Old Monk

The latest outpost from restaurateur Sushil Malhotra, who also runs Café Spice, this innovative Indian restaurant aims to shake up the East Village.

Malhotra first introduced New Yorkers to high-end, stylish Indian restaurants with Akbar and Dawat. Old Monk is a partnership with Executive Chef/Co-owner Navjot Arora. The 55-seat features dark walnut liquor barrels (a nod to the restaurant’s namesake), walnut table tops, filament bulbs hung from the stamped copper metal ceiling and antique mirrors.

A twist on traditional Indian food, menu highlights “contemporary Indian soul food”, with spins like house-baked Naan topped with goat cheese, pumpkin- and melon seeds.

The beer and wine license is still to come but the restaurant’s planned beverage program will include an extensive craft beer selection and a global wine list by Consulting Sommelier Kristie Petrullo–Campbell (ex-Eleven Madison Park, Jean Georges, Craft), who will also work with Chef Arora to develop unexpected pairings to complement his dishes’ array of colorful spices and seasonings.

Ideal For

A unique soulful feast with a twist

Signature Dishes

Wild Rice Jhaal Moori with wasabi peas, tamarind and mint; Anjeer Kofta – tender fig and paneer dumplings in a saffron sauce; and Tellicherry Pepper Beef featuring flank steak, peppercorn jus and curry leaves. Old Monk Rum Lamb Chops are marinated in the iconic Indian dark rum and grilled on the tandoor.