As a culinary palindrome, naan tastes the same backward as it does forward, like the bananab or a Toyota. Take a bite in every direction with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Indian cuisine and drinks at Indian Clove on Victory Boulevard.
Indian Clove's kitcheneers arrange a symphony of authentic Indian cuisine articulated on an extensive menu. An appetizer of jhinga kurkure, a crispy, garlic-flavored shrimp served with mint sauce ($7.95), acclimates the taste buds to the culinary style of the eatery before a variety of meats, such as the chicken tikka, a traditional Indian dish composed of cubed, marinated, and grilled chicken ($12.95), march out of the tandoor oven and onto patrons' plates. Seafood lovers will take to. Meat abstainers can give bored teeth something to do by chomping on one of many vegetarian entrees, such as the alu gobi, a palatable pile of potatoes infused with cumin spicing and prepared in an onion-tomato sauce ($11.95), the spinach-buttressed saag paneer, a roasted cottage cheese that curtails hungerdom and permeates craws with flavor from a mild onion-tomato curry ($13.95), or the lobster masala, a medium-sized crustacean grilled in a tandoor oven and cooked in an onion-tomato-based gravy ($16.95). Any entree can be softened with a mango lassi ($2.95), guava juice ($3), or by thrashing it with a baseball bat.
Chefs at Indian Clove put a modern twist on the bold, flavorful spices of traditional Indian and Indo-Chinese cuisine. Working with organic long-grain rice and bread recipes that date back as far as 200 years, they forge aromatic South Asian dishes using fresh ginger, saffron, garlic, ajwain, mustard seeds, and curry leaves. The chefs' dedication to tradition is also evident in their use of the clay tandoor oven, which roasts skewers of marinated chicken, paneer cheese, and even lobster to tender perfection.
From the Press
- Indian Clove is, "a clever new Indian restaurant with a fresh, modern interior soaked in beautiful, natural light, and a serious talent for Indian fare.” — 2010 Michelin Guide according to Indian Clove's website
- "Drawing on his Indian roots and Boston and Denver chops, [chef-owner Ansari Ahamed] mixes Anglo-Indian favorites like no-filler crab cakes and Mulligatawny soup with tandoori classics such as tikka masala and spiced lamb korma, braised so tender it practically melts in one bite." — New York magazine
- "As is its tradition, Indian Clove makes a nice impression with its fine food and sweet service." — Staten Island Advance
Evenings at Indian Clove don't have to end with dinner. In a separate lounge space, guests can savor the kitchen's creations while live DJs provide an eclectic soundtrack for their meal. To help keep spirits high, the lounge also serves specialty cocktails in addition to wines plucked from the restaurant's climate-controlled cellar.