Last Updated on June 6, 2015 by Chef Mireille
Bombay Talkie is a great restaurant to hit the NY restaurant scene. Opened in 2005, it highlights the fabulous street food and roadside food popular throughout India. A unique Indian restaurant, atypical of the usual Punjabi inspired cuisines of most Manhattan Hindustani restaurants.
In addition to small street food bites, their main courses feature the uniqueness of regional specialties throughout India from Goan Pork Vindaloo to North Indian classics like Chicken Tikka Masala, as well as unique signature dishes, inspired by the South Indian owner. The food is not the in your face spicy heat popular on Curry Hill, where you get pepper without flavor. At Bombay Talkie, you will get a perfect marriage of the flavors that make Indian cuisine unique – fenugreek, mustard, cloves, tamarind, coconut and the list goes on. The spices blend together and not one overpowers another. I highly recommend the Nilgiri Coconut Kebabs. Perfectly seasoned lamb in a thick, creamy coconut milk based curry. The curry sauce can be completely wiped clean with their Gobi Paratha (Cauliflower Stuffed Bread).
Their specialty cocktails incorporate the flavors of India as well as their ode to Bollywood with names like Umrao Jaan and Laila Majnu and where else can you find a Ginger Martini?
The service was very good as well. I arrived there with a group of 15 without a reservation on a busy Saturday night and they were able to accommodate us within 15 minutes.
They are a little overpriced – $10 for one Kathi Roll and not a large one at that – but worth the experience for a treat!