Food and drink
When it comes to Indian food, I am pretty discriminatory. Most Indian restaurants that my friends love, I loathe, especially those on 6th Street in the East Village. Thankfully, Banjara isn't like the rest on the block. The dishes are authentic and not just from the North. You'll find some South Indian dishes, Kashmiri specialties and Goan curries. There are so many dishes to choose from, you'll find it hard to choose.
The chicken liver appetizer served with mini pooris shouldn't be missed. My favorite entrees include the savory Shakoothi and the Banjara Karahi, both spicy confections that meet your expectations.
The ambience is casual with a bit of elegance thrown in. Waiters wear uniforms with traditional vests and the tables are covered in white tablecloths. It's a departure from other area Indian restaurants. You can have a romantic evening here and have a cozy conversation without fear of being overheard. And thankfully, you won't be subjected to hanging lanterns, bright lights and annoying bhangra music (I'm looking at you Panna and Panna Two).
Attentive though sometimes off, depending upon how busy the kitchen is.
In the East Village on the corner of 6th Street and First Avenue, a veritable Little India.
For the amount of food, the price is pretty affordable. Dinner for two will set you back about $60 without wine or beer.
Tables to book
Get there early and try to get a window seat. The restaurant is separated into two dining rooms. One is connected to the bar. It's never too boisterous.
- Families with teenagers
- Mature travellers