While not as glamorous as the TriBeCa location, the Flatiron venue flies under the radar in this neighborhood, much like Novita, an Italian spot around the corner. It's not fine dining, but upscale enough to save for a special occasion. But it's also casual enough to call for a reservation on the morning of. The table size is spacious for Manhattan, and despite the average ceiling height, the length of the dining room lends an air of relaxation in comparison to the cramped spaces which are all too common. The seating is comfortable.
The service is excellent, if a little stiff -- While short on personality, the servers know their menus inside & out, are not phased by special dietary restrictions, and are most accommodating with their time. There's zero attitude here. And the bussers work miracles, clearing a table of five, after entrees, on one arm!
The cocktail menu left a little to be desired, but I doubt anyone comes for the drinks alone. The food is the main draw. All the classic flavors & combinations of South Asian cuisine are there, but the kitchen ups the ante with presentation, technique and slight variations to the canon. Highly recommended: The scallop appetizer, the poori as big as a lampshade, the okra entree & vegetarian thali, the lobster masala, the shiitake entree, and all the lamb & goat dishes.
Perfect for: groups of 4 to 6 people, entertaining out-of-town guests, friendly gatherings with casual banter.
Not a good choice for: small children, picky or non-adventurous eaters, groups of ten or more, intimate dates.
Handicapped accessible? Yup!
Reservation required? No, but recommended.
Avg price per? $50 at dinner
Worth it? Yup!
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