When this slick Indian eatery opened nearly two years ago, it combined two dining trends: street food and upscale Indian cuisine. The menu evolved over time, but the restaurant still churns out tasty bites. Our favorite dish was a luscious, lacy dosa filled with saucy ground lamb. But little set apart the main courses (red snapper with a stewy tomato-and-onion sauce and chicken tikka) from the fare at humbler Indian spots. What Bombay Talkie does have is gloss: Sleek teakwood surfaces, a screen that plays Bollywood films and a fancy cocktail list. The Umrao Jaan is a distinctive mix of gin, lime juice and saffron syrup—certainly more upscale than street.
|Venue name:||Bombay Talkie|
189 Ninth Ave
|Cross street:||between 21st and 22nd Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu, Sun 5–10:30pm; Fri, Sat 5–11:30pm|
|Transport:||Subway: C, E to 23rd St|
|Price:||Average main course: $18. AmEx, MC, V|