The Bombay Bread Bar
195 Spring St.
With its royal blue exterior, SoHo’s Bombay Bread Bar is hard to miss—and you wouldn’t want to miss it. Dining here is just as much of an experience for your taste buds as it is for your eyes, with a dazzling Bollywood-meets-pop-art mural, a stove protruding from a tiger’s mouth, and playful wall art, all done by Kris Moran, set director for Wes Anderson. As for the food, we can thank Chef Floyd Cardoz for a creative integration of Indian classics and street favorites. The menu is a whirlwind of delightful combinations, from small plates like the apple and potato chat with sweet onions, chilies and tamarind, or the saag paneer pizza with mustard greens, goat cheese and corn roti; to large plates like the short rib nihari with garam masala and mint raita. The bread (particularly the rosemary naan) and chutneys are a must to add on. Be sure to start your meal with a signature cocktail, like the Tiger Eye with gin and saffron-chamomile vermouth.