Sun-Thurs 11:30 AM – 3 PM & 5 PM – 10 PM; Fri-Sat 11:30 AM – 3 PM & 5 PM – 11 PM
6 at 28th St.
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Bombay-born chef Peter Beck—Tamarind, Benares—named Pippali after a long black pepper that combines spicy, tangy, and sweet flavors, and the menu here focuses on the lighter, veggie-centric version of South Asian cuisine. The space is well-suited to both big groups in booths and date nights at smaller, more intimate tables in the middle of the floor. Appetizers start the meal on a high note: Rice papadum crisps pair well with cilantro and a mango chutney resembling a sweet mustard, while naan is thin, crispy, and flecked with garlic. Flaky samosas with sweet spinach and sour sauce are nice and light; Anjeeri Tikki beet patties balance the natural sweetness of a fig-and-mint stuffing; and Chicken Tandoor Madula counters its mild green chutney with a savory vinaigrette side salad. Entrees feel restrained after such colorful openers: Peetalu Kofta bathes a simple crab cake in mild ginger coconut milk with a star anise finish. The most intriguing veggie option may be Jaipuri Kofta: Dumplings are stewed in masala sauce that almost recalls a light marinara. At meal’s end, try the delicate pistachio ice cream which comes topped with bamboo rose syrup and sea salt.Recommended Dishes
Jaipuri Kofta ($13)