Moti Mahal Delux

Moti Mahal Delux

Indian Restaurant$$$$
Upper East Side, New York
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    Has a stamp of approval from Serious Eats and Village Voice
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    • Village Voice
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    Ashish S.
    "The Butter Chicken and Daal Makhani were very authentic & awesome."(4 Tips)
    Jess S.
    "Best Butter Chicken ever - nice mix of sweet/savory/spice."(14 Tips)
    Kunjan P.
    "Go for Paneer Lababdar - amazingly unique and great taste!"(3 Tips)
    "their tandoori chicken from clay oven"(8 Tips)
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  • butter chicken
  • daal makhani
  • roomali khasta
  • good for dates
  • buffet
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  • ZenFoodsterheart icon on user image
    ZenFoodsterDecember 9, 2017
    Nothing beats staying in on snowy day & delivery of our faves: Anardana Ckn (Pomegranate Grilled Ckn), Dum Ki Gobhi Aloo (Cauliflower+potato), Palak Paneer (Spinach Paneer), Butter Ckn & Garlic Naan.
  • 7th.List
    7th.ListJuly 29, 2012
    New. Family Recipes. On the menu try the “Kaali Daal”(prepared slowly on low heat and blended with butter or cream) and what about the butter chicken and their tandoori chicken from clay oven Read more
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceJune 3, 2013
    The updated Mughlai dishes here still bring plenty of heat to the table! Stockpile napkins and dig in to the tandoori chicken and lamb kebabs. The lunch buffet is also a neighborhood deal at $11.95
  • Marc S.heart icon on user image
    Marc SchneebergerMarch 12, 2019
    Its probably the best indian restaurant in the upper east side. Dishes are very rich and if you go for the brunch deal you will eat an enormous amount of food!
  • Noufheart icon on user image
    NoufMarch 23, 2018
    I’m not a big fan of indian food but this was exceptional. Such a great place when it comes to food & service. Highly recommended! Chicken butter was really good.
  • Wejdan ✨heart icon on user image
    Wejdan ✨April 22, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    The best Indian in the city. Great food great service. Murg makhani was so so so good!!
  • Amelie P.
    Amelie PMarch 3, 2015
    Great deal of veggie options, just enough spices and reasonable prices. We shared the mushrooms kebab and I got the Palak Paneer : very good although portions end up to be bit too much for me
  • ZenFoodsterheart icon on user image
    ZenFoodsterFebruary 20, 2018
    MMD was 1 of my top go-to Indian restaurants..but now-sadly-no more! Recently, I’ve noticed food quality & taste have been slipping, a “C” health-rating, pricier menu ≠ smaller (delivery) portions!
  • Harsh S.
    Harsh SharmaApril 19, 2014
    The best Indian food in US I have eaten! Dal Makhani compares to the best of Old Delhi. Paneer Lababdar is delicious and so is Khasta Roll. Do talk with Chef Kishore. He is as warm a host as they come
  • pipituheart icon on user image
    pipituAugust 18, 2022
    My fav is Fish Tikka but everything on the menu is so good. But beware that food quality of takeaway is not as good as dining in.
  • Lily
    LilyDecember 20, 2018
    NYT ** (2012): "Pakoras, murgh tandoori/makhani, burrah kebab, malai kofta, dum ke phool, baingan Patiala, bhindi jaitpuri, paneer makhani, mkebabkeen curry, crab lehsuni, signature masala."
  • Laura D.
    Laura De ValenciaJanuary 17, 2013
    It can easily beat the "T" and "J" places. Real chicken tandoori without coloring. Their phirni (crushed rice pudding) is a must try. We also had the chicken with yogurt/cashewnut gravy- crazy good
  • Rewan P.heart icon on user image
    Rewan PartiMarch 17, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Excellent Indian food. Would recommend the lamb curry, butter chicken and paneer kadhai. Dal makhni is delicious!
  • Zeba S.heart icon on user image
    Zeba SiddiqiMay 31, 2016
    Best indian food in Nyc! Their kadhai chicken , paneer butter masala and daal makhani are on my favourite list.
  • Varun S.
    Varun ShettyDecember 7, 2012
    Phenomenal food: paneer tikka, dahi palak, murgh tandoori, burrah kebab (best thing on the menu), murgh and dal makhani - and, of course, gulab jamun
  • Jess S.heart icon on user image
    Jess SpinosaOctober 26, 2018
    Best Butter Chicken ever - nice mix of sweet/savory/spice. The biryani was also very well spiced with incredibly tender chicken. Pass on the Pani Puri though - all looks.
  • José Javier G.heart icon on user image
    José Javier GonzálezNovember 20, 2022
    We had a wonderful night at this place. I have to say that we loved the smoke taste on the KHUMB KEBAB. The MEEN CURRY was outstanding!
  • Paula B.
    Paula BuzzoMarch 4, 2018
    Highly recommend the all you can eat brunch, delicious and very good quality . The service is impeccable.
  • CJheart icon on user image
    CJNovember 13, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Strongly suggest getting one each of the vegetarian and meat lunch specials if you go with someone else - vegetarian appetizers are especially delicious!
  • Shailesh M.heart icon on user image
    Shailesh MishraSeptember 25, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're looking for North Indian food and a fancy setting (especially if you're not Indian), this is the place. Best Indian restaurant in town hands down.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceJanuary 18, 2013
    The lamb kebabs are exceptional, as is the thickly seasoned tandoori chicken. Veggies can head to a steaming lunch buffet with vegetarian options as well!
  • Lears F.heart icon on user image
    Lears FoolJune 15, 2015
    Golgoppa shots are a unique experience. They can't be split - you have 4 whole mouth bites, so make sure you are ready for that.
  • Morgan P.heart icon on user image
    Morgan PolotanMarch 21, 2015
    One of the better Indian restaurants in Manhattan, though the location is a bit out of the way.
  • BlackboardEats
    BlackboardEatsSeptember 13, 2012
    There isn’t enough Indian-brewed beer to help you pronounce the murgh makhani (fork-tender chicken in a silky tomato sauce) at Moti Mahal Delux, but try your best and you’ll be rewarded.
  • Vasanth R.heart icon on user image
    Vasanth RajendranJuly 10, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Lunch is a pretty good. They have two options to choose from, veg and non veg. It's a three course meal with a lot of food.
  • Russell H.heart icon on user image
    Russell HirschornNovember 16, 2014
    Really good Roomali Khasta and Daal Makhani. Khadhi Murgh could've been better. Solid wine pours.
  • William N.heart icon on user image
    William NelliganApril 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Wow. Very easily some of the best Indian food I've ever had. Get the butter chicken, chana masala, lemon rice, and plenty of samosas.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsJuly 31, 2013
    An international chain specializing in Mughlai, an exceptionally rich and varied branch of Indian cooking. Very vegetarian-friendly.
  • stephanieheart icon on user image
    stephanieMay 4, 2014
    staff was super nice to us and our 14-month old son. brought him a mango lassi and a bunch of baby-friendly things to eat; we were pleasantly surprised when they weren't on our bill.
  • Paolo B.heart icon on user image
    Paolo BaroneNovember 27, 2021
    Awesome Butter Chicken! One of the best I had outside of India
  • Raquelle J.
    Raquelle JessieJune 29, 2016
    order: butter chicken, naan, Bhuttey Ke Kebab, Khumb Kebab, Shrimp Signature Masala, tandoori chicken, rice, mint yogurt dip
  • ZenFoodsterheart icon on user image
    ZenFoodsterDecember 29, 2016
    1 of my fave Indian lunch buffets-choice of vegetarian or meat-which has pretty much the same veggie options + 1 meat app + 1 meat entrée (no lamb for me)! ;9
  • David D.heart icon on user image
    David DunhillSeptember 30, 2015
    Butter chicken. Daal Makhani. This place is really butter central. Bonus: lamb in spinach is shockingly awesome. A must go.
  • Sabarish R.
    Sabarish RaghupathySeptember 24, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Amazing Paneer dishes. Also the Daal Makhni is out of this world! The butter naan was very well made!
  • Shagun M.
    Shagun MehandruJuly 21, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    The real butter chicken, kaali daal and some funky delicious stuff like gol grappa shots, roomali khasta dips & scallops w/ mango chutney. YUM!
  • Ashish S.
    Ashish SethiJuly 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Excellent food!! The Butter Chicken and Daal Makhani were very authentic & awesome. Also try out the Roomali Khasta, a very eclectic appetizer!
  • Kunjan P.
    Kunjan PunatarOctober 23, 2015
    Veg dishes taste the same everywhere but not here. Go for Paneer Lababdar - amazingly unique and great taste!
  • Alfaisal G.heart icon on user image
    Alfaisal GJune 2, 2017
    Real Indian food. Try lamb masala and biryani. So good,, and do not forget golabjamdoon.
  • Lears F.heart icon on user image
    Lears FoolJune 15, 2015
    The Butter Chicken is not only probably the best in NYC, it is possibly the best on the planet.
  • Tom D.heart icon on user image
    Tom DiMaggioJuly 6, 2019
    Been here 5+ times
    My favorite Indian restaurant in the city.
  • Chris S.
    Chris SteeleNovember 10, 2014
    On Sundays a very reasonable and tasty brunch "seated buffet" awaits anyone who can handle the surliness here.
  • Crypto C.
    Crypto ConsumerJuly 28, 2017
    Had such a great meal here the other night. Decided to move on from chicken tikka and went with a lamb dish. It was delicious!
  • IrmaZandl Z.heart icon on user image
    IrmaZandl ZandlSlantFebruary 14, 2015
    Lunch was good and large portions but it was odd that we could not take the leftovers with us. Either they were going to throw away a lot of food or were going to re-serve to someone else.
  • Kéké W.
    Great food, excellent waiter! He offered us a little desser, so nice. I definitively recommend this place
  • Shiori
    ShioriSeptember 7, 2012
    So so delicious and filling! Come with an empty stomach and you won't be disappointed. Will be back again soon :)
  • Cameron W.heart icon on user image
    Cameron WApril 25, 2016
    The Tandoori chicken here is worth the trip. I haven't come across a better rendition anywhere.
  • Kaushal A.
    Kaushal AgrawalNovember 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The place is among the best places for Indian Food around, has good interior design, excellant service and delicious food!
  • Ryan G.heart icon on user image
    Ryan GallagherSeptember 11, 2018
    Really good Indian. The MMD Masala is really good. Fairly cheap as well.
  • Lily O.heart icon on user image
    Lily O'DareAugust 23, 2014
    Vegetarian paradise. Amazing indian and great ambiance at a reasonable price. Yum!!
  • Moti Mahal Delux
    Moti Mahal DeluxOctober 20, 2012
    Diwali is around the corner! Come by between Nov 4- Nov 18 and check out our special Diwali menu during dinner (prix-fix with vegetarian and non-vegetarian options).
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