My friend is coming to town and I am hoping to have a nice indian meal with her, showcaseing refined indian treatments of vegetables and fish/seafood. I have been to Tabla and have read about Devi, but I think the $55 tasting are beyond our budget. Ideally, I would have similar atmosphere and cooking, but at $35 or so per person. Brick Lane and Bajara are possible, but I need to know that the atmosphere is nice and that their less-traditional, upscale specials are delivered well.
I am also considering doing a lunch at Ada (in midtown), has anyone been there??
Any advice beyond what I have mentioned?