In Midtown just steps away from Rockefeller Center is a mecca for foodies to descend and give praise too.
Utsav (1185 Avenue of the Americas) is extraordinary from the moment you enter the doors. The design is exquisite and unexpected with thoughtful decor and rich, saturated colors surrounding you. The warmth of the tone matches the delightful smiles of the staff that seat you in the luxurious main dining room. In many ways it is like a fruitful trip to the country and a part of the blissful, heavenly architecture you find at the destination.
Dishes certainly match the setting and are to be admired. Divine in taste and rich in execution are a standard level for almost anything on the menu.
Both meat lovers and vegetarians will equally find samples to start the meal with such beautiful appetizers of Vadouvan Spiced Scallops sweetened with raspberry chili chutney and cauliflower puree; and Chicken Haryali Kabab with Tandori grilled boneless chicken with a side of green chutney marinade.
Taste buds go in to sensory overload with a vast array of scrumptious entrée selections served with a rich sense of tradition. Beautiful and bountiful bowls come to your table filled with such amazing wonderful assortments as Chicken Tikka Masala in some of the best tomato cream sauce you will ever experience; spicy Lamb Rogan Josh served Kashmiri style; and Saag Paneer with cottage cheese and creamed spinach.
If lighter grilled food is on your mind there are dishes as equally lovely such as Nawabi Prawns and Tandoori Lamb Chops served with a spectacular crispy okra salad that the restaurant is known for over the years.
And, be sure to try their extensive wine list and creative cocktails such as a Chai Mule with chai masala tea infused vodka and Monkey Jacket with bourbon and banana liquer to brighten up your night.
Executive Chef, Avtar Singh, and Owner, Nandita Khanna, have taken their dedicated work and created a desireful restaurant that will please both toursits and locals alike. Utsav, a word with origins in Sanskrit, means Festival. And, this is truly a place that is to be celebrated.
Utsav takes reservations for daily openings. They offer weekend brunch and have also created a prix fixe menu designed with authentic Indian food.
Come for what is destined to be one of your favorite escapes in the city to be found in this Eden of eating experiences . For more info please visit here.
Photos Courtesy Utsav and Perry Wilson