Milon Indian Restaurant
93 1st Ave (Btwn 5th & 6th St)
New York 10003
Indian Restaurant Row is on 6th street between 1st and 2nd Avenue in the East Village. But is it really Indian food? I’ve had several friends who are Indian claim these restaurants are really for the tourists and the food tastes nothing like Indian Food. Some even claim it’s more like Pakistani, but I’m not going there. Anyhow if you walk along the south side of 6th Street you’ll be constantly accosted by the Indian Restaurant hustlers who try to entice and basically kidnap you into trying out their food. I like going to the Indian restaurants around the corner at 1st Avenue. There’s 2 Indian restaurants next to each other and at the top of the stairs are 2 of the Indian restaurant hustlers trying to sell you on why their restaurant is better. It’s a rivalry between the restaurants that is most likely fake ( I think they share the same kitchen in the back – 😉 ). I’ve been to the one on the right and the one on the left and they taste the same. It’s a great tactic because once you try one (and taste the medium quality food), it immediately begs the question if the other restaurant on the other side would have been a better choice. Kind of like the Matrix – should have had the blue pill or the red pill?
Speaking of pills or whatever your choice of drugs, the main attraction I think of these Indian restaurants in this area is the visually stimulating decor. All of these Indian restaurants are decorated with miles and miles of blinking Christmas tree lights strewn throughout the interiors of the restaurants. With the 7 ft ceilings, you basically have to crawl your way into these Indian restaurants. I’m just waiting for the first restaurateur to break out the fog machines, lasers, and light sticks.
We ordered various dishes including Chala Masala, Green Curry, Nan Bread, etc. None of them were spectacular. The Samosas were pretty good though.
If you really want to enjoy true Indian Food and can’t fly out to London or India, there are some decent Indian restaurants on Lexington at 28th Street, as well as in Jackson Heights Queens and of course over across the river in New Jersey. I personally like going to the hole-in-the-wall places that the cab drivers go to. I’ll have to do a review on those someday. In the meantime I got to go buy some Imodium AD.