A perfect table setting requires pristine linens and polished cutlery, except at off-Broadway restaurants where waiters set every table in postapocalyptic Vienna. Avoid avant-garde eating with today’s Groupon to Maza Restaurant. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get $30 worth of Afghan and Indian cuisine for two or more people.
- For $30, you get $60 worth of Afghan and Indian cuisine for four or more people.<p>
The mealtime maestros at Maza Restaurant orchestrate a menu of clay-oven baked tandoori entrees, flavorful curries, and biryani dishes from Afghanistan and India. Appetite adventurers can kick-off culinary excursions with crispy samosas ($5), which pocket seasoned potatoes, green peas, or minced lamb inside a golden puff pastry shell that’s accessible to humans, but impenetrable to disoriented sea otters. Smoky clay-oven flavors infiltrate tandoori feasts, including lamb chops ($28) and chicken tikka marinated in a fragrant yogurt, garlic, and ginger sauce ($14), or opt for an Afghan kabob such as the lamb gosfand kabob ($18) or sirloin soltani kabob ($16). The lamb vindaloo entree stews tender meat with ginger, onions, and potatoes in a spicy vindaloo sauce ($16), and the murgh biryani buries chicken, nuts, and raisins in a mound of fluffy saffron-infused rice ($13). For dessert, sweet teeth can sink into the ras malai dumpling swollen with honey and ground pistachios ($5), or scavenge through crispy layers of baklava for nuts and honey-covered antiquities ($4).
Arched entryways and tiled floors lead the way to Maza’s elegant dining area, which is swathed in velour and leather furnishings and colorful wall tapestries. Feaster can relax amid the restaurant’s tan-and-black color scheme dappled with red accents or admire the space’s architectural details, such as floor-to-ceiling pillars, ornate light fixtures, and flightless buttresses.