This Winter, I haven’t gotten to as many restaurants as I would have normally and with that being said, I love when I find a gem that I have come upon because it was suggested by friends. I went on a recent blogging dinner with Mary from Mary in Manhattan and was one of the few she invited to the Upper West Side to try a new spot for Indian food, Imli restaurant.
The other attendees included Jess from Used York City, Mary Lane from New York Cliché , Kaitlin from Looped Blog, Allison from (F)east on Instagram , Julianne from It’s Five O’Clock Here and LeAura from Ever So Popular.
What Kind Of Food Does Imli Serve?
Imli serves urban Indian food. The restaurant space is cozy and the menu varied with classic and new versions of the tried and true. It’s a perfect spot for a date, group of friends or family meal. The owners describe Imli in this way:
Our hand-picked menu strives to enhance the classics while at the same time showcase regional favorites. From the mild flavors of the bustling Parsi and Iranian cafes of Old Bombay, to the fiery dishes of the southern coast, we hope our flavors will satisfy both the novice and enthusiast. Our goal is to enhance the subtle flavors that Indian cooking is famous for, from hints of cardamom, fennel and anise, while at the same time tantalizing your taste buds with the world-famous heat of chili and peppers.
I was not disappointed in the menu offerings or the size of the portions, fluffy naan or deliciously well-spiced meat and vegetables. We were given a good extensive mix of what was on the menu to taste. I have to admit that I was busy stuffing my face. So although Allison was prepared with her lighting, my pictures weren’t as awesome as the food was.
For our appetizers we were served:
APPSKerala beef (not pictured)Chicken chaatCrispy okraShrimp kolivadaBeetroot croquetsIndian Shepard’s pie (not pictured)
MAIN COURSESChicken Tikka MasalaLamb Rogan Josh (not pictured)Aloo Gobi MuttarHouse Chicken CurryYellow DalDal MakhaniLamb ChopsTandoori Chicken (not pictured)Basmati Rice (not pictured)Naan: Plain, Garlic, Mushroom (not pictured)Tandoori Roti – server noted that this dish is veganDESSERTIce Cream BombRice Pudding
What Did I think Of Imli?
The meal was five-star! It was good enough that I brought a doggy bag all the way back to Queens and ate it for lunch the next day. And you know what …? It was just as good the next day heated up! So there for you pretentious foodie snobs, lol.
I think with the extensive wine and cocktail list that this restaurant would be a great place to visit over and over. If you are inclined to a drink or two there is a large wine list that includes specialty cocktails and there are lots of options on the menu for vegetarian and a couple of for vegans which means everyone can dine together without a problem. I think that they thought of everything at Imli and it shows. A great rendezvous was had!!
Have you ever been to Imli? Do you enjoy Indian food? Are you a traditionalist or do you like updated classics? Let’s discuss!
Until our next rendezvous…