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Sona, New York

With the catchy phrase of “Timeless India in the heart of New York” and a mention in the New York Times too, read on to find out why Priyanka Chopra's restaurant is a must visit when in New York.

The name which Priyanka Chopra's husband Nick Jonas came up with literally means Gold in Hindi. The India inspired interiors are done by Melissa Bowers. It is located in New York's Flatiron district. The India born executive chef, Hari Nayak has written several cookbooks including one that he co-authored with celebrity chef Vikas Khanna. He has also opened several Indian restaurants around the world including JHOL in Bangkok and Bombay Bunglow in Dubai!

The menu at Sona looks at breaking the stereotype that Indian food is very heavy. They have the classics including butter chicken but are serving Indian food with an eye on the western palate. What caught our eye was the Chilli Garlic Soft Shell crab served with warm coconut milk dressing, curry leaves, mustard seeds and sprouts and the Butter Chicken made with charcoal smoked tikka and tomato cream gravy. I personally love oysters so the Grilled Green Garlic Butter Oysters made my mouth water.

The vegetarians are not neglected since they serve dishes like the Crispy Lentil Yogurt Curry which is made with steamed split urad lentil cakes in a spinach yogurt sauce. It is inspired by the Himachali dish, "Sepu Vadi”. They also serve the traditional Sarson Ka Saag with Makki Di Roti which is Punjabi style power greens served with tandoori corn roti.

A special mention to the desserts like the Bengali Mustard Tofu Kasundi served with Squash Blossom Pakora and Tomato Chilli Jam!

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The tequila “Gol Gappas” which most non Indians have to be taught how to eat are a huge hit as is the LGBTQ + inspired Rainbow Casatta Cake. The Gruyere Cheese Dosa which is a fancy take on a traditional India street food is the dosa served with edamame arbi mash and coconut and roasted tomato chutney!

We are excited about the latest feather in Priyanka Chopra's cap with the opening of “Sona”! Do watch this space for more on exciting food from around the globe!

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