Throughout history, food has played a crucial role in ending disputes, from the Appomattox potluck that concluded the Civil War to the memorable pizza party that brought down the Berlin Wall. Eat away your problems with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Indian fare at Bombay Bistro.
Bombay Bistro's menu overflows with halal meats, tasty veggies, and traditional Indian delights from all across the subcontinent. Inside the eatery, paneer chili coats taste buds in a spicy chili sauce with homemade cheese and peppers ($11.50). The tandoor, a special oven crafted with quality clay and natural binding agents, spews out chunks of marinated, charcoal-broiled meat that crash-lands on plates as chicken tikka ($13.50) or muradabadi boti kabab ($14.50), lamb medallions soaked in yogurt, ginger, and garlic. Like an edible Barbie, shrimp curry can be dressed in either classic tomato-and-onion or coastal-style coconut sauce ($14.50); Bombay Bistro also slides out a long list of veggie platters such as vegetable coconut curry ($9.50). Though not part of today's Groupon, Indian specialty beers, fine wines, and specially crafted cocktails are available for customers whose throats crave something stronger than Ceylon mango tea ($4) or apple juice ($3).
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.