NYC’s Best New Restaurants and Bars of 2013 (So Far)

It's shaping up to be another banner year in New York dining—don't fall behind.

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Photo: Liz Barclay

Malai Marke

Neighborhood: East Village
Address and phone: 318 East Sixth Street (Second Avenue) (212) 777-7729
Website: malaimarke.com

East Sixth Street has long been one of the city's most vibrant clusters of Indian restaurants, though aside from a few stalwarts, there aren't too many that stand out from the pack. Malai Marke, recently opened by Shiva Natarajan—who has a few other Indian establishments in Murray Hill—is a reason to get excited about Curry Row once again, with complex and satisfying dishes like milagu (if you like vindaloo, try this spicy curry from Madurai) and Keralan moilee (fish poached in a stew of tumeric and coconut milk). Even the papadums stand out here; they are impossibly light and airy with delicious dipping sauces. The lamb dhansak has a nice balance of sweet and spicy elements, with hearty lentils and a subtle hint of ginger. And shrimp caldeen maintains a refreshing lightness despite being made with a creamy, coridander-spiked coconut broth. Stray beyond the typical masala dishes and venture deeper into the menu—you just might discover your favorite new Indian dish. — Liz Barclay

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