There is a separate area L-shaped area that wraps around the main room and it has tables, windows and white floors that compliment both the setting of the restaurant and also introduces a modern cafe like experience. In the first area I spoke of there are orange walls that really lightened up the atmosphere. The setting in Moti Mahal Deluxe is great and so is the food that I had there.
I have some idea of what authentic Indian cuisine tastes like because I am half Indian. The Entrées I had were the Crab Lehsuni (hindi word for garlic) which obviously had crab but was tossed and had garlic and butter with it. Yeah my breath smelled great after that. I also had the Murgh Makhani which is a Moti Mahal Deluxe signature. It's technically a red sauce with pieces of chicken in it that are delicious and irresisitable. I also had a Burrah Kebab that was just wonderful and this was accompanied by everyone's favorite Indian bread, Naan, and some Paratha. The Burrah kebab was sort of sweet but also very tender and had a taste that was unforgettable. To go with this I had a Mango Lassi that was very filling and was sort of a "meal in a cup". And, for all of you that can't tolerate spices, the food is not actually that spicy.
The service and staff were friendly but the time it took for the food to arrive was ridiculous. I had to wait half an hour for everything to come. And even when the food did come I had sort of lost my appetite because I drank that "meal in a cup". So if you aren't patient and have a small appetite this place is not a great option. The staff was helpful but didn't seem to happy to be there.
Even with its flaws this place has fine Indian food and drink and gets whopping 4.1 stars.
|Example of delicious, mouth watering, hot kebabs|
|The wood paneled interiors|
|See that chicken, and just comment if you agree with me, i think that chicken would taste much better on the kebabs|
1149 1st ave.