Friday, May 16, 2014
EAT: BEST OF THE WEEK AT RED CHILLI
Those who have lived in the city most of their lives might remember how 6th Street in the East Village used to be the fabulous Indian restaurant row lit with many holiday lights throughout the year. Red Chilli opened up in Harlem in the past year and brings this sort of festive mood along with great food to 116th Street. Somehow Indian restaurants in Delhi do not have this eclectic, electric mix of East and West but it works in a chaotic, esoteric way for the big city. Those who want a romantic time with a curtain of blinking lights as the backdrop should especially ask for the front table with the window view.
This restaurant just west of Lenox Avenue makes some of the best Naan bread we have ever tried and those who want a little more flavor should ask for the garlic variation. Vegetarians will appreciate the Paneer Makhanee which had large cubes of Indian white cheese cooked with spinach in a savory yogurt sauce. The tandoori chicken was sizzling and came in a portion easily shared for two. Curries were also on point and the little spice condiments in very proper serving trays all added to a somewhat formal experience to the casual spot. Red Chilli is probably one of the most authentic ethnic option that has opened up in Harlem these past years and is highly recommended by those for those who want more variety in their dining experience uptown.