For 22 years, Utsav (1185 6th Ave.), the renowned Indian and Indochinese restaurant in the heart of Times Square has been a staple in the NYC culinary scene. While the world changes around us, Utsav has remained steadfast in its quality for nearly a quarter century! For cuisine that is founded in tradition, Owner Nandita Khanna has been able to adapt and create dynamic dishes that encapsulates what makes Utsav so unique.
To celebrate 22 years of business, Owner Nandita Khanna has unveiled a new and innovative Indochinese menu. Highlights from the restaurant’s new menu include Honey Chili Lotus Root, Salt and Pepper Prawns, Konjee Crispy Lamb, Garlic Coriander Fried Rice complemented by an extensive wine list, imported ales, and an array of cocktails served with an Indian twist. Nandita’s homemade desserts are also not to be missed such as her Mishti Doi, which is passed down from a secret family recipe.
Concept: Utsav, a word with origins in Sanskrit, means Festival. India is a land of many regions and cultures with an abundance of festivals to celebrate. Utsav features an explosion of sights and sounds paired with a sumptuous feat that highlights the conclusion of that festival each night. Utsav is located on the cusps of Times Square & Rockefeller Center and serves up traditional Indian and innovative Indochinese cuisine in a festive environment.
Design: The colorful ambiance offers an elegant experience in both the main dining area for up to 200 guests or the more intimate private dining room for up to 25 guests.
Food: At Utsav, creativity meets tradition in the authentic Indian and Indochinese cuisine.
Utsav, which Forbes ranks as some of the “very best Indian cuisine in New York”, offers a la carte and prix fixe brunch, lunch and dinner of authentic Indian favorites like Chicken Tikka Masala, Lamb Rogan Josh, Bhuna Shrimp, Sea Bass Rasa, Baingan Bharta, Achari Baingan and Malai Kofta. If you’re in the mood to share something more substantial, try Utsav’s Samosas, Butter Chicken Kulcha or Lasuni Gobi.
While Utsav is known for its high caliber Indian food, the Indochinese section of the menu is not to be missed. Executive Chef Mangal Seal marries the flavors of Indian and Chinese cuisine to create dishes that reflect a fusion of flavors. Highlights from the menu include Szechuan Potatoes, Chicken in Hot Garlic Sauce, Chili Lamb, Traditional Hakka Noodles, Vegetarian Chow Mein, Salt Pepper Prawns, and more. Utsav also offers an extensive wine list and array of festive cocktails served with an Indian twist. Whether you are looking for traditional or inventive takes on the classic, Utsav has something for everyone.
Executive Chefs: Executive Chef Mangal Seal grew up in Kolkata, Indian, the region famous for its Indochinese cuisine. Chef Mangal specializes in authentic dishes from his home region and brings this flair to his creations at Utsav.
Owner: Nandita Khanna is originally from Kolkata, the heart of Indochinese cuisine in India. Nandita comes from a long line of restaurateurs – she is the granddaughter of Emiko Kothari, who originally opened Utsav in 2000 and owns and runs 19 other Indian restaurants in Tokyo. The family also owns the oldest Indochinese restaurant in Kolkata. Utsav is their only location in the United States which Nandita owns and manages.
Days and Hours of Operation:
Sunday – Saturday 12pm – 10:30pm
Social Media Handles: Twitter, Instagram and facebook: @UtsavNYC