Utsav Offers Flavorful Indian Cuisine in Theater District

Utsav Offers Flavorful Indian Cuisine in Theater District

Utsav Indian Bar & Grill is a charming restaurant nestled near the heart of Times Square. With a cozy bar area on the first floor and a beautiful, expansive dining room located in a skywalk overlooking both West 46th and West 47th streets, Utsav Indian Bar & Grill is a great place to stop midday or in the evenings, especially for pre-theater libations and food.

Samosas (©Katie Labovitz)

There is a generous lunch buffet offered daily that includes multiple appetizers and entrees—vegetarian and non-vegetarian options of each—as well as an assortment of salads and raita, lentils, saffron rice and desserts. Full lunch and dinner menus, complete with a fantastic drinks list of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, are available every day as well.

Prix fixe menus are a popular feature among many NYC restaurants and Utsav Indian Bar & Grill’s is top-notch. Nightly, guests can select off of Utsav Indian Bar & Grill’s special menu—a great value at $38—to create personalized three-course meals that appeal to an array of tastes.

A friend and I ordered from the prix-fixe menu and were convinced that each of us had the perfect meal even though we ordered completely different items. I’m a wimp when it comes to spicy food, so I was in heaven with my samosas and chicken zaffrani (boneless chicken breast, saffron and almond sauce served with saffron rice, naan, lentils and the vegetable of the day).

I did snag a bite of my friend’s crispy chili shrimp and palak paneer. The homemade cheese mixed with pureed spinach reminded me of my great-grandmother’s creamed spinach and tasted like home, but with Indian influence. Comfort food comes in all shapes and sizes, folks, and for this girl from the Midwest, I was so happy to find that at Utsav Indian Bar & Grill.

(Oh—I got rice pudding with rum-infused raisins for my third course. The cool pudding paired with the warmth of the rum in the raisins made for a light, but still boldly flavorful dessert.)

Consulting Chef Hari Nayak began his career in India before attending the Culinary Institute of America in 1998. Since then, he has built his knowledge and cooking skills under revered chefs in New York City and is one of the pioneers of modern Indian cuisine. His menus are a blissful marriage of traditional flavors with an inspired New York twist. Fans of spice and those like me who can’t take the heat will all find dishes to satisfy their cravings for authentic and filling Indian cuisine.

Palak paneer with saffron rice. (©Katie Labovitz)

The great thing about Utsav Indian Bar & Grill’s location is that it’s within walking distance of every theater in the Times Square area, but is in a quiet spot closer to Sixth Avenue and a floor above the hubbub of foot traffic outside. This skywalk restaurant is a respite for great food in a peaceful atmosphere before taking the city by storm again.

Frequent theatergoers to the Laura Pels and Black Box theaters at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (Off- and Off-Off-Broadway theaters that house Roundabout shows throughout the year) may have noticed that Utsav Indian Bar & Grill is literally right next door. Utsav Indian Bar & Grill has a long history with Roundabout ticketholders and offers a discount on the à la carte dinner menu with proof of ticket for that evening’s show!

Utsav Indian Bar & Grill is open daily for lunch from noon-2:30pm and nightly for dinner from 5:30pm-10:30pm.

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