We'll meet this abbreviated holiday week at India Bistro, a super-nifty Indian joint in the Roosevelt neighborhood, which serves pretty decent North Indian food.
We will order food to share, usually two or three appetizers and 4-6 main dishes, along with naan, paratha or similar, and rice. As long as our headcount is reliable, pricing usually works out to be quite reasonable. As usual, if you have any special dietary requirements, let me know in your RSVP; otherwise, we'll order about half vegetarian and half meat/fish type dishes, which always works out just right here.
We usually order the Goan coconut fish curry, a nice chickpea dish, something with spinach and paneer, and for early people, curried mussels. Other things will depend on various whims upon my arrival. This place has a fairly interesting "Indianized" variation on baba ghanoush that we often get as an appetizer. Anyway, I'm sure you'll dig it.
As usual, please remember to bring plenty o' cash, so that settling the bill doesn't delay my toddler's bedtime or result in the bursting of your eardrums with screams of もうおうち帰る！Also, your fellow diners will appreciate very much if you keep your RSVP plans up to date, so we end up with roughly the right amount of food for everyone and a reasonable bill.
Bus access is pretty easy with routes 48, 64, 66, 67, and 73. It's also a pleasant walk from the northern end of Greenlake, if you want to wander around a bit beforehand. There's fairly easy street parking within a few blocks, though if the weather is fantastic things occasionally clog up a little.
Nijikai is almost always at the Atlantic Crossing, but may be at Pies & Pints, Teddy's, or Die Bierstube, depending on what seems the most sensible destination based on the group size and such.