Junoon

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The heart and soul of this luxe Chelsea eatery is its glassed-in spice room, where chef Vikas Khanna hand-grinds and mixes house blends each morning. He deploys seven whole spices—including star anise, cloves and cardamom pods—in a pungent, burgundy-hued curry that coats a lamb shank, slow-braised until the meat nearly slides from the bone. Other evidence of the room’s sorcery fills the regionhopping menu, organized by traditional methods of Indian cooking—not just tandoor and handi (pot cooking), but also tawa (cast-iron), sigri (fire pit) and patthar (stone). Along the way, the thoughtful spicing also appears in plump Goan shrimp with blazing piri-piri sauce, a ginger-marinated chicken kebab cooled by pureed avocado and even cocktails served in the sultry front lounge.
Venue name: Junoon
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Address: 27 W 24th St
New York
10010
Cross street: between Fifth and Sixth Aves
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30–10:30pm; Fri, Sat 5:30–11pm
Transport: Subway: F, M, N, R to 23rd St
Price: Average main course: $28. AmEx, MC, V
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