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Dhaba INDIAN cuisine Business Hours Lunch 12.00am - 3.00pm (Monday - Saturday) 12.00pm - 4.00pm
Dhaba
INDIAN cuisine
Business Hours
Lunch
12.00am
-
3.00pm
(Monday
-
Saturday)
12.00pm
-
4.00pm
(Sunday)
108 Lexington Avenue
(Between 27 & 28th Street)
New York, NY 10016
Dinner
3.00pm -
11.00pm
(Monday
-
Thursday)
T.
212 679 1284
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3.00pm -
12.00pm
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T.
212 336 3567
(Friday -
Saturday)
4.00pm -
11.00pm
F.
212 336 3568
(Sunday)
Dhaba’s o erings are nearly as good as when ordered a la carte, and at
Dhaba’s o erings are nearly as good as when ordered a la
carte, and at $9.95 it’s one of the city’s great culinary bargains.
A few misses are inevitable when a restaurant presents such
February 4th 2009
In India, the Truck Stops Here
an exhaustive menu. The methi chicken was unremarkable,
and the Highway Dhaba, a mango lassi with champagne,
might be the worst drink ever mixed in New York. As for
By OLIVER SCHWANER-ALBRIGHT
It was the case even with the British curries, something of an
inside joke, a reinvention of Commonwealth comfort food.
They might resonate if you grew up eating sweet and tangy
These days phaal has a chest-thumping cult of chili-seekers,
order into a dare. Dhaba’s lamb phaal was plenty hot, but it
wasn’t punitive. Actually it was quite tasty, and the lamb was
so delectable that eating it was a pleasure, not a challenge.
In India dhabas are truck stops, roadside joints famous
for their vibrant meals (and convenient cots for napping
them o ). The food at Dhaba is just as lively, but the
avors are surprisingly complex and subtle, and the dining
room has less in common with a tin-roofed shack in India
than with a lounge of a boutique hotel.
This is the eighth restaurant for the owner, Shiva
Natarajan, and his third in Manhattan. At Dhaba, he
created a menu with more than 125 items, not including
the lunch specials. The cuisine tilts toward India’s north,
with a handful of southern dishes and British-style curries
to round it out. If you look lost, the waiters will gently
direct you toward conventional favorites like kebabs and
chicken masala.
Don’t give in. Start with paya soup, meaty goat trotters and
chewy tendons in an earthy ginger broth. Share an order of
tale huay caju, cashews ash-cooked with chilies and spices.
The slightly charred nuts are addictive, and just the right
counterpart for a 20-ounce mug of King sher lager.
It’s tempting to order too much from the opening pages, and
ll yourself with starters like lime and ginger chicken wings, or
chaats like dahi bhalla, lentil our fritters with yogurt,
tamarind sauce and mint.
It’s worth it to save yourself for the main courses, such as the
achari gosht, lamb cooked in a rich sauce of ginger, garlic,
chilies, mustard seeds and other spices too numerous to
mention. So often the meat in a dish like this is an
afterthought. But here the lamb was stewed until fork-tender
and its avors were heightened by the seasonings, which were
mild enough to bene t from the heat of a chili onion naan.
The kadai goat was even more sumptuous. Thick slices of
meat still on the bone were served in a peppery sauce avored
with fenugreek leaves. The herb had a hard-to-place avor
that reminded me of dried mint and nutmeg. There was a
similar spicing in the kadai bhind, a platter of okra sauteed so
expertly that the vegetables still had their snap.
Dhaba, which opened in the fall, stands out on this cheap and
cheerful stretch of lower Lexington Avenue. It’s pricier than
most of its neighbors, but not by much. And at night it attracts
an animated crowd, most of which seems to be on group dates.
It’s quieter during the day, when lunch bu ets rule the
neighborhood. Most food su ers in a cha ng dish, but
dessert, a sweet tooth is better served elsewhere. But the lion’s
share of what I tasted at Dhaba was made with skill and care.
jalfrezi or the famously spicy phaal, a dish Bengali immigrants
invented in London.
and at least one New York restaurants has turned nishing an
BEST DISHES Tale huay caju (spicy sauteed cashews); paya
soup (goat trotter soup with ginger); chili onion naan; kadai
bhindi (spiced okra); achari gosht (curry lamb with spices);
kadai goat (goat with garlic and bell peppers).
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PUNJAB DA KHANA CHAAT BAZAAR

British Indian Curry House Fresh Kabobs and Bread

FULL SERVICE BAR AND TAP BEER

We Deliver and Cater

We serve Halal meat

LUNCH BUFFET

9.95

(Monday - Saturday)

SUNDAY BUFFET

12.95

SOUPS

MULLIGATAWNY

Puree of lentils, lemon, ginger

PAYA

SOUPS MULLIGATAWNY Puree of lentils, lemon, ginger PAYA 4 6 Goat trotters broth, ginger, onions STARTERS

4

6

Goat trotters broth, ginger, onions

STARTERS

ALOO GOBI SAMOSA

Crisp turnovers, potatoes, cauli ower

PANEER PAKORA

Pudina Paneer fritters

ONION BHAJA

Crispy onion fritters

MIRCH PAKORA

Potatoes stu ed long green chili fritters

METHI PAKORA

Fresh fenugreek leaves fritters

chili fritters METHI PAKORA Fresh fenugreek leaves fritters KURKURI BHINDI 5 5 4 5 5 7
chili fritters METHI PAKORA Fresh fenugreek leaves fritters KURKURI BHINDI 5 5 4 5 5 7

KURKURI BHINDI

METHI PAKORA Fresh fenugreek leaves fritters KURKURI BHINDI 5 5 4 5 5 7 Crunchy okra,

5

5

4

5

5

7

Crunchy okra, red onions, lime, chaat masala, chili powder

KHATTE BAIGAN

7

Tangy tamarind eggplant

 

GARLIC SPINACH

 

7

Crispy spinach, peppercorns, soy sauce, cumin avor

SHAM SAVERA

SHAM SAVERA 8

8

Steamed paneer cheese, spinach, creamy nutty sauce

AMRITSARI MACHI

 

8

Batter fried sh, red onions, lime

SHRIMP CHAT PATA

 

9

Coriander, creamy tomato sauce, curry leaves, mustard seeds, tangy avor

TALE HUAY KAJU

 

4

Spiced cashews, black pepper, chaat masala

KABOB STARTERS

PANEER TAASH KABOB

PANEER TAASH KABOB

9

Skewered paneer cheese, peppercorns, bell peppers

PAHADI CHICKEN KABOB

9

Spicy chicken thighs grilled to perfection

CHAPLI KABOB

CHAPLI KABOB 8

8

Spiced minced chicken ,onions, green cillies

SHAMI KABOB

8

Minced lamb patties

TANDOORI ACHARI ALOO

7

Skewered spiced potatoes

KALMI KABOB

8

Skewered chicken wings

CHAAT BAZAAR

(Street side snacks from your mohallahs)

BHEL PORI

5

Pu ed rice, chaat masala, vatana, mint and tamarind chutnies

CHOLE BATURA

8

Punjabi chickpea masala, batura bread

BATATA SEV PORI

6

Stu ed pori bread, chaat masala, yogurt, two chutnies

PANI PORI

6

Stu ed pori bread, tamarind water, coriander

AMRITSARI ALOO TIKKI CHAAT

6

Potato patties, vatana, onions, yogurt, two chutnies

PAV BHAJI

8

Buttered bread buns, mashed vegetables, coriander

PURANI DELHI KI PAPRI CHAAT

6

Crunchies, spiced potatoes, yogurt, two chutnies, chaat masala

PARATHA DA GALLI

(Served with Pickle and Raita)

ALOO PEA PARATHA

 

5

Leavened bread, spiced potatoes, peas

GOBHI PARATHA

5

Spiced cauli ower

PANEER CHILI PARATHA

PANEER CHILI PARATHA 5

5

Green chilies, paneer cheese

 

METHI PARATHA

5

Fresh fenugreek leaves

MOOLI PARATHA

5

Spiced radish

DAALS (Lentils)

LANGARWALI DAL

LANGARWALI DAL 11

11

Five dals, dry red chili, cumin, coriander

DAL MAKHNI

11

Slow cooked creamy black lentils, onions, garlic

DHABA DAL FRY

11

Yellow lentils, cumin, fresh coriander

RAJMA

11

Punjabi style kidney beans, tomatoes, fresh coriander, onions

MAA KI DHAL

11

Homestyle black lentils, ginger, lemon

MAA KI DHAL 11 Homestyle black lentils, ginger, lemon A Must Try Spicy WEBSITE USE ONLY

A Must Try

DHAL 11 Homestyle black lentils, ginger, lemon A Must Try Spicy WEBSITE USE ONLY GOT LUNCH

Spicy

11 Homestyle black lentils, ginger, lemon A Must Try Spicy WEBSITE USE ONLY GOT LUNCH ?

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GOT LUNCH ?

9.00

All Lunch Special served with rice, lentils (dal) and naan bread

1. SAAG PANEER

Home made paneer cheese, mild spinach puree

2. ALOO MATAR

Spiced potatoes, green peas, onions, tomatoes, cumin

3. KADAI BHINDI

Sauteed okra, bell pepper, onions, tomatoes, fenugreek

4. TAWA ALOO GOBI

Round potatoes, cauli ower, onions, tawa masala

5. CHICKEN TIKKA

Skewered chicken thighs, Northern spices

6. CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA

Roasted chicken tikka, creamy tomato sauce

7. SAAG WALE MURGH

Roasted chicken tikka, mild spinach sauce

8. MURGH JALFREZI

Chicken, onions, okra, ginger, spicy tangy avor

9. LAMB PASANDA

Lamb, fenugreek, raisin, creamy cashew sauce

10. BHUNA LAMB MIRCHWALA

Spiced lamb, garlic, green chillies, tomatoes, fresh coriander

11. DHABA SHRIMP CURRY

Home style shrimp curry, onions, tomatoes, spices

12. KADAI SHRIMP

Sauteed shrimp, onions, bell pepper, fenugreek, tomatoes

*Take Out Only

RICE

CHICKEN BIRYANI

15

15

Basmati rice, chicken on the bone, browned onions, bay leaf, mint

LAMB BIRYANI

15

Basmati rice, brown onions, bay leaf, mint

KEEMA PULAV

15

Spiced minced lamb, green peas, basmati rice

GOAT BIRYANI

18

Basmati rice, goat on the bone, black cardamom, bay leaf, mint

VEGETABLE PANEER PULAV

VEGETABLE PANEER PULAV 13

13

Basmati rice, cloves, onions, bay leaf, ghee

METHI PULAV

13

13

Vegetables, fenugreek leaves, basmati rice

CHICKEN

VEGETARIAN

TANDOOR

BREADS

CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA 16 NAAN 2 METHI SAAG 13 TANDOORI CHICKEN 13 Roasted chicken breast,
CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA
16
NAAN
2
METHI SAAG
13
TANDOORI CHICKEN
13
Roasted chicken breast, creamy tomato sauce
Tandoor red white our bread
Spinach, fenugreek leaves
Skewered on the bone, northern spices
DAHIWALA MURGH
15
3
SAAG PANEER
13
CHICKEN TIKKA
15
Chicken tenders, coriander infused yogurt,
brown onions, cardamom
Paneer cheese, spinach puree
Skewered thighs with yogurt marinade, garlic
3
DAAL SAAG LAUKI
13
CHICKEN MALAI KABOB
15
3
CHICKEN KALI MIRCH
15
Lentils, spinach, bottle gourd
Chicken tenders, peppercorn infused creamy sauce
SARSON KA SAAG
13
Skewered tenders with creamy marinade,
white pepper
4
4
MURGH MAKHNI
15
Spinach, mustard greens, ginger
PUDINA CHICKEN KABOB
15
ONION NAAN
GARLIC NAAN
CHILI ONION NAAN
CHEESE / NUT NAAN
SPICY HABERNARO NAAN
BATURA (Two pieces)
4
Roasted chicken strips, bell pepper, creamy
BAIGAN DA BHARTA
13
Skewered tenders, mint, coriander
Deep fried white our bread
tomato sauce
Pureed eggplant, onions, tomatoes, ginger
ACHARI CHICKEN TIKKA
15
POORI
3
METHI CHICKEN
14
DAHI BINDI
14
Skewered thighs, pickling spices
Deep fried whole wheat bread
Chicken dark meat, green fenugreek leaves, light cream
Okra, crispy onions, yogurt, coriander, cumin
ADRAK KI CHAAMP
22
MAKKI DA ROTI (Two pieces)
4
CHICKEN BHARTA
15
PUNJABI KADHI
14
Skewered lamb chops, nutmeg, ginger
Pan grilled corn bread
Minced chicken, smoked eggplant, roasted spices
Tangy yogurt sauce, cumin, methi fritters
SEEKH KABOB
15
MISSI ROTI (Two pieces)
4
PUNJAB DA MURGH CURRY
14
Skewered minced lamb, freshly ground spices
Chicken on the bone, home style curry
METHI SALMON
16
Pan grilled chickpea our, white our, cumin,
fenugreek
JEERA CHICKEN
14
VEGAN
Grilled salmon, green fenugreek leaves, ginger
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ROOMALI
4
Cumin infused chicken curry on the bone
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JHINGA MALAI KABOB
18
(In these dishes, we don’t use yogurt or cream)
Paper thin bread
EGG ALOO CURRY
12
Skewered shrimp, creamy marinade, ajwain
PLAIN PARATHA
3
Boiled eggs, potatoes, chilly infused dhaba curry
TANDOORI MEDLEY
18
TAMATAR MAKAI CHILI BHARTA
11
Tandoor red multi layered bread
A mélange of our favorite kabobs
Pureed tomatoes, kernel corn, green chilies,
cumin, jaggery
TANDOORI ROTI
3
Whole wheat bread
LAMB AND GOAT
JEERA ALOO
10
We use baby goat on the bone and Australian
boneless lamb (not mutton)
Spiced cumin potatoes, fresh coriander
PANEER (Home made cheese)
METHI ALOO
10
LASSI
Spiced potatoes, methi leaves
KADAI MIRCH PANEER
15
(Freshly prepared yogurt drink)
BHUNA LAMB MIRCHWALA
15
ALOO MATTAR
11
Thick onion tomato sauce, garlic, garam masala,
green chilies
Potatoes, green peas, onions, tomatoes, cumin
Paneer cheese, green chilies, onions, tomatoes,
kasoori methi
SWEET OR SALT LASSI
4.5
PUNJAB DA LAUKI MASALA
11
PANEER KALI MIRCHI
15
Refreshing yogurt drink
PUDINE WALA KEEMA
15
Bottle gourd, lentils, onions, ginger, tomatoes
Paneer cheese, black pepper, creamy sauce
PEDA LASSI
4.5
Minced lamb, mint, green peas, fennel, onions,
boiled egg white
CHOLE AMRITSARI
13
PUNJABI PANEER BHURJI
15
Indian sweet peda in lassi
Punjabi style chickpeas, tamarind, onions,
coriander
Grated cheese, onions, tomatoes, garam masala
PATIALA ROSE LASSI
4.5
GOAT ROGAN JOSH
18
METHI MATTAR MALAI
14
A favorite from Punjab
Home style curry, tomatoes, yogurt, garam masala
KADAI BHINDI
13
Paneer cheese, green peas, fenugreek,
MANGO LASSI
4.5
ACHARI GOSHT
15
creamy tomato sauce
Mango avored yogurt
Pickling spices, fresh coriander, onion seeds
Okra, bell peppers, onions, garlic, tomatoes
kasoori methi
PANEER MAKHNI
15
CHAAS
4.5
LAMB CHOP PEPPER FRY
18
TAWA ALOO GOBI
13
Paneer cheese, coriander, creamy tomato sauce
Salted yogurt, cumin, fresh coriander
Tossed lamb chops, potatoes, pepper infused
tomato sauce
Potatoes, cauli ower, onions, tomatoes,
tawa masala
MALAI KOFTA
14
Vegetable balls, raisins, creamy almond sauce
FRESH LEMON SODA
3
ALOO DUM
13
NAVRATAN KORMA
14
Freshly squeezed lemon with salt and sugar
Potatoes, onions, bay leaf, cumin, tomatoes
SEAFOOD
Fresh vegetables, paneer, pineapple, nuts,
creamy almond sauce
3
2
2
DHABA SHRIMP CURRY
17
SIDES
ALL SODAS
MASALA CHAI
COFFEE / TEA
VOSS WATER
4
Home-style curry, onions, tomatoes, freshly ground
spices
BOONDI RAITA
3
SHRIMP MALAI CURRY
17
Yogurt, besan, crunchies, cumin
Creamy tomato sauce, fennel, bay leaf, green chilies
DESSERTS
MANGO CHUTNEY
2
GOAN FISH CURRY
15
A sweet relish
Coconut, tomatoes, dry red chilies, malt vinegar
TAWE KA GULAB JAMUN
4
PAPAD
1
METHI MACHI
15
Fried milk balls, cardamom avored sugar syrup
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First order complimentary
Fenugreek leaves, coriander, ginger, bay leaf
GAJJAR KA HALWA
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4
SHALGAM AND GAJJAR ACHAR
2
SARSON WALI MACHI
16
Grated carrots, pistachios, khoya
Spicy pickle, carrots, turnips
Fish in mustard greens and spinach
Dhaba
PUNJABI KHEER
5
GREEN SALAD
3
Cardamon avored rice pudding, raisins, almonds
Lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, cucumber, red onions,
lemon, vinegar
KULFI FALOODA
6
INDIAN cuisine
Home made pistachio ice cream, cardamom
JALEBI AND GARAM DHOOD
7
Fried our pinwheels soaked in sugar syrup,
served with hot milk
RASMALAI
5
A Must Try
Spicy
FOOD ALLERGY? If you have a food allergy, please inform your server,
chef, manager or owner.
Cheese balls in reduced sweet milk, pistachios
BRITISH CURRY HOUSE:
INDO CHINESE CORNER
London Calling
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Modeled after dishes that are popular on the other side of the pond, Where “Curry” has become
more of a staple than a fancy. These curries have a unique Anglo-Indian avor.
Curry is traditionally a term that is non-existent in the Indian Culinary landscape. Generalized by
the British in Colonial India to mean anything with “spicy gravy”
STARTERS
SWEET CORN SOUP
4
Dry red chillies, garlic, soy ginger avor
Meats, vegetables and shrimp can be customized with a selection of curries from below
GOBI MANCHURIAN
7
Tossed cauli ower, onions, bell pepper, tangy avor
CHICKEN (Dark Meat) 14
CHICKEN (On the bone)
14
GOAT
18
GARLIC SPINACH
7
VEGETABLES
14
CHICKEN (White meat)
15
LAMB
16
SHRIMP 18
Peppercorn infused crispy spinach
CHICKEN LOLLYPOP
8
BALTI
MADRAS
Pulled back spicy chicken wings
A simple stir fried curry prepared in a karahi
(wok) with bell peppers, mushrooms, onions
and tomatoes
A hot simple curry with coconut, dry red chilies
and curry leaves
BALCHAO
MAIN COURSE
KORMA
A tangy curry from Goa with Mustard seeds,
curry leaves and black pepper
A mild creamy curry with cashew nuts, raisins
and fenugreek
DHABA CHILI CHICKEN
14
BHUNA
Onions ,bell pepper, green chillies ,soy garlic avor
DO PIAZA
A well spiced curry with a thick sauce
VEGETABLE MANCHURIAN
12
Do Piaza means double the onions. First the
onions are pureed in a sauce and then large
slices are stir fried in the gravy
PHAAL
Tangy vegetable balls, soy ginger avor
A very spicy curry with green chilies, tomatoes
and ginger
PANEER DANIA CHILI
15
Paneer cheese, scallions, vinegar, soy green chilli avor
JALFREZI
SAAG
HOT GARLIC SHRIMP
17
A stir fried curry prepared with green chilies,
onions and tangy avor
Wok tossed, scallions, red chillies, coriander
Spinach puree,light cream,roasted spices
CHILI FISH
17
KADAI
Batter fried sh, scallions, ginger chili avor
VINDALOO
Tossed with onions,bell pepper,fenugreek and
fresh coriander
VEGETABLE FRIED RICE
11
A very very hot curry cooked with dry red chilies,
vinegar and potatoes
Tossed basmati rice, onions, scallions,s oy ginger avor
ACHARI
MANCHURIAN FRIED RICE
12
A spicy curry with pickling spices
Tossed basmati rice, vegetable balls
(We also have on the menu the famous chicken tikka masala, biryanis, kadhai dishes and onion bhaja)
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