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Open for Business: Aarpan Indian Cuisine, 396 Fifth Avenue

The Indian restaurant that's been in the works in the space last occupied by Mezcal's, on Fifth between Sixth and Seventh Streets, opened for business at 6 PM on Tuesday.

The restaurant is fairly no-frills, with seating for about 26, a small bar, and a nice-size back yard. The has a very wide selection of dishes, with an emphasis on vegeterian options and items cooked in the kitchen's custom-built tandoor oven.

Click through for the entire menu (click for larger images).

Aarpan Indian Cuisine, 396 Fifth Avenue Brooklyn NY 11215. Phone: 718-576-3040.


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Oh man, I hope they are good! Love Indian food, but, haven't been thrilled with the selection around here for a while now. Kinara is ok, but, this place is much closer to me, will have to try them out. Keeping my fingers crossed!

May 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterParkSlopePerson

Do others find both the decor and the menu resembling the generic neighborhood Indian restaurant? I'm afraid there's nothing really unique about what's on the menu here. Really wish we could get something authentic here, even if it's an offshoot of a Curry Hill restaurant.

May 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbristol

Personally, I don't care if it is unique or not, I am more concerned if they make good curry, tikka masala, etc.. But, that's just me

May 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterParkSlopePerson

The existing residents upstairs must be thrilled.

I can smell Kinara a half block away in the summertime.

I love tandoori, but the scent is quite pungent.

May 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterfluffleFlicker

Would rather smell this than Mezcals. That place was so nasty.

Most Indian places (even the ones with great food) are unpretentious. Can we please not judge a book by its cover? Please?

May 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersterling

Seriously give it a chance. That being said what I wouldnt give for a place selling "frankies" like Roti Roll in the city

May 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJBOB

"Briyani"? "Basmoti"? Have I been spelling these words wrong all these years?

May 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPersonal Penguin

This menu has many dishes that aren't "standard" items

May 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSlopeLifer

Went there tonight and it was really, really good. My favorite Indian is still Gandhi in Lefferts Gardens and a couple places in Jackson Heights, but this was close to as good. The sauces were really flavorful and everything was delicious. A welcome addition to our neighborhood, where the pickins are slim.

May 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterparkyslopy

We visited Aarpan for the first time last evening and were pleasantly impressed. Firstly, the outdoor seating on a pleasant spring evening is a real plus, regardless of the cuisine. They haven't done any decorating. In fact, the remnants of the decor from the previous Mexican restaurant remain.
Service is attentive and prompt. The menu is filled with standard North Indian fare, including your standard chilies, kurmas, tikka masalas and the like. But, asking the waiter for some recommendations of specialties not necessarily found elsewhere, we were steered to a fish curry from the province of Goa and a mushroom masala prepared tandoori style.
Breads were all tasty and diners at neighboring tables all seemed satisfied if not happy with their meals, particularly others who had dishes prepared in the tandoori oven, visible through the clear kitchen door.
Prices are very fair. All in all, I think this will prove to be the best of the Indian restaurants in Park Slope.

May 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteranon

I used to eat at Kinara all the time when I lived next door and three flights up (and never smelled it even in the summer with windows open), so I obviously don't require that an Indian place have any sense of ambience or decor. Like ParkSlopePerson, I'm more interested in the quality of the staples, and like SlopeLifer, I'm curious to try some of the dishes that I haven't seen before. I'm not expecting great things from Aarpan, but I'd love to be pleasantly surprised and find a new favorite Indian restaurant.

May 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Went to Aarpan last evening and was plesantly surprised at the little patio sitting.It was cute and cosy. Ordered a dal makhani and some onion kulcha which was delicous. We ordered the goat biryani and some mango lassi. The food is good and the staff very attentive, the prices are fair for Park Slope NY. It was a good experience. I will definitely go back next weekend.

May 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChris

I went to Aarpan last friday and I traveled all the way from Manhattan. I must say it was very good. The service and food was excellent. Authentic Indian Cuisine. There are so many dishes in the Indian culture and I must say they tried to put them all up. The Chicken Lollipop was great. I loved the Chicken Tikki Masala. Please have an open mind and try out this cuisine. I ordered things I never had and it was not a dissappointing experience.

May 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShameka

My friends and I went to AARPAN. I had the Shrimp Biryani it was delicious!!!! I also tasted the Chicken Tikka Masala w/ onion Naan, Lamb Kabab, Chicken Lollypop, Onion Bhajia, Dahi Fuchka, and Mango Lassi. Oh gosh I was stuff. You guys need to go and try it out. The service was excellent!!!

May 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMCAN

I order from this place all the time--it's delicious. Seriously good food.

September 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

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