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Lassi: Paratha Paradise or Nutlow Naan?

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Lassi: Paratha Paradise or Nutlow Naan?

Nicholas Feitel | Feb 23, 2005 07:19 PM

For those of you who haven't seem the Times, New York Magazine, or the Daily News (though if you haven't seen that one, I ain't blaimin' you) a new place over on Greenwich Ave and W.10th St in Greenwich Village just opened up. This place, Lassi, specializes in of course, the titular Indian beverage, and various types of paratha. As a lover of Indian cuisine, though I may be tragically uninformed, everything in the Far West Village where I live is pretty much subpar. There's Rangoli (decent, I guess) Mirchi (slightly better than Rangoli), Indian Taj (mediocre) and Ghandi Cafe (terrible). So when I read that there wasn't a dish over 7 dollars in the house, I ran over to Lassi for a test drive. Both of the owners and the chef were there to greet me when I entered the restaurant. The food is purely takeout, with no chairs or tables, and with a fixed menu consisting only of around 5 different types of paratha, 5 different types of lassi (including rose, cardamonn and salty!) and a couple more beverages and sides. The woman who takes your order in the front informed me that instead of having fixed entrees, the restaurant has specials each night to allow the chef more creativity. The night I went, they were offering a Mushroom Mutter, a dish with eggplant, and "chicken in a mixed nut sauce". Of course, I had to try this. While i was waiting for my course, I was encouraged to try a lassi, but since the lady saw I was familiar with Indian, she didn't encourage the traditional Mango. I had a Vanilla lassi, made fresh for me from yoghurt and vanilla beans that I was informed, were crushed at the restaurant that very evening. The lassi was excellent if a bit sour, and required a bit of water to down. However, it was nothing compared to the meal to come. For 7 dollars the chicken was worth the twice to three times that price it would have commanded at a sit down a restaurant for the same quality. The sauce, which included cashews and almonds ground to near imperceptible levels, was spicy and grainy and perfectly complimented the tender chicken. However even this wasn't as amazing as the Aloo Paratha I ordered. The paratha (4 bucks) was prewrapped with potato and baked with it in. It was served with an exquisite yoghurt sauce with tiny chickpea dumplings, that was both sweet, sour, and savory at the same time. All in all with lassi, main course, and paratha with dipping sauce, my dinner was 17 flat, which is not at all bad for a full indian meal. Now, I want to know that I'm not insane. Anyone want to try it out and post back?

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