Somewhere deep in Dave Chang's brain is a fantasyland where the best new restaurant in America is a place called Ruth Krishna's Tandoori Steakhouse. This month's Lucky Peach (the fantasy issue) describes the restaurant:
An exciting new concept from chef Akhtar Nawab, as one of America's next best restaurants. We fell hard for chef Nawab's irreverent mash-up of northern Indian standbys and steakhouse favorites. (Think spice-rubbed twenty-one-day dry-aged ribeye cooked in a tandoor and creamed saag paneer.)
This joke restaurant will become a reality for one night. On September 17, Nawab and Chang will take over what was Italian restaurant Spina in the East Village and serve a tasting menu of biryani onion rings with green mango ketchup, tandoori ribeye made with 21 day dry-aged beef, creamed saag, and a few other things.
For those who have lost track of Nawab, he's been consulting on projects like Gelso & Grand and running Choza Taqueria at Gotham West these days. The website for Ruth Krishna's is live and it includes a full menu. Reservations won't go live until August 18.
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