With countless options for authentic Indian and Pakistani food, we compile a list of restaurants that will surely remind you of your motherland. Be sure to check out their Facebook pages and comment below with your favorite picks.

1. Delhi 6

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Located at: 46 West Old Country Road, Hicksville, NY

Phone No. (516) 719-0770

For more information, visit their Facebook page.

When walking into Delhi 6, the ambiance is beautiful with premier service, and you’ll be sure to eat authentic Indian food. The chicken makhni and paalak paneer are out of this world, along with the other classic vegetarian, seafood and chicken dishes. Portions are not too small but not overly large that you will be eating dry chicken tikka for leftovers.

The one dish that stands out at this restaurant is on the dessert menu- paan ice cream! After a long hot summer day, the craving of ice cream most of us are trying to ignore as we are maintain a “go fit” diet, so the day you decide to cheat, make your way to Delhi 6 and try the paan ice cream.

2. Diwan Restaurant



Located at: 37 Shore Road Port, Washington, NY and 415 S Broadway, Hicksville, New York 11801

Phone No. Washington: (516) 439-4200

Phone No. Hicksville: (516) 513-1057

For more information, visit their Facebook page. 

Diwan Restaurant in Washington is located within scenic views of the Manhasset Bay in Long Island. The Washington location restaurant offers outdoor seating to enjoy the views of the water! For those opting to sit inside, the restaurant is spacious and well-kept. One can expect nothing but the best in terms of service with a friendly and helpful staff. As for the food, there is not one item on the menu that you can go wrong with. The buffet  is especially unique to the restaurant, offering a variety of options in addition to the typical Indian buffet selections, such as delicious prawns!

3. Moti Mahal Delux


Located at: 1149 1st Avenue, New York, NY

Phone No. (212) 371-3535

For more information, visit their Facebook page.

Moti Mahal Delux  is no ordinary Indian restaurant since the first location opened in urban and posh South Delhi in 1975. The first New York City location sits in the heart of Manhattan. The vibe of the high-end restaurant is modern, but the food is authentic, as if one was eating in the motherland. The menu, beginning with appetizers, is full of unique dishes, including golgappa shots. One of the well-known entrees is the tandoori chicken, which is prepared in the classic clay oven that dates back to the early 1920s. Among the array of entrees, other signature Indian dishes include the gohst biryani and paneer makhni. To top it off, the seafood options are endless, and one dish that particularly stands out is their lobster masala.

4. Bukhara Grill

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Located at: 217 East 49th Street, New York, NY

Phone No. (212) 888-2839

For more information, visit their Facebook page. 

Bukhara Grill is located in the prime of New York City, which offers by far one of the best Indian buffets in the area. The chicken makhni is the perfect blend of spices and masala. The savory taste is not too thick and mixes well with the legendary saag and dal makhi. The fusion factor of chili chicken is the precise level of spice. The naan is made-to-order, so whether crispy or fluffy is your preference, you will be satisfied!

5. Akbar Restaurant

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Located at: 2 South Street, Garden City, NY

Phone No. (516) 357-8300

For more information, visit their Facebook page. 

Akbar Restaurant, familiar to many as a catering hall for many South Asian weddings and events, also serves as a restaurant. Akbar is known for its fish amritsari, kati rolls, chilli fried shrimp, tadka daal and bhaingan bharta, just to name a few. In addition to its convenient location in Long Island, its spacious in-and-outdoor setting, the food never disappoints a hungry wedding party at their catering hall. Using the perfect blend of masala and spices without making their curries too creamy, the Akbar chefs knows how to find the happy medium in authentic Indian food.