OK, folks, I said I'd "get on it right away" and tonight was it.
I know that Fifth Avenue and Eleventh Street isn't the prettiest block in the Slope, but once inside Kinara, the greeting was warm, music mellow and you still have that BYOB option.
Because of a time shortage, we ordered light and to our delight, the Tikiya appetizer, gently fried with an amalgam of potato & pea similar to samosa filling came as two healthy specimens to an order and surrounded by finely tuned tamarind and coriander(with a kick) sauces. Paying attention to little things is a hallmark here, the serving plates are authentic Indian, papadams were just-brown & crisp with a pepper hint.
Our mains were a uniquely herbed chicken TIKKA saagwala - the classic spinach dish, which was unlike the overly creamed-up renditions served elsewhere. It was addictive, especially with a good naan to wipe the bowl clean. Eggplant reminded me of a warmed-up version of babaghanoush with unusual flavor.
Mango Lassis and saffron infused basmati rice were above average.