93 1st Ave, New York City, NY
The first time I dined here, I didn't know what the hell was going on.
For this trip to New York, I wanted to experience it again.
The restaurant is absolutely tiny, a narrow room with as many tables crammed in as possible. The restaurant doesn't have a license to sell alcohol, so they're happy for you to bring your own booze. This is great if you're on a budget. We stuck to soft drinks as I have to admit I was hung over from a very boozy brunch the day before.
There are hundreds and thousands of novelty lights hanging from the ceiling. Chilli peppers and flowers hanging so low you need to duck down when walking around. The walls are decorated with silver, red or blue shiny wrapping paper.
I love Indian food, but always have the same main course. We decided to share a portion of meat samosas. They were ok. I think really they should have been renamed onion and meat samosas. Everyone is given dips and poppadoms.
My main course was chicken dansak and the other half had chicken madras which was very hot. We shared pilau rice and garlic naan bread.
If you're after an incredible Indian Mel, then this probably isn't the place to go. If you're after reasonable food and an interesting/bonkers experience, then yes Panna II is the place to go.