Bojan

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The Attractive Dining Room

bhojan1 All Images, courtesy of Ann Lawlor ( Above, A Thali To Remember)

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Bhojan

Vegetarian Restaurant

Opening Date: March 29, 2010 (currently in previews)

Location: 102 Lexington Avenue (between 27th & 28th Streets)
New York City

Telephone: (212) 213-9615

(212) 213-9671

Fax: (212) 213-9794

Email: shiva@fineindiandining.com

Website: www.bhojanny.com

Owner/Executive Chef: Shiva K. Natarajan

General Manager: Roshan Balan

Interior Designer: Thida Thongthai

Cuisine: Vegetarian Indian (Northern & Western)

Seating: Total (52)

Sweets/Snack Shop (12)

Dining Room (40)

Opening Hours: Lunch Dinner

Sunday-Saturday Sunday-Saturday

11:30AM-4:00PM 4:00PM-10:00PM

*All Major Credit Cards Accepted *

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At The Top of the Hill: One Of New York’s Most Distinguished Indian Restaurants

A truly unique addition to both Little India and the New York City dining scene, the much-anticipated Bhojan has opened as the newest Vegetarian Indian eatery. In English, the Hindi bhojan translates to a simple, delicious homestyle meal that is both hearty and satisfying.

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All Images, courtesy of Ann Lawlor (Steamed Lentil Cakes, Green Chilies, Mustard Seeds)

 

Transporting diners to the family homes of India and Indian guests back to fond childhood memories Bhojan chic eatery’s rustic décor is brought to life by rich earth tones, exposed brick and lamps, and handmade tiles. As bronzed Kadais (Indian woks) adorn the restaurant’s ceiling, dimly-lit chandeliers uniquely comprised of wine bottles infuse a sense of chic modern flair with traditional accents. Soft instrumental Indian music completes the alluring, yet casual ambiance..

Highlighting dishes from the North and West regions of India – namely Gujarat and Punjab, which are known for their distinct vegetarian offerings – Bhojan stands out from its neighbors on Little India’s restaurant row. A selection of Thalis – entire meals served as a platter – are perfect for hungry diners, while Bhojan’s Small Plates and Chaats are ideal for those seeking lighter fare. The chic vegetarian eatery boasts a truly unmatched dining experience— freshly prepared culinary creations, crafted by only the season’s finest ingredients in a more-than-affordable price range.

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All Images, courtesy of Ann Lawlor (The Clever Design Above)

This vegetarian outpost boasts a truly unmatched dining experience— freshly prepared (and kosher certified) culinary creations, crafted by only the season’s finest ingredients in a more-than-affordable price range.  A selection of Thalis – entire meals composed of appetizers, an entree, condiments, bread, rice and dessert, each arranged in small bowls placed together in a single platter – are perfect for hungry diners. The Ashram Thali (no onions or garlic) is ideal for health-conscious yogis, while Gujarati Thali and Maa Ki Punjab Thali are evocative of a traditional Western and Northern Indian dinner, respectively; each are available for dinner on weekdays and all day on weekends, while Lunch Thalis are also available during the week.  Bhojan’s Small Plates and Chaats are ideal for those seeking lighter fare and, for a quick nibble, Bhojan boasts a sweets and snacks shop at the front of restaurant, serving freshly prepared bites.

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All Images, courtesy of Ann Lawlor

Vegetarian Indian Restaurant BRINGS UNIQUE FLAVOR TO

NEW YORK CITY RESTAURANT SCENE

Bhojan’s Small Plates and Chaats are ideal for those seeking lighter fare and, for a quick nibble, Bhojan boasts a sweets and snacks shop at the front of restaurant, serving freshly prepared bites. Signature favorites are sure to include Dahi Balle (Lentil Flour Dumplings, Yogurt, Cilantro, two Chutnies), Phuchka (Puffed mini Puris, Potato and Chickpeas filling, Tangy water), and Kachori Chaat (Crispy flour puffs stuffed with Moong, Yogurt, two chutnies). Refresh with a Lassi (yogurt drink, available in plain, mango, banana and rose), Chaas (Spiced Buttermilk drink with Ginger and Cumin) or enjoy a selection or two from Bhojan’s extensive tea and fine wine/beer lists.

Restaurateur and Bhojan Owner/Executive Chef, Shiva Natarajan, is a veteran to the East Coast gourmet industry having opened eight highly-regarded restaurants, including Dhaba, Chola and Tadka in New York City. Born and raised in Calcutta, Shiva fell in love with the art of cuisine by spending countless hours in the kitchen with his family and eventually transported his expertise of Indian cuisine to the restaurant industry of New York City. Inspired by Swami Sivananda Saraswati, a spiritual teacher and modern day Saint who propagated Yoga, Vedanta and the unity of all religions, Bhojan honors his teachings SERVE, LOVE, GIVE, PURIFY, MEDITATE, REALIZE.

About Shiva K. Natarajan: Restaurateur and Executive Chef, Shiva Natarajan, is a veteran to the East Coast gourmet industry having opened eight highly-regarded restaurants; Dhaba, Chola and Tadka in New York City, Chola, Malabar Hill and Bombay Bar & Grill in Connecticut, Jaipore Royal Indian Cuisine in Brewster New York and Bombay at the Black Swan Inn in Lee, Massachusetts. Born and raised in Calcutta, Shiva fell in love with the art of cuisine by spending countless hours in the kitchen with his family, developing what would become his life-long passion for food. After completing his high school education in Bombay, he left India to pursue his MBA at Pace University in New York City. After spending years traveling throughout India, experiencing many different cuisine styles of his native country, Shiva transported his expertise of Indian cuisine to the restaurant industry of New York City.

Inspiration: Swami Sivananda Saraswati (September 8, 1887—July 14, 1963) was a spiritual teacher and modern day Saint who propagated Yoga, Vedanta and the unity of all religions. His teachings were simple: SERVE, LOVE, GIVE, PURIFY, MEDITATE, REALIZE. As founder of The Divine Life Society (1936) and Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy (1948), Sivananda authored of nearly 300 books. A majority of the Ashrams worldwide and the various types of Yoga practiced in the world today can trace their origins and spiritual lineages back to Sivananda. Sivananda Ashrams have branches all over the world; locally in New York City, a majority of the Yoga centers are affiliated directly or through spiritual lineage to Sivananda.

Service is amazingly caring and efficient. On our visit, Sanjeet Malhotra, Manager, was a paragon of professionalism. 

New York Finely boasts a truly great and unique Indian restaurant. And you needn’t be a vegetarian to fall is love with Bhojan. I could dine there on a regular basis.

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Specialty Dishes: PAU BHAJI

Spiced vegetable mash, pau bread

KHANDVI

Gram Flour Rolls, fresh Coriander leaves

METHI THEPLA

Fresh Methi leaves, Wheat flour bread with Marwadi Aloo

KICHIDI (soup)

A Lentil and rice mash, Peppercorns, Cumin

DAHI BALLE

Lentil Flour Dumplings, Yogurt, Cilantro, two Chutnies

PHUCHKA

Puffed mini Puris, Potato and Chickpeas filling, Tangy water

KACHORI CHAAT

Crispy flour puffs stuffed with Moong, Yogurt, two chutnies

Specialty Drinks: LASSI

Refreshing yogurt drink; available in plain, mango, banana and rose

CHAAS

Spiced Buttermilk drink with Ginger and Cumin

EXTENSIVE TEA SELECTION AND FINE WINE /BEER LIST IS ALSO AVAILABLE

Unique Offerings: Bhojan offers a selection of three Thalis— entire meals composed of appetizers, an entree, condiments, bread, rice and dessert, each arranged in small bowls placed together in a single platter. Available for dinner on weekdays and all day on weekends, Ashram Thali (no onions or garlic) is ideal for health-conscious yogis, while Gujarati Thali and Maa Ki Punjab Thali are evocative of a traditional Western and Northern Indian dinner, respectively. Lunch Thalis are also available during the week.

Sample Menu
Small Plates

Mirchi Baji spicy , batter fried green chilies
4.00

Methi Gota batter fried fresh fenugreek leaves
4.00

Patra steamed rolls made from colocasia (arbi) leaves and gram flour
5.00

Vada Pav potato balls, garlic chutney, pau bread
6.00

Khaman steamed lentil cakes, green chilies, mustard seeds
5.00

Khandvi gram flour rolls, fresh coriander leaves
6.00

Samosa pastries stuffed with potatoes, peas
5.00

Kichidi (Soup) a lentil and rice mash, peppercorns, cumin
6.00

Chili Cheese Toast green chilies, fresh coriander, white bread
5.00

Desi Cheese Sandwich green chutney, cucumber, cheese, white bread
5.00

Pudina Cheese Sandwich green chutney, cheese, butter, white bread
5.00

Chole Bature spiced chickpeas, batura bread
8.00

Pau Bhaji spiced vegetable mash, pau bread
7.00

Aloo Gobi Paratha stuffed potatoes and cauliflower bread with dahi
5.00

Paneer Chili Paratha stuffed paneer cheese and green chillies with dahi
5.00

Methi Thepla fresh methi leaves, wheat flour bread with marwadi aloo
6.00

Rotla (Bajra Roti) millet flour bread, ghee and garlic chutney
5.00

Hare Mattar Puri (2 Pieces) green peas stuffed fried bread with marwadi aloo
7.00

Dabeli spiced potato patties, peanuts, red onions in pau bread
7.00

Dahi Balle lentil flour dumplings, yogurt, cilantro and two chutneys
6.00

Malai Kofta vegetable cheese balls, creamy tomato sauce
8.00

Thele Wala Chaat

Snacks From The Street Carts

Phuchka puffed mini puris, potato and chickpeas filling, tangy water
6.00

Sev Puri mini puris, yogurt, tamarind and green chutney
6.00

Ragara Patties potato patties, yellow peas, cumin
6.00

Kachori Chaat crispy flour puffs stuffed with moong, yogurt, two chutneys
7.00

Samosa Chole Chaat yellow peas, yogurt, two chutneys
7.00

Corn Chaat kernel corn, red onions, cucumber, lime, chat masala
5.00

Dhokla Bhel Pori puffed rice, sev, potatoes, tamarind and coriander chutney
6.00

Fruit Chaat hand picked daily
6.00

Rotiyaan $3

Freshly Prepared Breads

Chapati (2 Pieces) whole wheat bread cooked on an open fire

Paratha (1 Piece) pan grilled multi layered bread

Puri (1 Piece) puffed fried whole wheat bread

Batura (1 Piece) deep fried white flour bread

Lunch Thalis $8

Freshly Prepared Daily

Salad

Papad lentil wafers

Entrees two chefs special

Daal

Kadhi

Basmati Rice

Chapati

Pori

Chutneys

Achar

Dessert

Thalis

Served Only For Dinner During The Week and All Day On Weekends. freshly Prepared Vegetables Everyday. we Have Jain Friendly Thalis.

Ashram Thali $16

Light And Healthy, No Onions Or Garlic

Salad

Starters

Kichidi

2 Entrees

Corn Chat Or Beans

Raita

Papad

Chutney

Achar

Breads

Rice

Dessert

Gujarati Thali $16

Salad

Starters

2 Entrees

Gujarati Kadhi

Daal

Raita

Papad

Chutney

Achar

Breads

Rice

Desserts

Maa Ki Punjabi Thali $16

Salad

Starters

2 Entrees

Punjabi Kadhi

Dal

Raita

Papad

Chutneys

Achar

Breads

Rice

Dessert

Sides

Brown Rice steamed
2.00

Basmati Rice steamed white rice
2.00

Raita a refreshing yogurt with dates
3.00

Chutney mango or tomato
2.00

Chaiwalla

Tea Shop

Kettle Masala Chai (Serves Four) a traditional milk tea with ginger and spices
6.00

Masala Chai desi chai dhaba style with milk
2.00

Nimbu Chai himalayan tea with lemon and cardamom
2.00

Honey Chai a soothing darjeeling tea
3.00

Herbal Chai your choice
3.00

Gud Chai milk tea with jaggery and cardamon
3.00

Lassi Bar

Refreshing Yogurt Drink

Yogurt Lassi plain, mango, banana, rose
4.00

Drinks: A Full Bar is coming.
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