Best Indian Restaurants in Jersey City, New Jersey

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Katherine Oakes

Indian fare is as diverse as the town of Jersey City itself. This expansive country has many variations of popular cuisines spanning from north to south with flavorful dishes defining each region. Thankfully, Jersey City has plenty of options to choose from, in a section of town that’s earned the nickname, “Little Bombay.”

With so many choices, we narrowed it down to the best 15 Indian restaurants to help you find your new favorite spot.

Rasoi

Rasoi comes highly recommended by locals and Indian food-lovers everywhere in large part because of its great price and even greater taste. Come here for the lunch buffet, vegetarian and non-vegetarian plates and authentic Indian flavors.

VaibhaV Indian Spice Journey

Come to VaibhaV Indian Spice Journey not just for that epic name (right?) but for the relaxed atmosphere and the all you can eat buffets. Even though it’s BYOB, you’ll want to taste their artisanal tea selections and enjoy a herbal drink or two. While you’re here try their Chicken Lollipop for some serious Indian comfort food.

Chef of India

Fresh, eclectic with a laid-back atmosphere, Chef India offers plates that are popular in northern and southern India. They pride themselves on serving up authentic Hyderabadi Dum Biryanis, sweet treats and more. Order online and you’ll automatically get 20% off your entire purchase.

Eggmania

To visit an Indian restaurant with an egg-cellent twist, check out Jersey City’s Eggmania where you can dine on Indian-style eggs, Egg curry, egg sandwiches and, well, you get the idea. It’s a fun and healthy take on traditional Indian cuisine.

Sapthagiri

Vegetarian Indian foodies, rejoice! Sapthagiri has an exclusive, vegetarian-only menu that serves mainly northern-style Indian cuisine. Enjoy their relaxed interior, warm ambiance and the breakfast buffet.

Chaska

Chaska is a cozy and ambient Indian restaurant that’s also located in Journal Square. Similar to its neighboring eateries, it features a popular lunch buffet and authentic, fine Indian cusine. Make sure to order a plate of the chili mushrooms and vindaloo, while you’re here.

Vatan

If there’s one thing about Vatan that you can’t miss it’s the large storefront sign with two trumpeting elephants. On the inside, they have traditional floor seats, primarily northern Indian dishes and a section of the menu featuring Indo-Chinese delicacies.

Golconda Chimney

One for all the meat-lovers. Golconda Chimney delivers with their meaty, southern Indian cuisine and even a seafood option, the Golconda Fish Kabab. Grab a table at their welcoming and spacious dining area on Newark Avenue and enjoy!

Biryani Pot

Biryani Pot is known for their fresh ingredients and for serving Indian food with a modern flair. Order their signature dish, a biryani, which is a spiced rice dish with a selection of meats, plus egg, yogurt and dried fruits. Biryani Pot also happens to be a Hyberabadi-Indian-chain restaurant but thanks to its fresh and well-cooked food, you’d never even know.

Raaz

On the other side of town, right in Newport, is a modern Indian restaurant, Raaz. Like any good waterfront eatery, Raaz has an outdoor patio that looks out at the Hudson River and is in the center of the downtown area. Stop here during your lunch break for traditional Indian food or chow down at their weekend brunch.

Shadman

Serving up both Indian and Pakistani plates, Shadman is located on one of Jersey City’s most popular streets, Grove Street. It’s a cozy and quaint space with dishes that have a big taste. Some of the must-have menu items at Shadman include their fresh baked bread, curry dishes or mughlai.

Lotus

Lotus is a local favorite thanks to its relaxed atmosphere, charming storefront and authentic Indian food that’s as good dining in as it is when you take out. Swing by Lotus for some of their Goat Biryani and Chicken Bhunya, plus vegan and vegetarian fare as well.

Shah Taj

If you’re looking for the ultimate hidden gem and local fave, look no further than Shah Taj. While its no-frills exterior could easily deter you from the curbside, here you can find some of the best Indian food in town. Located on Grove Street, come here for a home cooked meal and as they advertise on the front, plenty of Indian “sweets.”

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