A Massive Spot for All-Day Indian

This Beard-Nominated Indian Chef’s New York Debut Is Significant

By Ilana Dadras ·
None 13 Photos Pondicheri
We could all use more chai pie and lamb-mint-stuffed buns in our lives.

That’s just a general thought about life.

But it makes us want to talk about Pondicheri, the first New York spot from a Beard-nominated chef known for solid, interesting nourishment of the Indian variety. It’s open now with a limited menu and fully open for breakfast and lunch next Monday in NoMad.

So you’re working with a large, cavernous, industrial sort of space. The kind with oversize lightbulbs hanging from artfully tangled cords, a huge mural up front and a colorful brick wall that brings a travel scrapbook to mind in the back.

Swing by and grab something from the bakery up front: chai-cream-filled pie. Butter-chicken-stuffed turmeric buns. Roasted-chickpea fudge... Or should you care to claim a couple chairs, a more involved breakfast menu will offer things like a beet-lentil pancake topped with coconut, cilantro chutney and a fried egg.

Later in the day, you’ll find pork-shoulder-filled melon and coconut-ginger stew being assembled in the open kitchen. That, and other things you’ll find pair well with saffron-gin cocktails.

Now onward, to the slideshow...
Ilana Dadras

Ilana Dadras passes her days writing about good food, talking about good food and consuming good food. Occasionally doing other things, too.


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