As a matter of fact, the first thing that the server asks you after the gratis papadam (which is in a unique burrito shape) and accompanying condiment tray appear on the table is if you like your food mild, medium or super spicy! I will also say right here that their Raita is extra mild as opposed to having the strong cucumber taste that is traditional. Haldi is a simple yet striking Indian restaurant smack dab in the center of the legendary Curry Hill. There is copper cookware hanging from the ceiling but otherwise it is a modern space with clean lines and the occasional piece of classic Indian and New York street scene artwork. There is a fun wall mural of a Checker cab driving by the Taj Mahal to the immediate left when you walk in. The wonderful smells of Indian spices as you enter make you salivate but don’t worry—if you are someone who prefers your Indian cuisine mildly spiced, they take that into account!
I tried a good cross section of dishes and I am happy to announce that not only is it tasty on all counts, but the service is impeccable. The friendly servers are very attentive without being overbearing. The first thing that you notice on the menu is that besides the “Calcutta classics” they have Chaats (“small snacks” usually from a street cart), Jewish-Indian and Chinese-Indian (“Tangra”) cuisine listed. These are all totally new to me. I would like to go back and explore these options on my next visit. On Yelp!, visitors have said that Haldi is their new “go-to” Indian restaurant and I can clearly see why on just one visit so far.
|Chicken Achari Tikka|
Haldi Indian Cuisine
102 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10016