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30 Central Park S. (Fifth & Sixth Aves.) Send to Phone

Lunch & Dinner daily
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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Nirvana Restaurant Review

: This 15th-floor aerie commands perhaps the best northerly views of Central Park. Ethnic tenting and pillows warm the rather cramped setting whose glass face and mirrored inner wall permit and amplify the visual grandeur reaching Nirvana. Founded in 1970 by Shamsher Wadud, Nirvana is America's oldest Indian restaurant. The menu is long---and pricey. We suggest sticking with either the four-course dinner or the feast for two at $99 a person. Both meals include good house appetizers of chana bhaif (Indian chickpeas sautéed with spices and herbs); shingara (vegetable-filled turnovers); and piazi (spiced onion fritters). Entrées might be mixed vegetable or fish masala, lentil shag (lentils cooked in fresh spinach) or chicken or beef kebabs. Sides of poori breads, sweet-and-sour chutney and desserts such as payesh (sweet yogurt) and dhal (a creamy mix of rice, raisins and almonds) complete the experience.
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