Copper Chimney NYC – An Ash for the Price of a Shriya

Like all cheapo desis, we’ve always craved an Aishwarya Rai for the price of a Shriya Saran.

Class for the price of crass has unfailingly been our mantra and guiding light.

Oh, come on, you jerks. Don’t tell us you unwashed, cheapo desis are any different.

And boy, an Aishwarya Rai is what we landed for the price of a Shriya Saran at Copper Chimney Indian restaurant on E 28th St off Lexington Ave in the Curry Hill area of New York City the other day.

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Help Us Out
Folks, we have a serious doubt here. Help us with this one, will you.

Say, is the owner of Copper Chimney NYC a moron or what?

The other day this bozo laid out a decent weekend Indian lunch buffet including a glass of wine for $9.95.

So un-Indian to serve quality food with polite service at cheap prices in NYC. Right, na?

What did you say? Ah, you want to know if the $9.95 price for the weekend brunch is a typo.

No beta, not a typo. It’s $9.95 for a fine Indian meal with a glass of wine or soda (for the teetotallers).

A hearty Indian meal at a cheapo price. Now, if that’s not a recipe for nirvana, pray tell us what is.

Teeming with Fakes
Canal Street in downtown Manhattan is not the only place in NYC teeming with knockoffs (fake stuff).

Most Indian restaurants in New York City are fakes, serving dubious Indian fare topped off with dollops of insolent service.

Tired as we are at being ripped off by spurious Indian restaurants like that Bollywood fella’s Dhaba (also in the Lexington area), Copper Chimney NYC turned out to be a pleasant, welcome surprise.

The Real Deal
Of course, Copper Chimney NYC is not new to us (truth be said, after so many decades on this planet nothing is new to us anymore).

We’d been to Copper Chimney NYC for dinner a couple of years back and mostly enjoyed the food.

So the other day when we were in NYC, we decided to make Copper Chimney our port of call again.

Just as we were lowering our anchor in the restaurant, our dressed-all-in-black waiter muttered sotto voce while escorting us to the table that we’d have to pay cash (hello, is the IRS or the NY tax fellas reading this).

With Indian restaurants in the U.S. you never know what to expect, so we are always well equipped with greenbacks.

We quickly took off our jacket and got down to business – the business not of eating but of gormandizing.

You see, the sight of Indian food brings out the ravenous beast in us.

Not Italian. Not Chinese. Not Mexican.

Only Indian food unleashes the inner, dormant Bakasura in us.

Yummy, Yummy
There was very little at Copper Chimney that didn’t meet our approval.

But the winner of the day was clearly the vegetarian dish Methi Malai Mutter.

No, we haven’t savored any part of Aishwarya Rai but it’s no exaggeration to say that Copper Chimney’s Methi Malai Mutter (corn and green peas in a fenugreek flavored sauce) would give stiff competition to the Queen of Bollywood. Rightly spiced and not too oily, it was a treat with both Rice, Naan and by itself.

Tandoori Chicken, usually a travesty at most Indian restaurants in NYC and beyond, was another impressive item here. The nicely marinated pieces sat there in a large vessel amidst sliced onion and capsicum invitingly beckoning us to take one more piece. And we did.

We had no complaints with the other non-vegetarian items on the buffet table as well – Chicken Tikka Masala, Chicken Curry or the Lamb Sag. Oh well, the Lamb Sag could have done with a bit more spices.

Bhindi Curry was so flavorful that we couldn’t resist a second helping.

Equally tasty was the Vegetable Makhani in a thick gravy with cauliflower, beans, potato, carrot and lima beans.

It’s not just with the main course that Copper Chimney pleased us.

Appetizers like the Cauliflower Pakora (crisp, hot and tasty), the humble Pappad and accompaniments like Green Chutney and Mango Chutney left no room for whining, even from perennial whiners like us.

Green Chutney is a cold, horrid mess at over 90% of Indian restaurants in the U.S. But not at Copper Chimney.

The Plain Naan bread was alright but not lipsmackingly good.

Deserts – Good & Bad
Rice pudding was such a sweet treat that shedding all pretense to decency we returned to the buffet table and filled our cup to the brim.

One of the few big disappointments of our meal was the Rava Soji dessert. Low on sugar, low on ghee and low on a qualified chef’s touch, it was fu**ing awful.

But that was a minor blemish in an otherwise hearty, delicious $9.95 meal.

Our middle-aged waiter was polite, attentive, made sure the buffet vessels were replenished and alerted us twice before clearing them (about 15 minutes before the scheduled time).

Happy and Contented
Filled to bursting, we were now at peace with the world.

Letting our thoughts graze contentedly on the Elysian fields of our inamorata Aishwarya Rai and Copper Chimney’s Methi Malai Mutter, we pulled up our anchors and quietly cruised out into the winter chill of a NYC afternoon promising ourselves that our ship would head this way soon.

At $9.95, the Copper Chimney NYC weekend Brunch is a great deal ($8.95 for the lunch buffet on week days).

Go for it. 🙂

4 Responses to "Copper Chimney NYC – An Ash for the Price of a Shriya"

  1. Bhagat_Singh   December 17, 2009 at 9:13 am

    did u see this? what do u think? Responds:

    1. Just watched it. Thanks.

    Shahrukh Khan looks silly in the preview (trailer).

    Of course, he would because the fella is such an incompetent actor. Any other place other than India the audience would have hooted this bozo off the stage. But it being Incredible India, the folks kiss his derriere and put him up on a pedestal.

    Shahrukh Khan is hopeless in playing normal roles, i.e. roles where all he has to do is run, jump, lip-sync and scream. How then is he going to accomplish a harder role where he has to play a character with Asperger Syndrome?

    BTW, did no one tell SRK to watch Rain Man?

    2. All that said, if the My Name is Khan story is powerful it’s possible the movie could do very well.

    Let’s keep an open mind and wait.

  2. Vetti Jijaji   December 17, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Assburger’s is very interesting.. It’s apparently very challenging to diagnose it in adults – so will be impossible to portray it on screen subtly.. Responds:

    1. You write: so will be impossible to portray it on screen subtly..

    In any case, since when has subtlety crept into the lexicon of Indian actors or the vocabulary of Bollywood movies.

    Most of our actors and actresses (with the stray exceptions like Naseeruddin Shah and Pankaj Kapoor are comedy pasanga (buffoons).

    2. Not sure whether your ‘Assburger’ spelling was a lapsus calami or intentional but we guess when Shahrukh Khan does that role he will in all likely event be depicting someone with Assburger Syndrome rather than Asperger Syndrome. 😉

  3. nisha.gupta27   December 17, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    @Bhagat_Singh – Why do you want the opinion of SearchIndia on how the promo of MNIK is?? They have the most shittiest opinions.. Now they are criticizing the movie which hasnt even released and SRK (who is definitely the top actor in Bollywood).. They wont understand that… Responds:

    1. Must be that time of the month when girls go all crazy, eh. 😉

    2. You write: SRK (who is definitely the top actor in Bollywood)

    Sweetie, by no measure is SRK a top actor.

    Top star, maybe (with strong competitors nipping at his heels).

    Top actors in Bollywood are folks like Naseeruddin Shah, Pankaj Kapoor et al.

  4. sumeshy   December 17, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    @Nisha Gupta

    Yes, SRK is a top star but it was the masses and his histrionics that made him a top star. By this time, you should know that everything in India and especially Bollywood is highly over-rated. According to me, its their job to act and give good performances (like how the other million commoners go about doing their work) and not in throwing tantrums, having more beefy security, etc etc to show off.

    In the meantime, a doctor is being searched by Mumbai police for professing his love to Diya Mirza. Diya had to increase her security and also has requested police protection calling the doc a stalker. Wow! hope they send Z-security force to help her out – now that she has hit after hit in the last couple of years and is busy working on top projects.

    I should agree that while the (so called( actors and actresses behave childishly, it is the indian media to blame for this. The entire media and newspapers are now the voices for diff stars and merely being tabloids rather than reporting news. Did you know that rather than covering the serious problem of the telengana-AP split, the news channels were briskly covering Tiger Woods and counting the number of mistresses he had. wow, what a great story piece and sure it will help India furthering themselves in to the next century to become a super power. Responds:

    1. We find it strange too when we visit the TOI or DNA web sites and find stories like Jessica Simpson says she never flirted with Tiger Woods (on front page of DNA web site today). Weird.

    2. Diya Mirza has fans?

    Ha ha ha. News to us.

    Kinda sexy though, if your taste runs (like ours) to grandma-ish girls. 😉

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