49 W 56TH St, New York, NY | Directions 1001940.763276 -73.976739
Mon. - Sun. 24 Hours
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Clinton
One of the finest indian places in town – I've been to this place twice and both times I've walked away with a feeling of pure contentment over a wonderful meal. Decor is ok, service is prompt and the food selection is really good. I felt that the wines are slightly on the pricier side and if you order by the glass, you're stuck with house wines. Beyond that, no complains whatsoever.
Good for small parties and groups; good service; best indian in city – We went to Bay Leaf after a few years of having not gone and I do not know why we ever stopped coming here. My buddy had a small birthday party for his fiance the other day. There was about 15 of us all togethor and I must say we all had a really good time. We spent about 3 hours just eating and drinking. Drinks were on point as was the food and the servers kept them both coming. I think we ordered just about every tandoori sizzler on the menu. Fantastic lamb chops and kebabs; perfectly spiced and crispy on the outside while tender and juicy on the inside. Prices were reasonable but compared to the Indian places I have been eating at recently Bay Leaf is tops in terms of food and service. It seems these day that most Indian places look very modern and trendy in decor but when the food arrives the quailty is lacking. Too many all star chefs out there trying to compete not enough reliable good food. If tasty, well spiced Indian is what you look for then BL is the spot.
Best chicken tikka masala I have ever had! Great customer service – We finally had a chance to visit Bay Leaf the other night and I have to say that they have the best chicken tikka masala in the world! A perfect blend of sweet and spice with the most tender strips of chicken - this dish is amazing. We also had the tandoori lamb chops which were huge, tender and delicious; a great fish curry and and excellent saag paneer. The service was really good too, our server made us a house chai that was not on the menu even though we could tell that he was really busy. Not only that but the manager overheard me mention to my friends how 1 of the 3 naans we ordered was a little dry so he sent two more over gratis, that were perfectly hot, fluffy, and buttered. I don't know what the other reviewers problem was exactly but we are all Indian and are well traveled so we know what good food and service are worldwide. This is truly a standout and I just wish I was in New York more often for this places food. We will be back!!!
worst service and subpar food ----- not worth the ratings – With all the hype in citysearch and good ratings, i went to this restaurant last Saturday. Actually the decor was good but except that everything was pathetic. I ordered assorted appetizer, but it didn't show up after 20 minutes so i checked with my waiter who was sticking by the computer all the time and showing his back toward us. he told it was gonna come in 5 minutes.Then he went to kitchen frowning and came with our appetizer right away, which was cold and stale. For our entree we had ordered fenugreek chicken and a vegetable dish. Our chicken wasn't cooked well and vegetable had some awful smell. We had to ask for water couple of times since the chicken was too spicy for my wife. Again we had to see our waiter's back all the time when we were eating. I had to pour wine all the time. Our waiter didn't even bothered to ask for dessert.
I will never go back to this restaurant never ever and leave those unattaintive waiters unbothered.
Cold staff, bland food – I was very disappointed considering I had been looking forward to trying Indian food for quite some time. My only prior exposure was a kosher Indian place near my parents...which seems like a paradox to begin with. So I go with an open mind. We ordered mulligatawny soup (bland bland bland), my boyfriend severely doctored it up with whatever it was they put down to go with the pita bread. We ordered a vegetarian dish, which was actually pretty good - the only saving grace. We order a fish dish, which claimed to be a filet; however it tasted like something right out of the Hudson somebody went and paid some guy for fishing on the pier.... the service was terrible, the wait staff was laughing as they served our food which was extremely rude and something you just don't do. My boyfriend complained afterwards to management, and the only thing they did was send us some free rice pudding (which I don't even like). They didn't take anything off the bill, and didn't really seem to find our outrage worth their time. I will not be going back, no repeat offender here. I suggest a boycott....
Always gracious hosts, food is reliably very good. – Don't know what the problem was with the other poster. I was just there with my family and we had a ball. Great host. Made tea for us special upon request. The nan is sold by the order, maybe that was the issue. I have been to places where the nan keeps coming. I love this place and am taking out of town friends there tomorrow.
Perfect Spot for Late Fall Supper !! – Bay leaf was the perfect spot for a late fall supper!! A friend put me on to Bay Leaf and my husband, I and a few friends really had a very enjoyable time. We sat back by their "tandoor" - cute, open clay ovens behind a huge glass front - and it was such a treat to watch them prepare some of their juicy meat dishes and fluffy "naans". I also found that the staff was very helpful and friendly in guiding us, as we are still new to Indian food. Their lamb dishes were cooked perfectly with just the right amount of spices. I particularly liked this almond and saffron lamb dish we had. Overall, Bay Leaf is a must for those wanting to get a great taste for Indian cuisine!! 2 thumbs up !!!
Not for Indians – This restaurant was highly recommended by a friend of mine. I went there expecting good food and good service. The food was decent. The service, however, sucked!!! The staff caters to non-Indian patrons only. If you are Indian, be prepared to wait longer than the non-Indian patrons for your drinks and your meal. I have experienced this on more than one occasion. If you're going for just the food, it's a decent place. If you're going for the experience, I wouldn't recommend it.
A golden nugget in midtown! – Best upscale Indian fare I have ever had AND the food preparations are not greasy! Even though it is centrally located in Midtown, I still find that most people find out about this place via word of mouth! And wow is this place a find! I especially enjoy sitting outside as of late, as they also have a very cute, enclosed sidewalk café! Experiencing such refined culinary fare while sitting outside and people watching proves to be a great time. Especially, with some of their ice cold Indian beers (for my boyfriend) or a martini (me)! Kudos to Bay Leaf!
Great Food, good service – All the food are delicious. We had several birthdays there and was able to sample a vareity of dishes all which was wonderful. Also had a lovely strawberry serbert shaped in a rose. A bit pricy but so worth it.
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