A hidden gem has opened in Midtown: Manchi, a Southern Indian dining experience at 224 West 35th St. The eatery, which means ‘good’ in Telugu, presents food from the Andhra region of Southern India in a fast-casual dining setting.
Inside the bright and welcoming restaurant, you'll feel a million miles away from New York, even though it's only blocks away from Penn Station. The intimate 1,000 square foot restaurant is composed of 19 seats surrounded by vibrant photographs by Nicholas Calcott and a hand-painted mural by Anthony Castro.
Manchi’s vegetable-forward and gluten-free menu is composed of core dishes found in Southern India.
Diners can customize their bowls or order from a selection of "Manchi Picks."
Meals can be customized by selecting a protein like cracked chicken or cracked chickpea tofu, a base of either quinoa, rice, or kale salad, and toppings like spiced veggies like eggplant, cauliflower potato, or rainbow slaw.
Or try The Detox, a large bowl of kitchari, a savory Indian porridge made with lentils, rice, carrots, peas, and ghee. Finish off the meal with homemade lemonade and tahini bliss balls. (You can check out the full menu here.)
"I haven't been able to find this kind of authentic Indian food anywhere in New York," says owner Arjun Reddy. "Once I knew Chef Ruth was onboard, it was clear to me that I had to find a way to share this different kind of Indian food with Manhattan diners in the high hopes that they will learn to love it as much as I do."
StuyTown residents, use the code ManchixBeam in-store or online and receive 15% off your purchase.
Written by: Amber James
(Photo Credit: Photos courtesy of Manchi)