HONEST-West Village Eatery offers delicious Indian vegetarian food
Authentic, fresh and delicious! Honest, located on Bleecker Street in the West Village, brings a whole new fast-casual dining experience to the neighborhood. The restaurant serves Indian vegetarian cuisine in an attractive and comfortable setting with efficient counter service. They also have takeout and delivery options. Since its opening, the restaurant has been a destination for professionals working in the area, students, locals and tourists.
Honest started as a humble street cart owned by Ramesh Gupta in garden of lawa popular outdoor food market in Ahmedabad, India in the late 1960s. At first they sold chaat, or Indian street food, but as their popularity grew, they began to serve on demand warm vegetarian meals. A customer favorite was Ramesh’s recipe for Bhaji Pav, spicy vegetable curry served with buttered rolls. His wife, Vimla’s spice mix recipe completed the tasty and signature dish. The Guptas named their street cart Honest because of the purity of the product and the customer transparency they offered.
It’s no surprise that Honest has managed to expand to include 60 locations in Gujarat, India, two in Canada, two in Australia and two in Thailand, and 31 in the United States. To ensure that the American sites maintain the high level of quality, the Gupta family has hired a former CIA student, Vasisht Ramasubramanian, as the corporate executive chef, who trains the kitchen at each site.
Honest’s menu emphasizes the freshest ingredients, with all dishes made to order from scratch. No frozen ingredients are ever used. We had the pleasure of visiting early on a Saturday night to sample a few items that have already become some of their customers’ top picks. The Bhaji Pav lives up to its great reputation as a signature dish. This potato-based vegetable curry is perfectly spiced. And the buttery buns known as pav are baked fresh at Honest’s Bakery in New Jersey. A specialty of South India, Dabang (The Beast) Dosa is a dosa filled with versatile flavors and toppings, beautifully presented.
The menu also features a variety of creative items like their Indian Style Pizza, Honest Pizza, Veg Masala Sandwich and Bahubali Sandwich. Indochinese dishes include Veg Hakka noodles, Schezwan fried rice, Veg Manchurian dumpling, and Chinese Bhel. Bombay Chaat selections that are fun to share include Pani Puri, Samosa Chaat and Chaana Puri.
Drinks include soft drinks, juices, coffee, tea and their special Mango Lassi. the location will soon be the first Honest to offer cocktails and wine. Indian desserts are a nice finish to any meal like Meetha Paan or Gulab Jamun.
Honest is a one-of-a-kind restaurant that elevates fast casual Indian cuisine. New York City is blessed with a location that customers can take advantage of.
Honest is located at 176 Blecker Street, New York, NY 10012. Currently there is a restaurant inside and they will be opening a terrace for outdoor dining soon. For menus, opening hours and ordering, please visit https://nychonest.com/ or call 917.261.2610.
Photo credit: Courtesy of Honest