104 2nd Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.727416 -73.988157
Neighborhoods: East Village, Downtown
Editorial Review – New York chain of Indian restaurants serving seafood, lamb, chicken and vegetarian dishes, available for takeout and delivery.
User review by poopimacgee – I used to go to this Baluchis all the time with my wife, then we stopped for a little while. When we went back recently we found that it had changed and not for the better. They did not serve any papadam or chutney like they used to, we had to keep on asking for water and it took a long time for us to be waited on (and the place was not crowded). But the biggest smack in the face came at the end. I normally eat a lot of rice, so I asked for an extra serving. When I got the check, I found that they charged me for it! Most Indian restaurants don't charge for extra rice! Needless to say, I was deeply offended by this. The food was decent, but not worth the cost, especially considering the service. I won't be going back there again.
Manager Is Complete Imbicile – Baluchi's has solid food and a nice decor at reasonable prices. The only problem is that the manager is a complete incompetent. He offers subpar service and has no personality. In fact, it appears he is going to go postal at any moment.
Skip this location and go to the one in Soho.
There is no excuse for such lousy service!
The Best Indian Food Around – I'm not sure why these other reviewers are whining so much. The food at this place is 'gourmet' Indian cuisine. Its not curry in a slurry crap, and regular run of the mill food. The food is excellent and I have found this location at 104 2nd Avenue to be the most consistent with its food and short menu. The best dishes are the 'paneer bhurji', the 'Baluchi Shrimp Curry' and 'Chicken Makhani'. The manager had an uncanny knack of getting the most rare and eclectic music comprising of indian/trance/dub/fusion to add to the ambience. However, in the summer of 2003, it seems the management has changed and the great big door has been replaced for a glass front ridding itself of the dark romantic getup. Food is still great and comparitively inexpensive. Definite go if you're used to good Indian restaurant food from abroad.
Overpriced, mediocre – Paying this much $$$ for basic Indian food is ridiculous...Baluchi's adds salt to the injury by serving up overcooked, overspiced and all-round mediocre food.
just plain good – If you're in the 'hood looking for Indian food, are afraid of some of the restaurants on 6th street and don't want anything trying to be "nouveau" indian with the associated price tag/small portions - you can count on baluchi's. it's not a fancy place, but atmosphere is fine, food is good, prices are reasonable.
overhyped, overpriced, underwhelming – the food was undercooked-the sauce watery, and the vegetables raw. and for this i had to shell out a small fortune? (not even to mention baluchi's, most irrtatingly, chages you extra for rice and all and sundry condiments!) i don't think so! this happened specifically at this location, but it had happened on enough many occassions on several other baluchi's last couple years for one to conclude that baluchi's has lost it. go to any corned indian restaurant, and the little india strip along east 6 st rules supreme!
what happened? – This restaurant used to be our regular Thursday night dinner location. During the course of the past 3 months, the chef and staff changed and it was not for the better. I wish they would change back to what it was before. The food now is inconsistent.
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