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By one recent count, there are 141 Indian restaurants in Manhattan, and we guess that a pretty good percentage of them are concentrated in the three-block stretch of Murray Hill, just north of 26th Street, affectionately dubbed, “Curry Hill.”
It’s a little hard to discern precisely how this neighbourhood within a neighbourhood came to be, but our guess is that it’s like other ethnic eating enclaves around town: one family opened for business, which attracted friends who moved close by, who drew even more families, sometimes from the same hometowns, but often just geographic neighbours. The Indian spice mecca, Kalustyan’s, for example, was opened in 1944 by an Armenian immigrant but was soon sold to the owner of a nearby spice-and-sweets shop, and then to a Bangladeshi immigrant and his first cousin in 1988.