Rahi New York | A Journey Around India
This artisanal Indian restaurant, recently opened in the West Village is the not to be missed. With its unique vibe and the collaboration between Chef Chintan Pandya, and restaurateur, Roni Mazumdar, this place will take you on a journey of exotic textures and flavors. The scent and few special effects for meal presentation (ice fog, smoke) provide an extra touch that keeps you excited while waiting to taste the next dish.
The space is both, warm and contemporary with white brick walls bathed in the perfect amber light. The black and gold wall mural, painted by artists, Yok & Sheryo, has pattern elements representing fragments of memories, a dream sequence of a woman that travels around India. Simple, elegant and vibrant, the restaurant sets just the right tone for a remarkable dining experience.
Rahi serves vibrant Indian cuisine in a new creative way, supporting local produce sourced from New York. For those who have not yet tried Indian food this is an excellent option to start. Each dish is perfectly balanced with an almost European feel and artistic presentation. For those having a strong appreciation for the flavors of India, you won’t be disappointed. Guests are taken on a journey through India – each dish is touched with unique traditional flavors including the traditional spicy kick of the cuisine.
Our dining experience was made easy by the warm friendly staff guiding us through the tasting menu. Frankly, there wasn’t a dish I didn’t like. Madrasi Egg Roast is a very unique egg yolk, onion-tomato mousse with hints of chili oil and maple. Coconut and Octopus are two strong personal favorites joined together at Rahi they become Chettinad Octopus, coconut-turmeric mousse, crisps, and lime gremolata. Eggplant Bharta a charcoal smoke flavored container of goodness with onion, cumin, coriander with toast begged me to devour. I could not resist tasting the Tulsi Chicken, Ink Crab, Lotus Root Kofta, Duck Kozhi Curry, dahl, rice, naan and then dessert… or two. This was one of those experiences you really want to take your time to indulge in.
Then, there are the cocktails. If they didn’t serve any food I’d just go there for their outstanding signature cocktails. Some traditional Indian flavors, with a subtle balance of spices and a magnificent presentation. Certainly, a unique place to do a business cocktail with small bites that will leave any client in awe.
There is a private room in the back of the restaurant that seats up to 27 people for any occasion one might have. One would never know that, which makes it perfect for quiet gatherings, celebrations or small business events.