Bombay Talkie

189 Ninth Ave., New York (Chelsea)   map

Bombay Talkie
By Maryse Chevriere
The theme of this Chelsea spot may be Indian street food—the menu is divided into “Street Bite” starters and “From the Roadside” entrées—but it definitely inspires more stay-and-linger dining than grab-a-bite-and-go. Not surprisingly, spice takes a front seat in most of the plates here. Cumin, coriander, chiles, and a myriad of other spices add complexity and heat to everything from the savory chicken Frankie Rolls (presented like an Indian spin on egg rolls) to the tinted rice in the mint-lamb biryani. And if your taste bud thermostat is reaching a boiling point, be sure to add in one of their cooling chutneys or take a sip of the thick, refreshing mango lassi.

menu musts

Alfonso mango lassi
Frankie Roll
Spiced potato dosas
Chicken korma
Lamb biryani
Tamarind chutney
view full menu here

the crowd

A mixed bag of Indian food fanatics, from those who grew up on the cuisine to more recent devotees.

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eye for design
A clean, minimalist aesthetic dominates the small-ish space, which benefits from a vibrant traditional Indian dance–themed mural and the street action through the large front windows.



Lunch: noon–3 PM daily
Dinner: Sun–Thu 5 PM–10:30 PM; Fri–Sat 5 PM–11:30 PM

price range

$4 (naan) to $25 (lamb chops)

189 Ninth Ave. (between 21st St. and 22nd St.; subway: C, E to 23rd St., 1 to 23rd St.–Seventh Ave.), New York, NY 10011; 212-242-1900   map $

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