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Places to Celebrate Holi, the Festival of Colors, in NYC 2024
March 15, 2024, 6:20.37 pm ET


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Holi is a popular Hindu celebration known as the Festival of Colors that is now celebrated over large swaths of Asia and the Western World. Here are some New York City locations that are celebrating Holi this year!

Photo: Chef Paramjeet Singh Bombra/

Gulaabo in Times Square will be celebrating Holi on March 25th with a special menu led by Chef Paramjeet Singh Bombra featuring traditional Indian delicacies like Ghujiva, a sweet deep-fried pastry filled with a mixture of sweetened Khoa and dried fruits. Gulaabo is known for its Punjabi, or Northern Indian cuisine, and inventive cocktails served in a stylish setting. 250 W 47th St, NYC

Photo: Kebab aur Sharab

Kebab aur Sharab will be serving its “Imtiaz Qureshi Holi feast” featuring a whole baby goat stuffed with a whole chicken, which in turn is stuffed with eggs and quail biryani rice that is complemented by traditional side dishes. This Holi feast is inspired by legendary chef Imtiaz Qureshi known for creating such restaurants as Bukhara and Dum Pukht. 247 West 72nd St, NYC

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Kanyakumari is showcasing a seafood-centric Holi feast as a tribute to the cuisine of Southern India. The “Kanyakumari King Crab” will feature king crab stuffed with squid, shrimp, clams and scallop biryani rice. Guests will also be served seafood salan, an aromatic and comforting South Indian-style curry with homemade appam crackers. 20 East 17th St, NYC

Photo: SONA

SONA is marking Holi with a specially crafted menu inspired by the festive spirit and vibrant colors of this joyous occasion. The menu includes Nawabi Salmon Tikka - grilled salmon, spiced yogurt, fresh mango, and kachumbar salad - and Gadbad Ice Cream With Kesari Kheer, a Chef's selection of ice creams on a bed of saffron rice pudding. 36 E 20th St, NYC

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Chef Jean-Georges is offering his take on Indian-inspired cuisine starting at 11 AM at the Tin Building Tent on Seaport Square. Inside, guests will discover signature dosas at Crepes and Dosas, and special Chai Tea Soft Serve at Spoiled Parrot. At 1 PM in the marketplace, chef Lior Lev Sercarz from La Boite will be showing how to make a custom spice blend. 90 South St, NYC

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On Friday March 22, Gupshup, SONA, & Jazba are teaming up with Caffe Panna to create a Holi sundae. For $15, guests will get a three scoop sundae with specialty flavors created by each restaurant . SONA is contributing Saffron Cashew Fudge made with reduced saffron milk & caramelized pistachios; Jasba is offering Thandai which is traditional Indian drink comprised of almonds, fennel seeds, watermelon kernels, rose petals, pepper, poppy seeds, cardamom and saffron; and Gupshup’s flavor is Carrot Halwa Crunch, a spiced carrot halwa ice cream with candied pistachios and almonds. 77 Irving Place, NYC

The Seaport, meanwhile, will host its annual Holi celebration marking the arrival of spring. This year, the Seaport in partnership with The Culture Tree and the South Street Seaport Museum will hold a celebration of the traditional Indian festival of colors, where vibrant colored powders are thrown into the air, signifying the triumph of good over evil. Saturday, March 23, from 11:00am–1:00pm. Pier 17 at Fulton & Water Streets, NYC

Holi will also be celebrated at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum with a day of art, dance, food and music on April 6 from 10am to 12:30pm. The throwing of the colors will take place at nearby Brower Park. 145 Brooklyn Ave, Bklyn