First restaurant is...drumroll please...Mint NYC!
Mint is a super-cool, super-trendy midtown Indian restaurant with a deelish vegetarian menu that the staff is more than happy to veganize. We started out with some funky little rolled poppadoms that came with two dipping sauces, one that was some kind of mint puree, true to the restaurant's name. It was phenomenal. The other one was some kind of plum chutney, but I detest the combo of sweet and savory, so I stayed away from that one.
For a main course, I ordered the Channa Masala, minus ghee. For those of you who don't know, Channa Masala is like Chicken Tikka Masala but with chickpeas in place of chicken. I also got an order of roti, which is like a whole wheat naan. It was vegan by default according to our waiter, which was a pleasant surprise, since most Indian breads come slathered in clarified butter.
That's my Channa atop long grain basmati rice. You can see a little bit of my roti squeezing its way into the picture, too.
Ohemjeezy, this dinner was to die! The Channa Masala had just the right amount of spice and the roti was soft and chewy I thought about going for a mango lassi for dessert, but after about four plates of curry, my tummy couldn't take it. I guess I'll just have to return to Mint another time!