Badshah, Hell's Kitchen, New York
The Facts
NAME: Badshah
IT'S: The third restaurant from Abishek Sharma, featuring a fresh take on Indian street food.

20-04-2017

OPENED: April 20th, 2017
LOCATION: Hell's Kitchen
ADDRESS: 788 Ninth Ave
CLOSEST SUBWAY: 50th Street
OPENING TIMES: Monday to Sunday, 5pm – 10:30pm
WEBSITE: Visit Site

Badshah

OPENED154 DAYS AGO

Badshah is the newest spot from the restaurateur Abishek Sharma and former Babu Ji exec chef Charles Mani.  Named after the Hindi term for “King of the Village,” Badshah is living up to its name, cornering the market on Indian street food in Hell’s Kitchen.  Sharma, who has taken over his family’s businesses, including Surya and Swagat, is no amateur to the restaurant scene: his father once worked in Bukhara, a New Delhi restaurant called one of the 50 best in the world.

The Spot:

Located uptown between 52nd and 53rd Streets, Badshah is in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen.  The interior will have white-washed brick with metallic and chrome accents.  The slate bar will be complemented by the light, sandalwood table tops and sage-colored plush banquets.

The Food: 

Mani, who, through his use of “tempering,” or the layer of spices and flavors, is transforming popular street food into flavorful, more elegant dishes in the kitchen.  The menu is divided into appetizers from the ‘Roadside’, ‘Tandoor’, and ‘From the Pots’, and will also have a Chef’s Tasting Menu of four appetizers and five different curries, with bread, rice, and sauces.  Appetizers from the Roadside include dishes like Gol Goppa, crispy semolina balls with a savory chutney, and Quinoa Tikki, with potatoes, black-eyed peas, and a pineapple, mango, ginger chutney.  Tandoor selections include Boneless Tandoor Chicken marinated in a spiced yogurt, and Clove Smoked Lamb Chops, with cardamom and clove masala.  The signature dish, Butter Chicken, falls under the From the Pots section, and is in a makhani gravy.  Another dish, Cheese Kofta, will have a curry of cashew sauce and cardamom with microgreens.  Customers can also find Chargrilled Atlantic Salmon, and Roasted Butternut Squash on the menu.  Dessert includes dishes like Gulab Jamun, which are spongy milk balls in a rose-scented syrup, and Clay-Pot Kulfi, which is traditional pistachio and cardamom ice creams.

The Drinks:

Drinks include classics like a Mango Lassi, and other cocktails infused with cloves, cinnamon, fennel, cumin, curry leaves, and other Indian spices.  The beers are local East Coast brews, but will also include some Indian brews, like the Kingfisher Lager.

The Damage:

Prices from ‘Appetizers from the Roadside’ range from $10-$13, Tandoor goes from $18-$26, depending on the protein chosen, and ‘From the Pots’ range from $16-$25.

In a nutshell:

Badshah is capitalizing on the growing trend of elevated street food, in an area of New York City that may not have restaurants of this style just yet.  With an experienced team behind it, how could anyone miss it?  Each traditional dish is infused with so many flavors and spices, you’ll be transported to the heart of New Delhi.

The Facts
NAME: Badshah
IT'S: The third restaurant from Abishek Sharma, featuring a fresh take on Indian street food.

20-04-2017

OPENED: April 20th, 2017
LOCATION: Hell's Kitchen
ADDRESS: 788 Ninth Ave
CLOSEST SUBWAY: 50th Street
OPENING TIMES: Monday to Sunday, 5pm – 10:30pm
WEBSITE: Visit Site
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