Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

Please note that the meal was complimentary. However, the opinions expressed in my blog are 100% my own! 

 Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

Some of you might know Surya, an Indian restaurant located on Bleecker. It used to be in another location on the same street before closing in 2012 because of a rent increase as well as damages caused by Hurricane Sandy. Three years later, the Sharma family restarted the adventure, in November 2015. At Surya, Chef Lala Sharma crafted a menu inspired by Colonial India, with the basis that, during the colonial years, the Indian culinary scene has been influenced by waves of settlers from England, Portugal, Spain and the Netherlands who arrived to the subcontinent and brought with them flavors unknown at the time. I met Chef Sharma who showed me how a nan bread is made in their tandoor, a sight that I always like watching as I never imagined before that it was done this way. First, you shape the dough. Then, you stick it on one side of the oven and wait for couple of minutes. You will see it bubbling and getting that char that is so delicious.

 Tandoor oven at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

Tandoor oven at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

 Chef Lala Sharma at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

Chef Lala Sharma at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

 Making nan in a tandoor oven at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

Making nan in a tandoor oven at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

 Chef Lala Sharma at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

Chef Lala Sharma at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

 Making nan in a tandoor oven at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

Making nan in a tandoor oven at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

 Chef Lala Sharma at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

Chef Lala Sharma at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

Surya means Sun and also refers to the Sun God in Hinduism; no wonder why the main color for this place is yellow!

 Bar at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

Bar at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

 Dining room at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

Dining room at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

 Elephant at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

Elephant at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

 Dining room at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

Dining room at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

 Lord Ganesha at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

Lord Ganesha at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

For beverages, Surya proposes a good selection of beers as well as some cocktails. I decided to go with a cocktail called The Cricket Club, composed of Goslings Black Seal rum, ginger beer, fresh squeezed lime and sugarcane. It was a quite refreshing drink, with not too much alcohol in it.

 Cocktail set at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

Cocktail set at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

 The Cricket Club cocktail at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

The Cricket Club cocktail at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

 The Cricket Club cocktail at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

The Cricket Club cocktail at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

We also tried their mango lassi that was quite good and perfect when there was some heat in the dishes.

 Mango lassi at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

Mango lassi at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

Our meal was a culinary experience across India, going from North to South. We started off with some succulent appetizers. The first one was the Samosa Chaat, a traditional street food made with a samosa, chickpeas, tamarind sauce, yogurt and mint sauce.

 Samosa chaat at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

Samosa chaat at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

The second appetizer was onion bhaija, or onion fritters, that were both crispy and delightfully greasy.

 Onion bhaija or onion fritters at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

Onion bhaija or onion fritters at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

Then was the crab cakes, served with mint chutney. I admit that I was disappointed by this dish, the crab cakes being made with lots of fillers, losing the taste of the crab.

 Crab cakes at at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

Crab cakes at at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

 Crab cakes at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

Crab cakes at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

But the best appetizer I got was definitely Surya's famous baby lamb chops. Often, when I get lamb chops in an Indian restaurant, they are overcooked and a bit dry, if not tough. These were fantastic, perfectly cooked medium and tender, bathed in a delicious house sauce.

 Lamb chops at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

Lamb chops at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

 Lamb chop at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

Lamb chop at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

Then, for the entrées, we tried the Malabar Papas that are shrimp cooked in a spicy coconut sauce (not so spicy). This dish is one of their best sellers and I admit that it was pretty good.

 Malabar Papas at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

Malabar Papas at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

Then we went for a classic: Chicken Tikka Massala. I know that it has nothing extraordinary because you can find it anywhere, but I love this dish and could not resist. It was so good: creamy, flavorful with lots of delicious pieces of chicken in it.

 Chicken Tikka Masala at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

Chicken Tikka Masala at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

If you are vegetarian or do not like chicken, I recommend Paneer Makhni that is the same sauce as chicken tikka massala. Know that at Surya's, they make their own paneer that is cottage cheese.

 Paneer Makhni at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

Paneer Makhni at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

Our last entrée was the Dal Surya that is close to Dal Makhni, made with black lentils, but also few beans, cumin, ginger and some cream.

 Dal Surya at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

Dal Surya at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

With the dishes, we got some rice, as well as breads: nan (left) and roti (left). My favorite was definitely the nan that was fluffy and deliciously charred, with what I believe was a touch of butter on it.

 Rice at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

Rice at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

 Nan and Roti at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

Nan and Roti at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

Last was dessert. We went for some of our favorites: Kheer that is rice pudding.

 Kheer at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

Kheer at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

As well as Gulab Jamun, these milk balls that are deep fried and then dipped in a syrup.

 Gulab Jamun at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

Gulab Jamun at Surya, Indian restaurant on Bleecker, NYC, New York

Both desserts were delicious. The gulab jamun was, as expected, on the sweet side, however, I truly appreciated the fact that the kheer was not and it was difficult not to eat all of it. But, with all the food we had before, I had to resist...

I like Surya: they have some very good dishes with amazing flavors. This is definitely a place to know, outside of the well known curry hill. Would I go back? Definitely, and I will for sure re-order the lamb...

Enjoy (I did)!

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