My wife Megan and myself recently celebrated our sixth wedding anniversary. To commemorate our six years of wedded bliss, we went to Brick Lane Curry House, located at 235 East 53rd Street #1, in Midtown Manhattan. We had been there once before; I used to work right in that area. Brick Lane Curry House is one of a number of Indian restaurants in the area known sometimes as Curry Hill. They usually have similar menus, and lunch buffets. I had wanted to try it originally because it appeared on the show Man vs Food, when the host took the phaal challenge. Phaal is a kind of insanely hot curry this place has…I thought about trying it, but didn’t do it the first time I was there, or this time either. Maybe in my younger days I would have given it a shot. We started with a pair of vegetable samosas, which cost nine dollars. A picture is below.
The picture quality on my camera phone isn’t great, and the place was pretty dark, but you get the idea. These were delicious, with two to an order. The pastry crust was crispy, but thick enough to contain the puree of potatoes and peas, which was perfect when topped off with a dab of chutney. Then it was on to the main course. My wife got chicken saag, which is chicken with spinach. Needless to say, it didn’t appeal to me much. I got the chicken vindaloo, which cost twenty dollars. A picture of it is below.
It also came with rice and peas pilaf, below.
Lastly, we got two orders of garlic naan, which cost five dollars each. They also have several other varieties of naan, but we pretty much always order garlic; it’s the old standby.
The naan was delicious, fluffy yet crispy, buttery, with big pieces of garlic. The rice and peas pilaf was fine, nothing special. The chicken vindaloo was seriously super-fiery, as the server had warned me. I tasted the heat of the peppers with the first bite, and, as I continued eating, I broke out in sweat across my brow and under my armpits. It definitely cleared up my sinuses! I had no one to blame but myself ordering something so hot, as I have the tendency to do, so no problems there.
Really, all the food was fine, or better than fine…the only problem, really, was the price. I know we were in Midtown, and things are going to be more expensive there than they are in our neighborhood, Bay Ridge, for instance, but it still kind of sucked paying more for each item than we might have elsewhere. The vindaloo, for instance, would have run us twelve dollars around here versus twenty there, and the samosas for nine would have been six here. Her entree was overpriced too. With two glasses of wine for Megan and two beers for me, plus tip, our bill was over a hundred dollars. A similar meal here would have been about sixty. So, do I recommend Brick Lane Curry House? I do, based on the quality of the meal, but it would have to be an occasional choice, unless you have no problem paying for overpriced food. In any event, it was a happy anniversary dinner, and a good time was had by both of us.