99 Lexington Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1001640.742069 -73.982750
Daily, 11am-3pm and 5pm-10:30pm
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Kips Bay
I lodged a complaint against this restaurant staff for their inhuman and disrespectful behavior towards women in 2008. They were investigated and found guilty. However the damage has been done to ones self respect. I urge every one who really respects themselves to avoid this place. I think Mr. KHAN needs to understand that in America you can't treat women like that and get away with it like he does where ever he comes from!
Subpar Food and Racist Service – Okay food and TERRIBLE (very RACIST) service. Avoid at all costs. Just go across the street to Dhaba or Cinammon for better food and service. Oh and read below for a crazy story about how racist and nasty the manager is!
I have been going to Curry Leaf for about 6 years now. Typically the food had been good and the service had been lacking but I still went there anyway because I thought the food made up for the lacking service. BUT after my TERRIBLE experience with both food+service last week, I will never step in there again. I was thoroughly humiliated and infuriated at how racist the manager is.
So, last week I ordered my paneer makhani and dal makhani (curries) to be medium spicy but they came out being incredibly spicy (HOT). It was so hot that my eyes started watering after just one bite. I tried eating the curry with rice and raita (yogurt) but still the spiciness was too much for me to handle. Let me also add that I am Indian and I can really take the heat in spicy curries. So, you can imagine how ridiculously hot the curry must have been! I complained to the waiter and he didn't really react or do anything about it.
I ate a few more bites of the naan and rice (with very little curry), got the check, paid and gave a lower (10%) tip than usual (20%) because I was unhappy with both the food and the service. However, because I had been coming here for so long and had brought many friends to the restaurant, I wanted to give the manager (the guy that is also the bartender) some feedback.
I went up to him and told him that this was the second time in a row my food had been VERY spicy and nothing was done about it which is why I left a smaller tip than usual (20%). He started yelling back and wouldn't let me get a word in. He said that I didn't tip well because I am Indian and I am cheap. I couldn't believe what he had just said. I replied that this had nothing to do with being Indian and besides I am American. He shouted back loudly in front of the entire restaurant on a Friday during dinner time saying "No. You are Indian. You are cheap. Get out".
This behavior was totally uncalled for. The Manager was just outright nasty and racist to me when all I was trying to do was to help him by giving him feedback because his restaurant had failed to deliver twice in a row! Clearly, this man does not take feedback well.
I was shocked and will advise all my friends to boycott this place. There are plenty of better Indian restaurants in the area. Hit them up instead and save yourself a heartburn and embarrassment.
Chicken Tikka Masala was not so great – Compared the chicken tikka masala here to that from Copper Chimney. This one had sauce that was watery and kind of greasy, whereas the copper chimney had a thicker sauce. For this dish, i would go elsewhere.
Worst place – i have no doubt n saying this is the worst place i ever tried for food.very unprofessional people.manager is very rude.food is very suboptimal, place looks unhygenic(saw roches),saw waiters picking there nose.gross. would never go there again.if u guys have concern about hygeine,care about ur money,want to have decent meal--then this is not the place for u.if there was a star less than one i would choose that
Best of Curry Hill – I've tried most of the places in the neighborhood, eating everywhere from Haandi to, well, places that closed because they didn't deserve to stay open. Yes, the portions are smaller. Yes, the food costs more. You might be inclined to think the money was spent on the interior design and perhaps it was. The reason you should go though is the food hands down rocks. It's not on par with Tamarind, but they don't try to be.
rude rude service; unless you are white anglo american – Horrible service. I am never going back again! Our waiter was abrupt, cold and short with our table; weird attitude like he was too good to wait on us. I have been there several times and have noticed (and finally confirmed) a pattern - you get better service if you are white. I am so disgusted. To top it off - the white customers got free deserts while we did not. Try any of the many other Indian restaurants on the block. stay away!!!!
Great food, lots of food, efficient service – Curry Leaf
99 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10016-8904View Map
Wednesday night I went along with my co-workers down to Manhattan for some din din!
They had dinned here before and were raving about it.
We enjoyed the sauces that begin the meal!
Then we ordered more food than we should have!
We stared with Pakoras ? mixed veggie and meat, and the Tandoori Appetizer
Prawns Vindaloo, Chicken Vindaloo, Lamb Bhuna Punjabi, chicken Jalfrezi , saag paneer, Aloo Gobi, and 3 types of naan. I?d reocmmend less food.
The lamb was to die for and the vindaloo had a great spice content.
Saag Paneer was ok, I?d get the daal next time!
We also tried the Indian Beer. I got the Taj Majal. Pretty good taste.
The wait staff was very efficient. Not the friendliest, but always there!
Definitely a great meal!
Good, cheap Indian food – Went here with a first-time Indian food eater... so I was kind of nervous picking a place.. a friend suggested Curry Leaf and I was quite happy with my choice. The food was good, we got a table immediately (we went on a Wed night) and their menu, although not anything special, was pretty good.
They could too a teeny bit of improvement on the service... and I feel like this is written on a lot of reviews, so I dont want you to think its horrible (i've experienced that, too, elsewhere), but as the place got busier, I think they kind of forgot about us...but, when they did come over, they were really nice, so I wasn't as annoyed as I think I might have been. Overall, worth a visit, especially if you're looking for low-key.
Great and Affordable Indian – With a million Indian restaurnts in Murray (Curry) Hill, this place is definitly where to go. The prices are lower than anywhere around, and the portions are bigger as well. I got the curry chicken and my boyfriend got the Tandori chicken with Naan. Both were very good, and great to eat with the rice and naan. The only thing which wasn't a great ending to the meal was that one of the pieces of my boyfriends tandori chicken wasn't cooked all the way. We showed it to the waitstaff and they claimed it was cooked, but took it back and gave us another piece.
Strange – The owner is a very friendly guy who knows how to treat customers. The staff however is another story. You get a slightly creepy feeling about them. I'm very suspicious every time I order from this place. I check and double check my bags and purchases to make sure I have everything and that there are "foreighn objects" in it. But I don't do that when the owner is handling things. Just the servers. They give me the creeps. Maybe they would prefer strictly indian customers. The food is ok though.
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