Bukhara Grill (Indian Spice Rave)
217 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017
01/21/2012Provided by Citysearch -
Not worth it! The food is pretty average (not bad) but the prices are too high. I am not a price sensitive customer - in fact I like to eat at an upscale place which serves good food. This one is an average place, and the wait staff just mills around. Too many waiters doing really nothing! The tables are crowded together, the menu tablet (yes, it is a big wooden tablet!) is too heavy, and table space is so limited that you have to keep holding it in your hand until the waiters come and take it back from you. We wanted to order the crab from the appetizer section, but the waiter told us it is crab from a can. Then he recommended the dahi papri - and after we ordered it from the menu, he brought the same dish to the table next to us and told them it is a complimentary appetizer. Not a great start for our dinner :) The other thing a reader may find useful to know (we wish we knew before going there) is that there is no street parking nearby, and right across from the restaurant is a parking facility that charges $30 an hour. So our two person dinner ended up costing us close to $180 (after you include parking charges for 2.5 hours). For that kind of money, this place is definitely not worth it.
03/31/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Bukhara Grill honors the flavors and traditions of the North Indian region. The only reason we don't go more often is the pricing but the quality is fantastic.\n\nVeg appetizers to try: mushrooms, fried veg fritters, and paneer tikka from the clay oven that's not on the menu as a starter but ask for it and they'll make it. The veg seekh kabab was average. Papri Chat gets soggy so it must be eaten immediately. \n\nNon-Veg appetizers include chicken malai kabab (very soft and delicious), lamb seekh kabab (spiced to perfection). And the sharabi kabab (chicken tikka). \n\nNOTE - ask for mild seasoning if you're like us and be very specific about how much heat you want otherwise you won't enjoy the food if your mouth is on fire.\n\nPRICES for starters range from $7-$15.\n\nThey are able to accommodate special requests. Things like low-sodium or no added salt are difficult for them since many of the sauces are pre-made but they can definitely cater to health-restricted eating plans so ask.\n\nMain course delights for vegetarians - Grilled Vegetables (healthier option). Dal Bukhara (famous). Yellow Lentil Dal Soup very flavorful but salty. Fried Okra with spices is very unique and tasty - more as an appetizer than a main course. Spinach and mustard greens mixed - not on the menu but it worked. \n\nFor non-veg, they never disappoint. Try whatever you like or are in the mood for. \n\nTry the bread basket. Healthier option is Tandoori Roti - ask for no butter. Rice and the raita made with low-fat yogurt, also good to order for the table. Indian food is meant to be eaten family-style so order with that in mind. You can ask for a main course dish to be made into an appetizer portion and vice versa.\n\nDesserts (if you have any room to eat) - try the Rasgula or rasmalai. Carrot halwa as well. Prices $6-$9.\n\nCheers to Master Chef Bachan Rawat. He and his team are thoughtful and experienced in the kitchen. When a chef is also a partner in the business, you see the invested interest they have in the restaurant.\n\nThey serve alcohol and have an average selection of wines. Better than many other Indian places. I might suggest they get a sommelier but afraid that would jack up the prices.\n\nPRICES for main courses about $14-$25\n\nBukhara Grill has a typical Punjabi Indian flair which is refreshing. Authentic stoneware plates, copper cups for water, the costumes for the staff. \n\nSuggestions to Bukhara - create an appetizer platter called Tour of Bukhara for non-veg and veg. Create a family-style meal for $40 per person and include appetizer, main course, bread, rice, dessert. Create a ""light healthy options"" menu for people with dietary concerns. A menu that's flavorful but doesn't use any salt or sugar. I believe your foods are already fresh and healthy so this is just to be MORE accommodating. Maybe sugar-free dessert (carrot halva with splenda).\n\nThe owners (Raja and Vicky) are always there which helps allow this place to run well. They keep their standards HIGH and maintain them. This is where other Indian restaurants fail. \n\nTry lunch and you can explore the flavors without the high prices. All-you-can-eat lunch buffet for $17. Take out lunch for $15 (you fill your plate with as much food you can pile on to it). They offer boxed take out lunches for $10-$12. \n\nThey understand the business of taking care of their customers. Whether you're a big group or a two-person table for dinner, they will be sure to make the experience memorable. From the huge wooden menu, a Bukhara bib that sets the tone - this place is all about food, eating and a good time.\nBukhara is on E49th btwn 2nd and 3rd Aves.
03/23/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I lived on 50th st, and wanted Indian one day so decided to check this place out. Food was amazing - I love Indian food and eat it quite regularly, but I can say this is one of the best I've had. Very ""normal Indian food"", but done really well. I have it a 4 instead of 5 because of the price (just chicken tikka masala - no bread of rice - is $25), which I would expect at a upscale Indian restaurant but this place doesn't have an upscale feel. Also, waiters try to push more food on you, like suggest things as if they are complimentary when they actually cost $. I don't appreciate places or people that try to drive up the bill without the patron's knowledge so that was a huge turnoff (more than the price). But if you're prepared to spend some $ and remember to ask if something they offer is complimentary, then this is the place to go for Indian food
04/13/2009Provided by Citysearch -
My wife and I met a few of our friends out for dinner and we decided to go for some Indian Food. I had been recommended this place by a few people and wanted to see why they loved this place so much.\n\nWe left the ordering to the waiter and he definitely did not dissapoint us. We started with a great round of tandoori kababs (absolutely amazing) followed by 3 great chicken dishes, a spicy but very tasty lamb dish. The nans were excellent! \n\nOverall we were impressed with the restaurant. I also liked the fact that they had a nice beer and full bar selection. I tried a new beer called 1947 Premium Lager, never heard of it before but the waiter said it was a new beer and people liked it so decided to gave it a shot. My friend on the other hand stuck to his black label and soda. Overall a great night.\n\nDefinitely going back!
Bukhara Grill, the tagline says it all.. ""INDIAN SPICE RAVE""
My GF and I dine at Bukhara often as she lives near it.
The lunch buffet is expensive but is deff worth it. We go often for lunch and the place is packed.
We have gone for dinner only a few times but the same great quality and service is given.
Bukhara is on my top 5 Indian places in NYC
Bukhara Grill, the tagline says it all.. ""INDIAN SPICE RAVE""\nMy GF and I dine at Bukhara often as she lives near it.\nThe lunch buffet is expensive but is deff worth it. We go often for lunch and the place is packed.\nWe have gone for dinner only a few times but the same great quality and service is given.\nBukhara is on my top 5 Indian places in NYC
07/06/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I ABSOLUTELY LOVED BUKHARA GRILL. IT WAS MIND BLOWING AND A GREAT PLACE FOR FAMILY DINNERS. I THOUGHT THIS WAS ONE OF THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN NY. THE DECOR WAS GREAT, THE SERVICE WAS AWESOME, AND THE FOOD WAS FANTASTIC. EVERY WEEKEND WE COME HERE TO ENJOY THE DELICIOUS MOUTHWATERING FOOD. THE FOOD WAS FRESHLY MADE AND YOU COULD WATCH THE CHEFS COOK THROUGH A GLASS WINDOW. THE WATERFALL IN THE BACK WAS NICE AND THE WOODEN CHAIRS MADE IT EVEN BETTER. THE TERRACE UPSTAIRS WAS GREAT AND A NICE PLACE TO HAVE FOOD THERE ON A NICE DAY. THERE WAS A PRIVATE PARTY ROOM. IT REMINDED ME BEING BACK HOME IN INDIA. THE SPICES WERE RICH IN FLAVOR AND THE BAR AND SERVICE WERE TREMENDOUS. LAST TIME I WENT THERE WAS A CELEBRITY HAVING DINNER THERE. THEY HAD A SPECIAL DISH CALLED DAL BUKHARA THAT WAS TASTEFUL AND MOUTHWATERING JUST HOW IT LOOKED AND TASTED. THIS RESTAURANT WAS OUTSTANDING, MIND BLOWING, AND TREMENDOUS RESTAURANT EVER!!! GO BUKHARA AND I HOPE THAT HIS RESTAURANT STAYS FOR CENTURIES!!!!! WWWoOOOwWWW!\n
07/02/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Watch out when you look at the menu prices. When the check comes and you ask why everything is so much more expensive, well, the menu's have the ""old prices."" What? Yes, the menu at the entrance and the menu that you'll order from has the ""old prices."" They won't budge and they will try to intimidate you if you argue with them. I eat out *all the time* and I can't ever remember being told after my meal that I'd been looking at ""old menu prices,"" surprise! Not cool! The food really isn't that good, there are much better Indian restaurants in New York City and there are certainly much more honest and ethical establishments.\n
Overpriced. The food was good, but nothing special. I can only assume from the neighborhood that this place is a tourist trap. There's not much else to say. The place was clean and the service was okay, but I expect these things at any place I eat. \n\nChicken in a curry sauce with basmati rice should not cost more than $30. At $15, I would say the food is good. At $32 I wondered if this chicken was fed caviar and foie gras in a suite at the Waldorf before it was butchered and prepared.\n\nIndian food is great and there is a good amount of fun, trendy and delicious places to eat it in the city. I would not recommend this one.
I love Indian food, but this place is without a doubt NOT worth its money. The entree prices seem okay (although pricy for Indian food), but you'll get charged an additional $7 for rice with some frozen peas in it, and $5 for some bread. If you ask for a beer, you'll immediately get a large one, and be charged another $11. \nThe service was decent, but not very friendly at all (why would they be, they're focused on tourists that come here once in their lifetime). \nI am afraid most of the positive reviews on this website are not from actual customers- way too flat out positive and just not accurate. Seriously, I ended up paying $55 for some chicken with rice and a beer. Are you serious!? \n
12/31/2007Provided by Citysearch -
This place has fantastice Indian food. The food is authentic and good. Drinks are okay, the garlic naan is excellent and comes out about 3X what a normal portion would be. The chicken Masala and Chicken vindaloo are great. Lamb varieties I wasn't as crazy about but then again I'm not that crazy about lamb. Everything fromt he waiter's garb to the copper cups scream authenticity and I love this place. The only thing is, do not sit in the front of the rest in the winter unless you would like to be a frozen over icicle.
08/24/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Bukhara Grill ( Indian Spice Rave) i have been dining at Bukhara for the past 5 years. Everything at BG is the best. I love the look of Bukhara, the wood look is beautiful. The service at Bukhara grill is very good and very helpful. The place is always packed but we always have great fast service. The food at Bukhara is to die for as it is just mouthwattering great. All the kababs and currie dishes are just awsome. I love eating the jumbo shrimps, mushrooms, and the lambchops. for dinner i love chicken makhani, dal bukhara, daibhangan, chicken vindaloo and much much more. Last year we had Bukhara grill cater my sisters wedding, The catering made the party as all our guest loved the food. Bukhara had many cusines at her wedding including Italian, Middle-Eastern, Chinese, and of course Indian. basically to me Bukhara grill is the best indian food out there. make reservations no matter what day you plan on going as they are always packed. and if you get sometime take pictures by the waterfall.
07/12/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Bukhara Grill is truly the Indian Spice Rave. Bukhara Grill is on of the most beautiful Indian Restaurant I have dined at. The wood decor is beautiful. A bunch of us went last week on Friday and it was packed. I would sugest making reservations. We did not make reservations and had to wait for a while but the hostess let us sit at the waterfall seating where we enjoyed some nice drinks. The waterfall seating was amazing as we took many pictures by it. We were taken up to the main dining room, the place was still paced. Our Waiter was very nice and helped us choose our apps. We orderd Hariyali chicken, mushrooms, mal mal kabab , Tandoori Shrimps, and lambchops all of them were verrry verrry goood so authentic. The Main Course was amazing as well as we had Chicken Makhani, Lamb Vindaloo,Kadai Paneer ,Kurkuri Bhindi and the famous Dal Bukhara along with bread. Everything was just awsome. the best indian food i have had. The Staff was very nice as the manager checked up on us and welcomed us and made us feel at home. I reccomened Bukhara Grill To Everyone as it truly is the most authentic Indian in the TriState
03/23/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I had tried their lunch buffet a while ago & thought maybe this is a better place for dinner. because at lunch the quality of food was too poor, just because buffet is cheap, its not right to cut down on the quality completely, everything, all the curries, tasted so similar to me, it looked like it was the same orange red sauce that was used for the vegetables or for the meat, the breads took forever to come, after requesting for three times, thats absolutely rude, seems like they are trying to be everything, now I dont understand why on earth are they trying to make dosas & they were terrible? when its not their domain,\n If i want idli dosas, I'd go to a south indian place not to bukhara? I feel that this restaurant gets a little too much blind praise then it actually deserves, I found the food very ordinary & at outrageous prices at dinner, their rude service and stuffy ambiance has just put me off for good.\n I hate to share bad experiences, but I dont want others to be fooled by these (gotta be fake) 'good' reviews, because I have been fooled by them. We had one of our worst dinners over here, and paid way too much. Lesson learnt.
02/09/2007Provided by Citysearch -
First, my creds: My family is North Indian, and though I was never much for Indian food as a kid (maybe a result of my British-born mother's terrible cooking skills), but in the past 10 or so years, I've really grown to appreciate all kinds of Indian food, and I eat it at least once a week.\n\nThat being said, here is my review: The food at Bukhara is super tasty. I've been the the city location, and I was recently at the Yonkers location. I've only been for the lunch buffets, but both were equally yummy. There were something like 16 dishes (including 2 desserts, which is vitally important for me when eating at a buffet). They also bring us a bread basket of Naan and a masala dosa without our even asking. Sometimes they are a little over-attentive, but it sure beats being ignored. The food is delicious and ""spicy"" but not incredibly hot. There are usually a couple of dishes that remind me of my grandmother's cooking, which validates the authenticity of the food for me. The dessert leaves something to be desired, but to be fair, it can be pretty time-consuming to make a lot of those desserts. Costwise, the buffet is a dollar or two less in Yonkers ($9.95 weekdays/11.95 weekends), but either one is worth it.\n\nOh, and let's not forget: cloth napkins!
11/16/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Well this was the first time i went to Bukhara Grill, Ive been working in nyc for years and always heard my indian friends talking about it. So we all went to bukhara 10 days ago. The place was awsome never saw an indian place like this. I really liked the interior decoration with the wood furniture. We were greated by the hostess who was very sweet and took us up to the main dining room. The Place was packed( They Made Reservations so we were good) Our waiter was very down to earth person and helped me make decisions. The Apps were very good we had a chicken haryali , cottage cheese, mushroom, lamb chops Tandoori Shrimps , and they all were simply delicious, very tender and juicy. Main course we had tikka masala chicken, the lentils (Daal Bukhara i belive), okra, and lamb curry and breads. The food was just great i had a great time. The owners knew my friends so they especially came to meet us and ask if everything was fine. I told them it was my first time and i loved it.
Parking: Street, Please call the restaurant for details.
Bike Parking: No
Cuisines: Asian, Caterers, Indian, Middle Eastern, Bar & Grills
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes