New Yorker returns to the city after four years, with plenty for cheese lovers
When I learnt that the Mumbai-based restaurant, New Yorker, had re-opened in the city, my first thought was of their signature Big Bang Nachos (veggies, olives and jalapenos buried in cheese). Thankfully, the new partners of the venture—Ankit Khariwal, Jayant Bokadia, Kuldeep Surana and Nikhil Khicha—have retained the specials, with new additions. Formerly located near Gemini flyover, the 100-seater has got a new address on Khader Nawaz Khan Road, in Nungambakkam. A week old, the restaurant has been seeing a steady crowd and is packed during the weekends. “We wanted to make New Yorker a ‘fun-dining’ experience with variety being our forte,” says Khicha, who is very excited about bringing the 30-year-old brand to Chennai.
From New York burgers, Amst-erdam French fries, Mexican pastas and enchiladas, the 10-page menu almost gets overwhelming. Khicha suggests their spicy Indian pizza, which comes with a crispy base and has a homely flavour. Next up is their chilly paneer sizzler that has chunks of succulent cottage cheese mixed with a spicy sauce. The Big Bang Nachos stays true to its reputation and is generously doused with cheese, clearly the highlight of the meal, even as my companion compares it to the South Indian thatai. If you’re thinking ‘cheese overload’, hang on. Their cheese fondue served with papadam, toasted pita and veggies is sure to give you a high. We complete the meal with churros served with a thick chocolate sauce—a disappointment as the churros are very hard. That said, it does hit the cheese spot.
Lunch for two from Rs.900 onwards. Details: 42068989
— Mrinalini Sundar