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Rahi, (meaning traveler in Hindi) is an artisanal Indian restaurant in Greenwich Village – a collaboration between a young Indian chef with playful artistry, Chintan Pandya, and restaurateur, Roni Mazumdar. Rahi serves vibrant Indian food, straying from tradition, by adopting the local produce of New York. Guests are taken on a journey through India – each dish with unique traditional flavors. White brick walls pulse with the energy of a black and gold mural, painted by famous artists, Yok & Sheryo. Pattern elements represent fragments of memories, a dream sequence, of a woman that travels around India. Rahi is designed for indulging the senses over leisurely conversation and enticing plates; for spirited evenings with exotic cocktails.
New York, NY 10011
Hours of Operation:
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am
Perry Street & Greenwich Ave (between 6th & 7th Avenue)
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
A, B, C, D, E, F, M to West 4th Street
1, 2, 3 to 14th Street (Union Sq.)
L to 6th Ave
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Rahi Ratings and Reviews
I came to Rahi because my name is Rahi, and boy was this something special. My girlfriend brought me here for my birthday and we both loved it. It was funny coming in and saying that Rahi made a reservation for Rahi. I loved the drinks and the food was superb. I had the duck curry and it was cooked to perfection. The server (forgot her name) was suggesting a lot of things to order. Maybe she wanted people to try new things, or thought I would order everything under the sun. The cream cheese naan was to die for. I dipped it in the curry and the taste exploded in my mouth. My girlfriend had the soft shell crabs and it was plated marvelously. Rahi (the restaurant) really takes their dishes seriously because artistically, they were one of the best I have seen. I will upload the dessert the server offered, which was not on the menu, but it was beautiful. A tree with cotton candy and a chocolate mousse base. Will go back and try the other meals they have to offer!
Really exceptional service! Every person was warm and welcoming. I also really loved the creativity of the food, which was innovative, tasty and yet authentic and enjoyable. Would absolutely recommend others to check this restaurant out if you want Indian, but not the run-of-the-mill food you can get at any other Indian restaurant.
Good job Roni Mazumdar! Just what the New York dining scene needed, a new attempt to be creative with Indian cuisine and introduce culinary sophistication and graceful presentation to the cuisine. Timing excellent as restaurants like Tamarind head steadily downhill. Great buzzing atmosphere at this Village location with the décor adding to the vigor. Loved the appetizer choices and each of the entrée's (or "Araam Se" as referred to on the menu) had its unique characteristics.
The service needs some organization. You can tell that the restaurant is new and much of the staff still need training and time to settle down. I am sure this will come soon as the attitude was right!
The food was imaginative and excellent--a great updating of traditional Indian cuisine. The service was friendly and helpful, and the food for each course arrived in good time. My only pause is over the noise level: not super loud, but boisterous and occasionally annoying. Quite a find at reasonable prices in the heart of Greenwich Village.
Rahi could not be more perfect. Perfect service, ambiance, and food. This is not your typical Indian restaurant. Be prepared for dishes you have not had and tastes you will not forget. We will back often. If you have foodie friends, this is the place to take them. They will thank you when they are done.
While the food here was unique and well prepared, the service was the worst we have experienced dining out in a long time. The restaurant appeared to be very poorly managed which led to a very bad experience. I would like to say that I would give them another try but with so many other choices in NYC, I will pass.
Excellent food; a little pricey but this is an upscale experience. A good date place. The service was a little spotty ( we had to grab a guy and beg for a waiter. We asked her some menu questions, looked down, then whoosh - she was gone. Later, another person took our order. Plus appetizers and entrees all appeared at the same time). I put that up to the normal kinks in a new restaurant. We'd would still definitely come back and we recommend Rahi!
Chef tasting is amazing and filling! The staff is willing to let you enjoy the ambiance and food, but if you want to engage with them they are more than happy to take your experience up a notch. The amuse bouche arrived in fog to set the pace for the meal. Sweet chili paneer had balanced sweet and heat. Artichoke chaat is a must. The charcoal eggplant bharta was a richly fun experience. Next up entrees, the mushroom kickiri with booti wali naan (and hints of lavendar) are a great pair. Great use of mushrooms with the kichiri, almost like a risotto. Also, the paneer kofta paired with cream cheese naan, fantastic (thanks, Leo). Served with the entrees were an incredible spinach saag and the dal rahi is much better than your average dal makhani. The dessert finale was incredible especially the mishti doi cheesecake. Lighter than a typical cheesecake but creamy with a hint of rose. Definitely eat the coconut cream pakora in one bite, so worth it. It's not too sweet. The chocolate mousse is perfect. The bachcha cocktail paired well with dessert, nicely balanced and Rahi makes their orgeat in-house. The server, Marie, was really kind and genuinely excited about the food and Leo, so generous.
Love Rahi, have been there twice and I'm looking forward to go back, the food is just so good! Went with friends (a group of 6) and all appetizers and entrees were excellent. Indian flavors and cuisine elevated with seasonal ingredients and more refined recipes. Kudos to the chef!
Although it is not surprising in NYC, the portions were small, at this price point I would have liked to see a little more on the plate. However, the food was delicious and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The wine list definitely needs work. The staff was lovely and accommodating from start to finish. We will absolutely be back.
The food at this new Indian hotspot is unusual and delicious; the duck curry, in particular, was superlative. Our server was extremely knowledgeable and helpful in navigating the menu for our group. The only minor glitch was when our second round of drinks arrived with about half the pour of the first; but this was quickly rectified with a smile.
The decor is sleek, without feeling cold or impersonal; the multitude of hard surfaces does make the noise level uncomfortably loud when the room is full, however.
As with many "small plates" restaurants, the tab can creep up unexpectedly, especially as you add side dishes (naan, rice, etc.). After tip and tax, it wound up costing about $100 per person, which is certainly more than you'd spend at the average neighborhood Indian -- but the quality and creativity is also nothing like you'd find at the average neighborhood Indian (and it's a lot more fun than the fancier Indian Accent in midtown, which was an expensive disappointment). We'll definitely be back.
Rahi is a great concept but the execution both in the food and the service falls flat. The service needs overhaul, everyone is polite and full of courtesy, but it isn't efficient or very effective. Dishes not cleared, long waits for drinks/food, (ours wasn't so bad, but the couple at the table next to us got up and left after waiting for their dinner for 40 min...then was told it would be 15 more...the manager comped them their tab so far, but.....is it worth it?)
The answer is no. The food was just ...meh....nan ok, lamb good, mushrooms via India was a mushy mess...oatmeal mushroom paste? Eggplant appetizer a very ordinary tapenade...surprisingly the spice profile(s) that should be so prominent were bland and non-distinct. Odd.
In trying for the new, they lost the old, those flavors and textures of Indian cuisine.
One word to describe the restaurant and food would be Magnificent!! Me and my husband are foodies and we have been to restaurants all over New York and this definitely stands out as a special one . We went there for brunch on Saturday and the brunch menu was pretty diverse. We had the madrasi egg roast, jaggery pan cakes, chicken in banana leaf and shepherds pie. The Madrasi egg roast was a real treat to the eyes and palate, we both after eating it thought about taking a picture but it was too late :) This definitely is a place to try if you are in New York and we can't wait to go back for a date night . Oh! And I failed to mention how everyone in the restaurant was very friendly and takes service to a whole new level. This is our new favorite Indian restaurant for a date night
We had an incredible meal at Rahi. From cocktails, through dessert, it was fantastic in every way. The staff is first-rate and could not have been more helpful. Our waiter at one point excused himself to consult with the kitchen as to whether we had too many dishes. The last place that happened was at Slanted Door. In any event, the food was wonderful - flavorful, spicy and abundant - the edamame with artichoke could be a meal in and of itself. The smoked eggplant was stunning (when was the last time you had the charcoal removed from the vessel in which the eggplant was smoking at the table?). Both the shepherd's pie and the lamb chops were succulent. The cheesecake dessert is surprising and delicious. This is a place we intend to return to soon and to put in our regular "rotation" or restaurants. Just wonderful!
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