If there's one thing the 206 shamefully lacks, it's Indian restaurants. We just don't have them in force like San Francisco does, and it's sad.
But a new East Side venture aims to change that, offering a modern take on Punjabi classics.
The name of the place is The Guilt Trip. Why? We still don't know, because it's all positive here.
Indian food has never been much for moderation — flavors are bold, assertive, and sometimes mouth-blastingly spicy.
The Guilt Trip doesn't work like your standard Indian joint, though. Instead of a menu, you compose your meal of stuffed bread (either naan or paratha) with a variety of fillings.
The chicken kathi roll with mint and yogurt chutney is dynamic and delicious, and the South Indian aloo dosa is curry-tastic.
Meals aren't complete without dipping sauces, and the choices here are prime — the peppery firecracker sauce tantalizes, and the roasted onion raita is complex and flavorful.
Finish up with a bowl of chai ice cream to cool the burn.
So where's the guilt? Probably that you'll be here three times a week.
Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 2 (out of 4)
Best bets: Chicken kathi roll; roasted onion raita; sweet rosewater lassi
Nearby: Three Lions; Malt & Vine; Oto Sushi