Junoon is a classy Indian joint in the Flatiron district, and it needn’t break the bank. A wonderful recommendation from a family friend and my brother, it’s discreetly positioned halfway along 24th St off Broadway. I’ve blogged about South Indian food in Sutton Place before in a casual setting, so it’s time to rave about an Indian restaurant whose setting and cuisine are both elegant.
Junoon offers an eclectic menu featuring dishes from various regions of India. The main dining room is old-world elegant combined with modern elements. A very impressive bar is to your right, where we ate our lunch. We did not try the A La Carte menu and opted from the Prix Fixe 2 courses for $25 instead. It did not disappoint!! Quantities were more than appropriate and I was completely satiated at the end. They also offer 3 courses for $30 or a Prestige Prix Fix lunch (2 courses for $37 or 3 courses for $42) – would love to try on a special occasion.
My appetizer at Junoon was Ghost Chili Murg (chicken) Tikka – simply wow. The heat was the right amount for me -the actual aromatic flavors trumped the ghost chili, rather than the other way around. My entree was Malabari (referring to the Malabar Coast in South India) Shrimp, where the shrimps were large, bursting with flavor, and particularly with the sweet and sour crunchiness of shredded coconut and deliciously pungent curry leaves.
The prix fixe menu also included a generous proportion of the most exquisitely fine Basmati Rice. I am pretty particular about my rice. An Indian restaurant should be judged by the quality of its rice in my opinion. This was the real deal – long and delicate grains of authentic Basmati that were cooked to perfection. Naan bread was also included.
The dinner menu is way pricier, so do try the lunch menus at Junoon and tell me what you think. Reasonably priced at lunch, exquisite setting that’s appropriate for business, casual, and romantic, and in a wonderful location, Junoon checks all of my boxes for a great Indian restaurant. I will certainly visit again and blog about that too.