March 9, 2006
I had the baigan bartha, a smoky eggplant dish that is one of my favorite Indian dishes. I've rarely had it better: the spices were complex and finely balanced, and the texture was smooth and rich without being oily. My dining companions had similarly glowing reports for the malai koftas (another favorite: nut cutlets in a thick cream sauce) and the lamb pasanda. The garlic naan was crisp, and I had a fabulous drink: pomegranate juice, which was so good that I didn't even miss the mango lassi that I usually order with an Indian meal.
New York is full of Indian restaurants, but I don't think it's full of many this good. We stumbled on Agra by accident and went in feeling dubious because of its odd location. But we've been singing its praises ever since.
From journal Tomfoolery on the Upper East Side