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India Gate, Buffalo’s longest-serving Indian restaurant, returns to service Friday with a grand buffet and celebratory belly-dancing. Struck by fire in February, the restaurant at 1116 Elmwood Ave. was more badly damaged than it seemed at first, said Jaspal Bath, general manager. “We had to get an all-new hood system in,” said Bath, “and we had to get all new equipme…

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China and India are the world’s two most populous nations. Each have more people than the next five countries put together, and scores of regional cuisines shaped by the cultures, crops and geography of each region. So it's somewhat less than shocking that their culinary circles have overlapped in distinctive ways. One hybrid, known as Indo-Chinese cuisine, was develope…

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Loni Ahmed has wanted to open a restaurant of his own since working at the four-star fine dining standard Jean Georges in Manhattan. After moving to Buffalo and saving money for a decade while driving a cab, he opened Buffalo Tikka House at 23 Allen St. at the beginning of summer. Right in the middle of the neighborhood’s biggest infrastructure project in decades, as…

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While Naan-Tastic, a new Indian fast-casual restaurant in Amherst's Boulevard Consumer Square, doesn't open to the public until 11 a.m. Feb. 22, owners Aman and Ajay Singh held a preview party for the media Tuesday. The sneak peek served as a chance to explore the full menu - with the exception of its four beer taps, as the liquor license has yet to arrive - and explore…

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On Valentine's Day, the Indian cuisine fans of the Northtowns got a present: a purveyor of new Indian delights. New to the area, anyway. Diners in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu know all about Chettinad cuisine, powered by a diverse array of spices, and emphasizing specialties not previously available in Western New York. Nellai Banana Leaf, 4303 Transit Road, Claren…

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Rochester-based fast-casual Indian restaurant Naan-Tastic has finalized the details for its first foray into the Buffalo market. Naan-Tastic will open at 11 a.m. Feb. 22 at 1595 Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst, in the Boulevard Consumer Square next to Blaze Pizza, under the ownership of Ajay and Aman Singh, who learned the trade from their father, Mandeep Singh, at h…

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Longtime Elmwood Avenue Indian restaurant India Gate has been closed for repairs after a Feb. 11 fire. The 11 a.m. blaze was confined to the kitchen of the restaurant at 1116 Elmwood Ave., said owner Jaspal Bath. “The hood system worked properly,” he said. Repairs will begin shortly, with the goal of reopening the restaurant on Feb. 18 or 19, Bath said. “Hopefully we…

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The new Indian restaurant in University Plaza seeks to attract Indian folks and others with its extensive array of colorful housemade Indian sweets. Heart of India, 3500 Main St., Suite 370, opened in the former Dosa Place space last month. The family that runs it has been involved in two Niagara Falls restaurants, but this is the only one they run by themselves, said o…

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Indian food has a reputation for being painfully hot, which it came by honestly, since it includes dishes so fraught with chiles they earn me a stern rebuke from my digestive system. Yet it would be wrong to lump the culinary inventions of a billion cooks under the flamethrower tag, since its diverse cuisines include many dishes that have oodles of flavor, but no discernib…

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Amherst police are investigating the owner of the Taste of India restaurant, senior town officials confirmed to The Buffalo News. Police confiscated financial records, electronic devices and hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash after searching the Sheridan Drive restaurant and the home of owner Deep Singh in late October, court papers show. The raid followed an i…

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Naan-tastic, a Rochester restaurant offering Indian food in a fast-casual format, is planning to open its second store in Amherst. “A lot of people say it’s like a Chipotle, but Indian,” said Aman Singh, who owns the restaurant with his brother, Ajay Singh. It’ll be located in Boulevard Consumer Square, at 1565 Niagara Falls Blvd. “We have an open kitchen concept, an…

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My kids have wondered if there's a curse on 3171 Main St. The University Heights space caught their fancy when it was Eddie's Chophouse, Buffalo's only Chinese barbecue specialist, with red-lacquered pork hanging in a glass case ready for the chopping. Eddie's caught fire and closed. Then came Sandwich Envy, purveyor of eye-popping Iowa-style pork tenderloin sandwiches …

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There are restaurants for special occasions, places for a night of escaping all cares and putting yourself in the hands of professional pamperers. Then there are survival restaurants, commercial kitchens that provide sustenance at prices you can weave into your weekly budget. At survival restaurants, décor is irrelevant. Service means getting what you pay for, in contai…

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Hertel Avenue’s Jewel of India has been taken over by the former owner of Star of India, on Delaware Avenue in Kenmore. The restaurant at 1264 Hertel Ave. is now called New Jewel of India, said owner Kulbir Singh. Singh had cultivated a steady following on Delaware Avenue, but ended up changing restaurants a few months ago. His former place, at 3167 Delaware Ave., Kenmor…

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My favorite accomplishment is getting people to try new ethnic foods. Mexican food has found its way onto most American plates, and it seems like there is take-out Chinese in almost every strip mall, but my favorite ethnic cuisine is Indian. As an Italian man born in Niagara Falls I have gone from craving Sunday sauce to Sunday samosas, much to the chagrin of la mama. If …