, pork, beef and chicken) between the four of us, and we all marveled at the complex but distinct flavors and the tenderness of each wonderful piece of meat. It may have been the best Indian meal I’ve had. Go and enjoy.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I think the lunch set is great value in upper East side. Love to go back again!

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You can order delivery directly from Imli urban indian food using the Order Online button. Imli urban indian food also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Imli urban indian food also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 256-0073.

Imli urban indian food is rated 4.4 stars by 60 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.