Aasif Mandvi’s Fictional Restaurant Tonight, Helmant Mathur’s Real One This Month

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Todays Special, the film about Aasif Mandvi sacrificing his gourmet dreams to cook in his fathers Jackson Heights restaurant, opens in theaters today, and the Boston Globe reviewer cant believe that a man married (also as Samirs father is) to a woman played by Madhur Jaffrey would be permitted to operate such an unsanitary kitchen. First time that's been said of an Indian takeout joint! Speaking of assumptions about Indian food and restaurants, the Business Standard takes a look at the state of Indian cuisine as Tabla gets ready to close and Hemant Mathurs new one, Tulsi, prepares to open this month, and concludes that Indian cuisine is poised for a quantum leap in the US. Its come far: Rohini Dey of Vermilion remembers the time that some Vegas casino developers told her: Give us a list of 20 cuisines and we will not touch Indian with a barge pole.

Made in Manhattan [Business Standard]