Rahi

4.6
184 reviews
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Contemporary Indian
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.

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

What 184 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great. Seated 45 mins after our reservation time.

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i
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I just added this to my 10 most favourite NYC restaurants. Food is DELICIOUS, excellent service, great ambiance, great drinks. The restaurant is very pretty and everyone is very friendly. Our server Ariana expertly guided us through the menu and we loved all her recommendations. She truly contributed to our evening being even more special. The restaurant advertises "artisanal Indian food" and they truly live up to this. This is a must for all lovers of Indian food with a special twist as well as an excellent introduction to this wonderful cuisine. Cannot wait to go back. This is a 10 on all points!

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Innovative Indian food at a restaurant with a cool vibe and knowledgeable servers. Would absolutely go again.

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WV
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

GREAT and UNUSUAL BRUNCH!
Delicious appetizers and wonderful brunch selection--artichokes, pomegranates, yummy egg dishes and delightful iced coffee and pomegranate lemonade. So unusual, very good service and a great meal!

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SM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall, we were underwhelmed by the experience. The lamb kabobs were undercooked to the point that they looked raw and red inside (see picture). The server agreed that it looked bad and replaced it with another appetizer. The prawn was good, as was the banana leaf chicken. The Tulsi cocktail was a hit with the right amount of alcohol. The goat curry was a total disaster- with chewy old goat meat, not the tender baby goat that one gets at most Indian restaurants in NYC. Service was average at best.

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SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food and nice list of unique cocktails. Definitely recommend!

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C
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Indian food we have ever had in the US. Raves for every dish we tried.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Had the bottomless drinks, too! The mango mimosa was unreal. Loved it!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I love the food and the fact that they change regularly but I am not a fan of their scheduling . Second time we waited so long even though we came early. Other people were seated before us .

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MI
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We absolutely love Rahi! Went there for brunch and it wasn’t that great but their dinner is amazing! Went there twice in two weeks and came wait to go back! The chicken in banana leaf, goat curry and the chicken lasooni are my favorites!!

Oh and they have really nice cocktails!!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We came for dinner after a recommendation from a local New Yorker, it was our first time in NYC. Couldn’t fault the food all had great flavour and different tastes which was great! We are Indian and it’s hard to find home like food in some Indian restaurants so this was a true gem. The squash kofta was our favourite. Only negative would say is that the staff serving us were not very friendly compared to the service we have received at other places in NYC, they weren’t as welcoming and friendly. But I would definitely return and also recommend.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So i came to celebrate my boyfriend birthday and to be honest, everything is perfect , taste perfect look perfect, my favorite is the cheese cream Naan and the Octopus leg(sorry forgot the name) plus the dessert. I love the Cocktail taste so different but all to the point. It remind me of India, more taste like North Indian food. However its authentic and perfect.
The only thing confuse me is i send message to the owner(which was indicated in the reservation page) i want the cake to have happy birthday on the plate. However, its just a cake. Bit disappointed about it. But cant deny I love the food and environment.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A really great place with just the right combination of ambience and good food. Owner came over to check on how we enjoyed it.

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EO
New York Area
111 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is always excellent, and the food at Rahi is wonderful. The menu is a little opaque for anyone who's used to the usual descriptions on an Indian-restaurant menu, but ask questions and you'll find something that suits your taste. I recently saw a 50 Best NYC Restaurants list that had at least one other Indian restaurant. Rahi belongs, too.

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M
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was delicious and expertly prepared. I recommend this restaurant, very good quality and not unreasonably priced.

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H
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic. the food was PACKED with flavor. although didn't look like traditional Indian, the flavors were there. What a treat.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to celebrate my birthday dinner and the food was amazing. Manager was wonderful and really bringing the taste of India food into NYC. Highly recommend Rahi for a wonderful foodie experience

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Mexico City
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Espectacular la comida. No dejen de pedir las alcachofas

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was amazing: Ambiance, Cocktails, Food, Dessert. The only problem was we had a reservation (through OpenTable) for 730p, but we were not seated until 845p.

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J
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been here three times and can't wait to go again. The food is totally delicious. It's not a typical Indian restaurant menu, very unique and creative.

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JR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was busy even on a Tuesday night . The cocktails were marvelous (ask the bartender Diego about the spicy cocktail). Food was delicious and just right amount of spice and outstanding presentation. It’s a great place for taste the real Indian food and lovely fusion touch.

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E
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Unbelievable and inventive food! Not your average indian restaurant. You can't order wrong.

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SE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent brunch, both the food and the cocktails were amazing. Definitely will be coming back.

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

While the food was very good the portions are very small and very expensive. The decor is interesting and typical of a West Village restaurant. Tight uncomfortable seating and very uncomfortably warm. Often these small neighborhood restaurants are over priced without delivering the dining experience for the high cost.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The people in the front (hostess and other person) were extremely pleasant. Our waitress provided excellent service and was efficient, always with a smile. The food was delicious and ambiance pleasing. It was a great dining experience, one I look forward to repeating.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The goat curry and rice were superb! Service was excellent.

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CL
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Poor menu selection. Food was not quality. Service just Ok.

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AC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Too expensive! Food was good but the prices are extreme.

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AS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceptional, innovative and delicious take on Indian food with good drinks and great service.

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LZ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

My experience in this restaurant was terrible. The food was not good, they gave a wine dated and close to my table the floor was floating of water coming from the ceiling.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the better meals I’ve had in the city

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RR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved every bite. Atmosphere and staff are great. High prices but great food.

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S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was excellent. Very different take on Indian cuisine. But the noise level was extremely loud. I will do takeout next time.

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MW
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I wouldn’t recommend this restaurant. The naan was stale. The goat curry was so salty that I couldn’t finish it. Definitely poor value... even at half the cost.

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k
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Our friends had been raving about Rahi so we were really excited to try their food yesterday evening. Unfortunately we were very underwhelmed and will not be returning.
Ambiance- sleek and trendy restaurant, fair lighting
Service - friendly, warm and welcoming, server was knowledgable about dishes and dish descriptions
Food-
Appetizers:
We ordered the dahi chili paneer, soft shell ink crab and tandoor chicken. The paneer was great. Very fresh and dressed in a chili sauce that was not too overpowering and complemented the dish well.

Mains: The main entrees were underwhelming.
Parda Prawn Hara Masala: When brought to the table it was exciting because the dish is baked and encased in an external naan that the server opens for you at the table to show the sizzling dish. Unfortunately the taste of the curry was not good. It was described as lemongrass based curry with prawn marinated in uni butter. I felt the curry was over seasoned but I could not taste the lemongrass. I could not taste the uni. There was no creamy texture to it. It was a very thin and tart liquid.

Wild Mushroom and Truffle Khichidi- Khichidi is one of my favorite dishes to make at home, so I was excited to see the words "truffle" and "khichidi" in the same sentence. The presentation included the khichidi being covered with papadum chips which I felt was random, did not understand the connection and that it took away from the dish. The khichidi itself was tasty but too rich. Loved the inclusion of mushrooms, but I felt this was more of a risotto.

Saag- Did not like this. I felt like the dish was boiled spinach that was then charcoaled or baked to give a smoky flavor. I could not taste the spices and there was no creamy base that typically goes into making a saag.
Drinks
Kaffir Lime Mango Lassi- my favorite thing I ordered. Not too sweet, loved the subtle tang from the kaffir lime.

For the price point of these dishes, I would not go here again, too expensive for the variability of quality.

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Miami
41 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

In spite of having a reservation through Open Table, we waited at the bar for an hour. They were busy. We finally were seated. The wait staff treated us well. The owner came by to apologize for the wait. They comped us Agee items.

The food is worth the wait. It is a creative twist on traditional Indian fare.

I will return.

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AN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The food presentation was great. Even after having our reservation there was poor mismanagement and they didn’t seat us until an hour later. The food taste was average - it was also too loud to have a conversation. If given a choice, I would not go back here again.

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v
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Food, excellent staff.. super pleasant experience

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WS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great, cocktails delicious, food delicious.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Indian Fusion Food!!

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