Till now, Pasar Malam pretty much owned the South/Southeast Asian game on Williamsburg’s Grand Street strip, but that may change with the opening of Tikka Indian Grill tomorrow. The new Indian spot ushered in its first lunch customers on the down-low today, and they left the place showering praise on owner Syed Hossain.
Hossain, who previously worked at BR Guest and Jean Georges restaurants and was most recently the bar captain at the Gansevoort Hotel, told us he almost never eats at Indian restaurants, since he prefers homecooking – but when his partners, one of whom owned a Bangladeshi restaurant in Jamaica, Queens, introduced him to chef Malika Khan, he immediately fell for her cooking. The Bangladesh-born chef has worked in Calcutta and London, but she “learned her cooking from her mom,” and it shows. “This is the way we eat at home,” Hossain says.
The menu, which nods to both northern and southern India, features vegan and vegetarian sections (Khan gets ingredients from Indian grocers who source from local farms), and breads and sauces are made in-house daily. Hossain says that if you don’t find your go-to dish on it, they’re willing to do their best to whip it up. In that same accommodating spirit, diners are invited to bring their own bevies (even the hard stuff), since the place doesn’t yet have a beer and wine license.
Have a look at the lunch and dinner menu, below.
Tikka Indian Grill, 185 Grand St., nr. Bedford Ave., Williamsburg; open Mon to Thurs from noon to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday till midnight, and Sunday from 11:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.