Indo Munch

Indo Munch-chili chicken gravy

Indo Munch

By Nancy Walman

Location/Phone/Web Site: Indo Munch

182 Lexington Avenue

New York, NY 10016

212-545-0010

www.indomunch.com

Date Established: October, 2007

Press Contact: http://whodoespr.com

Owners: Dinu and Mumtaz Mulloli

Cuisine: Indian Chinese

Price Range: Lunch: $10- $13 (Served w/ rice & soup)

Dinner: Apps $4-$7, Entrees $8-$14, Desserts $3-$7

Hours: Dinner 5:30 – 10:30 (Mon.-Thurs., Sun.); 5:30 – 11:00 (Fri. & Sat.);

Lunch 12:00 – 3:00 (Mon.-Fri.) 12:00-3:30 (Sat. & Sun.)

Credit Cards: All major credit cards accepted.

Reservations: Recommended.

Wheelchair Access: Restaurant and bathrooms wheelchair accessible.

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Where Colliding Cultures Erupt in Devastatingly Delicious Dishes

 

The oddly named Indo Munch is a small, genteel restaurant whose food contrasts with big, bold flavors. When cultures collide, exchanges often occur. When it happens with food, the results can spawn a new culinary genre that is exceptional. The newest craze in ethnic eateries to hit Manhattan is Indian Chinese and is being led by Indo Munch.This unique coupling is not a pairing of the two cuisines on one menu that features both Chinese and Indian cooking, but rather a blending of the two ethnic flavors in exciting savory dishes. Although popular in Indian and throughout Southeast Asia, this culinary expression has only recently made its way into mainstream New York dining, thanks to Indo Munch, where the unique gastronomic experience is quickly become a sought after favorite.

The comfortable and inviting space is reflective of the unique cuisine and incorporates Indian style with splashes of Chinese influence. The amber room is accented by bold reds and showcases gold images of Indian and Chinese deities. Sleek espresso chairs pull the look to a chic New York style. Here is the “New Style” Mom/Pop operation, manned by the young, attractive Dinu and Mumtaz Mulloli.

Indo Munch showcases this exceptional cooking of Chef Wong Chen with Chinese style dishes that are seasoned with traditional Indian spices such as cumin, coriander and turmeric, in addition to classic Indian Chinese plates such as Gobi Manchurian (fried cauliflower fritters in a spicy ginger onion sauce) and Szechuan Lamb ( a crispy lamb slow cooked in a flavorful Szechuan sauce). Other “must haves” in the appetizer department include the dynamite (and we mean dynamite) Chicken 65, with Curry Leaves and Red Chilies; Lollipop Chicken in a soothing mayonnaise-based fruit sauce, and Crunchy Okra with Smoky Chili Powder.

Entrees can be requested on the dry-side or more heavily sauced. We suggest letting the staff create a mix. Besides the superb Szechuan Lamb, check out the assertive Chili Chicken, the remarkable Sliced Tilapia in Garlic Sauce (Indo Munch offers the best seafood we’ve ever tasted in a New York Indian restaurant); Sweet and Sour Prawns that elevate this “everywhere” Chinese dish to star status, the delicious Vegetable Ball Manchurian and the best non-greasy Szechuan Fried Rice (go for the chicken, vegetables, eggs and shrimp) you’ll ever taste. Almost as wonderful is zesty Shrimp Noodles. Even desserts are memorable: Crispy Date cake or Cheese Cake with soft, creamy ice cream will make you smile.

Although the menu is reminiscent of traditional Chinese cuisine, Indo Munch incorporates non-Chinese vegetables and Indian spices into the classic dishes but omits beef and pork choices; remaining true to the Indian respect of Muslim and Hindu dietary restrictions. The is a short, inexpensive list of wine and beer. Our theory holds: Anything with bubbles works best.

The concept may seem daunting, but the helpful and knowledgeable staff is eager to provide a detailed history of the food and guide patrons through the exotic menu items. The unique blend is said to have emerged when Chinese settled in Calcutta, bringing new seasonings and cooking styles to the region. India has enjoyed the robust flavors of Indian Chinese food for centuries and now New York can revel in the delightful authentic concoctions that Indo Munch brings to the table.

Delivery service is available for those who crave the robust flavorful cuisine, but would rather enjoy their meal at home. Fortunately for New Yorkers, Indo Munch brings us the Best Of Both Worlds and rates ” A Major” on The Walman Report.

Indo Munch-szechuan lamb

 

Copyright 2008 By Punchin International. All Rights Reserved

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Broadway Joe

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BROADWAY JOE STEAKHOUSE is located at 315 West 46th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues, in the heart of the Broadway Theatre District, on Restaurant Row. If you need further assistance, call (212) 246-6513.

Award-winning website, Punchin-dot-com, features the Walman Report and reviews of restaurants, travel, wine and theater. Created during the Damon Runyan Era, BROADWAY JOE STEAKHOUSE has been a Manhattan landmark restaurant with a world-wide reputation for serving the ultimate in prime meats & seafood for more than fifty years. Centrally located in a charming townhouse in the heart of New York City’s glittering Broadway Theater District.

 

BROADWAY JOE’s Favorite dishes include fabulous New York Cut Prime Sirloin Steak, delectable Prime Ribs of Beef (get the King Size On-The-Bone), Grilled Salmon Filet, Pasta Primavera Marinara and the Signature Caesar Salad. Other offerings include Prime Spring Lamb Chops, Thick Cut Pork Chops, and a host of seafood from Broiled Filet of Sole to Bay Scallops or Shrimp Scampi. Simply Put, BROADWAY JOE has it all. Don’t miss the fabulous New York Cheesecake at BROADWAY JOE STEAKHOUSE, 315 West 46th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues, in the heart of the Broadway Theater District, on Restaurant Row, which rates A Major” on the Walman Report.

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Bagatelle

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Bagatelle

Location 409 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10014

Phone Number 212-675-2400

Web site www.bistrobagatelle.com

Cuisine Modern French

Executive Chef Nicholas Cantrel

Owners Aymeric Clemente
Remi Laba
The ONE Group

Designer I-Crave

Press Contact Karine Bakhoum
Maryann Scaccia
Lindsey Escalera
KB Network News
(212) 777-3455

Seating Capacity Main Dining Room: 90 Guests

Dining Room Hours Monday-Wednesday 5:30PM – 12AM
Thursday-Friday 5:30PM – 1AM
Saturday 11:30AM – 1AM
Sunday 11:30AM – 12AM

Signature Dishes Warm Asparagus Salad
Tuna Tartare
Gambas au Pastis
Truffle Herbs Roasted Organic Chicken
Wild Striped Bass in Couscous

Price Range Appetizers from $8- $20
Entrees from $24- $40

Credit Cards All Major Credit Cards Accepted

Reservations Recommended

Press: http://Whodoespr.com

Bagatelle
Nicolas Cantrel Showcases His Talents and Creativity in a Quintessentially
French Neighborhood Bistro

Award-winning website, Punchin-dot-com, features the Walman Report and reviews of restaurants, travel, wine and theater. Bringing a taste of the South of France to the Meatpacking District, Bagatelle mixes simplicity with sophistication. The menu evokes a Provençal brasserie with some unexpected touches. French classics are enlivened with innovative flavor combinations and a lighter approach: The seasonal menu features appetizers such as Warm Asparagus Salad with Blood Orange and the chef’s famous Tuffled Leeks Ravioli. A selection of elaborate main courses tempt the appetite with items such as Whole Branzino with Dry Fennel and Thyme, or the classic Steak with Pomme Frites and Pepper Sauce or Tender Chicken Breast with Tomatoes Provençale served with Roasted Potatoes and Mushrooms. The dessert selection offers a spectrum of ingredients with tempting preparations, among them, Profiteroles, Thin Apple Tart with Vanilla Ice Cream and Le Paris Brest. Bagatelle, 409 West 13th Street, is the real thing and rates A Major” on the Walman Report.

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Fall Savings from Abercrombie & Kent

Find Value in Europe with Fall Savings from Abercrombie & Kent
Don’t let the value of the dollar deter you from a dream vacation in Europe. While most travellers are searching for ways to make travel more affordable, Abercrombie & Kent (A&K) has made it possible for even the luxury traveller to find good value in Europe without sacrificing the service, expertise and style guests expect from an A&K small group escorted journey. With the recent currency fluctuations, A&K’s small group departures offer exceptional value since prices were set in June of 2007. Clients booking now enjoy savings of 16% when compared to the current exchange rate in Europe. Book these Discovery Series departures in Europe this fall and save an additional 15%.

– Highlights of Northern France introduces the French way of life, from Paris, the Palace of Versailles and Chartres Cathedral, to the glorious châteaux of the Loire Valley and the refined wines and beautiful landscapes of Burgundy.
Sept 10 – 20, 2008: 11 days from $7,600 (was $8,995) Save $1,395 per person

– Highlights of Spain is an excellent introduction for the first-time visitor to Spain.

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SAN YSIDRO RANCH IS THE CLASSIC CALIFORNIA CHOICE FOR INTIMATE, ELEGANT WEDDINGS

San Ysidro Ranch, a Rosewood Resort, lives up to its reputation for romance with various wedding offerings, all designed to cater to the couple in love.

WHAT: Two packages plus two additional options for the most discriminating couple’s ideal wedding.

WHY: Listen to the legends: Vivien Leigh and Sir Laurence Olivier wed in the garden in 1940, and John and Jackie Kennedy honeymooned here in 1953. Restored to its original perfection after a $150 million renovation completed last year, the Ranch remains a classic hideaway for celebrating romance.

The Kennedy Cottage Wedding Package

Perfect for: Experienced couples who need not worry over every detail; let the Ranch take care of everything
Picture it: Exchange vows on your enclosed, expansive deck overlooking the Pacific Ocean, then celebrate with your 40 closest family and friends
Of note: Soak up the romantic history while inside the same walls where John and Jackie Kennedy honeymooned in 1953
Package includes:

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HARRAH’S ENTERTAINMENT ATLANTIC CITY ANNOUNCES SECOND ANNUAL “TOAST TO THE COAST” FOOD AND WINE EVENT

SCHEDULED JUNE 26 – 29, 2008

–Spectacular four-day culinary event to take place at all four Harrah’s Entertainment Atlantic City Casinos: Bally’s, Caesars, Harrah’s Resort and Showboat –

Following the overwhelming success of its 2007 Toast To The Coast Food and Wine Spectacular, Harrah’s Entertainment has announced that the second annual Toast To The Coast Food and Wine Spectacular will take place again at its four Atlantic City casinos from June 26 – 29, 2008.

A series of fabulous food and wine events including celebrity chef luncheons and gala dinners, culinary demonstrations, samplings of signature dishes, wine tastings, cookbook signings, food and wine pairings, gospel brunch, and comprehensive Food & Wine Exposition will all be part of this extraordinary festival on location at Bally’s, Caesars, Harrah’s Resort and Showboat.

Tickets for individual festival events range from $20 to $150, with the Vine and Dine gala dinner at Caesars priced at $250 per person. Advance ticket sales start at $15.

For further information on the 2008 Toast To The Coast events, and for

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ATLANTIC CITY TURNS UP THE HEAT WITH 2008 CELEBRITY CHEF SERIES

Here’s Your Chance to get up close and personal with TV Chefs
Mario Batali, Paula Deen, Tom Colicchio and Anthony Bourdain

Back by widespread demand, Caesars Atlantic City announces its 2008 Celebrity Chef Series featuring a new lineup of highly-respected professionals who have exploded into celebrity status through their popular televised cooking series. Mario Batali, Paula Deen, Tom Colicchio and Anthony Bourdain will satisfy their fans’ hunger for culinary thrills in one-hour “Up Close and Personal” appearances in the Circus Maximus Theater. This exciting hour will be filled with recipes, stories and secrets, and each chef will also take questions from the audience Those seeking even more face time with their favorite chefs can spring for once-in-a-lifetime interactive VIP experiences limited to just 100 lucky attendees.

Mario Batali – Sunday, May 11, 2008

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Porcao Rio’s Churrascaria

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Porcão
360 Park Avenue South

@ 26th Street

212-252-7080

Website: (http://www.porcaosteakhouse.com/

Porcao serves two dining options for lunch (M-F) & one dining option at dinner. Open seven days a week.

1) Executive Lunch

12-4pm M-F ONLY

$22.90 pp (doesn’t include tax or gratuity)

Includes Salad Bar (as much as you want) and Choice of Beef, Chicken or Salmon. (Only one of these)

2) Riodizio

12-11pm M-F

1-11pm Saturday & Sundays

$50.90 pp (doesn’t include tax or gratuity)

Included Salad Bar (as much as you want) and all cuts of meat, poultry and fish available. Plus side dishes.

Dessert: Additional.

Fine & Inexpensive Wine List: 13 Wines By The Glass. Bottles: Many Priced Under $40.

Porcão New York has seats for 290 guests: 50 in the bar, and 240 in the dining room. An elegant private room for up to 55 guests is also available that includes equipment useful for business meetings and special occasions.

Porcão Churrascaria has opened in New York. In its Manhattan location, bringing the rhythms of Brazil to Manhattan. Porcão offers its customers the quality they have enjoyed since its humble beginnings as “Churrascaria Riograndense” on Rio de Janeiro’s Avenida Brazil in 1975. Today, Porcão has ten locations in South America, Europe, Miami, and now, New York City and is a favorite of such celebrities as Naomi Campbell and Kate Bosworth, and celebrity Brazilians including Sonia Braga and Pele.

Back in 1975, the founders of Porcão would not have dared dream of opening a restaurant of this size in faraway New York. New York’s Porcão brings reminiscences of its Rio origins: the marbled floor, with its swirls of black and white, echoes the patterns of the walkways at Rio’s Copacabana Beach. Wall structures are built to resemble the mountain ranges surrounding Rio, especially the famous Sugarloaf Mountain. Dramatic digital lighting in several colors will change the mood. The music of Brazil, classic and modern, envelop diners in a sensuous atmosphere.

Porcão brings New Yorkers the unique and fun Rodizio dining experience. Rodizio is roughly translated as “rotation”; waiters circulate from table to table with the restaurant’s specialties, allowing diners the freedom to sample a little of everything [LV2] , and to take their fill of their favorites. No more longing looks at your dining companion’s plate! Rodizio is best known for the gleaming skewers from which tempting morsels of meat are carved to order at tableside. This carnivorous churrasco style of serving originated in the south of Brazil, where gauchos—cowboys—cooked their meats on [LV3] a bonfire made to cook the meat that had been arranged around it, on long spikes.

Guests are greeted with a selection of warm cheese bread, pastel (stuffed savory pastries that are the Brazilian version of empanadas), kibi, spiced ground meatballs and fried codfish balls. And while Porcão is best known for it’s amazing rotation of 18 different preparation of meat, the festive meal actually begins at the all-you-can eat hot buffet and salad bar. The numerous selections change frequently, so you can eat at Porcão three times a week and never have the same meal, even if you only eat at the salad bar.

The churassco, or barbeque, begat the churrascaria restaurant, which was refined by Porcão. Porcão features the finest Brazilian cuts of meat coaxed to tender perfection on special grills imported from Brazil. Porcao’s offerings (About 15 or more per night) include: Picanha, a noble part of the sirloin. Served with sea salt or garlic paste. Filet Mignon, tenderloin served with sea salt or wrapped in bacon. Alcatra, top sirloin Fraldinha, bottom sirloin Costela, Tender Beef Ribs Lombo, pork loin Carneiro, lamb chops Frango, chicken Linguiça, Pork sausages Peru, Turkey Salmon, served with mushrooms or passion fruit sauce. All meats are of top quality and impeccably timed by Cesar, the main meat chef. Desihes arrive with a variety of potatoes, fried yuca and bananas. Best of all is to request some fiery Brazilian peppers and a dish of the marvelous farofa, fried with eggs and bacon. Black beans and rice are another option.

Herbivores are warmly welcomed at Porcão, where they can choose from a variety of salads (34!), vegetables, cheeses, sushi, seafood, and pasta. All are fresh, if somewhat under-seasoned to our taste. Porcão’s rodizio is a prix fixe experience. There is no menu and desserts are not included in the dinner.

The wine list consists of 200 bottles, which span the globe. There are wines by the glass and specialty cocktails like the signature drink of Brazil, the Caipirinha, using fresh fruits: passionfruit, strawberry and pineapple. Cocktails are made tableside and are super, as is the warm and guiding service. They are also an outstanding value at $10 for the house Caipirinha. Desserts come on wheels, too. The dessert cart is laden with choices. Brazilian specialties include papaya cream, a smooth mixture of ice cream and fruit, rich flan, made with dulce de leche, thicker and more substantive than other flan, beijinho (little kisses) grapes coated in condensed milk and rolled in sugar until they look like sparkling jewels, and quindim, thick sweet custard made with egg yolk and coconut milk, topped with shaved lime.

Porcão’s VIP room, set off from the main dining room behind frosted glass, can be transformed from sexy to utilitarian depending on the lighting and arrangement of tables and chairs.

The private room is also available for private events, and includes projectors and screens for presentations, business meetings and special occasions. A specially priced executive lunch ($22.90) is served from noon to 4PM, Monday through Friday. Rodizio is served seven days a week, Monday-Friday noon-11 pm ($50.90). A 50% discount on Rodizio is offered for patrons 65 years and up. Free for kids under 5.

For an upbeat, offbeat night on the town, Porcão is a sheer delight and Manhattan’s best churrascaria and rates A Major on The Walman Report.
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