New York, NY 10010
Hours: Mon-Thu,Sun 5:30pm-10:30pm; Fri-Sat 5:45pm-11pm
2011 Rising Star Chef Vikas Khanna, whose “Holy Kitchens” series explores the ritual and cultural meaning of global cuisine, could have no better temple for his own culinary worship than Junoon (“passion” in Hindi). Tall carved wooden archways, flowery stonework, beige tones, and dark woods give the space a kind of church-ly theatrical calm. Into this comes Khanna’s cuisine, respectfully modernized Indian dishes that demonstrate five distinct Indian cooking methods and beg the question why there isn’t more Indian fine dining that attempts to parse—and celebrate—its traditions.