Sept. 14, 2018 By Sponsored Story
A new Indian restaurant that offers traditional Indian food opened its doors in Sunnyside earlier this month.
Cardamom, located at 43-45 43rd St., is run by Jackson Heights resident and chef Alwyn Gudhino, who decided to open his first restaurant after working at several Manhattan eateries for decades.
“I have worked in many renowned kitchens throughout Manhattan, including Bricklane Curry House in the East Village; Utsav by Rockefeller Center; and Nirvana near the Chrysler Building,” Gudhino shared.
Gudhimo said that his love for cooking began when he was a child in western India, while poking around his grandmother’s kitchen.
“It was there that I learned the art of Goan cooking. Those skills that were instilled in me by my mother and grandmother led me to attend 2 years of culinary school, before working on several cruise lines in the Caribbean before arriving in New York City,” he said.
The restaurant serves many dishes that come from the Goan region of India, including Vindaloo, Xacutti (a curry meal cooked with fresh coconut and a carefully prepared blend of spices), Balchao (shrimp appetizer) and his specialty dish, Goan Tandoori Shrimp cooked in a clay oven.
The restaurant’s full menu features more than a dozen vegan options, and over 20 different combinations of meat, rice and bread.
Traditional meals such as chicken tikka masala, goat/lamb curry, and tandoori are also available.
Patrons can also order a $14 special for takeout or delivery that includes one appetizer, one main course, one house dessert, naan bread and rice, from noon until closing.
Desserts such as “Vadilal” ice cream, which is specially imported from India, are available during both lunch and dinner hours.
Cardamom, which has about 30 seats, will be one of many restaurants that will participate in Sunnyside Shines’ Restaurant Week from Sept. 23 to Sept. 29, where each diner can receive a three course meal for $25.
The establishment is BYOB, but a full bar is expected to open once the state signs off on its liquor license.
Regular hours of operation are from noon to 10:30 p.m. seven days a week. Delivery is available from noon to 10:15 p.m. daily by calling (718) 706-9718. See below for the full menu.