With his Michelin-starred Tamarind, Peter Beck helped lift Indian fare from the confines of crumpled takeout menus and food-cart samosas. The Mumbai-born toque continues to boost his native cuisine with this upmarket Curry Hill restaurant, styled with a marble bar, chocolate leather banquettes and amber-lit drum lamps. Named after the tongue-tingling long pepper, the 60-seat spot highlights contemporary Indian fare: lamb haleem stew with cracked wheat and roti; black-pepper duck breast with lentil-rice pancakes; and samudri arisi, a seafood paella–biryani hybrid. Saffron-infused mango mousse and cardamom pudding are sweet caps to the meal, and a globe-spanning wine list—including an Indian varietal—is also available.
129 E 27th St
|Cross street:||between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30am–3:30pm, 5–10pm; Fri, Sat 11:30am–3pm, 5–11pm|
|Transport:||Subway: 6 to 28th St|
|Price:||Average entrée: $17. AmEx, MC, V|