NEW YORK | Flatiron
Although New York has never wanted for Indian restaurants, it often has been a struggle — in Manhattan especially — to get ones with ambitious cooking and ambitious décor. Even the legendary Tabla was ahead of its time. Which is why it’s a pleasure to see this collab between actress and author Priyanka Chopra Jonas, entrepreneur Maneesh Goyal, and restaurateur David Rabin (Lambs Club, the Skylark etc).
A lot of influences are folded in here by chef Hari Nayak: Chopra Jonas’ longtime quest for great Indian cooking in New York; Goyal’s family history with restaurants in Houston (the India House butter chicken on the menu acknowledges that history) and even homage to Tabla’s Floyd Cardoz, with his Goan fish curry featured on the menu. Just as significant, though, is the gilded décor from Melissa Bowers, a tribute to Art Deco-era Mumbai, with perhaps a dash of Miami Beach in the mix. It helps Sona feel luxurious in all the right ways.