Where to Celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights, in NYC

October 22, 2022, 10:34.30 am ET  

Photo: Sona                                                                                                              

Diwali is the festival of light thought to fill your days with luck, prosperity and good health. 

Sona (36 East 20 St) in Flatiron is offering a special Diwali menu with a choice of vegetable or meat forward dishes.  On the vegetable side there is Matar Paneer, Aloo Baingan and Rajastani Kadhi Pakora.  On the meat side, look for things like Goat Curry, Malabar Shrimp Masala and Black Pepper chicken. Each board is served with masala papad, bharwa mirchi, laccha onion, and lemon pickle. A special Jamun Tonic Cocktail is also offered made with Empress Gin, grapefruit juice, St. Germain, blueberries and tonic. Sona will be celebrating Dawali through Oct 30th.

Photo: Junoon                                                                                                       

Michelin-starred Junoon (19 West 24th St), led by executive chef Akshay Bhardwaj, is celebrating Diwali with exclusive specials this year. Guests can try dishes such dishes as Achaari Paneer Tikka (Fenugreek marinated paneer, pickled paneer, tri color pepper couli, gold leaf), Slow Braised Lamb Shanks (with yogurt, black cardamom, cinnamon, mustard) and Gajar Ka Halwa (Pistachio shrikhand, boondi ladoo, candied cashews), available exclusively on Saturday/Oct. 22, Sunday/Oct. 23 and Tuesday/Oct. 25.

Photo: Bombay Sandwich Co.                                                     

Bombay Sandwich Co. (48 W 27th St) is featuring celebrating Dawali through the end of the month to celebrate this festive season. Chef Nisha Patel is offering boxes of four sweets or mithai, including Carrot Halwa, and Cranberry Date Energy Balls. Bombay Sandwich Co. will also offer a Samosa Chaat, a classic Indian street food consisting of chopped up samosas topped with coriander and tamarind chutneys, curried chickpeas, yogurt, and crunchy little bits of sev (chickpea noodles) to create a cavalcade of textures and flavors—for Diwali.

Photo: Baar Baar                                                                                                    

Baar Baar (13 East 1st St), chef Sujan Sarkar's modern Indian gastropub in NYC's East Village, will be celebrating Diwali (the Festival of Lights) with a special prix-fixe menu and live Bollywood music. The 3-course menu will include a canape, plus choices for each course, as well as choice of side. Sunday, Oct 23.

At Dhaba (108 Lexington Ave), Diwali is being celebrated with Punjabi specialties such as Tale Huay Kaju, spicy roasted cashews with onions, peppercorn and lime; Bhindi Gosht with lamb, okra and ginger; and Chicken Tikka Masala with creamy tomato sauce and fenugreek. Dessert brings Gulab Jamun, cardamom milk balls in sugar syrup.

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