Curry Hill

Business Traveller (India) - - INSIDE NEW YORK CITY NEIGHBOURHOODS -

For­merly known as Mur­ray Hill, Curry Hill is tucked into the neigh­bour­hood of Rose Hill run­ning from here un­til 40th Street on Lex­ing­ton Av­enue. Apart from Jack­son Heights, Curry Hill is an­other “lit­tle In­dia” that’s home to a lot of South­east Asians. The en­tire stretch houses pop­u­lar In­dian restau­rants and shops. If you’re crav­ing In­dian flavours, you’ll have a hard time de­cid­ing from Mum­bai’s fast food fran­chisee Kailash Par­bat to Chen­nai’s iconic South In­dian restau­rant Sar­avaana Bha­van. And for a taste of New Delhi, pick be­tween Chote Nawab or Bhatti In­dian Grill for scrump­tious homemade butter chicken along­side butter naan. All lo­cated on Lex­ing­ton Av­enue, this area can be a quick cure for home­sick In­di­ans. Next I en­tered a spice shop called Kalustyan’s

(kalustyans.com; open daily 10am-8pm, Sun­days 11am-7pm), sim­ply be­cause I was drawn in by the aro­mas while walk­ing past it. Judg­ing from the crowds here, it is an easy guess that this store has been pop­u­lar amongst the peo­ple of Curry Hill since 1944. Apart from of­fer­ing a va­ri­ety of In­dian spices, the shop re­tails condi­ments, ready­made In­dian snacks as well as spices from coun­tries like Ar­me­nia, Bangladesh, Egypt, France, Gu­atemala, Jor­dan, Le­banon, Pak­istan and Morocco.

Curry Hill is def­i­nitely a de­bauched visit for the hun­gry soul.

Top and bot­tom: dishes at Muk Eun Ji restau­rant and Kailash Par­bat

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