The Indian Supper Club in Downtown New York Where Culture and Kulfi Collide

The Salon New York supper club
Image courtesy of The Salon.

We’re all in luck: The Salon is back for the fall. The new-ish raucous monthly supper club put on by New York–based artists Ananya Chopra and Kritika Manchanda, who channel their childhoods to put out impeccably composed regional northern Indian food, will be resuming its monthly installments on October 28th. Highlights from a late spring dinner included yakhni pulao—velvet-soft mutton collapsed within a plate of basmati rice—and crisp one-bite gol gappa, which is filled with an acerbic chickpea mash. At The Salon, you’re just as likely to be seated next to the artist Salman Toor or the rapper Heems as you are to share elbow space with one of the many solo attendees who show up high on the promise of actually meeting someone interesting in 3-D. The Salon takes place in Manchanda’s sparse and deftly decorated NoHo loft, while scenes from Indian cinema projected on a loop play on one of the capacious white walls. The vibe is congenial and the tabletop adornment mainly edible (recently, slim candlesticks in vintage candelabras that cast a flickering glow over towers of powdered pink sweets and halved kacchi kairi). Guests linger long after the last plate of kheer pudding is whisked back to the apartment’s kitchen by Chopra and Manchanda, who run the operation with efficiency and warmth, and somehow manage not to get food all over their gauzy, bell-sleeved dresses. Tickets are $175 for four courses and can be procured by signing up to The Salon’s mailing list online

Ella Quittner is a screenwriter and Family Style‘s writer-at-large. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Man Repeller, Bon Appétit, and across many group chats.