Bengal Tiger is a decent no-frills Indian restaurant located in midtown. Ordering takes place at the counter, but it’s not a typical steam table affair. Rather, the food comes out from a concealed kitchen. Our meal was good, not great, but it was filling and inexpensive for its location (a little under $10 for two entrees, rice, and naan).
The sound level was manageable by the counter but loud where we were seated (near the exit) due to unnecessarily loud music and three loud customers. As soon as two of the loud customers left things noticeably improved, even though the last loud customer was exuberant and occasionally squealed with laughter. This cannot be helped and was not the fault of the restaurant, but the loud music made screaming (and squealing) inevitable.
Bengal Tiger was never peaceful or serene, and the noise level only improved after the loud couple left, leaving the room a lot more tolerable and allowing for conversation without much strain. Because it offers good food at a great price for its location, Bengal Tiger is going to be busy at lunch time and one should expect that it will be fairly loud. Your best bet is to visit during off hours or take your food to go.
Sunday through Thursday: 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Street (betw. 5th and 6th Avenues, closer to 6th), New York, NY 11019