We went to NYC last week on a mission. Not to shop or go to any of the museums. Nope. We wanted to see the statue of Balto the Dog in Central Park.
When my daughter found out that we were going to spend more than a couple of days in New Jersey, she insisted on making a trip to NYC to see Balto. Prior acquaintance had been made with Balto as she was studying Alaska as part of her Language and Social Studies classes. She had written an article to complement the headline "Dog delivers vaccine through ice and blizzard". The Iditarod had consumed us through March and Balto had proved himself on this very trail. Balto was the lead dog for one of the teams that helped deliver the diptheria vaccine to Nome from Anchorage and avert a health crisis in 1925.
Before Balto, we lunched at an Indian restaurant called Adä, le maison de l'Inde. It's on 58th Street between 2nd Ave and 3rd Ave. And I experienced the meaning of the word froufrou for the first time in the context of Indian food.
Adä normally does not present customers with an amuse gueule at lunch. But such was the charm of my older sister that we were soon looking at tiny Bhel Baskets.
The light was low and the flash always mars the true colors so these pictures appear dull. The dark colored sauce is tamarind chutney and the orange sauce is mango puree.
We opted for the 'fixed price' lunch menu which is simply great value for the price. The vegetarian meal costs $12, non-vegetarian $15 and seafood $20. Each comes with a choice of an appetizer, choice of an entreé, served with butter naan, dal and rice, followed by a dessert (choice between mango kulfi and NY style cheesecake). Between the three of us adults, we decided to try 2 non-veg meals and 1 seafood. My appetizer was kali mirch shrimp, seen below, served with a sald of fresh spring greens in a delectable vinaigrette dressing like none other.
The portions weren't large but each mouthful was a burst of flavor. The food was very tasty without being too spicy or hot. We did find out the hard way that it's a good idea to stay with the fixed price menu and not stray into à la carte territory. It was an excellent meal followed by even more satiation and satisfaction at having been to Central Park and met Balto in person.