#SCBDReview: The Upper West Side’s Indian Restaurant- Aangan

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Hey all! My name’s Steven, and some of you might know me as the #SCBDIntern, but times are a changing and the school year is back, so to end things, I have a #SCBDReview! Sara aka Small Chick Big Deals HERSELF and I went to Aangan in the Upper West Side for a celebratory dinner to end off my internship with a bang.

I’ve been planning on getting a bite of Indian food for years now, and I’ve always put it off because I either a) never had friends interested in going or b) never found a place that seemed “for me”. And when Sara and I decided on going to Aangan, I KNEW I was going to be happy!

Menus of Aangan

Menus of Aangan

Sara had decided to take me out as a last hurrah for the end of my internship, and after we linked up at union square, we set off to 103rd and Broadway. As the cramped doors of the subway finally opened, Sara and I tumbled out and finally reached the surface. Conveniently placed by the 1 train, this homely, authentic Indian restaurant is sure to please.

Upon entering Aangan, you’re welcomed by the friendly waitstaff and the homey décor.

Inside of Aangan [credit to restaurantsinyc.com]

Inside of Aangan [credit to restaurantsinyc.com]

We were welcomed and sat down at our reserved table and were asked immediately how we were and what we would like to try. Now, please believe that we were anticipating a LOT of food since we were told from a friend that she “didn’t know what to do with herself” because of the big portions and the plethora of dishes that came out. Me, being the big guy that I am, scoffed and said that wouldn’t be an issue, yet I WAS SO OVERWHELMED! For the appetizers we received about five dishes, but two that REALLY shined bright were the Shrimp Balchao and the Lahsooni Gobhi.

Sara with her Mangotini at Aangan!

Sara with her Mangotini at Aangan!

The Shrimp Balchao is listed as a medium shrimp marinated in Goan balchao sauce. Now, I’m a novice to Indian food, so I had no idea what to expect when I ordered it, but it was fantastic! The Goan balchao sauce was creamy, and had a bit of a kick to it, just the way I like it, and complemented the shrimp amazingly.

Shrimp Balchao

Shrimp Balchao

The Lahsooni Gobhi is described as a crispy cauliflower appetizer tossed in a garlic tomato sauce, and is AMAZING. The crisp isn’t overwhelming, but is just enough to make the dish. Now, I’m not the biggest fan of cauliflower, but I had absolutely no complaints about this dish! It was definitely a highlight of my visit to Aangan.

Lasooni Gobhi

Lasooni Gobhi

For our entrees, I ordered the Murgh Tikka Masala as recommended by my older sister who has eaten Indian food several times and keeps on going back to the same dish. We have similar tastes in food so I trusted her judgment, and I can tell you it was phenomenal! The boneless tender bits of chicken matched perfectly with the tomato and fenugreek sauce that it was simmered in. It was full of flavor and very satisfying! I made sure to save some for my sister so she could try it, and it did not disappoint her one bit haha.

Murgh Tikka Masala [Top Left]

Murgh Tikka Masala [Top Left]

Lastly, it was dessert time, now, with our desserts we were given again a sampler that contained a plethora of sweets, but one that really made my tummy happy was the Narangi Kheer, which in the simplest sense is orange flavored rice pudding. It was sweet, but not overwhelming, and very filling and a great end to our day considering the amazing platters of food we were given. It was even BETTER with

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Narangi Kheer

Narangi Kheer

Overall, I had an amazing time at Aangan! The menu is definitely affordable, and is definitely something I would take someone on an intimate date to, or maybe even take my family out to just to grab a bite! It’s a very versatile restaurant and has something for everyone. You should check it out if you haven’t already, and I KNOW I’ll be back! 🙂

Follow the links below to find them online!

http://www.aanganindianrestaurant.com/

http://www.twitter.com/aangannyc

http://www.facebook.com/aangan.restaurant

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