Exploring NYC’s Kips Bay

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August 27, 2020

Just steps away from busy Midtown, Kips Bay features unbeatable waterfront views along the East River. This small enclave also home to some of the best Indian cuisine in the city.

Kips Bay vs. Murray Hill

According to the New York City Department of City Planning, Kips Bay is an area bound by East 34th Street in the north to East 27th Street in the south. Third Avenue marks the western border while the East River marks its eastern border.

Residents of Kips Bay and their northern neighbors, Murray Hill, often can’t agree on where the boundaries are. In 2015, DNAinfo asked residents of both neighborhoods to map out their boundaries. What they got back were overlapping areas between the two neighborhoods. Residents of both neighborhoods lay claim to streets in the low 30s.

219 East 25 Street, #1E Kips Bay, New York

Things to do in Kips Bay

While Kips Bay is a quiet, low key neighborhood compared to places like the Lower East Side, the nabe has all of the basics. The main shopping thoroughfare is located along Second Avenue between East 30th and 33rd Streets. Here you’ll find Fairway Market, retail shops and an AMC theater.

In addition to shops and retail, there’s a New York Public Library location. It was one of the first wheelchair accessible branches built in the city. The neighborhood is also home to several hospitals and medical centers, with NYU’s Langone Center being the largest.

What’s Curry Hill?

A play on Murray Hill, “Curry Hill” in Manhattan refers to pocket of Lexington Avenue between East 26th and 30th Streets that has become known for South Asian cuisine. The street is home to several restaurants offering some of the best Indian food in the city.

While Curry Hill is a pun on Murray Hill, the residents of Kips Bay have claimed that area as their own.

220 East 30 Street Kips Bay, New York

Discover the best Indian restaurants in Kips Bay

Whether you love Indian cuisine or have yet to try it yourself, Kips Bay has plenty of delicious Indian restaurants to choose from. Not only that, but many of these restaurants focus their menu on different regions and cultures. With the variety of dishes, you’ll never get bored of trying out all these places yourself!

1. Sahib

104 Lexington Avenue

This restaurant was opened by Herman Mathur, a twice Michelin-starred chef and restaurateur. He initially started his career at the Taj Hotel in Mumbai before moving to the United States.

Sahib features a menu focused on the cultural history of Northern India. Food is also served in traditional cooking vessels of the region, such as small copper pots.

2. Haldi

102 Lexington Avenue

The restaurant’s name, “haldi” is the word for turmeric in various languages. This is why the dining space is decorated generously with the color yellow.

Additionally, “haldi” represents the chef’s menu influences. Haldi’s menu explores the cuisine of Calcutta’s Jewish population and takes influences from the Marwari and Bengali. This includes dishes such as the hawker fish fry pop with mustard seeds and onions.

3. Desi Galli

101 Lexington Avenue

The name “desi” means people, cultures, and product/services and “galli” symbolizes an alley or street. Focusing on affordable Indian street fare, the restaurant’s menu is reflective of the name.

While the menu focuses on Indian soul food, newer gluten-free options are available for those with allergies. Some delicious street foods you can find here are the pea and paneer kathi roll and the pav bhaji.

4. Pongal

110 Lexington Avenue

The restaurant’s name, “Pongal” refers to an annual harvest festival in Southern India. It was named after the popular sweet rice dish that is made during the festival celebration.

5. Mughlai Indian Cuisine

329 Third Avenue

Mughlai Indian Cuisine serves authentic Indian cuisine and has plenty of the familiar dishes you would expect. This includes lamb vindaloo, chicken curry, Methi malai matar, and golden-fried samosas.

Their food is consistent and can be a great introduction to Indian food for someone who has never tried it before. Best of all, if you dine in, you can often score a rice pudding dessert on the house.

222 East 34 Street, #1919 Kips Bay, New York

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