We make delicious and nutritious meals informed from our Indian heritage and Brooklyn roots, with the philosophy of “let thy food be thy medicine.” We roast and grind Ayurvedic spices that restore and energize the body, while making your tastebuds explode with flavor bombs.
Founded at the Smorgasburg food festival in Brooklyn in 2012, we opened our first brick and mortar shop in Manhattan in 2014 and are proud to be called “Best Sandwich”, “Best Bowl”, “Best Indian” and of course, “Best Chai“. We’ve been featured on The Cooking Chanel, Food Network and CBS, and have even fed global tastemakers like Bono, Julianne Moore, Fred Armisen, Anne Hathaway and Yoko Ono.
MEET SHIV & SHIKHA
Husband and wife team Shiv & Shikha come from creative and analytical professional backgrounds, and a long family tradition of Ayurveda and mindful living. A lot of their inspiration comes from the times they spent living in Los Angeles, Mumbai, New York and New Delhi.
Shikha was born and raised in India to a Jain family that traces its practice of nonviolence (ahimsa) and vegetarianism back hundreds of years. An actor, model and photographer, Shikha has been a lifelong practitioner of yoga and meditation and has become involved in local farming through Community Supported Agriculture.
Shiv was born in Minneapolis but has called New York City his home for over 20 years. A finance graduate of NYU’s Stern School of Business, he worked on Wall Street before leaving it all behind to serve the people on Main Street. In between he was also a professional drummer with a band that had a record deal with Sony Music and performed on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. He learned to cook from his mother, who grew up on a farm in India, where they literally made everything from scratch.
It’s simple – start with fresh, whole and natural foods, then chop, mix and prepare gently. All of our food is made from scratch using just fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and select Ayurvedic herbs and spices. That’s it!
We get our flavor from grinding whole spices in small batches. Those spices, by the way, are known to have significant health benefits, from aiding in digestion to reducing inflammation. All good stuff that when combined together adds up to a healthy, feel good meal that satisfies and energizes without slowing you down.
Let us cater your next office lunch meeting or special event!
We do a lot of catering with some of the biggest companies in NYC, who’ve come to depend on us to feed their teams fresh, nutritious and energizing meals.
Change up your regular catering routine a bit and give us a try! We’re positive your team will love our food.
Contact us to start your catering order today!
Was immediately attracted by the storefront and the awesome looking logo. Great place. Great sandwiches and bowls. All vegetarian. As a lover of Indian food I thought this place was an very well executed modern spin on the cuisine. The chana masala sandwich gives a flavor punch that’ll leave your face sore for a week in the best possible way.
The whole place is vegetarian, Delicious, and fresh! I had the channa masala sandwich of course and it was gone in about 5 minutes!
I highly highly recommend this place for the vegetarian and carnivore alike!
Excellent and unique food! Beyond anything I have ever had. LOVED every bite of the Chana Masala Sandwich and their awesome grilled cheese. The owner is very sweet and genuine. Definitely recommend to anyone, especially if you’re vegetarian or vegan.
What a great, new surprise. The sandwiches, Indian inspired food is so fresh, so affordable and so tasty. I highly recommend getting the platter with all the veggie options. Garden sandwich was so fresh and just what we were craving. New favorite spot.