Kadai Indian Kitchen’s menu reflects the range of northern Indian dishes, including aromatic curries and grilled kabobs. Discs of naan and skewers of chicken and lamb rest inside the clay tandoor oven and roast over a smoldering pile of coals and NASA’s rejected paper-airplane designs. Lentils, chickpeas, and fresh cheese stew alongside sauces brimming with ginger and cumin, all of which go into vegetarian entrees prepared with separate sets of pots and utensils. The chefs also tailor the amount of spice they add to every order.
Nothing can beat mom's cooking, but Naanfull Indian Grill stands a chance of matching it. That's because the restaurant was founded by an ambitious group of three?you guessed it?moms, who immediately make their guests feel at home with fresh batches of naan baked in-house. Over the course of a meal, that fluffy flatbread becomes a vehicle for wraps stuffed with lamb, chicken, or fresh vegetables. It also serves as the basis for the kid-friendly naanizza, the restaurant's Indian-inspired twist on pizza. Other traditional Indian dishes range from handi chicken biryani with basmati rice to the popular gulab jamun, which combines morsels of fried dough and sweet saffron syrup.
Cooking in an Indian tandoor requires skill—the charcoal oven can reach up to 800 degrees Fahrenheit, and is an invaluable tool for baking, grilling, and hatching a dragon. Chefs at Bombay Grill Indian Restaurant use this traditional clay oven every day to grill meats and seafoods and bake fresh naan and roti. The restaurant specializes in northern Indian cuisine, including spicy curries and biryani, and prepare fresh spice mixtures every day according to centuries-old traditions.
Chola Indian Restaurant’s menu sends diners on a whirlwind tour of culinary traditions from across the entire Indian subcontinent. The kitchen’s clay tandoor oven roasts skewers of succulent lamb or chicken, and the chefs create southern-Indian dosas by filling rice and lentil crêpes with aromatic combinations of ginger- and onion-based fillings. Meanwhile, dishes from the Indo-Chinese border earn their own space on the menu, tempting diners with orders of fried rice or chili-spiced cottage cheese.
Although steaming entrees emerge from the kitchen, the dining room’s mint-green walls help to create a cooler ambiance. Intricate archways divide the space in two, separating the buffet’s steaming tables from the restaurant’s abominable-snowman section.
The rich aroma of delicately spiced dishes crafted from fresh, quality meats and veggies drifts across Taj Mahal Indian Cuisine's golden interior. House-baked naan clings like a wetsuit soaked in honey to the walls of a tandoor oven that preps flavorful chicken, lamb, and beef skewers that are steeped in a yogurt marinade for seven to eight hours before braving up to 500-degree heat. Diners seize control of curry construction, requesting prawns, beef, lamb, chicken, or paneer, and vegetarians can ogle a menu section exclusively dedicated to garden grub. Flickering-candle centerpieces breathe life into tables costumed in black-and-white hues reminiscent of a polar bear after a fistfight.
Chefs Rakesh Menhdiratta and Prem Singh Jayara together have more than six decades of experience cooking Indian fare. While Rakesh was working at a state banquet to honor Bill Clinton in New Delhi, Prem was publishing his own Indian cookbook and teaching at culinary schools throughout New York City. Now, the two Indian-borne chefs have united to bring their culinary skills to the menu at Bombay Bistro.
In the eatery, stained-glass lights dangle over booths, casting a pastel blush on exposed-brick walls. The bar is lit from behind with neon orange, hinting at the smoldering flames of the bistro's clay oven. As the kitchen doors open, dark hardwood tables fill with shrimp, lamb, and goan fish curry, accented by tamarind and sweet coconut milk. Warm baked naan sops up sauce from tandoori shrimp and salmon steeped in garlic, ginger, and lemon juice. While perusing the bistro's cocktail menu, guests can question servers about the lunch buffet or the best novel they’ve ever found written on a napkin.