Panna I Garden (aka the left one), East Village
93 1st avenue (at 6th street)
Classic East Village spot Panna I and II are two identical and highly competitive Indian restaurants located on each side of a stair. Know which one you are heading for before you step up as staff will litterally pull you in two.
The right one, Panna II, is said to be the original but honestly I have been to both and can’t even remember which one was which. They’re humourously identical in every aspect. I’m almost assuming they’re even using the same kitchen.
The menu is totally omnivore but, as most Indian resturants, has a generous vegetarian section out of which I guess you can veganize everything but the paneers (you know the drill, ask for no butter, no cream/milk).
Be aware though, this is not the place(s) to come for a great culinary experience, tastes are petty much just below averagece (all vegetarian Indian take out restaurant Punjabi lies just a few blocks down on first st btwn 1st ave and ave A, if it’s food (!) you’re out for). You come here for the lights, and you bring your own wine. Plus it’s cheap as hell.