Devi, Indian restaurant in NYC, New York - CLOSED

 Devi, Indian restaurant in NYC, New York

Devi, Indian restaurant in NYC, New York

It probably took me a year before going to Devi. Not that I could not get a reservation, but the list of restaurants I would like to visit is long as NewYork offers endless choices. I added it on my list after visiting Tulsi in November 2013, the Chef Hermant Mathur having worked at Devi, allowing the restaurant to receive a Michelin Star in 2007 and 2008. I had high hopes, but, unfortunately, it turned out to be a sad experience, far from the elegant dining experience we were expecting to get. The service was not good, not attentive at all, with maybe some serious issues in the kitchen as the food took forever to come, prompting us to leave without any dessert, as we did not want to wait any longer. Food wise, I found it overpriced for what it was, the quality being far below Tulsi, Tamarind or even Baluchi's that is owned by the same person, Rakesh Aggarwal. 

 Dining room at Devi, Indian restaurant in NYC, New York

Dining room at Devi, Indian restaurant in NYC, New York

The chana masala was just ok, and a bit spicy, although we asked for not spicy and they assured us they could make is as requested.

 Chana Masala at Devi, Indian restaurant in NYC, New York

Chana Masala at Devi, Indian restaurant in NYC, New York

Even eating it with rice, naan or drinking some mango lassi did not help.

 Rice Pulao at Devi, Indian restaurant in NYC, New York

Rice Pulao at Devi, Indian restaurant in NYC, New York

 Naan at Devi, Indian restaurant in NYC, New York

Naan at Devi, Indian restaurant in NYC, New York

 Mango lassi at Devi, Indian restaurant in NYC, New York

Mango lassi at Devi, Indian restaurant in NYC, New York

The chicken tikka masala was average, the sauce being good, but the chicken overcooked and so dry.

 Chicken Tikka Masala at Devi, Indian restaurant in NYC, New York

Chicken Tikka Masala at Devi, Indian restaurant in NYC, New York

However, I enjoyed the dal that, although spicy, was creamy as I like it.

 Dal at Devi, Indian restaurant in NYC, New York

Dal at Devi, Indian restaurant in NYC, New York

So, if you ask me if I would go back, I guess you know I will probably not...

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