At Bombay Chowk on the Upper East Side, you’ll get to enjoy things like crispy vegetable samosas and tandoori lamb chops while seated in a cushioned throne next to lava lamps and stained glass decorations with neon lights. The bright decorations make it look more like a nightclub than a restaurant, but that’s just part of the reason you come here. That, and the excellent chicken kadai. It comes in red masala sauce, and is cooked so perfectly that it breaks apart with your fork. If you want a break from your typical Indian spot on the UES (there are a ton of them), Bombay Chowk is an excellent casual spot where you can branch out.
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