As many who follow this board know, famed Bengali chef Mina departed from Angon on E. 6th St. a couple of months ago. (She seems to have taken some of the crowds w/her, unfortunately.) There has been much debate over the continued superiority of the restaurant since her exit.
We are happy to report than on Saturday, we had perhaps the best meal we've ever eaten at Angon, post-Mina, Mina-era or otherwise. Hell, it was even better than the stuff she made when she was cooking in Queens. Whoever currently dons the chef's hat at Angon really knows the nuances of the cuisine. We ate
(stressed for extra-spicy and got it):
Samosa chat: tangy, crunchy, delicious as ever
Tandoori chicken wings: a new one for us; sounds insipid, but actually juicy and hot as hell with a great masala rub; beautiful green chili bits and a citrus taste; the tandoor dishes were a weak link during the Mina era, but these were totally addictive
Lamb kichuri: always fantastic; many fresh green chilis and fried onions stewn about the lamb curry plus dense, comforting lentil-imbued rice
Chana masala: another seemingly dull-sounding dish elevated to new heights; chickpeas strewn with dried red chilis, hot as hell and fainty sweet; served with a perfect, greaseless poori
We have eaten at Angon three times since Mina left. Our first such meal there (July 4) was an excellent prix fixe. The second meal in August was merely "good," but we wondered if the magic was fading. However, last weekend everything in the kitchen seemed firmly back on track and then some.
Worlds tastier than (though admittedly very different from) Banjara and a few of the other E. 6th faves. Why have the masses not returned?