Restaurant of the Month: Indian Accent
Nestled in the heart of Midtown Manhattan is a truly upscale and phenomenal experience in Indian food, Indian Accent. Situated on 56th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues, this fine dining spot is convenient for Glenwood residents residing in either Midtown East (at places such as The Bamford or The Bristol, which are just down the street) or the Westside (at The Encore or The Regent.)
The restaurant’s menu takes a modern spin on nostalgic Indian dishes, which makes for a truly innovative approach to Indian cuisine, like you’ve probably never seen before. Whether you’re a fan of Indian food, or appreciate an exquisitely done tasting menu, Indian Accent should be on your radar!
Indian Accent has both indoor and outdoor seating, making it a perfect spot to go before the summer is gone for good. The bar has gorgeous minimal flower arrangements, the walls are draped in a tasteful gold, and chairs are a luxe purple velvet. It’s all very understated and classy, and the type of spot you’ll want to dress accordingly for. Lunch/brunch is served from 12pm to 2pm, and dinner service begins at 5pm.
The staff are very knowledgeable about the dishes, wine pairings, and regions of India certain menu items stem from. It makes for a fascinating conversation throughout your meal. You can also be assured that no matter the food allergy or restriction (i.e. gluten-free, vegan, or an intolerance to spicy foods), they will be able to guide you to the best dishes for your stomach and palate.
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Depending on when you go to dine, you’ll have the option of different menus. At dinner, they serve a prix fixe menu in the dining room and a la carte menus at the bar and patio. A pre-theater two course prix fixe menu is available from 5pm to 6pm. At lunch, they offer both a la carte and prix fixe menus. And for brunch they offer an a la carte menu and a shared feast menu for the table.
Appetizers of note include sweet potato with starfruit and crispy okra, as well as grilled summer corn smothered in chutney butter. Popular mid-courses are tiger prawns with Indian sorrel chutney and peanut sago vada, as well as sweet pickle ribs with sundried mango and onion seeds. The mains they are wildly famous for are their paper roast dosa with mushrooms and water chestnuts (perfect for vegetarians), or chicken malai tikka with green chili cream, sugar snap peas, and summer truffle, perfect for meat eaters! And finally, their delicate dessert makhan malai with saffron milk, rose petal jaggery brittle and almonds is not to be missed.
They give you the option to choose three courses for $75, four courses for $90, or the chef’s tasting menu for $125, and if you choose to do it with the wine pairing it’s an additional $85. Everything is beautifully plated, and it’s a tough call whether you’re about to dive into delightful Indian cuisine or a masterful work of art that should be hanging in nearby MOMA.
Good To Know
Reservations can be made online via Opentable. If you’re interested in hosting an event (whether corporate, milestone birthday, or anniversary party), they’re available for both partial and full buyout. They were recently featured on Wine Enthusiast’s “100 Best Wine Restaurants of 2018”, Thrillist’s “23 Best Indian restaurants in the country”, PureWow’s “11 Best NYC Restaurants for a Power Lunch”, and NBC New York’s “The Top Food Trends of 2018, and Where You Can Find Them in NYC” (hello, turmeric!) It’s lovely to know that not only is this gem of a restaurant being bragged about right and left, but that it’s also right in our own backyard. Naan and Mango Lassi for lunch, anyone?
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