Annapurna Café is one of the better things to ever happen to a basement. What the dining room lacks in sunlight it makes up for in friendly service and some of the tastiest Indian food in the city. Their tikka masala is a must-order, and their slow-cooked lamb curry is proven to cure the common cold (we’re not doctors, but we’re pretty confident in that assertion).
Wait times are typically short, but if you encounter a crowd you can head upstairs to the Yeti Bar and order a saffron-lychee cocktail and some Nepalese/Himalayan bar snacks (AKA various tasty fried things). And if your table suddenly materializes? You’re allowed to bring your drinks downstairs with you, because there’s no time to be wasted when piles of garlic naan and samosas are at stake.