Chef-owner Lala Sharma—behind nearby Swagat—focuses on the food of his native New Delhi for this Indian restaurant, serving specialties like scallops in tamarind-coconut sauce and yogurt-marinated lamb chops. Breads like garlic naan and cheese-stuffed kulcha (wheat-flour bread) are made in-house, as are traditional Indian ice creams (mango, pistachio). Along with 20 wines and Indian beers (Kingfisher, Taj Mahal), the drinks menu features cocktails such as the the Tajmapolitan (black-currant vodka, Chambord, grated cinnamon) and the Mango Masala, a rum-spiked mango lassi.
489 Columbus Ave
|Cross street:||between 83rd and 84th Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu noon–3pm, 5–10:30pm; Fri, Sat 11am–11pm; Sun noon–10:30pm|
|Transport:||Subway: B, C to 86th St|
|Price:||Average entrée: $14. AmEx, Disc, MC, V|