Owned and operated by Indian-born Jay Batra, Liebe Gourmet Indian Fusion blends traditional flavors straight out of New Delhi with contemporary culinary flair. Liebe’s menu features a bevy of healthy options constructed from fresh ingredients, including their signature liebe roll, which is similar to the kathi rolls found at street vendors across the city. Infused with mouthwatering herbs, spices, and grilled onions, the liebe roll includes your choice of chicken, paneer, potato, or veggies ($5.95). Lighter options include tofu salad, which sports fresh tofu ready to be carved into soy sculptures of famous Indian prime ministers ($7.45), and sides such as raita—a blend of yogurt and select veggies ($2.95)—which can be enjoyed on their own or paired with an entree to tag team rambunctious taste buds. Satiate dessert desires with elaichi kheer, a homemade Indian rice pudding ($4.95), or initiate a delectable digestive rainy season with a specialty drink, such as the mango tango smoothie ($4.95) and the chilled almond-and-pistachio-flavored kesaria ($4.95). Diners can dig in while relaxing in Liebe’s casually modern dining room, where food is served swiftly and with friendly appreciation. Late-night hours ensure Liebe's naturally delicious noshables are available to quell the hunger created by moonlit jumping jacks and 12-hour arguments about where to eat lunch.
Gary and Isabel MacGurn met in an ashram in southern India. They had both traveled there to perform seva—an act of selfless service—by cooking in the community center’s kitchen for thousands of hungry mouths. They quickly bonded over a mutual love for chutney and dosa, and after returning stateside the couple teamed up to sell their gourmet chutneys to upscale Hampton markets. When demand inevitably spiked, they decided to open some restaurants of their own. Today, Hampton Chutney Co.’s menu includes sourdough crepe dosas, pancake-style uttapam, and traditional sandwiches inspired by the MacGurns’ time in India. A popular—though less conventional—option is the breakfast dosa, whose combination of eggs and vegetables wakes the mind up faster than a pot of coffee in the face. All entrees arrive, of course, with a selection of chutneys.
Curry and Tandoor Corner reimagines centuries of Indian culinary traditions with a diverse bill of fare that showcases exotically spiced curries, vegetarian entrees, and tandoori dishes. Oven-baked naan sops up saucy morsels of chicken, vegetables, lamb, and fish, augmented with zesty chili peppers and curry spices. Skilled chefs accessorize their meticulously crafted tandoori dishes with mint or mango chutney, creating a flavorful punch that doesn’t require taking an uppercut from the Hamburger Helper mascot.
The Bhakti Center Yoga is a yoga studio inside a larger nonprofit cultural arts center, The Bhakti Center, which celebrates the culture of Bhakti, or a perfected state of consciousness. Here, certified instructors teach donation-based yoga classes and workshops, helping students gain flexibility and strength in each session while donating 10% of all profits to the community. Come in to try a beginner yoga session, where basic poses and movements are demonstrated, or advance to the master class to learn challenging new poses at this calming, spacious studio.
Almost in spite of its name, Heart of India manages to embrace the disparate recipes and culinary styles from virtually every corner of the South Asian subcontinent. The chefs draw inspiration from the northern regions’ cooking techniques by roasting yogurt-marinated skewers of chicken and lamb within the scorching confines of a traditional, clay tandoor oven. Crepe-like dosas stuffed with everything from potato masala to paneer give a brief taste of India’s southern cuisine. Although the menu brims with hearty, meat-filled entrees, it also includes a selection of vegetarian-friendly dishes, which include the intriguing blends of cumin, ginger, coriander, fenugreek, and green chilies that define Indian cuisine. Not to be outdone by the menu’s bold flavors, Heart of India’s long, narrow dining room features a spirited ambiance. Dangling pendant lamps gently illuminate the cherry red ceiling and mottled orange-and-white walls, which are lined with booth seating as well as tables dressed in crisp white linens. To echo the vibrant colors of the walls, each table features a small vase bearing two blooming roses and broken chards of an actual rainbow.