Recently Opened Restaurants
by Julie Besonen, 10/01/2014
Photo: Maike Paul
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2588 Broadway, 646-861-3241, Manhattan Valley, Manhattan
Awadhi cuisine, representative of the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, isn't something you find every day. In Manhattan Valley, just north of the Upper West Side border, this low-lit, sophisticated bistro is spearheaded by chef-restaurateur Gaurav Anand (Bhatti Indian Grill). Dum pukht is the house specialty, a slow-cooking method for lamb, whole fish or other items, braised for hours in a heavy-bottomed pot and gaining in complexity from aromatic spices. Other fragrant, delicious dishes include chicken tikka bathed in saffron-hued cashew gravy and grilled potatoes with green pea and cheese filling, just one of the many interesting options for vegetarians. What also sets Awadh apart are an elevated tea program (imported from a plantation in the Himalayan foothills) and an international wine list assembled by John Slover, a consummate sommelier who has also consulted at Daniel.