Corner (102 2nd Ave): Sunny's Florist
Indian Restaurant Row
Actually, most of these are Bengali, not Indian,
which is why they serve beef and not pork. Several are BYOB.
Most are cheap; opinions on quality differ.
Owners/employees of these restaurants were
responsible for founding the mosque on
304: Zerza Bar, Moroccan idiosyncracy;
was Kashmir Tandoori.
306: Coup de Couer (French for ''heart attack''), a boutique,
was Worldly Possessions, aka Back from Guatemala, multicultural crafts.
308: Brick Lane is Indian, not Bengali;
named for a London street known for its curry.
Was Goa Tandoori, a slightly upscale Bengali.
Also Rose of India. In the 1960s,
this address was Electric Lotus.
318: Taj Mahal
320: Angon on the Sixth was
Bombay Dining. Self-described as an ''Indian
322: Raj Mahal was Raga
324: Calcutta, one of the few "Indian" restaurants
with a Bengali-related name
326: Sonali is a favorite of Miranda's
on Sex and the City; also Rose of Bombay
328: Sonar Gaow is filled with strings of lights.
330: Panna, more lights
334: Mitali East, some say the best
of the block's Bengalis. Guitarist Tom Morello
usually eats here when he's in town.
338: For a change of pace: Awash, Ethiopian;
Mara's Homemade, Cajun/Creole. Used to be Guru, a non-Bengali
Indian restaurant that specialized in dosa.
Tribal Soundz: Drums, digeridoos and
342: Bengal Halal Deli & Grocery sells South Asian spices and beer.
Corner: Banjara is a bit fancier than most; it's
named for an Indian people related to the Romani (aka