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A quick peak at Junoon

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Blumie Feb 9, 2011 04:46 PM

My gf and I had a quick dinner in the lounge at Junoon, a stunning new modern Indian restaurant on W. 24th between 5th and 6th (the same block as Nuela and on the back side of Eataly). We shared a chicken masala appetizer and a lobster tandori entree, as well as an assorted bread basket. The food was wonderful -- the lobster in particular: two large tails charred in the tandori oven and served over a light sauce. At $35, the lobster is one of the pricier options on the menu, but we thought it was well worth it, particularly in light of the portion size. In fact, we were more than sated sharing one appetizer and one entree. And although we have yet to eat in the dining room, we enjoyed the more relaxed atmosphere of the lounge. (Note that there is a second, smaller dining room adjacent to the main dining room that looks like it would be perfect for a small party.) This place should be on every hound's radar.

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Junoon
27 W 24th St, New York, NY 10010

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  1. LeahBaila RE: Blumie Feb 10, 2011 05:20 AM

    Thanks for the report. The prices seem a bit hard to swallow, otherwise it sounds great.

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      Blumie RE: LeahBaila Feb 10, 2011 07:45 AM

      It's not inexpensive -- I think our bill was $90 pre-tip for one app, one entree, the bread basket, and two drinks (including a delicious but expensive concoction made with port and bourbon) -- but we did find it was a good value. It's not an everyday place, but we certainly will go back.

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        FoodDabbler RE: LeahBaila Feb 10, 2011 03:04 PM

        It's a place where you have to negotiate the thicket of their wine ideology before you can enter the vineyard of their wine list.

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          squid kun RE: FoodDabbler Feb 10, 2011 11:06 PM

          Or just skip all that and look at the list ... http://junoonnyc.com/UserFiles/File/D...

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            girldesigner RE: squid kun Feb 11, 2011 12:12 PM

            I was also in the lounge at Junoon this week. I was a little weary at first since the prices did seem so high, but I was more than pleased once the food arrived. The chicken masala was perfectly spiced and the paneer was creamy and delicious. Since it was a Tuesday, the place was pretty empty. But I recommend taking some time and enjoying the lounge. The couches are comfortable and are widely spaced apart (so even if it was crowded, you have quite a bit of space to yourself). The bartender truly knows what he is doing, everyone in my party thoroughly enjoyed their drink.

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            Junoon
            27 W 24th St, New York, NY 10010

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        rrems RE: Blumie Feb 20, 2011 12:00 PM

        Thanks for clueing me in to this. My partner and I tried it for dinner last night and were more than pleased. We really miss Tabla, and had been looking for something similar, a higher-end Indian place that is not too traditional, and Junoon turned out to be just that. The quail and shrimp appetizers were both delicious, the quail roasted with a nice spicy coating, the shrimp with a delicious chili sauce. Main courses of lamb shank and goat were very generous portions (we took half of it home), and the sauces were very flavorful and well-spiced. The side dish of cauliflower and spinach was also in a delicious, spicy sauce. A bottle of Dolcetto di Dogliani worked perfectly with the flavors of the food, and at $38 was probably the lowest priced bottle on the list. Service was lovely, and the tables are large and well-spaced. Total bill before tip was $147, which I think is extremely reasonable for a restaurant of this caliber.

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          parkslopemama RE: rrems Feb 22, 2011 09:01 AM

          You should check out their weekday lunch special: a three-course lunch for $25 is a STEAL for that place! In fact, run there right now! The lunch deal may not last forever.

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          Riverman500 RE: Blumie Jun 5, 2011 12:37 PM

          As I discovered a few days ago, Junoon also offers an extended tasting menu which includes some of their best dishes like the lobster tandoori. The food and service were very good and the room was quite spacious and beautiful.

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          Junoon
          27 W 24th St, New York, NY 10010

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