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Bay Leaf

Midtown West
Although the midtown block on which Calcutta-born chef Peter Gomas does his cooking is bland, Bay Leaf is anything but. Diners sit under framed silk tapestries, pondering an endless menu of North Indian specialties, as friendly-but-rushed waiters deliver food and drinks. Behind a picture window, the busy cook pulls countless tikkas and nans from the tandoor. Like many West Bengalese, Gomas favors seafood, and the house prawns, simmered in a creamy sauce, are a good choice. Lamb kebabs are delectably spiced with cumin and coriander. Bay Leaf offers a respectable wine list, and Indian beers Kingfisher and Taj Mahal help quell any heat.
Venue name: Bay Leaf
Address: 49 W 56th St
New York
10019
Cross street: between Fifth and Sixth Aves
Venue phone: 212-957-1818
Website: http://bayleafnyc.com
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun noon–3pm, 5–11pm; Fri, Sat noon–3pm, 5–11:30pm
Transport: Subway: E to Fifth Ave–53rd St, F to 57th St
Price: Average main course: $25. AmEx, MC, V
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