Feeding the mind and soul at an East Village Ayurvedic kitchen

By Jasmine Moy

When two monks meet in India, get married, and form a nonprofit cooking school in the East Village above a yoga studio, opening a restaurant down on the street level is arguably the only natural progression of things. Billed as “Ayurvedic Cuisine,” it’s easiest to understand the food at Divya’s Kitchen as the sort of grounded, simple, natural food that you might have while spending a few weeks at a yoga retreat upstate.

Start with the warm focaccia stuffed with chopped vegetables and olives and top it with a spread of the addictive basil-parsley pesto. Crisp spelt-sesame crackers grace an avocado dip that’s studded with raw radish. The black lentil soup is centering and wholesome, while the bright vegetables in a spicy yellow cashew and curry sauce create warmth.
Soothing almond chais and ginger limeades keep you from missing the alcohol at this “dry” establishment—after all, this is about doing your body right. Ginger teas help with digestion, as does the menu’s lack of soy and nightshades. Their “Heart Opening” calming tea is perfect for the meal’s denouement, maybe accompanied by one of their daily-changing desserts—a dark carob cake dusted with toasted coconut one day, a gluten-free upside-down pineapple cake the next.

While comforting and satisfying, the food also manages to leave you feeling light. Want more of that feeling? You’re in luck: BlackboardEats subscribers who’ve never been to The Bhakti Center upstairs will also get a free yoga class in addition to their meal discount with this Passcode—whenever you decide to go (but before the expiration date of your Passcode), just present your dinner receipt at the front desk. And then enjoy some sun salutations, won’t you?


Tue–Sun 5 PM–10 PM
Closed Monday

price range

$8 (avocado dip) to $16 (vegetable curry in cashew sauce)