Rahi’s chef comes from Michelin-starred Junoon
The restaurateur behind short-lived Suvir Saran restaurant Tapestry is trying his hand at another upscale Indian restaurant. Roni Mazumdar has hired chef Chintan Pandya, formerly of Michelin-starred Junoon, to run a new restaurant in the space called Rahi.
Mazumdar is a young restaurateur who also owns Unico Global Tacos in Long Island City and is from the family behind The Masalawala. When he opened Tapestry with Saran, the first generation Indian immigrant talked about feeling a responsibility to make Indian cuisine more mainstream and ambitious.
At Rahi, that translates to with local produce and dishes like softshell crab with coconut milk, squid ink, crab butter, and mango curry, and a pakora made with sunchoke, accompanied by a tamarind glaze. A mural from artists Yok & Sheryo is on the wall. The restaurant seats more than 85 people, including a long bar that offers cocktails like a mango lassi with rum. Mazumdar is calling it an “artisanal Indian restaurant.”
Tapestry only lived in the space at 60 Greenwich Avenue for about ten months. When it closed, Saran said the rent was high and simply not enough people were coming in to eat at the “global” restaurant. Mazumdar clearly isn’t deterred. Take a look the full menu for Rahi below, and let us know what you think if you stop by.