HOT visits It Happened in New York, a restaurant serving food inspired by New York’s contemporary dining scene. We come back with a story to tell.
It Happened in New York (ITINY) brings to the Indian plate, a mélange of flavours from the Big Apple. Launched by passionate foodies Manashwi and Aastha Gupta, the restaurant spans 2,700 square feet of space, spread over three floors.
Royal blue walls…cosy carpets in shades of orange and yellow, floor-to-ceiling windows….abundance of natural light…a faux fireplace…this is what will greet you as soon as you step into the Bandra eatery.
Choose the kind of seating you want…there are varied options. There is a community table on the ground level, and this encourages diners to sit and mingle, while watching the activity on the bustling Bandra streets pass them by. The first floor offers additional seating, as well as an 18-foot long bar, which focuses on craft cocktails.
For us, it was the top floor that bowled us over! It offers a plant-and-flower lined terrace, where guests can enjoy al fresco dining.
The restaurant’s menu has been designed by Executive Chef Sanyo Vaz, in close consultation with Kartikeya Ratan (Keya), a chef who was most recently a part of the team at New York’s three Michelin-starred Eleven Madison Park. Keya has drawn on her hands-on experience in the Big Apple to help create a menu that serves dishes that are ITINY’s homage to the City of Dreams.
What we love? Seasonal ingredients and an emphasis on locally-sourced produce for dishes that are inspired by the five boroughs of New York.
We suggest starting at the bar… the menu of which has been created by expert mixologist Nitin Tewari. The Bar Nibbles portion of the menu perfectly complements the heady cocktails with options such as Caramelised Spiced Nuts (served in four different flavours); Chorizo, charred chorizo and American cheddar served in a can; and Gravlax, house-cured salmon gravlax with dill mustard dressing.
A Short Eats section offers Popped Corn, which comes in three flavours: Moringa & Caramel, Truffle & Rosemary, and Furikake and Bonito Butter. Four different types of Tacos include Pulled Cumin Jackfruit, Stuffed Jalapeno, Chicken Tenders or Baja Fish served in house-made, soft tortillas made of corn, black rice and millet flours, and accompanied by guacamole and pico de gallo. Other dishes include Chicken Spwings, spicy chicken wings inspired by Mission Chinese, a favoured Sichuan eatery on New York’s Lower East Side; Corn Dogs, corn batter-coated hot dogs fried to a crispy golden brown, served with a spicy barbecue sauce and mustard mayo; and cheese and charcuterie platters.
If you’re the kind who feels guilty on eating out…worry not. There is something here to atone for your ‘sins’. The Clean Food section will appeal to health-conscious diners! Go ahead and munch on the Grain Story (an all-grain bowl served with curried cauliflower couscous, charred fennel salad, seared Brussels sprouts, roasted kale chips and pesto bocconchini) or Buckwheat Pancakes (Ethiopian-style pancakes served with beetroot and carrot slaw, and charred romaine), Sweet Potato Salad, ITINY’s take on the famous Waldorf Salad and Avocado on Toast (creamed avocado on rye toast with pickled baby radish).
The Large Bites portion of the menu offers hearty dishes such as Mushroom Casserole, made of morels, porcini, portobello and fresh oyster mushrooms, finished with truffle pate and a pie crust; and Bahn Mi, offered in four varieties: Miso Eggplant & Tofu; Sesame-Crusted Chicken Tenders; Beef Bulgogi; and Spicy Pulled Pork. Dishes which have a strong backstory are also included on the menu. An example of this is the Recession Special, two hot dogs served two ways with a side of papaya salad, as inspired by New York institution Gray’s Papaya, which had this offer available to patrons during 2008’s recession. More options include Korean Fried Chicken, New England Lobster Roll and a Chargrilled Tenderloin Burger.
Vegetarian-forward dishes are big in New York, and here as well! Vegetarian Grill, offers locally-sourced fresh vegetables of the day, grilled with Old Bay spice and served with buckwheat pancakes and curried cauliflower couscous; an All-Vegetarian Burger, a smoked grain burger served with moringa-dusted fries; and Spaghetti No Meatballs, smoked grain meatballs with a choice of three sauces.
A variety of side dishes include Shoe String and Waffle Fries; Furikake Black Rice; Creamed Kale; Smoked Mexican Corn; and Twice-Baked Potato with Chive Sour Cream.
Diners can end their meal with picks from the Sweet Treats section. Desserts include a classic New York Cheesecake; Milk & Honey, textures of milk and honey with chamomile, inspired by Eleven Madison Park; Key Lime Pie; S’mores, and Black Rice Pudding, with dark, medium and milk chocolate.
New York is not just a city…it’s a lifestyle. Here, global cuisines merge. It Happened in New York reminds you of this delicious fact!