Consider it yet another spin in NYC’s revolving-door restaurant scene: When Tapestry shuttered in March in the West Village, owner Roni Mazumdar was quick to put another modern Indian restaurant in its place. The restaurateur tapped Junoon alum Chintan Pandya to reinterpret regional Indian food with local New York ingredients: Bhuna bhutta features corn on the cob dressed with reduced whey and turmeric; a dish of corn bread, mustard greens and jaggery butter plays on saag roti; and a shepherd’s pie nods to the subcontinent with ground lamb and cumin potato mash.
60 Greenwich Ave
|Cross street:||at Perry St|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Wed 5–11pm; Thu–Sat 5pm–midnight; Sun 11am–5pm|
|Price:||Average main course: $23|
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Forget about all of the clichéd Indian dishes you're familiar with and think of when you hear "Indian," some of which are actually British, or Americanized Indian. The ones that are truly Indian represent maybe 1-2% of India's wide variety of dishes. So if you're curious about that remaining 98-99%, come to Rahi. This is authentic Indian, and that means you probably haven't tasted most or almost all of what's on their menu.
As a vegan, I don't always expect to have a lot of options, but Rahi had a couple of inherently vegan dishes and were quick to suggest simple modifications to other dishes to make them vegan. I had all of them and was blown away. My dining companion is Indian, but not vegan, and raved about his dishes too.
We had a few of their mixed drinks, and they were lovingly crafted, both beautiful and delicious. This would be a lovely place to come and enjoy a drink or two, if you weren't necessarily in the mood for dinner.
The interior design is clean, modern, and yet warm and cozy with flattering lighting and beautiful materials everywhere you look and touch.
Without exaggeration, I've visited at least half of Manhattan's Indian restaurants -- Indian is my favorite cuisine -- and I couldn't call any of them truly unique, inventive and authentic. But Rahi is all of these, and that's what makes it really special. You owe it to yourself to visit at least once, and you'll likely plan to become a regular too.