Maharajas throughout history focused their energies on protecting their subjects, enacting laws, and keeping their chefs' skills sharp enough to avoid national humiliation at worldwide curry cook-offs. Sample savories fit for a king with today's Groupon: for $29, you get one appetizer, two Indian entrees, rice dishes, bread, and two drinks at Maharaja Palace (up to a $66 value).
Maharaja Palace's seasoned cuisine artists draw inspiration from an Indian muse to sculpt a menu of culinary masterpieces swiftly doled out by attentive servers. An appetizer kicks off culinary feasts in varieties such as the baghare jinga shrimp, in which crustaceans course down a river of tangy curry sauce, backstroking between pillowy banks of red chilies and shredded coconut (a $9.95 value). Meanwhile, the marinated chunks of poultry in the tandoori chicken hone their synchronized swimming routines in the pool of yogurt, ginger, and garlic that bubbles in a charcoal clay oven (a $12.95 value). Patrons can also sharpen their incisors on the kadai gosht, a wok-seared lamb entree (a $14.95 value), or quell their chlorophyll cravings with the navratan korma, a leafy amalgamation of sauce-soused veggies flaunting a frock of dried fruits (a $10.95 value). A selection of rice dishes (a $1.95–$3.95 value) and bread (a $2.95–$4.95 value) seep in the spicy juices of chosen entrees. Then, wash down hearty feasts with a chalice of sweet lassi, a traditional North Indian yogurt drink (a $2.95 value), or a mango lassi (a $3.95 value), a yogurt-infused smoothie more luxurious than a diamond-encrusted slushie.
Traditional Indian meals served on gilded-edge plates infuse Maharaja Palace with a bouquet of curry, mustard seed, and mint. Crisp pani poori puff appetizers give a satisfying crackle as teeth break through to their chickpea-and-potato-filled cores, and drifts of basmati rice arrive tossed with green peas or beefed up with saffron and chicken. A simmering array of vegetable, seafood, chicken, and tandoori entrees emerge from pots or a clay oven, helping owners of factory-defect atlases experience the world's other side. Garlic naan or pudina paratha wipe plates clean of sauce, and glasses brimming with wine, beer, or sweet lassi clink occasionally, like the world’s laziest steel-drum player.
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Manhattan, New York 10128