Naya Sunset & Lounge

Naya’s Spacecraft designed interior is more than just great looks, Chef Imram Ali Mookhi’s take on modern Indian cuisine is unexpected and inspiring. Naya, “new” in Hindu, is Silvelake’s new cuisine steeped in tradition with a twist, fresh local California ingredients. On one side, Naya Lounge. A dark and moody gothic inspired bar, serving up some inventive cocktails, like their popular Spa in Goa with Don Julio Blanco, lime juice, agave, jalapeno and cucumber. The cocktails are sweet, and I suppose some people don’t like to taste their booze, but I do. Take a seat under a dark enclave with co-workers or friends and order up some small plates like spiced peanuts, samosas, lamb kabobs, naan pizzas, and of course an Indian twist on the classic slider.

After a couple of drinks and light snacks, walk through the large doors to Naya Sunset. A wonderfully designed dining room with billowing lace curtains hanging from the ceilings.White leather banquettes and blood red accents line the walls. We got to sample nearly the entire menu. This isn’t your typical Indian restaurant, from the cumin and coriander dusted seared tuna with creamy avocado to the succulent Butter Chicken Masala made with a delicate game hen. Silverlake residents will also welcome the vegan friendly menu. Small bites run from $5-7 and entrees run $15-$26.

They have a private dining area that can accommodate up to 50 people for your next holiday party and an 800 square foot patio, replete with fireplaces and lush landscaping. They are also featuring a special Christmas Eve dinner. The elegant five-course menu features an Angel’s Delight cocktail, assorted Samosas, Green Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette, Black Lentil Stew, Ginger Curry and a Lamb Carving Station with Tandoor Ginger Cornbread and Naya Rice. The gastronomic experience is completed with Peppermint Mousse for dessert and Wassail to toast. The Christmas Eve menu is $30 per person.

On New Year’s Eve, guests can choose from two options. Those looking for a full night’s festivities will indulge in a five-course dinner with open bar, followed by belly dancing entertainment, live DJ and toasting the night away in the lounge, outdoor patio and restaurant. Alternatively, those looking for a perfect party playground, can arrive at 10:30 p.m. for drinks and dancing.

New Year’s Eve dinner reservations begin at 7 p.m. and cost $75 per person, including open bar and post-dinner party. Late night guests are invited at 10:30 p.m. for a fee of $60 per person, which includes open bar! One of the more inexpensive options we’ve seen for New Years.

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Author:Matt Mitchell

A lover of everything LA has to offer, Matt created Dig Lounge to tell his friends about all the fun things to do in the city. Matt has worked in the dot com world since 1996, including some of the top online entertainment companies and digital marketing firms. He currently works as a Digital Producer.

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