513 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Our Rating: ★ ★ Meh
Cards: All Major
Hours: Mon – Sat: 1:00 PM – 11:30 PM; Sunday: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Subway: L to Lorimer Street
NY Mag says:
While it boasts too many Pan-Asian places to count, Williamsburg is severely lacking in Indian options. Brooklynite Alex Azad saw an opportunity, and opened this organic spot in late 2009. White tile floors, bare white walls, and fluorescent lights create a somewhat sterile ambience, but streaming Bollywood music videos and white tablecloths and linen both soften and jazz it up. Aloo masala, with potatoes, corn, and peas in a light, slightly crispy roll, makes a nice starter. An order of naan bread arrives warm and fluffy enough to share. The go-to chicken tikka masala in a tasty cream sauce is especially tender, though under-spiced for most, while beef bhuna gosht, spiced with garlic and ginger, and mixed-vegetable curry harbor more flavor. Besides the standards, the menu offers more-interesting seafood entrées—like shrimp vindaloo and lobster tikka masala—but call first, since availability is limited.
Like Clark Kent without the costume change, Williamsburg’s superhero-themed Action Burger quickly morphed into Comic Burger soon after opening. Unfortunately, it seemed too much effort went into the goofy gimmick, and not enough into the quality of the wares. Its replacement, Curry Heaven, certainly isn’t overreaching in the high-concept department: The clean, no-frills space is purely utilitarian, with no comic-book kitsch in sight. Brooklynite Alex Azad is a first-time restaurant owner, but notes that his chef has over 35 years of experience in the kitchen. The menu incorporates the range of organic Indian cuisine—not sticking to any one region—and covers the basics like chicken tikka masala and tandoori lamb and vegetables.