By Robert Rubsam and Sabrina Sucato, with additional reporting by Anthony Minda
India is one of the world’s largest and most diverse countries and, as such, hosts a complex and wide-reaching food culture. The nation’s dozens of ethnic, religious, and cultural groups have all made their mark on the cuisine, resulting in a wealth of vegetarian options, halal dishes, inventive curries, and more.
Fortunately, those flavors have made their way to the Hudson Valley, popping up in restaurants from Albany to Brewster. So, the next time you’re craving spicy curry or tempting tikka masala, you can find it all at the Valley’s Indian eateries.
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Suffern
As one of the top Indian restaurants in Suffern, Adaraka’s Indian Kitchen and Bar offers modern interpretation of classic Indian dishes using only the freshest of ingredients. Adaraka offers everything from soups, salads, and East Asian appetizers to Tandoori grilled options and a whole slew of vegetarian options.
 
 
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Irvington
Located in the heart of Irvington, Chutney Masala offers you the best of Indian cuisine in a beautifully decorated eatery. One of the Westchester hotspot’s most popular items, the lamb samosas, offer a crunchy exterior and a flavor-packed lamb center. Of course, the rest of the menu is absolutely to-die-for.
Rhinebeck
Cinnamon began on the side of Route 9, and was long a takeout favorite before moving to its current digs right in the center of Rhinebeck. Founders Chaminda and Shiwanti hail from Sri Lanka and offer a slightly more upscale take on modern Indian cuisine, as well as a number of craft beers.
New Windsor
Between its daily lunch offerings, clay oven specialties, and sizable vegetarian menu, Citrus is beloved by New Windsor locals, who rely upon it as a budget-friendly staple. Citrus also serves Thai cuisine.
Valley Cottage
The cuisine at Valley Cottage’s takeout-only Indian Curry Kitchen is bursting full of authentic flavors. Classics like tikka masala, Kerala fish curry, and Perlan masala make this Rockland County eatery top of mind for Indian food to-go.
 
 
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Brewster
In addition to its extensive, traditional menu, Jaipore is distinguished by its location: a 19th-century mansion that previously served as, among other things, the home of abolitionist Mrs. Henry Ward Beecher, a speakeasy, and Charlie Chaplin Studios.
Latham
Karavalli bills itself as “a gourmet trail of the many diverse regions of India,” highlighting street food, Indo-Chinese cuisine, and specialties from the Karavalli region in Southwest India. Come here for the dishes you just can’t find anywhere else.
Hartsdale
This all-vegetarian spot is focused on street food and is refreshingly casual, with counter service and a BYOB policy. Owner Jasumati Vaghji also offers her own updated take on a number of dishes, including creative paninis, pitas, and okra rolls.
Woodstock
A family-owned eatery in Woodstock, Mountain Gate does authentic Indian fare like papadum, or thin spiced bean wafers, along with a delectable mixed vegetable biryani that’s extra-special alongside basmati rice sprinkled with coconut and almonds.
 
 
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Valhalla
Mughal’s full-service bar and romantic dining area is sure to appeal to all restaurant goers. Looking to dine on budget? The wallet-friendly buffet is available for lunch. Mughal Palace also has a ton of vegetarian dishes sure to wow your taste buds.
Saugerties
This family-owned place is a favorite in the Hudson Valley food scene, with a focus on staples and takeout. Locals love Namaste for the Malai Kofte and Palak Paneer, along with a healthy number of clay oven chicken dishes. Delivery is available on many popular apps.
New Paltz
Looking for a peaceful oasis to sit back, have a drink, and enjoy some modern Indian food? Look no further because New Paltz Indian Restaurant has you covered. Located conveniently down the street from SUNY New Paltz, this Indian restaurant prides itself on its bold flavors and locally harvested ingredients.
Altamont
Nirvana’s full service bar and generous buffet are a dream for upper Hudson Valley diners, who love its expansive menu for the diverse extent of Indian cuisine that focuses on North Indian dairy dishes and coconut-heavy food from the south.
Croton-on-Hudson
Raga Indian Cuisine prides itself on its diverse cuisine and seeks to introduce diners to the flavors of all regions of India. Get lost in the “raga,” or rhythm, of the restaurant and have a good time experiencing new tastes and spices.
Red Hook
Housed in a simple, one-story building on Red Hook’s main street, the Curry House’s fluorescent dining area appears to be nothing special. For those in the know, that’s all the better to keep the trendy away from Mohammed and Maksuda’s outrageously delicious takes on traditional Indian staples.
 
 
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Middletown
Since opening in 2007, Saffron has treated Middletown eaters to fine cuisine that spotlights the flavors of both northern and southern India. A delight for the senses, the menu is wonderfully authentic, with flavorful dishes like kashmiri lamb chops, paneer tikka masala, and aloo gobi masala front and center. Vegetarian options abound, and mild chicken or lamb and rice specials are available for children as well.
Albany
Spicy Mint sets itself apart both as a purveyor of South Indian specialties like Uthappam and Dosa, as well as its Halal-certified meat. The prices are a real draw here, since almost everything is under $15 dollars. As for the flavors, let’s just say they aren’t kidding about the spice.
Wappingers Falls
Executive Chef Manoj Rana uses his extensive years of training to deliver outstanding Indian dishes at Tamarind. The warm chili paneer, chicken Chettinad, and yellow dal Tadka are sure to dazzle your tastebuds. Plus, chic interior design makes this Wappingers Falls eatery a perfect date-night spot.
Fishkill
When it comes to authentic Indian food in the Hudson Valley, Fishkill’s Tanjore is a hidden gem. The eatery satisfies every craving with dishes like lasoni gobi, batter-fried cauliflower sauteed in a tomato and garlic sauce, and spicy chicken vindaloo cooked in a hot and tangy Goan sauce. As far as naan options go, get the cheese version, which comes stuffed with cheddar cheese and cilantro, or the onion kulcha layered with onions and green bell peppers. P.S. You may want to place a second order; the naan is just that good.
Nanuet
Though its menu is considerably smaller than most Indian places, Tulsi’s chefs have tried to sample the best from all over India, from Kashmiri Chicken and Balti Baingan to a special South Indian Fish Moilee and very spicy Indo-Chinese food.

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