When we reviewed Bukhara Grill back in September, we mentioned that a man in a gray suit (presumably the general manager) asked when we would be returning to the restaurant just as we were leaving. It was a reasonable question, considering this restaurant in Midtown East serves Indian food that will make anyone want to schedule another dinner as soon as they pay the check. And now, after months of takeout service, you can do just that. Bukhara recently set up sidewalk seating for the first time ever.
The best thing on the menu is the namesake dal originally made famous by a hotel in Delhi. Dal Bukhara is trophy dal. It’s made with black lentils and cooked so that some bites are chewy and others are smooth and creamy. Whenever we see the same dish on a restaurant menu in NYC, we order it just to make sure Bukhara’s version tastes better - so far, it always does. You can play this game for yourself, by ordering from some of the spots on our Indian takeout guide.
Bukhara Grill is open for outdoor dining daily from 4pm to 9pm except for Mondays. And, just as we said to the man in the gray suit, we can’t wait to go back.
Here’s what To order:
This garlic naan comes in the shape and size of a horse saddle, and sort of droops like one of Dali’s clocks. It’s fluffy, full of big dough bubbles, and you absolutely need to order it to soak up all the chicken makhani and dal.
This cold appetizer will be perfect for when it’s hot outside (so, every time you eat outside). It comes with a pile of little pillow-y crackers and chickpeas topped with yogurt, a spicy tamarind sauce, and mint chutney.
We can’t say enough about this dal. Dip your paratha in it, drench your rice with it, invent technology so that we can all use it as an alternative fossil fuel. The world would smell a lot better with these creamy dal fumes in the air. Make sure to get this with some rice, naan, and raita.
Tender pieces of chicken simmering in tangy, sweet stew. Get it spicy and use the naan to sop it all up. Of all the clay oven meats at Bukhara, this is the one to focus on.