Baby, it’s cold outside… so why not stay in?
In case you’re planning on having a simple, quiet Christmas at home with your loved ones or just with the cats… we’ve got you covered. We found a list of restaurants that will deliver to your doorstep so you won’t have to trudge through the snow to get dinner. Just remember to leave a good tip!
Moti Mahal Delux
Hello, Upper East Siders! Moti Mahal Delux will deliver authentic Indian cuisine to your door this Christmas. Spicy butter chicken, chewy naans, fresh and crunchy samosas packed with spices and soft potatoes are just some of the specialties. Be sure to try something fresh from the clay oven, like the Cream Murgh Tikka that contains cream cheese marinade and cardamom, a famous Indian spice that generates a strong, sharp flavor, or the house classic Original Tandoori Grilled Chicken. The chicken is succulent and generously seasoned in aromatic spices and lemon juice.
When you hear the name Drunken Munkey, your mind may immediately wander to the infamous kitschy Staten Island dive bar, home of Mob Wives' Big Ang's drunken antics and reality show drama. However, a new infinitely classier (and more accessible) craft cocktail bar and restaurant has opened up on the Upper East Side by the same name. And no, as of yet, there is no relation between the two inebriated primates.
The Upper East Side's The Drunken Munkey serves a selection of classic cocktails, wines, spirits and cordials alongside the comforting Indian dishes, designed as playful throwback to the times of Colonial India (1757-1947).
The MasalaWala is different from most Indian restaurants in NYC. It's not located in Curry Hill, nor is it part of the line of Indian eateries on East 6th Street. For good reason, The MasalaWala purposely offsets itself from the mainstream by occupying a little space on Essex street, just below Houston.
The family owned and operated restaurant came to be upon Satyen Mazumdar's professional retirement; his son, Roni Mazumdar encouraged him to follow his dreams and open up an Indian restaurant. Together, they chose the spot on the Lower East Side, and named the restaurant The MasalaWala, who is the spice maker that Satyen represents in the restaurant’s logo. This labor of love soon became an adored NYC eatery, serving up South Asian street food unlike anywhere else in the city.
Hell's Kitchen, NY -- short of visiting a Dhaba in India for authentic Punjabi fare, simply hop aboard a train to Penn Station for a trip to Patiala. Nestled comfortably along the hustle and bustle of 34th Street and 9th Avenue, Patiala is Hell's Kitchen's newest takeout restaurant offering home-style Punjabi cuisine that's big on flavor but small on price. Slow-cooked is the name of the game, but convenience reigns supreme -- the lightning quick service here ensures that little time is wasted not enjoying your food. But don’t let the fast lines fool you; the attention to quality and emphasis on both freshness and flavor is evident from the moment you walk in.
Desi Galli, a new Indian café, located in the Murray Hill, neighborhood appropriately nicknamed Curry Hill, has opened its doors recently. Owned by the popular Bhatti Indian Grill, Desi Galli serves classic Indian street food staples, such as chicken tikka or lamb bhuna, in a unique and nontraditional way that separates Desi Galli from other Indian eateries.
Recently, ethnic sandwich shops have opened around the city. By taking flavors and ingredients that are outside the comfort zone for many New Yorkers and creating something utterly familiar, such as a sandwich, has been very successfully for many eateries. Desi Galli, which means Indian alley, follows suit of Korean and Vietnamese sandwich shops, such as Kimchi Taco Truck, Num Pang, and others, to create customizable sandwiches using authentic Indian flavors. The foundation for the two sizes of sandwiches (roll-in and slide-in) are India’s world class bread varieties such as Northern India’s parantha, roomali roti, a bread from Central India, and Galli’s own whole wheat vegan parantha bread. Along with traditional fillings found on the "Galli Signature Roll" menu, Desi Galli offers their patrons vegan options such as spiced chickpeas, spiced potatoes, and more.
For anyone interested in Indian culture and cuisine or someone who has never had the opportunity to enjoy the flavorful and intense tastes of India the Varli Food Festival is a not to be missed event. Join Varli Magazine, "The Ultimate Guide to Great Indian Dining" at the Metropolitan Pavillion (125 West 18th Street) on Thursday April 5th at 5 p.m. for the second annual Varli Food Festival, hosted by Emmy-nominated Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi. The festival will also feature a live cooking show demonstration from award winning Master Chef, Sanjeev Kapoor, the host of the popular Indian cooking series, “Khana Khazana,” winner of the ‘Best Cookery Show’ by the Indian Television Academy for the passed twelve years.
Celebrated Indian eatery Junoon is now launching their new lounge menu, which will be available during lunch (Mon-Fri 12-3pm) and dinner (Sun-Thurs 5:30-10:30pm, Fri-Sat 5:30-11pm). Skip to the Flatiron district and pass on regular bites from neighborhood pubs and do something different with your day. Delicious dishes featured on the new menu include spiced naan stuffed with mozzarella and gruyere, topped with roasted garlic and homemade spice blend, eggplant chaat (crispy eggplant dusted with flour and yogurt, tamarind and red onion), and duck gushtaba (freshly ground duck meatballs with green chilies and mint simmered in a saffron, almond and cashew sauce), just to name a few.
Looking for a great place for Indian food but don't know which place to try?
Why not all of them!
At The Varli Food Festival on April 7th, 35 Indian restaurants across NY are offering samples of their best dishes and desserts to all festival-goers. Restaurants include Tamarind, Devi, Junoon, Tulsi, Baluchi's and more.
Celebrate Indian food with cooking demonstrations by 13 Award-Winning Celebrity Chefs, a live cooking show , a documentary on Indian food, and even a picture with your favorite celebrity chef in the photobooth.