The Restaurant (and Chef) Sure to Impress Your Date

Celebrity Chef Vikas Khanna
Celebrity Chef Vikas Khanna

It’s time to impress.

It’s her birthday, your anniversary, you’ve got clients in from out of town – or you’re just the kind of guy who likes to bring it.

Welcome to your dining experience at Junoon, restaurateur Rajesh Bhardwaj’s super stylized place in New York’s Flatiron district. Where sommeliers abound at the ready to pair your meal with the perfect wine. Where service is impeccable – just try dropping a napkin and see with what speed it’s retrieved by the ever present staff.

Helmed by celebrity chef Vikas Khanna (recently voted NY’s hottest chef by, Junoon’s menu represents the diversity of India. Ingredients are mostly locally sourced, sustainably produced and organically raised.

Think high end Indian, with a wow factor.

If you want to up the impression quotient, reference the NY Times review and order their favorites: three-lentil shorba, piri-piri shrimp, lobster tandoori, monkfish tikka, duck with Tellicherry pepper, grilled eggplant curry, date pudding cake. Though word from the street has it that the kulfi trio is divine as well.

Not quite ready to commit to a full meal? The lounge is the perfect place to meet friends over a carefully shaken cocktail.  We’re thinking the Tandoori Tequila – a spicy cocktail of silver tequila, lime, muddled tandoori pineapple, curry leaf and pippali pepper.

And through May 26th – from Sunday to Thursday – order two cocktails at the lounge (trust us you’ll want two), tell them you’re guests of Republic of Brown and get an appetizer on the house.

A little something to whet your appetite.

Not in NY?  We’ve got your hookup:

Make the Tandoori Tequila at home

An advance look at Vikas Khanna’s Twist on Yellow Dal from his upcoming book

Watch the video of Vikas Khanna from the Spice room at Junoon

Have people in NY?  Be a friend – send them this article so they can get a taste of Junoon.

Tags from the story
Written By
More from Geetanjali

Your Holi Menu – Full of Color

Holi 2011 – Saturday,March 19th Holi is the Indian festival of colour....
Read More