Ready, Set, Eat: Prepping Your Taste Buds for India
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Ready, Set, Eat: Prepping Your Taste Buds for India

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To prepare for a journey to India, we suggest finding some spots closer to home to rev up your tastebuds for a trip around this fabled country.


North America hosts the third largest population of Indians living outside their home country, more than in Canada and the UK combined. Good news if you live in or near New York, Atlanta, Raleigh-Durham, N.C., Baltimore, Washington D.C., Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco or anywhere in New Jersey. More Indian-Americans live in those cities than anywhere else in the country, bringing with them their culinary prowess. In fact, you should plan to visit the following restaurants the next chance you get:


If you live in Seattle, you’re doubly in luck. Listed “among the finest Indian restaurants in the world” by the New York TimesVij’s in Vancouver is a quick border crossing away.

New York

If you live in Manhattan, go directly to Michelin-starred Junoon. Pair dishes with wines from its 250-label list. Repeat as necessary. 

Washington, D.C.

With well over 750 five-star customer reviews on Yelp, folks in Washington, D.C. cannot stop raving about Rasika. If you go, be sure to try the Palak Chaat, a crispy spinach appetizer. 

Want more? Check out Travel + Leisure’s list of top Indian restaurants in the United States for a roundup of options. Ready for the real deal? Visit our Trip Finder to see which of our private jet journeys touch down in this culinary rich country.

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