Where to Eat: Junoon
Junoon, a Michelin rated Indian restaurant, is not exactly hiding but its not exactly out in the open. Yet once you discovered the dining establishment with its impressive wine list– Junoon boasts a 750 Label Wine list (one of the largest wine selections of any Indian Restaurant in the country)– you’ll never forget it.
When you arrive you will notice charming hand-chiseled limestone that covers the restaurant’s façade. The first impression: perhaps I am in for a great time. Once inside you’ll know your first impression was spot on. The creative touches from the Junoon team feel luxurious, posh yet welcoming. The Flatiron district restaurant boasts a generous dining room with a slew of upholstered chairs and banquettes with table setting that one might (assume) see at a fine diner party. The cool décor is complemented by the lambent flecks of glowing amber filtering through. The combination feels a bit foreign and lovely but just so right. As your eye scans the room, you begin the wonder about the food. Truthfully, the options are not what you might see at your typical Indian Restaurant. Don’t worry because the food is just so delicious.
Executive Chef Vikas Khanna along with Culinary Creative Director Aliya LeeKong, created a menu where traditional dishes are “deconstructed” and served uniquely. Traditionally, the spicy and saucy nature of Indian food can make pairing meals with wine difficult. This makes pairing meals with wine exciting. It also helps that Junoon has tapped Wine consultant, Scott Carney, to ferry customers through the wine and food pairing options.
As for the food options you can choose from a five course vegetarian menu, or a regular five a course menu, or a combination. The sizes are great for sharing. If you love eggplant– you must get the Eggplant Chaat ($12). You’ll want seconds and forget that sharing is caring. You also won’t be disappointed with the Lahsoonigobi ($13). Even if you’re opposed cauliflower the yummy appetizer will satisfy you. As for the main dish–we highly recommend the Wild Striped Bass Malvan ($34). Perfectly cooked with delicious and unexpected finishes you’ll truly be delighted in choosing this. As for the dessert — having sampled a lot of dishes picking one is nearly impossible. Safe to say whichever you decide you’ll be happy.
Junoon, is located on 27 W 24th St. It is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday from 12:00–10:30 pm. And for dinner Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday it is open 6:00–11:00 pm and Sunday 6:00–10:30 pm. For more information call (212) 490-2100.