93 1st Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.726318 -73.986655
Neighborhoods: Downtown, East Village
worst indian restaurant – we had a reservation but still we waited for almost 1/2 hrs for our table. service was rude. the rice was overcooked. not a great experience. if you want decor, go to rolph's
CLOUSED BY THE CITY OF NEW YORK – I LOVE RICE & CURRY,2 WEEKS AGO I HAD GUNK FOOD @ PANNA 2,DRY RICE,TERIBLE CURRY,LENTILE SOUP, WAS BAD,BAD,BAD.I KNEW IT SOME THING WRONG,ON OCT.1st I WAS @ MILLON RESTAURENT,I SAW PANNA WAS CLOSED,ASK 4 REASON FOUND OUT BECAUSE OF DIRTY KITCHEN (D.O.H.) HEALTH: CLOUSED DOWN PANNA GARDEN INDIAN RESTAURENT,I DON"T HAVE ANY THING TO RATING PANNA 2 ,
Long may it last – I have been going to Panna II for 13 years now and intend to keep going. My wife and kids love it, too. We tend to visit during off-peak hours, although we do occasionally go on a Friday or Saturday night when the place gets packed. The prices are absurdly cheap, but even if I won the lottery, I would still continue to go. The food may not be up for any awards, but it's still pretty good curry house fare. Service is fast, and yes, at peak times, the wait staff will do their best to manage you out quickly so that they can sit the next table from the line of people outside. Look, at these prices, I don't think you should expect to spend two hours in deep conversation while you run up a $15 check for you and your dining partner. The profit margins at this place are razor thin, so eat up, enjoy the vibe, and get out!
Terrible food – This restaurant was a total waste of time and money. The service is horrible and the food is worse. If you want to taste real indian food go elsewhere.
Panna II is AMAZING and amazingly cheap! – I found Panna II on Citysearch and I'm glad there weren't negative reviews on the front page when I did, because it is now one of my favorite restaurants. When anyone visits me and wants Indian food, I take them to Panna II. The chicken kashmir is quite good and the banana fritters are excellent. And the prices are really amazing. Two people can get soups, appetizers, entrees and dessert for only $20!
My roommate and I have joked that we would get an apartment on 1st Ave just so we could be near Panna II. It's that good. And, yes, it's tacky, but if you want classy, go to Banjara and pay 4xs more. If you want yummy Indian food, friendly service and chili pepper lights, Panna II has no equal.
Do yourself a favor-- when you go up the stairs, be sure to stay to the right!
shove you out the door – The food was mediocre at best (very dry rice, over-cooked chicken, tasteless tandoori) and the staff literally took my brother's plate out from under his fork to get us out of the restaurant in under 30 minutes! If you go out to eat to experience an unusual decor (very unusual and interesting in this case) or restrict yourself to only eating fast food, then this is the place for you. If instead you pay other people to cook food for you because you want to be able to have a conversation with your dining companions and enjoy eating tasty food, go somewhere else.
FABULOUS! – Such great atmopshere! especially on those nights that you've just had more than enough of all the trendy expensive restaurants. The service is incredible and fast- they cork whatever bottle of wine you bring with you! From the insane decor to the very affordable prices and the amazing food. Panna 2 brings trendy and fun to the lower east side, I recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a greatatmosphere and/or great indian food
Yummy yet inexpensive Indian food – Very good Indian food with a price that doesn't hurt the pocket. The beef biryani had a different twist to it (with coconut), but still delicious. Thumbs up too on the shog ponir! Will definitely be back!
Best 10 bucks you'll spend – This place had amazing food, it's definitely worth going to. Even though you are harassed outside by neighboring competing restaurants, and the place is not for the claustrophobic (sp?), AND they really swipe your dish away and replace it with your next course so that they can get you out to get the next group in...it's completely worth it. For 10 bucks you get soup, an appetizer, an entree and dessert. And it's all really great food. So, if you have a sense of humor about it you'll enjoy yourself. Make sure to bring your own booze too.
Good for tourists – As an europian guest it's of course not comparitive with small restaurants in france or italy, but when you have tasted the junkfood in NY.diners, you will really be stonished about tasty, unexpensive menue. The wellness-factor is zero, but it's better than a awfull big-fat-tasteless "american-pizza".
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