I checked out Nirvana a few days ago for dinner. I was impressed. I was pretty inebriated so take this all with a grain of salt.. but I will be going back to report again..
Nirvana was slightly more expensive than other places in area. Bill came to $85 (ex-liquor/tip) for: Lamb Vindaloo, Chicken Curry , Channa Masala, Daal Tadka, Bhindi Raita, Onion Kulcha, Plain rice (which oddly was an off-menu request). I am told they have a great lunch buffet deal that is very popular in the area.
Ambience: Lounge downstairs was basically full bar, with a fun bartender. But pretty deserted. I am told they have some sort of event on Wednesdays that are popular. Upstairs is the dining room. A little kitschy. Nice space, but they tried up to the romantic quotient a little.. creates a odd vibe (I was there with a friend). I asked, but this is NOT the same Nirvana from Central Park South years ago.
Service was good. Friendly, knowledgable.
Food: Non-greasy and very good. Chicken curry, daal, raita, kulcha and rice were all very good. The lamb would have been great but it was way overcooked. I was fairly ravenous so I ate it vs. ask to send it back (not sure what their reaction would be, but it was so overcooked they would have to replace it). Chicken curry reminded me of curries in India.. it just had the right spices put into it (for me).. wasn't exact how I remember (I like potatoes in it), but the spice blend they used just seems better than other places. The channa could have been more firm, but it was non-greasy and close to what I've had in India so I liked it as well. Wouldn't say its the best channa I ever had, but it was good.
Unlikely this is best indian in the city, but I would be back. I would like to compare it against other mid-tier Indian restaurants (I haven't been to Copper Chimney in a while) and see how it stacks out. I am looking for a place to replace Dhaba (I really think quality fell off there hard) and think Nirvana fits that for now. Ambience could be improved re my own tastes, but its fine.
Would be curious if folks had their own comparisons of Nirvana vs. Copper Chimney or other places?