Aside from grilling up the newspaper's travel section, dining at an authentic Indian restaurant is the best way to get a taste of the country's culture. Leave the tandoori to the pros with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Indian fare at The New Nupur.
At The New Nupur, diners refill empty stomachs with selections from a menu of authentic Indian meat dishes, seafood, and vegetarian offerings. Chefs marinate lamb in spices and break a bottle of champagne on the pot before adding homemade cheese, herbs, and a tandoori sauce in the hearty lamb pasanda ($13.99). Among the eatery’s 16 vegetarian dishes, the aloo peas ($7.99) hogs the spotlight with its mélange of potatoes, onions, and spices in a thick curry. Chicken, shrimp, lamb, and Indian sausage pay their dues to taste buds by marinating in a spiced yoghurt mixture for 24 hours before being barbecued in a tandoor oven and assembled into the party-ripe Nupur Tandoori platter ($19.99). Meanwhile, diners can accompany bites of chicken birvani ($14.99) with a sweet or salted lassi drink of mango, yoghurt, and flavoured rose water ($2.99) while spoons and forks call their families to tell of their enchanting meals.
The New Nupur
Ruhul Amin Chowdhury presides over The New Nupur’s elegant dining room and kitchen, tapping into more than 20 years of business experience and a passion for Indian cuisine. His family members help wait tables and spice up authentic dishes such as chicken tikka, lamb curry, and vegetable biryani. White linen tablecloths, traditional wall hangings, and soft music help transport diners to New Delhi without the hassle of getting jet lag or selecting a sturdy enough migrating bird.