Mr. India, Newburyport
Standout qualities: Careful preparation and long cooking times yield flavorful curries, tandooris, and of course delicate Indian bread, from naan to puri.
What’s New: Chef Ganesh Bista took over the restaurant from previous owners last summer, updating the space and improving the cuisine.
Insider tip: Bista hails originally from Nepal, in the Himalayan Mountains. For something a little different, explore the Nepalese section of the menu, featuring dishes like Kathmandu Mix Chaw Chaow.
140 High St., Newburyport, 978-465-8600, misterindiacuisine.com
Passage to India, Salem
Insider tip: Don’t order your food spicy unless you really mean it—chefs can quickly crank the heat up to 11.
157 Washington St., Salem, 978-832-2200, passagetoindiasalem.com