On television, Mindy Kaling plays a doctor. In real life, she plays your role model and/or dream best friend. Seriously, ask any 25 to 35-year-old woman which Hollywood actress they would most like to go out to dinner with, and there's an approximate 98% chance the answer will be Mindy Kaling. I don't know about that remaining two percent, but they probably suck and aren't invited to dinner anyway.
After a few years writing and acting on The Office, Kaling took the reins of her own show, now in its third season. The Mindy Project is great this season, and if you're not caught up, get on that stat. (Mindy and Danny forever.)
Kaling also has excellent taste in New York restaurants. Three of her five picks happen to be less than two blocks from Infatuation HQ, so yes, we're free to meet up for pierogies at Veselka any time.
mindy's "perfect for" picks
"Veselka wins, hands down. If I needed to put on weight real fast for a Meet The Klumps-style movie role, this is the fattening-up place of my dreams. The Ukrainian meatballs and the mushroom and sauerkraut pierogi are worth waiting in line for."
"I love Café Mogador for an early date. It’s Moroccan but the vibe is more Frances Ha than fezzes and incense. I love the grilled hangar steak here; you can eat this and not feel like you want to fall asleep at the table when you finish it. The halumi cheese appetizer is unbeatable. The façade is so charming, too, perfecto for sneaking a kiss."
"Lure Fishbar is where I’d herd my girl posse. First of all, it’s in Soho, so your girlfriends can wear their fun sparkly dresses and walk by the Mercer Hotel and feel legit. Another plus: huge round booths so everyone in your group can squawk at everybody else, and a sick cocktail menu with fun girly things like Berry Bramble and Sriracha Michelada. You must order dressed raw oysters and the off-menu Lure Burger. Yes, I know, ordering a burger at a fishbar sounds crazy, but it’s incredible."
"If you want me to fall in love with you, take me to Red Rooster. The atmosphere is loud and sexy and lovely, and the dinner menu is the best in the city. The blackened catfish, the shrimp and grits, and Helga’s meatballs are all must-haves. The dessert menu is also wonderful. My faves are Black-Bottomed Peanut Pie and Red Rooster donuts. You will do a lot of eating off of other people’s plates, so don’t go with any germaphobes. Afterwards you will want to watch Colbert tipsy and have sex. It’s the fucking best."
"The homemade vegetarian burger at St. Dymphnas is one of the best things I’ve ever eaten, and I’m not even a vegetarian. The food is basically hearty Irish fare meant to absorb your beer, but it’s so tasty, too. For those who eat meat, the shepherd’s pie is also excellent. Another major plus is this place is crawling with handsome alcoholic theater actors."