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.
A unique soulful feast with a twist
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.