Vatan Restaurant—An Escape in the City You’ll feel like you’ve escaped New York and arrived in India, specifically the state of Gujarat, when you walk into Vatan Restaurant, with its painted walls, enchanting booths, statue of Ganesh, and the overall ambience of this dramatic-looking restaurant. The vegetarian menu is “all you can eat” and there
The host greeted us immediately, which is always a good sign, then whisked us over to a lovely booth in Benares’ modern, fanciful dining room with its curved lines and swirly furniture. While the lounge atmosphere is befitting for a party, what you will experience is more intimate. Everyone I encountered was warm and welcoming.
Nasrin and I had met decades ago, when songs like Madonna’s Borderline and David Bowie’s Let’s Dance were infiltrating pop radio stations and the roller skating rink in Boston where we first became friends. I remember my eighth grade classmate at Boston Latin School, Rachel, and her new friend Nasrin coming off the green line