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Baazi Pushes the Boundaries of Indian Cuisine
February 4, 2022, 5:53.24 pm ET


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Baazi, the latest project from chef/owner Gaurav Anand, is pushing the creative boundaries of Indian cuisine in New York City. Gaurav’s cooking style weaves in influences and ingredients from the Mediterranean and South Asia to offer unexpected flavors and lighter dishes.

Chef/owner Gaurav Anand

Baazi’s menu avoids traditional Indian fare like chicken masala in favor of rarely seen dishes like Chicken Cafreal and Trout Recheado, both Goan specialties with Portuguese influences.

Chicken Cafreal

Other offerings include Cod Koliwada, a version of fish and chips with Gaurav’s signature okra fries; Butternut Squash Kofta with sweet corn curry, toasted pepitas and pumpkin oil; Prawn Kuzhambu, a tamarind-based dish from India’s southernmost region; and Goat Laal Maas, spicy goat curry from Rajasthan in Northern India.

Imli Glazed Lamb Ribs

For dessert, there is Jalebi Sandwich, a made-to-order Indian style sticky funnel cake served with masala chai ice cream.

Jalebi Sandwich

Baazi (‘bet’ in Hindu) is also taking a chance on a different, more sophisticated concept despite the challenges of the pandemic. The bi-level space is designed to evoke a Mediterranean feel with a vibrant blue and yellow palette, Instagram-worthy flower wall, and a live indoor olive tree.

Photos: Evan Sung

A new heated 24-seat outdoor dining area recalls the feeling of sitting in a café in Turkey. There is no delivery or takeout, a first for Gaurav as Baazi is designed to be a restaurant dining experience. We're betting on success!

Baazi is located at 2588 Broadway (near 97th St), New York, NY (646) 861-3859

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