You are second to naan. We grew up eating homemade South Indian food everyday. These days, we enjoy looking for new Indian restaurants in the city. Today we are sharing our fantastic dinner at Badshah, one of the best Indian restaurants in Hell’s Kitchen. We dined at their sister restaurant, Madam Ji, earlier this spring. Badshah is a fusion Indian restaurant that combines flavors from the Indian subcontinent with soul food. We are excited to share our dining experience at Badshah, one of the best Indian restaurants in Hell’s Kitchen, with you.
Best Indian Restaurants in Hell’s Kitchen: Badshah
Badshah, which means King in Hindi, is located in Hell’s Kitchen, on 9th Avenue between 52nd and 53rd Street. Executive Chef and Owner, Abishek Sharma was born in Delhi and raised in Queens, New York. Chef Abishek combines the spices of traditional South Asian food with the soul of the West. The restaurant is open for dinner daily from 5PM to 10:30PM. Brunch is available from 12PM to 4PM on the weekends. Sister restaurants include Madam Ji and Swagat. The al fresco dining features hot pink and black chairs in a patio with twinkling lights. Definitely head over to Badshah, one of the best Indian restaurants in Hell’s Kitchen.
We dined in the outdoor patio, but Badshah has a gorgeous mural inside. The bold, bright colors immediately transport you from Hell’s Kitchen to India. Who wouldn’t want to dine at one of the best Indian restaurants in Hell’s Kitchen?
During our adolescence, we ate homemade South Indian food on a daily basis. When we went to college and stopped eating Indian food everyday, we missed mom’s food and began to appreciate Indian cuisine. Now we are looking for the best restaurants in NYC with outdoor dining. Outdoor dining is a great way to catch up with friends during Covid-19. Now that the weather is nice out, we highly recommend dining at Indian restaurants with outdoor seating in NYC. It’s a trip to India without leaving NYC.
Best Indian Restaurants in Hell’s Kitchen: What to Order to Drink?
Sip, sip, hurray. We started with a round of cocktails and wine including: Spicy Mango Mule, Sari not Sari, Sassy Lassi and Desi-licious . Our favorite was the Sassy Lassi. If you like mango lassis, this is the drink for you. This cocktail elevates a traditional mango lassi to an adult beverage. This was a great way to start our meal at one of the best Indian restaurants in Hell’s Kitchen.
Yes way Rosé. We also sipped on Rosé, which pairs well with Indian curries. Riesling and Pinots are also great choices with Indian food.
Best Indian Restaurants in Hell’s Kitchen: What to Order for Dinner?
Spice, spice baby. We started with the Shahi Tandoori Board. If you are a carnivore, this is the appetizer for you. This tasting board features a variety of grilled meats cooked in the Tandoor oven, including Salmon, Chicken Tikka, Chicken Malai Kebob and Lamb Seekh Kebob. The Shahi Tandoori Board also comes with Naan, fruit and yogurt, mint and date dipping sauces.
Cauli-power! Next we tried the King of Cauliflower. This is a flavorful Indo-Chinese dish that is also known as Cauliflower Manchurian. This cauliflower is fried with sesame seeds and sweet, tangy and aromatic chili and garlic sauce.
Our mains included Badshah Butter Chicken, Bangin Baingan, Chennai Express and the Emperor’s Kofta. You can’t go wrong with Butter Chicken. Bangin Baingan is baby eggplants cooked with turmeric cumin and roasted potatoes. The Chennai Express is fresh shrimp with coconut milk, curry leaves and mustard seeds. The Emperor’s Kofta is spinach and paneer in a cashew sauce. Indian food is about mixing various dishes together, so we recommend family style and sharing all of these dishes together. The entrees paired well with our Rosé.
This Fall, check out outdoor dining in NYC and dine at Badshah,. You’ll enjoy the best Indian food in Hell’s Kitchen as well as amazing drinks, outdoor seating, ambiance and service. They also have a gorgeous pink floral wall with their mustache logo inside so make to grab a photo there too.
I love Indian food – it’s my favourite cuisine. I love the mixture of spices and the subtle flavours. It’s really erotic; the spices are so sensuous.Joe Perry