Old Monk

Modern Indian at Its Most Attractive

Old Monk Is the Name

By Ilana Dadras ·
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This is the dawning of the age of peak contemporary Indian.

At least we’re feeling like we’re seeing more and more notable, nay, exciting modern Indian-type openings these days: today with Old Monk, a handsome cornerspot now open in the East Village.

Now, it’s Friday, and you’ve got weekend-ing to do, so we’ll keep this short and to the point. The space is all saffron, colored scarves and portraits of monks talking on phones and taking photos. A good vibe.

The menu’s nicely organized into sections like “Come Together,” “Stay a While” and “Share the Love,” and you can probably guess what they’re going for with each. Your order might start with goat cheese naan with pumpkin and melon seeds or Tibetan-style pork dumplings, unfold with plates of ginger-rum tandoor-grilled lamb chops, continue unfolding with mahi mahi goan curry... start your decision-making process right now, if you’d like. Or you can forgo the decisions altogether and leave it up to the chef with a four-course family-style move.

Beer and wine are on the way with an ex-Eleven Madison Park and Jean Georges sommelier consulting on the menu, so you know it’ll be good.

Now, take a look at the spot and a whole lot of its food right here, then enjoy your end of the week.

In that order.

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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