12 Michelin Guide Indian Restaurants in the United States


Distinction: Bib Gourmand

An Indian gastropub where “the split-level dining room and small kitchen are as colorful as the kitchen”, reads the Michelin Guide. Chef Pawan Mahendro’s menu is stacked with traditional and fusion dishes: think Homestyle Punjabi Sabzi, Goan pork curry and Konkani fish curry, alongside Punjabi samosa stuffed with butter chicken and Badmaash Broccolini (marinated in mustard oil and garlic, sprinkled with spiced chickpea flour and crispy roasted). The guide highlights the Macchi Amritsari, the Badmaash Fried Chicken sprinkled with paprika masala and served with a serrano-cream sauce, and above all, the Chicken Tikka Poutine, which the restaurant describes as “Canadian masala fries topped with cheese curds, drizzled with hot piping-beef sauce, topped with tandoor chicken tikka and cilantro”. Website.

Cardamom, New York

Distinction: Bib Gourmand

Chef Alwyn Gudinho draws inspiration from his mother and grandmother’s recipes for Cardamom’s extensive Indian menu, which ranges from Goan staples like prawn balchao to regional Indian classics, from peeli dal to veg jalfrezi . “This charming little gem of an Indian restaurant, located on a quiet Sunnyside street with a flashing neon sign and bright orange awning, is set to become a neighborhood staple,” notes the Michelin Guide, which directs diners to the section Indo-Portuguese (vindaloo lamb, goan fish curry) and the tandoori lamb chops, after checking with the server for spice levels. Also, don’t miss the chef’s special tandoori Goan prawns cooked in a clay oven. Website.

Daru, Washington

Distinction: Bib Gourmand

Dante Datta and Chef Suresh Sundas met at award-winning James Beard Chef Vikram Sunderam’s Rasika in Washington DC. Their inventive Indian restaurant and cocktail bar serves Black Dal burrata, wild mushrooms and Za’atar olive naan as well as a Chai-Teani cocktail with Old Port rum, masala chai, cardamaro and cream of cocoa. The guide recommends the Blue Cheese Reshmi Kebab served with sour cherry reduction and cashew nuts, the Bison Momo with Szechuan pepper and the Nariyal Lamb Shank prepared with saffron, Kashmiri chili and coconut and served with basmati rice. Website.

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Indian Modern Karma, Washington

Lobster Masala at Karma Modern Indian. Made with fresh lobster, green and red peppers, and topped with a beet poriyal.Indian Modern Karma/Facebook


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