You don’t have to be Indian to celebrate Diwali. The “Festival of Lights” represents the triumph of good over evil, something we can all relate to. Its lights represent the spirit within, and the holiday’s food and sweets symbolize the renewing of friendships. I can’t think of a better tradition to pick up in 2012. Maybe you’re not up to par on your Indian cooking. Don’t worry, we’ve got plenty of places in NYC for you to enjoy the celebration:
Moti Mahal Delux (1149 1st Avenue at 63rd Street – Upper East Side, 212-371-3535) – The restaurant will be decorated with traditional oil lamps, fresh flowers, colorful lanterns, and fairy lights. Chef Gaurav Anand will feature a Diwali tasting menu (non-vegetarian menu for $34.99, vegetarian menu at $29.99), available at dinner only, for two weeks beginning Sunday, November 4th through Sunday, November 18th. Dishes include grilled chicken Tikka with a pomegranate marinade, Meen curry, and Kesari Kulfi.
Rubin Museum of Art (150 West 17th Street – Chelsea, 212-620-5000) – On Tuesday November 13 (7:30pm-11:30pm), The Rubin Museum will be hosting a Festival of Lights celebration that will include and open bar, Indian dishes, a “Make-Your-Own-Frankie” station, AND Bhahgra dancing. Tickets cost $100 for non-members and $75 for members.
November 12th, 2012