Aamchi Pao Carbo-loads the Indian Way in the West Village

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Tandoori Tofu Takatak with onion, bell peppers, roasted cumin, lemon juice. Served with housemade chips. Photo: Hannah Whitaker/New York Magazine

Bleecker Street’s Indian Bread Co. is no more, but fans of bread-based Indian fast food needn’t mourn. On May 22, the space reopens as Aamchi Pao, a freshly renovated twelve-seat shop stocked with Indian newspapers and gossip rags. It’s the carb-centric concept of moonlighting Dévi pastry chef Surbhi Sahni, who has shifted the focus from Indian Bread’s “naanini” and “naanwiches” to pao (or pav) bhaji, a Mumbai specialty traditionally made with mashed spiced potatoes and vegetables. Served on a griddled bun, the varieties here range from pulled goat to crispy fish of the day ($6 to $8). Other attractions: wine (and a $5 BYO corkage fee), straight-from-Dévi mini-desserts (and a side or two, like the tangy Manchurian cauliflower), and a late-night menu served Friday and Saturday until 5 a.m.

Aamchi Pao, 194 Bleecker St., nr. Macdougal St.; 212-228-1909

Aamchi Pao

choose Pao or Paratha with any filling

Vegetarian $6, Non Vegetarian: $8

Vegetarian

Vada
Garlic chutney, chickpea flour, potato

Bhaji
Mix vegetables, bhaji masala, crispy onions, green chillies

Spinach lentil Tikki
Tomato mustard chutney, ginger & turmeric pickle

Tandoori Tofu takatak
Onion, bell peppers, roasted cumin, lemon juice

Poultry, fish and meat

Tandoori Chicken Takatak
Onion, bell peppers, roasted cumin, lemon juice

Crispy fish of the day
Kasundi mustard aioli, cole slaw

Beef Keema
Peas

Lamb Shammi Kebab
Eggplant chutney

Tandoori Pulled goat leg
Onion, tomatoes, chillies, cilantro, crema agria

Shrimp
Goda masala, carrot & cauliflower relish

Sides: $4

Chat of the day
Soup of the day
Spiced Fries
Homemade Yam or Potato Chips

Sweet ending $4

Pineapple Trifle
Mango cheese cake
Pao bread Pudding

Beverages:

Lemonades $2.50 and lassi 3.50

Nimbu Pani: sweet lemonade, rock salt, fresh mint
Mango Lassi: mango, yogurt
Salty Chaach : thin salty buttermilk, roasted cumin, crushed ice
Lassi of the day (Elachi Lassi: green cardamom, raw sugar, yogurt)

Sodas
Cans 1.25 (Coke, Diet coke, Sprite, Fanta, Seltzer, Iced tea)

Indian Bottle Drinks 2.00
Thumbs up, Limca, Fanta
Mango Juice

BYOB corkage fee $5

WINES $6
2 white
2 red



LATE NIGHT MENU
12 am – 5am

All Entrees $7

Maggi Noodles
Peas, carrots, cauliflower

Vada Pao

Spiced Omelet
Maggi sweet n chilli ketchup

Tandoori Chicken Takatak

Beef Keema

Sides: $4
Spiced Fries
Homemade Yam or Potato Chips