Panjabi Grocery and Deli · 5.Vegans, pescatarians and carnivores alike will enjoy the options available at this café in the Union Square area, whose name means “conversation.” You'll have a lot to talk about as you discover their most exclusive versions of Bombay-inspired flavors, such as crispy okra and guacamole or Gupshup fried chicken, and more traditional offerings, such as curried chickpeas and black dahl. Oh, and the buttered naan is absolutely divine. Buy a mango lassi and a nizam roll at this Indian street food store. Choose between a menu to combine with bread (roti, paratha, Mumbai's fluffy bread pav) and fillings (chicken tikka, slow-cooked lamb bhuna, slow-cooked lamb bhuna, paneer with tomatoes and green chilies).
Since the pandemic, the 22-seat venue covered with colorful wall tapestries and cashmere prints has also been offering meal kits. Masalawala %26 Sons is part of the team behind Semma and Dhakama (another place you'll be hearing about shortly). At this spot in Park Slope, they reinvent some of the staples of their childhood in Calcutta and the surrounding West Bengal region, with an emphasis on seafood. Wrap the fish in banana leaves, or try fried fish with spicy mustard as a side dish.
The food is up to what you'll find at Masalawala's sister restaurants, and you'll want to spend the whole night in a big party space. Indians are so dedicated to their gastronomic culture, he observes, that with the appearance of Indian food in the United States, and especially here in New York City, specialized grocery stores appeared that sold samosas and masala vados, contemporary restaurants such as Dhamaka, culinary institutions such as the canteen of the Ganesh temple, and also food carts. The best Indian restaurant in Queens and perhaps in all of New York City, Seva is one of those restaurants that you won't be able to stop talking about until at least two people from your social circle try it for themselves. Recognized for introducing Americans to Indian foods, Sahni founded the cooking school that bears her name in New York City in 1973, and her family roots go back to the same Tamil town as Vice President Kamala Harris.
Here you'll probably try dishes related to four or five different regions of India, some of which are virtually impossible to find elsewhere in New York City. The restaurateur turned to Chintan Pandya, Junoon's student, to reinterpret regional Indian food with local ingredients from New York. There are so many Indian restaurants in New York that committing to one can be as overwhelming as choosing a new mattress.