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Best Indian Restaurant on Long Island

by Best Of Long Island on January 5, 2010

Where do you go for the best authentic Indian food on Long Island? We asked, you voted, and here are your favorites.

Long Islanders Voted Curry Club Best Indian Restaurant on Long Island!

Curry Club
10 Woods Corner Rd.
East Setauket

2811 Middle Country Rd.
Lake Grove

This four-time winner, far from the great Indian food centers of Nassau County, provides an upscale experience in the hinterlands of Suffolk that includes cuisine from various regions (including hard-to-find specialties like dosas) as well as many vegetarian choices. The newer Lake Grove outpost has an interesting fusion menu that melds Asian and some French ingredients. The Velvet Lounge in East Setauket is a popular spot for happy hour and post-dinner dancing.

2nd Place - Akbar, 2 South St., Garden City. 516-357-8300.

This restaurant’s food bursts with flavors.  There are complimentary freshly made appetizers of Tandoori meats, chicken and lamb; mustard-seed spiced potatoes wrapped in crepes, and a rolling pasta cart with freshly made noodles and tomato sauce (spiced with cilantro and paprika). 

3rd Place - House of India, 256B Main St., Huntington. 631-271-0059.

This is one of the best Indian restaurants ever.  The service is always gentle.  The atmosphere is subdue,relaxed and not flashy.  The menu seldom changes but a dish to try is the popping hot tandoori that sizzles

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Jonathan January 14, 2010 at 1:14 pm

I am very surprised none of the Hicksville Indian restaurants made it. House of Dosas & Dosa Diner are incredible!


Khan January 16, 2010 at 11:34 am

Agreed Jonathan. How can this top 3 list not include a Hicksville restaurant?? House of Dosas, Diwan, etc. C’mon now….


Susan January 21, 2010 at 11:07 am

I agree Hicksville is like little india! Rangmahal is also excellent.!


Shalini February 19, 2010 at 6:51 pm

I also agree that there is something wrong here…in Hicksville there are at least 15 Indian restaurants. How come none of them came up on the top 3.

I personally like from Hicksville area

House of Dosas for South Indian
Rajbhog Cafe for the best of Indian Fast Food and Desserts
Rang Mahal for rich and creamy North Indian food (little pricy)
Bukhara Grill for a good North Indian meal (little on spicy side)
Kiran Palace for good lunch buffet
Dosa Diner for good south indian buffet lunches


mike March 11, 2010 at 10:32 am

diwan in hicksville is one of the best on long island


Z March 28, 2010 at 5:04 am

As for why Hicksville’s restaurants didn’t win. I’d make a wager the majority of them don’t read the Long Island Press.


Jay April 24, 2010 at 8:05 pm

I am originally from India…

The Best in Indian food is relative and depends on what cuisine you are looking for.

Most of the Indian food that is popular in USA is North Indian or Punjabi food. But that is not the same if you are an Indian. So below is my categorization of Indian food in Long Island.

North Indian or Punjabi Food: Curry Club or Akbar
South Indian Food: Dosa Diner or House Of Dosas, Hicksville
Indian Fast Food or Street Food (most popular in india and includes all cuisines): Rajbhog Cafe, Hicksville
Indian Chinese Food: Tangra Masala, New Hyde Park


Todd O. April 25, 2010 at 5:59 pm

I’m surprised by this pick. I’ve been to the Curry Club in Lake Grove and it was the worst Indian food I have ever had. Poor quality and it had absolutely no flavor.

House of India in Huntington is at the top of my list. Their butter chicken is outstanding. Some of the Hicksville spots are also good.


Ashok Uncle October 15, 2010 at 10:52 pm

You are right Todd O., the food at the Curry club sucks…. Whats with the LIRR train car their?? Well anyways, if you want the best Indian food, I would go to Akbar


kelly May 16, 2010 at 3:10 pm

not the best indian food. the best indian food i ate was in kiran palace commack. also the sevice was good.


Rachel July 28, 2010 at 9:15 pm

I have been to several Indian restaurants and my favorite by far is Diya in Valley Stream. For those interested, it is definitely worth the chance!! The menu has a nice variety, so whenever I go with anyone, they are never disappointed!! =)


rocketspring August 30, 2010 at 3:40 pm

I have been to most of the great Indian restaurants in the city, but I have to say Raga in East Setauket has some of the best Indian food i’ve ever had. If you’re in the area check them out. I’ve had both Curry club and Raga, and Raga tops them with taste, ambiance and creativity! An unusual departure from the Indian menu is the Cesar salad they have, but for some of the most tender delicious chicken you should give it a try! A great typical dish is the Mali Kofta, but everything is great. You can’t go wrong here!


mike b October 10, 2010 at 7:06 pm

I like the Indian Chinese flavor – Masala Wok in Hicksville!


Max October 16, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Dosa Diner is great!


rahul October 30, 2010 at 7:08 pm

The Curry Club should be ranked far below than what it was awarded. The food is not fresh and laden with too many additives like butter and oil– simply, the chef’s way of cheating. You end up leaving with that heavy and uncomfortable feeling that one always gets with food that is prepared too quickly without thought or passion.


Shawn D. December 1, 2010 at 12:56 pm

In my honest opnion, Akbar indian food is garbage. They honestly have fell off over the years! I think it’s partially due to the fact that they got a new chef. Curry Club is much better!!!


Jen December 19, 2010 at 3:14 am

Diwan is the best Indian Restaurant on Long Island! There is one is Hicksville and Port Washington. The food at both locations is complete heaven. Everything from their Chicken Tikka Masala to their fluffy garlic naan will quench your dying thirst for extraordinary Indian food. Plus they have a lunch buffet that is very affordable. I would recommend this restaurant in a heart beat. It deserves to take the #1 spot.


Jeff June 11, 2011 at 10:06 am

My family ate at Rangmahal last night and we couldn’t have been happier. The first thing you are greeted by when you walk in the door is two men playing authentic music. The staff was courteous and ready to help. The food was fabulous. My wife and kids had two types of chicken and both were moist and very tasty. I had shrimp Goan and it was amazing. I had it on the mild side and it had the perfect spice and a sweet finish from the coconut which was fantastic. I ordered more nan just to soak up the last of the sauce. Our desserts were spectacular. They were homemade and were brought out on a tray for us to look at. I had a chocolate covered ball with coconut and a mango gelato center. I highly recommend this place to any people seeking a great authentic Indian meal on Long Island.


anuja May 16, 2012 at 11:26 am

I agree with Jay in demonstrating the varied tastes of people even from the same country.
I think most of the best Indian restaurants have already been listed by previous commentators.
For the best North Indian flavor, I would pick Diwan at Port Washington; Akbar is close;
For Indian Chinese, no one comes close to Masala Wok in Hicksville;
For a taste of the South, Dosa Diner is the best;
Indian fastfood is decent at Rajbhog in Hicksville and Usha Foods & Snacks in New Hyde Park.


rajesh September 7, 2012 at 5:49 pm

The Curry Club is proud to announce the opening of its new location in Hicksville. Enjoy the same great food that you’ve come to love and expect at The Curry Club, now at 96 North Broadway, Hicksville, NY 11801

Welcome to the home of the finest Indian Cuisine offered to you on this side of the globe! The Curry Club Restaurant inherits the rich tradition of preparing exquisite delicacies of curries and kebobs from its experience in operating other Indian restaurants in the East, as well as in the West.

The Curry Club is proud to offer an extensive variety of vegetarian curries. Our meat curries have also satisfied the taste buds of many of our patrons. We bring the traditional Indian taste to Long Island.

We hope you enjoy your visit to The Curry Club and that you bring your family and friends to be part of this wonderful and delicious tradition.

The Curry Club in Hicksville is now open 7 days a week!
New Location!


rajesh September 7, 2012 at 5:51 pm

7 Days lunch buffet ….


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