Sophisticated ambiance and authentic cuisine made with the best
fresh ingredients are hallmarks of Jasmine owners Sushil Malhotra and Rajesh Bhardwaj. In 1984, Malhotra opened Dawat, for many years rated by Zagat as the best Indian restaurant in New York City. Bhardwaj was a food and beverage manager at the Taj Group of hotels, India’s largest luxury hotel chain.
Malhotra and Bhardwaj teamed to open the acclaimed Café Spice in New York City’s Greenwich Village in 1998. Now, their Café Restaurant Group has expanded to eight locations, including New Jersey and Philadelphia, with more to come.
The 8,300-square-foot facility accommodates more than 350 people and consists of a large open dining room as well as a private dining area for parties and special events. Both dining rooms are positioned near a glass storefront creating a connection to the outdoor pond and garden. The design is based on traditional Asian themes and icons, with a modern flair. Suspended wood ceiling grids, glowing lanterns, river rock pads, bamboo flooring, and bamboo and grass panels are used to give the scale of the existing shell an inviting, modernized Asian-inspired dining experience.