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Posted by mirabhai on 01/25/2015
When my husband and I arrived for a birthday meal that we'd booked with great anticipation weeks ahead of the date, we were ushered into romantic and beautifully decorated dining room flickering with candlelight -- and then whisked into a large side room with bright lighting, minimal decor, and stained cushions on the banquette where I was seated. People must have complained in various ways about the incongruous lighting (which said "corporate lunch" more than "romantic dinner"), which led to bizarre changes over the course of the evening -- from bright to somewhat dimmer, then suddenly almost dark for ten minutes, then bright again. The service was very attentive but also intrusive (we were asked if we were done twice before finishing). The food was excellent except for the dessert. The duck was particularly succulent and well-sauced; we also had a very nice lamb kolhapuri. My passion-fruit semifreddo had been in the freezer so long that it resisted all efforts with spoon or fork for a good ten minutes. In short, a very good meal (at least until dessert), but not the luxurious evening we expected for the price.
Posted by mammascookin on 03/02/2014
Came here with a wonderful Groupon deal. Our discount did not keep the staff from being any less attentive, helpful or friendly. The food, drinks, decor, ambiance and service were so terrific, we are planning to return . Even if you are not a fan of Indian food, everything was so expertly prepared, you are in for a treat.
Posted by marzi on 08/15/2013
Junoon is not noisy besides being so busy and has tables spaced far from each other so you can't hear other tables. A plus. A great and entertaining sommelier. A very attentive bus boy. As to cuisine, unlike what others have written in reviews, we found the food bland - as if the restaurant was trying to accommodate diners who don't like spice at all. The waiter explained about the menu but then never asked about the spice level we wanted which he should have. Then the food arrived and both appetizers and mains had nice sauces if bland but the kitchen doesn't understand how to cook proteins. The shrimp in the main course were almost raw, and fishy and the lamb was overcooked. Not really Michelin quality. No one asked our table how we liked our meal or if we needed anything. Good naan. Rice was tepid and when we asked bus boy for more, it also came tepid. They need to rethink and their whole operation.
Posted by James E on 04/11/2013
Apparently, there have been some changes at the restaurant that, in my opinion, are not good ones. I have been to Junoon twice before my visit today and have found the food to be delicate, complex, and utterly inspiring. This evening, my dinner was mediocre at best, unappetizing at worst. My party and I ordered the 5 course tasting menu and started with an "amuse bouche" that was vile. It was overwhelmingly spicy and set the wrong tone for the rest of the meal. In the past they seemed to warm up to gradually increasing levels of spice over the course of the tasting menu, which makes sense. Tonight each dish was more overwhelmingly spicy than the next. We let them know how difficult they were to eat. The waiter offered a side of yogurt to cool it down and said, "yeah, your next 2 courses will be even MORE spicy." They said that they have intentionally gone for a more spicy menu, which is fine, but I think they should have offered to bring us different dishes for the remainder of the tasting menu rather than just more yogurt to cover up the unpalletable spiciness of the dishes. They knew how uncomfortable we were and how little we were enjoying ourselves, which I don't think is right for a $350 check. Not one accommodation was made except for more yoghurt. It's a shame because this makes Junoon no better than my local Indian delivery restaurant that simply packs a lot of spice into some boring jasmine rice to give it a wallop of flavor that is not very sophisticated, nor pleasing to the appetite.
Posted by Georgia Peach on 01/25/2013
I recently moved from Atlanta, GA and I've never been so cold in my life. With it being 15* outside & taking a 45 min. train ride, I'm happy to say that Junoon was worth every minute and every bone-chilling brush of wind!! The atmosphere is "majestic" and yet so cozy. The food was delicious, a perfect blend of spices, and although I have a low tolerance of spicy foods the Piri-Piri Shrimp and the Channa Pindi - Handi sent my taste buds on a frenzy. The avocado & citrus salad with the shrimp and the yoghurt with the stewed chickpeas is a great balance to help the cooling process. Of course a meal wouldn't be complete without dessert, the coconut rice pudding with the almonds is so delightful but the serving size was a little disappointing. Either way my overall experience was of great pleasure and one I won't forget. The service was excellent, thank you Gabriel for being so kind and helpful. I now have a standard to go by since this was my first time eating at an Indian restaurant. I'm so grateful to my lovely new friends for inviting me and exposing me to the greatness of New York City. I'll be sure to bring my mother here when she visits from Hawaii.
Posted by Lorrie S on 05/03/2012
After visiting India (the Golden Triangle, Mumbai, Orcha, Khajuraho), I realized that the vast majority of Indian restaurants in NYC just don't quite get it right...too much heat, not enough subtlety in use of spices. Junoon was therefore a revelation...this is what I have been dreaming about for the years since my trip! Not one of our dishes disappointed: wonderful eggplant chaat and duck meatballs for appetizers, delicious lamb kolhapuri, baby eggplants, and simply outstanding crispy okra for mains. None of the dishes was overwhelmingly hot, and the spice combinations were perfect. My friend the oenophile was impressed by the wine list; she hesitated when the sommelier suggested a pinot to begin with but agreed upon tasting that it was perfect for the appetizers (he had consulted with our waiter, and knew what we were ordering). The room is beautiful, and our service was excellent all around. A complete keeper! One small complaint: charging extra for white rice is a little over the top, given the relatively high prices overall.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/19/2012
Brilliant food, brilliant service and a wonderful atmosphere! What else can you ask for. Definitely one of the best Indian restaurants in town. The menu is vast and full of variety. Can be a perfect setting for a romantic or group dining. We will definitely repeat!