If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that booze is expensive in New York City. A glass of wine in a restaurant is equal in price, if not pricier, than a bottle at home. So it’s unsurprising that BYOB (bring your own booze) spots are popular alternatives, as guests can enjoy the perks of a meal out without drastically raising the price of their bill. We profile Manhattan’s best Indian BYOB spots.
Operating under a Michelin star chef, Malai Marke offers fantastic coastal Indian seafood, tandoori dishes, vegan specialties, and more. Enjoy the perks of a spectacular meal without the marked up prices of in-house booze.
An East Village presence for more than 29 years, Milon offers a menu of fresh, natural ingredients and traditional Indian spices. All dishes are very reasonably priced, with options like seafood, vegetables, and a selection of flavorful curries. A weekly special is also available, ensuring that this meal out won’t burn any holes in your wallet.
Focusing on North Indian cuisine, Bhatti’s signature dish is the gilauti kebab, made with perfectly spiced, melt-in-your-mouth pieces of lamb. All dishes are reasonably priced, paired with aesthetically pleasing décor.
Offering northern and southern Indian cuisine, Aaheli offers all of your favorite chicken, lamb, seafood, and vegetarian dishes. Feast on chicken tikka masala or saag paneer (cheese with spinach and tomatoes), paired with savory rice, naan bread, and bhajis, or vegetable fritters.
Perfect for vegetarians, Joy offers 20 vegetarian options for the herbivore in all of us. Traditional ingredients and spices are put to good use, plus they deliver to specific neighborhoods if you’re not in the mood for a meal out.
Panna II is ‘where chili pepper lights meets Christmas tree lights.’ With traditional Indian décor, this venue is brightly colored with an authentic vibe. Panna II has been featured on MTV, in the New York Times, in the Village Voice, and more, all of which speak to the delicious authenticity of the food.
With two dining rooms featuring traditional Indian décor, Raj Mahal is the perfect place for a special, home cooked meal. Opt for delivery to enjoy the perks of an expertly-crafted Indian meal at home.
Offering a unique perspective on traditional Indian fare, Pippalli is a warm, cozy dining space that serves delicious Indian dishes. Choose from a wide selection of seafood, chicken, lamb, and vegetarian options.
BYOB until they receive their alcohol license, make the most of Tikka’s temporary policy while you can. Indulge in mughlai biryani – a mix of flavored Basmati rice, whole spices, and garden herbs topped with chicken, lamb, or shrimp. Other classic plates on offer include chicken tikka masala.