Ayurveda Cafe's slogan is "A place for balance" and the traditional Indian thali served here reflects that principle. Enjoy getting together with our NYC Vegans group over a prix fixe menu (a complete meal offered at a fixed price) of ten items, including appetizer, two vegetable curry entrees, assorted chutneys, bread (tandoori roti), lentils (dahl), choice of rice (two types), salad, and dessert. (The menu is all-you-can-eat -- details below.)
To simplify your life, there will be very few choices. White rice, or brown? The rest will be left to the ancient principles of Ayurveda and the discretion of the chef, who will serve you a reasonably priced ($13.95) Indian meal, designed to maximize your health as it tickles your taste buds, incorporating six tastes (rasas) of sweet, sour, salty, bitter, astringent and pungent. Those with hearty appetites will be happy to know this is an all-you-can-eat dinner. More of any (and every!) menu item will be served to you on request. Endlessly. :)
Named one of Time Out New York's Best Indian restaurants.
According to the cafe’s website: Ayurveda is the science of life, a 5,000-year-old traditional holistic system of well-being from India. 'Ayur' means 'of life' and 'Veda' means 'knowledge'. Ayurveda is the knowledge of longevity which offers healing, rejuvenation and self-realization through balanced food, herbs, yoga, massage, aroma, and meditation.
Having feasted in the Ayurvedic way, open the wooden box at the shrine with the burbling fountain and take away with you a little piece of inspirational spiritual wisdom.
Joseph O'Neil of New York Magazine writes: "The Ayruveda Cafe doesn't offer a massage with every one of its Indian vegetarian meals - but if any food has the power to soothe and relax, this is it. ... Ayurveda Cafe is a draw for connoisseurs of Indian food, but remains a soulfully unassuming neighbourhood spot."
All the food is vegan except for the raita and one of the desserts.
There will be one seating only, at 7:00pm.
I’m looking forward to meeting you all!
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