Rahi

4.7
115 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Indian
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary Indian
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Hours of operation
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am
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Phone number
(212) 373-8900
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chintan Pandya
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Perry Street & Greenwich Ave (between 6th & 7th Avenue)
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Public transit
Train:
A, B, C, D, E, F, M to West 4th Street
1, 2, 3 to 14th Street (Union Sq.)
L to 6th Ave
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 115 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.5
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
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Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BV
New York Area
4.0
Dined on July 12, 2018

First time-food and drinks were great, service was ok. I’ll give it another try before I write it off!

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OT
5.0
Dined on June 26, 2018

Delicious food, genuine staff, quick service! Every time we leave the restaurant happy. Thank you Rahi:)

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SJ
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 24, 2018

The food here is like global cuisine from the eyes of an Indian chef. Amazing food. Great vibe. Warm servers. Authentic chef. Awesome cocktails. One of the best restaurants in nyc! MUST TRY!! Each dish was so unique and delicious. It was a hit with my parents as well. Everyone enjoyed the dynamic cuisine this place has to offer. Will visit again for sure!

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 19, 2018

Always wonderful — food, service, welcome, ambiance.

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OT
New England
5.0
Dined on June 17, 2018

The quality of food exceeded our expectations. Can be a little pricey, but definitely worth going to. Great service, great atmosphere, great food.

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D
5.0
Dined on June 16, 2018

Had a great initial experience. The owner (Ronnie) walked over and introduced himself. He then asked if all was well. Had a great short conversation.

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M
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on June 15, 2018

Tasty food but portions are small. Cocktails are awesome

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EC
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 12, 2018

Great service, very friendly. Delicious food.
Fun atmosphere.

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OT
New England
4.0
Dined on June 2, 2018

The food tasted better than I expected!!! A new wonderful Indian food experience!

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K
New York Area
4.0
Dined on June 1, 2018

The food was incredible. We started with the artichoke and edamame chat and malai paneer naan, which we’re so delicious. The tamarind glaze on the chaat was so tasty. Sweet and sour. The drinks were good as well, although I had two of the same cocktail, and the balance of flavors was a bit off on the second one. Definitely needed a tiny bit more consistency. The entrees were delicious - we got the inside out chicken and the spaghetti squash korma and shared them. The chicken was very tasty but I wanted it to have a little spice. The korma was absolutely INCREDIBLE. That is a dish I will be thinking about for years to come, or at least until the next time I can eat it. Overall a good experience. The service was a bit slow, which was my only complaint. But my server had good recommendations for food.

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D
New York Area
4.0
Dined on May 27, 2018

Great fixed price lunch and good value. Excellent food.

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l
New York Area
5.0
Dined on May 26, 2018

One of our favorite restaurants. Wait staff is friendly and knowledgeable, service is great, good location but most of all, outstanding food! You will not be disappointed.

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NN
New York Area
5.0
Dined on May 24, 2018

Wonderful Indian food with innovative twists enhancing the food. Strongly recommend

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b
New York Area
5.0
Dined on May 23, 2018

Excellent food. Creative, not heavy. Attentive staff.

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OT
New York Area
4.0
Dined on May 20, 2018

Our server was wonderful. Cheerful and knowledgeable and made the experience fun. I wish I had caught her name. Cocktails were excellent. Food was good although very heavy and not as flavorful as I had expected. We ordered artichoke chaat, sausage-stuffed quail, chilly cheese toast, and the paneer starter. The last two were by far the best.

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on May 20, 2018

Just the best Indian food you can find.

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TS
New York Area
5.0
Dined on May 20, 2018

Absolutely lovely place. Enjoyed it even more the 2nd time around. Our server Christina was great!

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on May 18, 2018

My second time to Rahi in the same week.
Amazing trip through flavor. Not your typical Indian restaurant. Way better than Tamarind restaurant in NY.

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AL
London
5.0
Dined on May 18, 2018

I think i have written two previous review of Rahi. This restaurant continues to be one of the best restaurant experiences in NYC. Every single aspect of this restaurant is amazing without any fussiness.

Continues to be a top 3 recommendation.

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JE
New York Area
5.0
Dined on May 16, 2018

Everything about this place is wonderful except for the noise level. But the food, the decor, all the staff, and the management are over the top terrific.

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C
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on May 16, 2018

Sensational modern creative Indian food. Really original and SO tasty. LOVED it.
Only downer for me is the noise level (a combo of hard surfaces and loud music meant we needed to speak loudly to hear each other). We asked if the music could be turned down and the staff obliged -- this helped.

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MV
5.0
Dined on May 15, 2018

Oh my god!!! This is really the best Indian restaurant in the world. Beautiful food and absolutely delish!! Cant wait to come back here. Seriously if you have not been here yet, you don't know what you're missing! ALL the cocktails are OUT OF THIS WORLD!! Everyone really cares and treats you like family. I couldn't stress enough. I always have an amazing experience when I come here.

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RH
New York Area
4.0
Dined on May 15, 2018

Both appetizer and entree were superb. Service is slow, but the food is absolutely worth the wait.

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OT
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

Excellent food
Excellent ambiance

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

Rahi is awesome. Great menu and journey through Indian cuisine. Going back again this Friday with clients of mine.

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Z
5.0
Dined on May 12, 2018

drink took really long to come out, but everything else was great and they comped the dessert

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on April 29, 2018

Excellent food, great service, couldn’t fault it.

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AA
New England
5.0
Dined on April 29, 2018

Visiting NYC after couple of years. Wanted to see what’s new- Found Rahi on yelp. It’s been a while since I have been so satisfied with an Indian restaurant in US.
Rahi was just awesome from start to finish. We went there for a Saturday dinner, even though the first available was 9:45pm we took it because we read so many good things abt it that we had to check it out.
The hostess was nice. My profile on Opentable states my preference of a corner table but not many restaurants pay attention but Rahi clearly read the preferences and sat us at a corner table which was appreciative. Our server was amazing too. Answered all our questions since the menu/dishes were a little different compared to other Indian restaurants we have been. She gave her recommendations which was also helpful. Following were the things we tried:
Mango Lassi with a hint of lime - good
Dahi chilli paneer - best paneer appetizer I have had in USA . You would love this dish if you like spicy stuff.
Chilli cheese toast - great
Lassoni Chicken - amazing perfectly seasoned
For the main course we tried:
Parda prawn hara masala - out of this world. Never eaten anything like this before.
Seasonal saag which was spinach with feta cheese - good. I would say in the whole meal this was the only dish which was just ok. But I would still not take any stars away from this place.
Naan - decent
Masala chai - great. we ordered one but the server was nice enough to get us another complimentary chai.
And finally the one dish that cannot be missed is this Benares paan desert which was again nothing like anything I have tried in the past. From the presentation to the taste it was just amazing. Must try.
That put an end to an amazing time we had at Rahi.
We paid $165 for two people.
Will most definitely return to this place whenever we visit NYC again.

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SB
5.0
Dined on April 27, 2018

Experience Rahi for innovative indian food. The food was very innovatie. The service was very cordial.

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NN
New York Area
5.0
Dined on April 26, 2018

Unique twist on classic Indian fare, done classily without overdoing it and losing the soul of the dish

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K
New York Area
5.0
Dined on April 24, 2018

The food at Rahi was a twist on your typical Indian fare. But it worked and I particularly enjoyed the Dahi Paneer and Tikis appetizer. The edamame chat was also very unique. I think the price point was a bit expensive and we had a group of four but many appetizers came with only 3 pieces. The waitress offered to add an additional piece which is great, but that quickly adds up on an already expensive dish. Other than that I felt service and food was very good. Would come back but for a special occasion.

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L
Atlanta
5.0
Dined on April 22, 2018

This is the best Indian restaurant I have been to in NYC.

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GH
New York Area
5.0
Dined on April 21, 2018

The food is quite simply amazing. Every bite is an explosion of creatively assembled flavors. Yes, it is based in Indian traditions but I'd describe the outcome as out of this world.

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A
New York Area
4.0
Dined on April 21, 2018

This was my first time at Rahi, and the space itself is lovely. Bright, airy and comfortable, it was a perfect lunch setting. The food was outstanding- subtly modernized indian food, presented in creative ways (eggplant dip in a mason jar with a lid that was raised at the table to reveal a smoke-infused creation with just the right amount of heat). The perfectly fried chicken was complemented by a spicy honey drizzle and a waffle made with nontraditional flours typically used in Indian cuisine. Detracting from the experience was the staff, which was inattentive to the 4 or so tables that were occupied, instead choosing to socialize among themselves rather than care for the patrons. Still, the food was good enough to bring me back to sample the dinner menu in the near term.

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m
5.0
Dined on April 19, 2018

Very nice cosy restaurant, good atmosphere, thoughtful and dedicated service. Food is amazing!

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on April 15, 2018

Very nice and friendly place. Staff excellent and food awesome

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VI
New York Area
5.0
Dined on April 13, 2018

Attentive service and fantastic food combine for a great experience. Rahi has reinterpreted Indian flavors with locally sourced food.

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PK
New York Area
2.0
Dined on April 13, 2018

The ambience and service was great, but the food was terrible.

We first ordered the artichoke and edamame chat - everything was dry and overcooked. The eggplant dish was decent. We then ordered the five spice cauliflower, and sent it back because it was bitter and awful - almost as if it had been spiced and cooked twice over.

Also - we are vegan, and had indicated that that when we made our reservation. If their menu can not accommodate our dietary needs, most restaurants we go to have no problem offering us something that is not on their menu. There was no such accommodation made for us - there was exactly one dish in their main courses that we could order. This was truly very surprising.

In summary - limited vegan options, and out of the 3 dishes we did try, we had to send one back, that's how bad it was. Very disappointing after all the positive reviews we have heard about the food here!!

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E
New York Area
5.0
Dined on April 11, 2018

This was our first time visiting Rahi. We went for my partner’s birthday, and literally everything we put into our mouths was decadent. My partner is originally from Pakistan, so his standards for quality South Asian food is very high. Needless to say, Rahi was a perfect choice. Not only did they have traditional offerings, but they also gave new life to traditional dishes by adding unique and unconventional flavors to each dish.

Our only complaint was that the wait staff was not very attentive, which was all the more apparent because we were one of three tables in the whole restaurant!

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LD
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on April 10, 2018

Creative and exciting Indian food, cutting edge without being nouvelle-y or precious. Deliciousness in every bite is the number one goal of the chef. We've been three times and it's also consistent. Menu is tweaked for seasonal specials. This is not your normal curry palace, and you will not see the usual menu suspects, but what you will see/taste will excite you.

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