Popular West Village Indian restaurant Surya is reopening today — this time in nearby Greenwich Village and with a more casual vibe. Surya closed its original location at 302 Bleecker Street in 2012 due to both rising rent and Sandy damage after more than a decade in the neighborhood, says co-owner Abishek Sharma, whose father Lala Sharma is the chef. Lala had been thinking about reopening in the area since then, and it has taken them this long to find a rent that worked for them, Abishek says. The new location, at 154 Bleecker St., will be more modern than the last one to fit in the younger neighborhood. "[It's] more casual, more hip," Abishek Sharma says. "It's a hipster Indian restaurant."
The new menu is similar to the old one, with street foods and British-inspired Indian fare in the vein of colonial India. Classics like the lamb chops in red wine, yogurt, and ginger will return, and some dishes from the Sharma family's newer Upper West Side restaurants Swagat and Savoury will be on the menu as well. Check out the full menu here. Even though the new Surya is more casual than the old Surya, it's still intended to be a more upscale experience than either of the Upper West Side restaurants, Sharma says. "We wanted it to have a different vibe," he says.