Instead of calling Inday the “Chipotle of Indian food,” we’re going to call it like we see it, which is: The way we eat now.
At this good looking Indian restaurant which opened in August near Madison Square Park, dishes from the 100 percent gluten- and nut-free kitchen start at a reasonable $8 and the options can be mixed-and-matched in various combinations.
Get in line and the congenial staff will whisk you through the process of choosing a base, protein and toppings. Cauliflower continues its reign as the new kale in the genius “not rice” warm base option, while quinoa and red lentils team up in one of the cool bases. Proteins, including steak in a red spice blend, turkey with onion confit and FreeBird grilled chicken are hormone- and antibiotic-free. Whatever choose-your-own-adventure bowl you go with, you can finish things off with zippy coconut chutney and hot sauce.
Haute cuisine touches (like aromatic spices that are toasted and ground in house) are abundant, because doesn’t your Wednesday 1 p.m. grain bowl deserve to taste as good as your fancy Friday night date meal?
First-time restaurateur, the 28-year-old Basu Ratnam, told us that he got the idea for Inday from his health-conscious mother, who is from Calcutta. “I fell in love with Indian food through her cooking,” he says. “Her dishes were always very light, healthfully spiced with Indian flavors and full of fresh ingredients.”
Unlike so many fast casual spots, Inday is straight up pretty with its lush palm fronds, M.C. Escher-esque tiling and hip seating arrangements that will make you want to sit-and-stay awhile. Inday is open until 9 p.m. every day,so you can come back for dinner too.
Inday’s motto is, “Good Karma Served Daily” and on our visits there, we felt it.
1133 Broadway, New York