Diners at Blue Lotus can immerse their taste buds in flavors from all the main regions in India. The eatery's chefs have mastered popular dishes from the diverse country, everything from Mumbai-style chaats to tandoori recipes from the north to chicken chettinad?a Tamilnadu entree of chicken in a spicy black-pepper-and-roasted-coconut sauce. They also blend Indian flavors with those from other countries, creating hybrid Indo-Chinese eats such as gobi Manchurian and Anglo-Indian eats such as lamb mirchiwala with green chilis, ginger, and coriander.
Unified by their love of skillfully spiced Indian cuisine, the chefs at Amiya craft distinctive menus for their two locations. The Jersey City location's menu features traditional elements such as spicy curries, homemade paneer, and tandoor-roasted lamb and lobster, as well as a selection of Indian-Chinese fusion dishes. The classics from the
Parsippany location's menu are joined by creative flavors such as pomegranate-tequila shrimp and wasabi-crusted crab cakes.
Though their cuisine differs, the two spots are linked by an ultralong zipline and their upscale contemporary decor. In Jersey City, crisp white tablecloths pop against warm mango and persimmon walls, and a cushy, curvaceous booth spans two walls. Golden statuettes watch over the Parsippany dining room from small nooks in the walls, and an attached bar and lounge glows bright yellow and blue. Patrons sample cocktails and tapas plates, and on Friday nights hop up to the mic for Bollywood karaoke.
Though Mantra Head Chef Purvesh Patel is known for his creative takes on Indian cuisine—including chaat, or snack food, garnished with tender lobster meat—his careful, French-inspired cooking also leaves its mark on the menu’s traditional entrees. "Each ingredient seemed to have bathed for just the right number of hours in its yogurt marinade; each was precisely cooked; and each carried a heady overtone of spices," a New York Times food writer recalled of a tandoori dish in 2008. In contrast to these subtle flavors, Mantra’s presentation often has theatrical flair; chefs chop chaat dishes tableside and set a banana flambé dessert ablaze with rum.
Both locations’ sleek dining rooms also go for drama with bold, modern decor. In Jersey City, red accents simmer against warm-toned walls. Next to the Paramus spot's mosaic-tiled bar, live flames dance on the low wall between the dining room and lounge, upping the “amazement factor” for Cody Kendall of the Star-Ledger.
A plush, scarlet-accented interior welcomes diners to Nanking, whose namesake city—plotted equally between Canton and Peking—boasts a strong history of mingling Chinese, Thai, and Indian flavors. The fusion fare descends on appetites as natural light from a wall of broad windows washes over gleaming wooden floors, punctuated by a long bar stocked with wines, cocktails, mocktails, and ice sculptures chiseled by a famous cubist. Velvety, modern red chairs support diners as they feast on everything from spicy seafood to rich goat-meat curries and numerous vegetarian options that offer protein in the form of chickpeas, paneer, and tofu.
Test your spice threshold at Karma Kafe, and see how much heat your palate can handle at this Indian eatery.
You won t find fare that s low in fat here
Karma Kafe is the perfect place to indulge.
Pick up your favorite drinks on your way to Karma Kafe and enjoy your favorite beverage with good eats.
The bar at Karma Kafe is fully stocked, so pair your meal with a glass of wine or beer.
Eat out with the little ones at Karma Kafe, and don't waste time scurrying for a sitter.
At Karma Kafe, you won't have to wait for your large or small group to be seated.
On warmer days, you can take advantage of Karma Kafe's al fresco patio seating.
Get to dinner early — Karma Kafe does not accept reservations.
Jeans are just right for a meal at Karma Kafe, which embraces a casual vibe.
Catering services are also available.
Karma Kafe also offers delivery and take-out options for those who want to make it a night in.
Karma Kafe offers free parking just steps away from the door.
Bike parking is also available outside the restaurant.
Typical diners should plan to spend about $30 per person on Karma Kafe's moderately priced fare.
"Fresh, fragrant, precisely seasoned regional dishes," along with "expertly rendered" Indian favorites, are at the heart of Salaam Bombay's appeal, according to the New York Times. Complex flavors abound as chefs ladle cashew sauce over the spice-stuffed eggplants of the baghare baingan, and season Kashmiri rogan josh's tender lamb with cardamom, cloves, and other spices. South Indian dishes, such as the savory stuffed crepes known as dosas, also appear alongside Indian-Chinese fusion dishes, such as sweet-and-sour prawns.
As by its "exceptional seafood and vegetarian dishes," New York magazine was also "charmed by Salaam Bombay’s upscale yet relaxed atmosphere." The dining room evokes an Indian ceremonial hall with carved wooden artwork, a twinkling chandelier, and traditional mirror-studded fabric draped from the ceiling. During the weekend, a live sitar player often fills the dining room with intricate melodies while seated on a cushion of roti.