Perfect Plus One: Bhojan Restaurant

By   |   May 14, 2010   |   Entertainment‘s Maureen Tokeson-Martin hits Bhojan Vegetarian, the hot new Indian restaurant in Manhattan!

A girl’s got to eat.

That’s why I was psyched when TV DivaGal invited me to join her for a taste of India at Bhojan, a new restaurant on the East Side of Manhattan.

After leaving Instituto Cervantes, where we had cocktails with Antonio Banderas as he unveiled his new fragrance alongside his first-ever photography exhibition to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fight AIDS (I know rough life!), we ventured to little India for the gorgeous eatery.

The cozy space was decorated in rich earth tones with a charming waterfall that added to the zen feeling of the surroudings. Before we sat down to eat I checked into the ladies room to freshen up, only to be pleasantly surprised by its lovely spa-like quality.bhojaninside

I was only in the mood for a nibble, which I quickly discovered wasn’t going to work, as Bhojan’s manager already had a major feast prepared for our arrival.

Luckily, the restaurant serves vegetarian dishes, so finding extra room in my tummy wasn’t too difficult.

We started with four appetizers: spnogy steamed lentil cakes (dhokla), gram flour rolls with fresh coriander leaves (khandvi), which tasted like a noodle, mini puris (sev puri) and sasmosa with chutnies, my favorite. I also ordered a delicious small mango yogurt lassi, figuring that would be my dessert. Still wrong!

bhojanfoodAfter the first course, we were brought two huge platters featuring small tastes of several of the restaurant’s signature dishes, including lentils, grated paneer cheese, curried chick peas, corn and pickled beans. Yes, more room had to be made, but I couldn’t take one more bite.

The staff was kind enough to wrap the rest of the meal to go so I could share my discoveries with my husband, who is a vegetarian. He loved the sev puri!bhojandelainamaureen

Bhojan Vegetarian is located at 102 Lexington Avenue in New York City. Learn more at

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