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What do you get when you mix the vibrant flavors of Indian cuisine with the fast modern convenience of custom quick service restaurants? You get Dalup Modern Indian in New York City.
New York City is filled with cuisines from all over the world. If you’re interested in expanding your palate, it’s certainly the city to do that. However, if you’re like me, you don’t want to spend a lot of money on food you’ve never tried. Or for that matter, have an entire dish of something you don’t like. This is where the convenience of quick cuisine like Dalup comes in.
Dalup Modern Indian provided us with dinner in exchange for our review. All opinions are my own.
Dalup Modern Indian Restaurant
The restaurant itself is minimal cafeteria-style decor. We are talking about a quick-service restaurant after all.
The location has high ceilings, marble and wood walls, and simple metal and wooden stools for seating. It’s quite a clean look and not what you might expect from an Indian restaurant. However, it’s perfect for the in and out service and again, contributes to the modern over traditional feel.
As you approach the counter, the menus are located above the food prep area, and the food is arranged under a long food safety glass in the order it’s arranged for you. If you’ve been to Chipotle or Subway, it’s quite similar.
Let’s about the food.
The Dalup Menu and Flavors
From Dalup’s website, they describe their dishes as follows.
“Our diverse tapestry of flavors features our take on traditional dosas, madras, korma, and more. Influenced by near and far, enjoyed alongside rose milk or an Indian beer, Dalup is fast Indian cuisine for the everyday: fresh, light, and healthy, made with you in mind.”
If you’re not familiar with Indian food think spicy in terms of flavor, not in terms of heat. Most Indian flavors use cumin, mustard seed, ginger, garam masala, and Tumeric to name a few. Additionally, nothing is deep-fried at Dalup. Everything is fresh and made to order.
The beauty of Dalup Modern Indian is that you can start with a chef selection naan roll or bowl, or create your own salad, bowl, or naan roll. You can find the full menu here.
At Dalup, we each went for a naan roll. The naan is light and airy with an almost melt in your mouth sweet bread taste. In our group, we had roasted lamb, coconut kofta, and chicken naan roll. We each could then add whatever toppings we wanted from items such as roasted cauliflower, curried chickpeas, chile cucumbers and more.
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the flavors and it’s not something we typically eat so it’s new and exciting.
Plus, this is a great pop in and eat or get your food to go kind of place. However, don’t think of Dalup as your typical American fast food either.
Dalup Modern Indian is located at 350 7th avenue. It’s not far from Madison Square Garden and easy walking distance from the Empire State Building. We were thrilled to try them out as it was steps from our stay at the Hotel Hayden.