I tried out the new Indian restaurant that took over Tamil Nadu Bhavan, where I had one of my favorite lunches last year. It was a shame Tamil closed shortly after I first ate there. This new fancier place, Bhojan, is from the owners of Dhaba only a couple doors down and has the same level of trendiness in its decor. There’s a nice looking Indian sweets & chaat counter in the front. In the back, the dining room is dim and lit like you’re eating in the Temple of Doom.
Luckily they have a lunch thali ($8), which is what I loved at the former restaurant. It was quite good. Maybe one or two more sour things than I wanted. I wish they had more of a variety of thalis like at Tamil, even though I didn’t know what the hell any of it was.
The rose lassi shake is awesome. Fragrant and with a bit of a burn, similar to how spicy chili hot chocolate burns the back of your throat like you just vomited a little …this rose lassi has a cooling fragrant burn, rather than spicy.
Even though I wish Tamil still existed, I’m no hater of Bhojan. They are really nice. I was greeted five times on my way to be seated and my glass of water was refilled nearly after every other sip.
Bhojan Vegetarian Indian Restaurant – 102 Lexington Ave (btwn 27th & 28th St) New York, NY 10016