The 10 Best Indian BYOB Spots In Manhattan, New York City

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Indian 1 | © hildgrim/Flickr
Photo of Elena Calvo
10 November 2016

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.


Restaurant, Asian, Indian
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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.


Restaurant, Indian, Seafood, Vegetarian
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Saag paneer
Saag paneer | © Jeff Warren/Flickr
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.

Panna II Indian Restaurant

Restaurant, Indian
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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.


Restaurant, Indian, $$$
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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.

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