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maxinem Jul 19, 2011 08:18 AM

Any one been? Opinion? Recs?

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

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    Riverman500 RE: maxinem Jul 19, 2011 09:23 AM

    Junoon is great. You could try the 7 course tasting menu, which comes with extras including hors d'oeuvres, a pre-dessert, chocolates, and pate de fruits. If you order a la carte, the lobster tandoori and the duck were standouts but I enjoyed everything. Save room for dessert.

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

    1. strangemd RE: maxinem Jul 19, 2011 09:47 AM

      Quite good. Best dhal I've had at a restaurant. Innovative take on traditional dishes (I would particularly recommend the lamb curries and the goat). Breads only so-so. Chutney and pickle selection is excellent. Not cheap, however. Wife and I have been a few times and always manage to drop $200 by the time we've had a cocktail (without wine).

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        RGR RE: maxinem Jul 19, 2011 10:03 AM

        We've been twice, and I liked almost all the dishes we had. I found the chicken chunks in the Chicken Awadhi Korma too dry though the sauce was delicious. Service is pleasant and professional, and the space is beautiful. My only little gripe is that the dim lighting in the dining room makes for poor quality photos (I won't use flash), but you might want to have a look at these anyway.

        Junoon photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

        and here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

        http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

        1. buttertart RE: maxinem Dec 26, 2011 05:17 PM

          Had the $24.00 prix fixe lunch there today with my husband, and enjoyed it very much. I had the shrimp with Goan sauce and a nice little salad of jicama, orange, and avocado; he had the duck meatballs (of the two, we preferred the shrimp). Wanted the lamb burger but they were out, so i had the tandoori chicken roll which came with nicely-spiced potatoes; he had the lobster roll which was excellent and came with fabulous fries and a smoky house-made ketchup. An excellent cardamom-scented pilaf was served separately. My dessert was the cardamom kulfi and his was the chocolate, caramel, and walnut tart, both very pleasing (the tart had a little note of sharpness, nice). A bottle of Alsatian pinot blanc from their exciting wine list went beautifully with the food. Masala chai and coffee to finish, and the world's tiniest cookies and macarons as mignardises. Service was perfect up until the very end, when we were presented with a bill for the $38.00 prix fixe lunches - the error was however swiftly and pleasantly corrected. Can't wait to go back.

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

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            Simon RE: maxinem Dec 26, 2011 06:44 PM

            i despised my one meal there at the bar...long review and thread here:

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/814013

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              buttertart RE: Simon Dec 27, 2011 10:15 AM

              I read that at the time, too bad.

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              Blumie RE: maxinem Dec 27, 2011 06:17 AM

              It had been several months since my wife and I had been back because, while we always enjoyed the food, we didn't care for the overly formal and rigid service. A couple of weeks ago, we decided to try it again, sharing a few plates in the lounge as we like to do. The food was as good as ever; as I've posted here several times, we've always enjoyed the food very much (which is why we were willing to give it another try, notwithstanding some negative experiences). And on this occasion we found the service much more relaxed and to our liking. So unless and until they piss us off again, Junoon is back on our go-to list.

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

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                RGR RE: maxinem Dec 27, 2011 06:41 AM

                Since I posted on this thread in June, we had dinner for a third time at Junoon in September. It was a uniformly excellent meal. Service was, as it has been previously, pleasant and correct. This time, we had a table with better lighting for photography. Another visit is surely in our near future.

                Junoon photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

                http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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                  Spiritchaser RE: RGR Dec 27, 2011 09:16 AM

                  Just did the dining room (for lunch) for the first time last week and completely enjoyed everything. Between the 3 of us I was able to sample some vegetarian dishes (GF had the Paneer), the duck, and my venison (so tender I could cut with a fork). The grilled quail appetizer was insanely good and I was tempted to order another. The service was wonderfully pleasant and engaging. I'll go back in a heartbeat.

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                    buttertart RE: Spiritchaser Dec 27, 2011 10:15 AM

                    I have my eye on that quail and also the venison kebab...

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