Moti Mahal Delux

Moti Mahal Delux

Indian Restaurant$$$$
Upper East Side, New York
  • Has a stamp of approval from Serious Eats and Village Voice
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  • Ashish S.
    "The Butter Chicken and Daal Makhani were very authentic & awesome."(4 Tips)
    Cameron M.
    "Butter Chicken is not only probably the best in NYC"(12 Tips)
    Russell H.
    "Really good Roomali Khasta and Daal Makhani."(3 Tips)
    A P.
    "tandoori chicken is AMAZING!"(8 Tips)
67 Tips and reviews
  • Indian food
  • butter chicken
  • daal makhani
  • roomali khasta
  • vegetarian food
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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Amelie P.
    Amelie PoojaryMarch 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Rewan P.
    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.
    Zeba SiddiqiMay 31, 2016
    Best indian food in Nyc! Their kadhai chicken , paneer butter masala and daal makhani are on my favourite list.
    Upvoted 6 days ago
  • 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!
  • Shailesh M.
    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.
  • 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.
  • CJ
    CJNovember 13, 2016
    Strongly suggest getting one each of the vegetarian and meat lunch specials if you go with someone else - vegetarian appetizers are especially delicious!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsJuly 31, 2013
    An international chain specializing in Mughlai, an exceptionally rich and varied branch of Indian cooking. Very vegetarian-friendly.
  • stephanie
    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.
  • William N.
    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.
  • Russell H.
    Russell HirschornNovember 16, 2014
    Really good Roomali Khasta and Daal Makhani. Khadhi Murgh could've been better. Solid wine pours.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Cameron M.
    Cameron MadduxJune 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.
  • Wejdan
    WejdanApril 22
    The best Indian in the city. Great food great service. Murg makhani was so so so good!!
  • Vasanth R.
    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.
  • David D.
    David DunhillSeptember 30, 2015
    Butter chicken. Daal Makhani. This place is really butter central. Bonus: lamb in spinach is shockingly awesome. A must go.
  • ZenFoodster
    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
  • Raquelle J.
    Raquelle JessieJune 29, 2016
    order: butter chicken, naan, Bhuttey Ke Kebab, Khumb Kebab, Shrimp Signature Masala, tandoori chicken, rice, mint yogurt dip
    Upvoted 6 days ago
  • Sabarish R.
    Sabarish RaghupathySeptember 24, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing Paneer dishes. Also the Daal Makhni is out of this world! The butter naan was very well made!
  • 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!
  • 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 :)
  • Kunjan P.
    Kunjan PunatarOctober 23, 2015
    Veg dishes taste the same everywhere but not here. Go for Paneer Lababdar - amazingly unique and great taste!
  • Chris S.
    Chris SteeleNovember 10, 2014
    On Sundays a very reasonable and tasty brunch "seated buffet" awaits anyone who can handle the surliness here.
  • Kéké W.
    Great food, excellent waiter! He offered us a little desser, so nice. I definitively recommend this place
  • Cameron M.
    Cameron MadduxJune 15, 2015
    The Butter Chicken is not only probably the best in NYC, it is possibly the best on the planet.
  • IrmaZandl T.
    IrmaZandl The OpinionatorFebruary 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.
  • Alfaisal G.
    Real Indian food. Try lamb masala and biryani. So good,, and do not forget golabjamdoon.
  • Cameron W.
    Cameron WylieApril 25, 2016
    The Tandoori chicken here is worth the trip. I haven't come across a better rendition anywhere.
  • 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).
  • Crypto C.
    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!
  • Morgan P.
    Morgan PolotanMarch 21, 2015
    One of the better Indian restaurants in Manhattan, though the location is a bit out of the way.
  • Lily O.
    Lily O'DareAugust 23, 2014
    Vegetarian paradise. Amazing indian and great ambiance at a reasonable price. Yum!!
  • Naunihal S.
    Naunihal SinghJanuary 9, 2013
    Try the ras malai. I rarely have it in the USA, but it's really good here.
  • Anil D.
    Anil DashJanuary 22, 2013
    The burrah kebab are truly exceptional, and standards like butter chicken are well-executed.
  • Andrew L.
    Andrew LugavereOctober 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Really great flavorful indian food. Not the biggest portions so get a couple sppetizers.
  • Chris G.
    Chris GabrielFebruary 19, 2013
    Nice atmosphere. Great murgh korma chicken, pretty good wine selection.
  • Christine L.
    Christine LiangJuly 8, 2013
    You're in for a treat with the lunch special. $14 to eat like a king. 2 apps, 1 entree, 1 dessert. Refills. Can't go wrong.
  • Ben G.
    Ben GaspariniSeptember 7, 2016
    The curry with spinach in it was very good but the servers were kinda snarky.. in a bad way.
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff SJuly 1, 2015
    Lunch special was excellent. Weird that they don't let you take leftovers home.
  • Shane A.
    Shane AntonySeptember 25, 2015
    Appetizer arrived cold and entrée tasted of gas (no tandoor). Do yourself a favor and dine at a cheaper Indian restaurant for similar quality.
  • Heather P.
    Heather ParkDecember 16, 2014
    Flavorful, authentic Indian with authentic dishes. Complex flavored vs. the norm where everything tastes the same
  • Sean F.
    Sean FlemingDecember 8, 2014
    Butter chicken, spicy lentils, garlic naan. Bing, bang, boom.
  • Krithika R.
    Krithika RosenthalDecember 2, 2012
    No, this is not the real deal. Desis will know Moti Mahal for succulent, flavorful and excellent food. This is none of that. Does not live up to the namesake in India. Average fare.
  • Moe S.
    Moe SiddAugust 5
    Lamb saag, chicken biryani, chicken reshmi kabob!
  • Varun S.
    Varun ShettyDecember 28, 2012
    No a la carte menu for lunch. There are only two options: veg or non-veg sit down buffet.
  • Ankush B.
    Ankush BhatiaNovember 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The Butter Chicken and Anardani Tikka are a must-try!!
  • Vivian V.
    Vivian VoApril 4, 2016
    Awesome delicious food. Great portions too!
  • Archana M.
    Archana ManiMarch 17
    Definitely try the tandoori chicken. So yum.
  • A P.
    A PNovember 8, 2015
    The service is amazing and the food is delicious! !
  • Ashley
    AshleyAugust 20, 2016
    Get the butter chicken and the okra!
  • Rachel
    RachelAugust 7, 2014
    Food was solid, but not as spicy as I would have liked (even when ordered "hot")
  • Leon D.
    Leon DmelloSeptember 12, 2014
    Chicken kadhai. Daal makhni.
  • Moti Mahal Delux
    Moti Mahal DeluxJuly 27, 2012
    It's our grand opening week! Unlock our specials for free Dessert!
  • A P.
    A PNovember 8, 2015
    tandoori chicken is AMAZING! !
  • Sandesh T.
    Sandesh TAugust 21, 2015
    Basically nothing. The place looks nice, sure. But the food, portion sizes, everything was total 💩 Never going back to this garbage pile.
  • Azza E.
    Azza ElemamMarch 23, 2015
    Lamb chops are divine
  • Leah
    LeahJuly 15, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Incredible lunch buffet!
  • Audun A.
    Audun AndersenDecember 31, 2015
    Awesome food, great service!
  • Anoud A.
    Anoud AlammarAugust 20, 2016
    Shrimp biryani😍
  • Fred B.
    Fred BlauDecember 15, 2012
    Get the daal!
  • Manan K.
    Manan KakkarOctober 6, 2013
    Unreasonably prices mediocre food.
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