My first trip to NYC and since I'm from SF (cold summers) wanted a place where I could dine outside. This place sounded promising- raves on this board, NY Times, etc.
We dined inside as it was slightly chilly, nice decor and ambiance, found the music annoying and trendy but that's a personal taste issue. On to the food -- from the review I read I thought this was Indian food, not the much dreaded Fusion food.
Chutneys -- boring and for the price! It's free most places in the bay area. The coconut cilantro chutney was supposed to be spicy?! On what scale? Organic tomato chutney tasted like salsa or pizza sauce.
Nan- decent but nothing special and why is it served before everything instead of with the meal?! Silly and pretentious.
Indian Pizza -- I was expecting the renowned NY pizza crust with flavorful saag. Wrong! Dry dense crust and absolutely tasteless saag. I am not exaggerating. The only thing with flavor was the goat cheese on top.
Striped bass entree- mediocre, soupy, bland
Chicken tikka -- this was just OK-- companions thought there were way too many charred bits. It gets points for being an organic chicken (not as mushy as regular chicken).
The biggest offense? A medium bowl of white rice for $6! It may have been basmati at some point in its life but it had been sitting for so long it was separated and hard. Nice tactic, serve the nan first and then make them pay an insane rip-off amount for white rice later.
I am horrified that any people frequent this sad excuse for a restaurant.