Eggs, they’re not just for breakfast anymore. And they’re not just for American-style diners, either. Raju’s Egg & Veg is a new Indian restaurant in Hicksville that serves two dozen egg-based dishes (plus a number of vegetarian dishes that do not star eggs).
The restaurant, which takes over the Broadway location that briefly was Chawlas 2, is the first American offshoot of Raju Omlet, founded by Rajubhai Rana in Vadodara in the Western Indian state of Gujarat. “Rajubhai,” as he is familiarly known, started with a handcart in 1982 and now presides over a dozen locations in India, Dubai, Kuwait and Australia.
Prashant Shah, who owns Manhattan’s long-standing (and well-regarded) vegetarian Indian restaurant, Vatan, decided on a trip back home to Gujarat that he wanted to bring Raju’s egg dishes to New York. He and chef Vijesh Patel have brought Rajubhai to Hicksville to train the staff and oversee the launch of the new restaurant.
Among the signature egg dishes are butter boil tikka (hard-boiled eggs cooked in a savory tomato gravy with chilies, ginger and garlic), green pulav (basmati rice cooked with grated eggs, green chilies and mint chutney) and butter rice bhurjis (scrambled eggs with basmati rice, grated eggs and imported Indian butter). All are $6.99.
Shah also has plans to open a second Indian vegetarian restaurant in Hicksville. This one, Honest Restaurant, is an outpost of another Gujarati Indian chain that has more than 60 locations in India and abroad. Shah already operates an Honest Restaurant in New Jersey. Hicksville’s will be about 1.5 miles south of Raju’s, at 758 S. Broadway, where West East Asian Bistro once was. The opening is a few months away.
Raju’s Egg & Veg is at 70 S. Broadway, Hicksville; 516-822-2400, rajueggandveg.com