Hurry in for curry - Five NYC hot spots curry you’ll crave

...but take your time enjoying every bite

Are you a curry craver who can't get enough of the complex and savory taste? Who could blame you since, "Curry sauce is one of the most flavorful of all sauces in existence and forms the basis of an infinite number of deliciously complex dishes," according to The Spruce.Spices and herbs make curry something truly special, and every chef has their own take on their sublime sauces. Dishes across the Big Apple are covered in curry, and these five restaurants know how to do it right. Dine out and dig in!

Dhaba Indian Cuisine

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Great taste is cooking up at Dhaba, where curry dishes are made by the highly-acclaimed staff lead by founder, Shiva Natarajan, who owns a number of restaurants across the city. Featuring foods from several areas of India, her menu is eclectic and traditional, with curry at the forefront of many of her most popular dishes. Midday diners enjoy the lavish lunch buffet for the opportunity to sample a variety of Dhaba's delights. Some curry-based favorites include vindaloo curry (hot and spicy with dry red chilies, vinegar, and potatoes), korma curry (mild and creamy with cashews, raisins, and fenugreek), and saag curry (spinach puree, light cream, and roasted spices). Wash all that spice down with a refreshing sweet mango lassi, finish off with cardamom milk balls in sugar syrup, and your palate will be pleased. Dhaba = delicious!

108 Lexington Ave., New York, NY

Vatan

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$34 for all-you-can-eat is a steal when you come to learn how extraordinary Vatan's dishes are. And not only is the curry exceptional, but the restaurant features menus for those who eat gluten- or nut-free, as well as vegan. But let's get back to the curry. Ful-cobi (curried cauliflower and peas), batata nu sak (curried potatoes), tindola nu sak (curried ivy gourd), and moong (curried moong beans) are some of Vatan's specialties. Enjoyed with puri (puffed whole wheat bread) or roti (whole wheat flatbread), diners are crazy for curry and go back for more. Save room for homemade Indian ice cream, and the all-you-can-eat meal is complete.

409 3rd Ave., New York, NY

Amma

Via yelp.com

Noted for its Northern Indian specialties and chef's tasting menu, Amma is a small, but special spot for curry on the East side of Manhattan. The appetizers are tempting - including samosas, crab cakes, and kebabs, but don't overdo it or else you'll miss out on the curry dishes they're known for. Goan fish curry (tilapia in coconut, tomato, and cocum curry) is unique, and vaisakhi shrimp curry (mint, cilantro, and green chili sauce) is truly something special… and spicy! But if you can't decide or you want a bite of a bit of everything, opt for the $50 tasting menu for the true Amma experience.

246 E. 51st St., New York, NY

Nirvana

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Whether you like a lounge atmosphere or a more traditional dining space, Nirvana restaurant will woo you in with its décor and delicacies. They call their place "Indian culinary bliss," and we couldn't have said it better ourselves. Get exotic with goat curry served country-style (on the bone) or feast on fish curry (their fresh catch fillet with spiced onion, tomato, coconut sauce, and ginger garlic). With a side of lemon rice and fresh-out-the-oven garlic naan bread, you will feel like you've reached Nirvana in more ways than one!

346 Lexington Ave., New York, NY

Spice Symphony

Via yelp.com

With two locations in Manhattan, Spice Symphony is music to any curry-loving diner's ears. A fusion of Indian and Chinese fare, the restaurant's comprehensive menu is unique and delectable. And when curry is top of mind, Spice Symphony knows how to orchestrate the perfect dish. Fish lovers enjoy their kerala fish curry (fresh fish fillet with spices simmered in curry leaves and tamarind). Even their starters are catered to the curry crowd. Curried cauliflower soup with celery and carrots is a kick-start to a delicious meal. And don't skimp on the side dishes. Madras vegetables - spicy curry-flavored mixed veggies - is healthy and full of flavor. Spice Symphony will get your standing ovation!

150 E. 50th St., New York, NY

182 Lexington Ave., New York, NY

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But sometimes the places set up to capture the fun and fright of the Halloween season for paying customers can be far more horrifying than any ghost stories. These "fake" haunted houses will leave you genuinely haunted.



Pennhurst Haunted Asylum

So spoooky!

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Pennhurst Asylum was in operation from 1908-1987 in the small town of Spring City, Pennsylvania. While we don't have all the records of the residents' experiences there, it doesn't take much imagination to realize that this building was home to true horrors. In many ways, 1908 wasn't that long ago, but in terms of mental health treatment—especially in small-town Pennsylvania—it was absolutely the dark ages. This was the time of lobotomies, straight jackets, and shock therapy. Whatever the jump scares and fake blood contribute to the fear you will feel walking through Pennhurst Asylum's aging, echoing halls, they can't come close to the deep, sinking feeling caused by the deep history of torment that has left its imprint on the very fabric of the place. Four spooky skulls out of five.

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Haunted Trap House

Like this, but less 90s

In Centreville, Maryand, in the year 1989, a group of visionaries were struck by a bolt of inspiration. What if—instead of zombies and werewolves and demons, and all the stuff out of children's nightmares—what if they filled their haunted house with the real-world nightmares that were actually infesting their city, killing their residents, and generally afflicting every corner of the entire nation. Thus, the Haunted Crack House was born. Since renamed the Haunted Trap House, it's ostensibly an educational experience on the dangers of drug use, it features simulations of overdoses, arrests, and shootings, as well as actual former convicts who are paid to draw on their real experiences to make your visit as terrifying as possible. This kind of fetishizing of human misery to capitalize on the Halloween season is as despicable as it is spooky. Four-and-a-half skulls out of five.

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McKamey Manor

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Donald Vann's House of Horrors

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With fall weather making us all eager to spend more time outdoors, it's the perfect time of year to pay a visit to the zoo.

Just about every major city has a zoo where visitors can get up close and personal with wild animals, but of course, not all zoos are created equal. Particularly if you've watched Tiger King, you probably already know that some zoos do much more harm than good.


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San Diego Zoo

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Austin Zoo

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Indianapolis Zoo

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Woodland Park Zoo

Located in Seattle, Washington, the Woodland Park Zoo is one of the country's most ethical zoos. They focus on recreating their animals' natural habitats as closely as possible, and the zoo also has conservationist breeding programs on-site to help grow the populations of endangered species.

St. Louis Zoo

Not only is the St. Louis Zoo free to visit, but it's absolutely massive; here, you'll find 19,000 animals from 600 species over a sprawling 90 acres. According to their website, the zoo has "witnessed dozens of cheetah births, hatched and reared endangered Micronesian kingfishers and returned Puerto Rican crested toad tadpoles to ponds in their native homeland—to name only a few successes." The St. Louis Zoo also has a program called the WildCare Institute, which takes a holistic approach to healing troubled ecosystems.

Bronx Zoo

The Bronx Zoo might not be the first attraction you think of when it comes to New York City's outer boroughs, but it offers a much-needed slice of wildlife in the concrete jungle. This zoo is home to award-winning habitats that span over 265 acres. Outside of the city, the Bronx Zoo employs thousands of conservationists who work to protect endangered exotic animals in the world's most threatened environments.

Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

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Columbus Zoo

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Alaska Zoo

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Denver Zoo

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