LBB's Hood Guide to New Friends Colony

Editors posted on 26 June

One of the finest things about curating a hood guide is all the things we get to learn along the way. A market so far associated with Yum Yum tuesdays, also boasts over 40 different restaurants, dhabas and bakeries. And, our best find yet, a mall bang in the middle of things! There also exists a DVD guy who can give you any TV show or the newest movie, but all for paying for anti-piracy, we’ve decided to leave it to you to be able to find him {so your conscience can take a hit}.

FOOD AND DRINKS

Al Bake

What: North Indian, Chinese and Middle Eastern cuisine

Where: 21-23, Community Centre, NFC; Contact: 011 32972881

Price: INR 500 for two

Timings: 11am to 11pm

Also: Book Al Bake for a pocket friendly experience, and don’t ever make the mistake of skipping their shawarmas.

Fast Food Restaurants

21-23, Community Centre, New Friends Colony, New Delhi

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Shish Shawarma

What: Lebanese cuisine

Where: 26, Community Centre, NFC; Contact: 9999562037

Price: INR 300 for two

Timings: 11am to 11pm

Also: Besides your dose of falafel, shawarmas and fattoush, buy fresh hummus, pita bread, Turhsi and lebanese bread from their retail section.

Fast Food Restaurants

26, Community Center, Friends Colony East, New Friends Colony, New Delhi

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Ego Thai

What: Thai Cuisine

Where: 53, Community Centre, NFC; Contact: 011 26331182

Price: INR 1700 for two

Timings: 12.30pm to 3.30pm and 7.30pm to 1am

Also: Although still a front runner for the best Thai food in Delhi, they’ve had their share of wear and tear, evident from their less than efficient service and noticeable need for a fixer upper. Red curry still winning though.

Casual Dining

53, Community Center, New Friends Colony, New Delhi

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Ego Obsession

What: Italian cuisine

Where: 4, Community Centre, NFC; Contact: 011 26319107

Price: INR 1500 for two

Timings: Noon to 3.30pm and 7pm to Midnight

Also: A menu more than 10 pages long, Ego Obsession fills the ‘can’t find any other place to go’ void. Although not a connoisseur’s dream, the food nonetheless does the trick.

Casual Dining

Shop No. 4, Community Centre, New Friends Colony, Near Surya Hotel, New Delhi.

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Subway

What: Fast Food

Where: 54, Great India Mall, Community Centre, NFC; Contact: 011 41408375

Price: INR 450 for two

Timings: 11am to 11pm

Also: No prizes for guessing.

Fast Food Restaurants

54, Great India Mall, Community Centre, New Friends Colony, New Delhi

Nirula’s

What: Fast Food

Where: 17-18, Great India Mall, Community Centre, NFC; Contact: 011 41230404

Price: INR 650 for two

Timings: 11am to 11pm

Also: The Mutton Big Boy Burger and the thin crust Sausage Pizza still have special places in our hearts. And we know in yours too.

Fast Food Restaurants

17-18, The India Mall, Community Center, New Friends Colony, New Delhi

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Pizza Hut

What: Fast Food

Where: 19-20, Grindlays Cinema Building, NFC; Contact: 011 26923797

Price: INR 900 for two

Timings: 11am to 11pm

Also: One guess.

Casual Dining

Shop No. 19, 20, 30, 31, Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar Marg, Community Centre, New Friends Colony East, New Delhi.

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McDonald’s

What: Fast Food

Where: Grindlays Cinema Building, NFC; Contact: 011 66000666

Price: INR 500 for two

Timings: 7am to 1am

Also: One of the only McDonald’s to stay open till 1am.

Fast Food Restaurants

17-24, Grandlay Cinema Complex, Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar Marg, New Friends Colony, New Delhi.

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Shree Rathnam

What: South Indian, North Indian and Chinese cuisine

Where: 2-3, Great India Mall, Community Centre, NFC; Contact: 011 26928457

Price: INR 600 for two

Timings: 8am to 11pm

Also: With a confused menu, featuring a club sandwich right between a tandoori salad and curd rice, Shree Rathnam is cafe meets dhaba. Perfect for a budget, comfort meal, especially if you don’t want to run into anyone.

Carnatic Café

What: South Indian cuisine

Where: Ground Floor, Great India Mall, Community Centre, NFC; Contact: 011 41008630

Price: INR 600 for two

Timings: 9am to 10.30pm

Also: It made it to our South Indian Food Trail and should definitely make it to yours. If you’re thinking dosa, sambhar variety, they will prove you wrong. Carnatic serves up home style South Indian food, all at prices that could qualify as free.

Fast Food Restaurants

Ground Floor, The India Mall, Community Center, New Friends Colony, New Delhi

Bhoj Restaurant

What: North Indian cuisine

Where: 24, Community Centre, NFC; Contact: 011 26920255

Price: INR 600 for two

Timings: 11am to 4pm and 7pm to 11pm

Also: Bhoj is more of a dhaba, so expect open seating, super affordable price points, and mega efficient service. We recommend the Chicken Do Pyaza.

Fast Food Restaurants

24, Community Center, New Friends Colony, New Delhi

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Rampur Kitchen

What: North Indian and Mughlai cuisine

Where: 47-50, First Floor, Great India Mall, Community Centre, NFC; Contact: 011 33036620

Price: INR 750 for two

Timings: 11am to 11pm

Also: An NFC popular kid, Rampur Kitchen can be described as the perfect type of Indian Restaurant; informal, welcoming, and always reliable. If you’re in NFC and want a budget Indian meal, Rampur should be in your top 3 choices.

Casual Dining

Shop # 47-50, The India Mall, Community Centre, New Friends Colony, New Delhi.

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Sab Ke Khatir

What: North Indian and Mughlai cuisine

Where: 12, Community Centre, NFC; Contact: 9911492786

Price: INR 600 for two

Timings: 11am to 11pm

Also: Don’t let their facade fool you. Make your way upstairs and it’ll satisfy the hyper hygienist in you. Must try the kakori and galouti kababs. 

Casual Dining

12, Community Centre, New Friends Colony, New Delhi

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Chawla’s Unique Chicken Corner

What: North Indian cuisine

Where: 14, Community Centre, NFC; Contact: 011 26313726

Price: INR 650 for two

Timings: Noon to 4pm and 7pm to 11pm

Also: More of a local’s haunt/dhaba, we suggest opting for the take-away option. Unless you want to brave one too many stares, be forced to think about hygiene, and wipe down all your cutlery.

Casual Dining

14, Community Centre, New Friends Colony, New Delhi

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R. Ahmad Food

What: North Indian cuisine

Where: Opposite Banwari Restaurant, Community Centre, NFC; Contact: 9811393600

Price: INR 500 for two

Timings: 11am to 10pm

Also: Another contender in the dhaba race {they seem to overpopulate NFC}, R Ahmad Food is perfect for buying mass lunches for the street kids in NFC. Everyone leaves happy.

Fast Food Restaurants

Shop No.43,Community Centre, Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar Marg, Friends Colony East, New Friends Colony, New Delhi.

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Hotel Malabar

What: Kerala cuisine and Biryanis

Where: 37A, Sarai Juliena, NFC; Contact: 99116783330

Price: INR 350 for two

Timings: 7am to 10pm

Also: Get the lowdown, since this one deserves special attention, here.

Fast Food Restaurants

37-A, Sarai Juliana, New Friends Colony, New Delhi

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Baskin Robbins

What: Ice Cream Parlour

Where: 67, Community Centre, NFC; Contact: 011 40548774

Price: INR 300 for two

Timings: 10am to Midnight

Dessert Parlours

Shop 67, Community Central Market, New Friends Colony, New Delhi.

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Dawat Khana

What: North Indian, Mughlai and Chinese cuisine

Where: 17, Community Centre, NFC; Contact: 011 26837186

Price: INR 1300 for two

Timings: Noon to Midnight

Also: If you want the taste of authentic Indian Food, served in perfect quarters, Dawat Khana fits that bill. They also have seafood options on their menu, and the Chinese food {although completely unauthentic}, is surprisingly good. They also serve alcohol and have happy hours.

Bars

Ground Floor,Building No. 17,Community Center ,Next To Gallery Escape, New Friends Colony, New Delhi.

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Pebble Street

What: Bar food, Continental, Italian and Tex-Mex

Where: 8, Community Centre, NFC; Contact: 011 26844380

Price: INR 2000 for two

Timings: 12.30pm to Midnight

Also: NFC’s very own pub, if you were in high school in the late nineties/early part of the millennium, we know this was your watering hole of choice. Still going strong {but slightly shadier}, we recommend stopping by only for happy hours, and not if food is your primary agenda.

Casual Dining

8, Community Centre, New Friends Colony, New Delhi.

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Brijwasi Restauraunt

What: North Indian and Chinese cuisine

Where: 20, Community Centre, NFC; Contact: 011 26314238

Price: INR 400 for two

Timings: 11am to 11pm

Also: Dhaba number 3 on our list this afternoon is Brijwasi Restaurant. All one right after the other, they pretty much share menu curation, ambience, furniture and diners.

Fast Food Restaurants

Shop 20, Community Centre, Near Glitz Cinema, Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar Marg, New Friends Colony, New Delhi

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Tunday Kababi

What: Dhaba

Where: Shop no 13, NFC, Community Centre

Contact: +91 9250223134, +91 9582842198

Price: INR 400 for two

Timings: 12pm – 11pm

Also: The Tunday Kababi brand is close to 125 years old and offers authentic kebabs, biryanis and rolls.

Fast Food Restaurants

Shop no 13, NFC, Community Centre

Moksha

What: North Indian cuisine

Where: 8, Community Centre, NFC; Contact: 011 41672779

Price: INR 1300 for two

Timings: 12.30pm to 3pm and 7.30pm to Midnight

Also: Not to be confused with the spa, we recommend opting for the Moksha Unlimited, where you get to choose your own starters, main course and dessert. Huge value for money. And hunger.

Bars

8, Community Center, New Friends Colony, New Delhi

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Anand Ji

What: Dhaba restaurant, free home delivery.

Where: 35 Community Centre, NFC

Contact: 011 26832971, +91 9811125964

Price: INR 200 for two

Timings: 11am – 11pm

Also: This is a pure vegetarian place serving a wide variety of paneer, vegetables and basic Chinese {read: noodles}.

Fast Food Restaurants

35, Community Centre, New Friends Colony, New Delhi

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Khan

What: Takeaway counter

Where: Shop no 94, Community Centre, NFC

Contact: +91 9654831432

Price: INR 100 for two

Also: This is a tiny counter serving only biryani and korma.

Dhabhas

158-B, Sarai Jullena, Okhla, Maharani Bagh, New Friends Colony, New Delhi, Delhi 110025, India

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Lotus Pond

What: Chinese and Asian cuisine

Where: K 185, Sarai Juliena, NFC; Contact: 011 26839526

Price: INR 1400 for two

Timings: 12.30pm to 3.15pm and 7.3opm to 11.30pm

Also: Not situated in NFC market proper, it’s a stone’s throw away, and is a mighty fine Chinese joint. They’re only operational for lunch, and re-open for dinner after 7.30pm.

Casual Dining

K-185, Surai Jullena, New Friends Colony, New Delhi

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Ego Bakery

What: Bakery

Where: Next to Ego Obsession

Bakeries

4, Community Centre, New Friends Colony, New Delhi

Open Oven

What: Bakery and Fast Food

Where: 1, Ground Floor 58, Great India Mall, NFC; Contact: 011 41672737

Price: INR 200 for two

Timings: 10am to 10pm

Also: Tucked away in a fairly nondescript corner of the mall in NFC, Open Oven puts the pat in patty. Choose from a WIDE range of quiches, patties, cakes, muffins, rolls, breads, and pizzas with a distinct mother’s touch, and just about any other food you don’t need cutlery for.

Bakeries

GF-58, The India Mall, 1, New Friends Colony, New Delhi.

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Bon Bon Pastry Shop

What: For all your sweet and savoury needs

Where: 73, Community Centre, NFC; Contact: 011 26322283

Price: INR 200 for two

Timings: 10am to 10pm

Bakeries

73, Community Center, New Friends Colony, New Delhi

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American Ambrosia

What: Bakery

Where: D block, NFC; Contact: 9818433448

Price: INR 1000 for two

Timings: 8am to 8pm

Also: They do all kinds of dessert, but their Cinnamon rolls and egg-free cupcakes take centre stage. Also try their egg-free Baklava.

Bakeries

56-A/1, Friends Colony East, New Friends Colony, New Delhi

Deepika Khaitan’s Cakes

What: Bakery for customised cakes

Where: 70 B, NFC; Contact: 9910105045

Price: INR 1500 for two

Timings: 11am to 7pm

Also: They customise cakes and do a fabulous job. Opt for the chocolate flavour, and if cupcakes are your dessert du jour, stay with the same flavour.

Sugarama Patisserie

What: Patisserie

Where: NFC; Contact: 011 33036798/9899709989

Price: INR 500 for two

Timings: 11am to 9pm

Also: Sample their in-house chocolates and macarons. They also home deliver, in case making the trip for dessert is asking for too much.

Bakeries

C-564, New Friends Colony, New Delhi

Angels in my Kitchen

What: Bakery

Where: 9AB, Taimur Nagar, NFC; Contact: 011 33036420

Price: INR 400 for two

Timings: 9am to 11pm

Also: These Angels have managed to spread their reputation far and wide, and the NFC branch is no different. Perfect for fresh breads, dinner rolls and tea cakes.

Bakeries

9-AB, Taimur Nagar, New Friends Colony, New Delhi

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LIFESTYLE

Jacques Dessange

What: Salon

Where: 53, Community Centre, NFC; Contact: 011 41001038/26331183

Price: Pricey but worth it; we want to say head to Dessange for your more serious beauty needs. They have a highly qualified team of hair stylists for when you want a whole new do.

Timings: 11am – 8pm

Salons

53, 2nd Floor, Community Centre, New Friends Colony, New Delhi

Toni & Guy

What: Salon

Where: 1st Floor, India Mall {Above Mc Donalds}, Community Center, New Friends Colony Market

Contact: 011 41570210

Price: Depends on your treatment of choice

Timings: 10.30am – 7pm

Also: Their peppermint hair spa is one of our favourite ways of relaxing whilst getting our tresses treated.

Salons

1st Floor, India Mall, Community Center, Above McDonalds, New Friends Colony, New Delhi

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House of Heirloom

What: Home décor store

Where: 47 Capital Trust House, Friends Colony East

Contact: +91-9871154069

Also: Entry by appointment only. The guys at HOH offer completely bespoke services for furniture, chandeliers, décor items and even bridal trousseaus.

Home Décor Stores

47, Capital Trust House, Community Centre, New Friends Colony, New Delhi

Blliis Salon and Spa

What: Spa

Where: 50-51, Community Centre, NFC; Contact: 011 26328648; Facebook Page here.

Price: Depends on your treatment of choice

Salons

50-51, Commercial Complex, New Friends Colony, New Delhi

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Moksha Spa

What: Spa 

Where: 1, Third Floor, Community Centre, NFC; Contact: 011 26912359

Price: Depends on your treatment of choice

Also: For a full list of services and treatments, click here.

Spas

1, 3rd Floor, Community Centre, Above Mcdonalds, New Friends Colony, New Delhi

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VLCC

What: Spa, Salon, Slimming and Beauty Services

Where: 47, 1st Floor,Capital Trust Building,Community Centre Market

Contact: 011 2631 8884

Price: Depends on your treatment of choice

Also: For a full list of services and treatments, click here.

Salons

F-14/30, Model Town 2, New Delhi

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ART AND CULTURE

Gallery Espace

What: Art Gallery

Where: 16, Community Centre, NFC; Contact: 011 26922947

Also: Gallery Espace showcases some of the best and most experimental artists and their works. Find out more on their current events and programming here.

Art Galleries

16, Community Center, New Friends Colony, New Delhi

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OTHER

Batra Reels Cinema

What: Cinema

Where: Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar Marg, NFC East 

Price: Varies

Also: Even we didn’t know there was a movie hall somewhere in the middle of NFC, but it’s true. Although they show all current films, a word to the wise, go to Batra Reels in groups of 4 or more. And, if you’re an all woman crew, one of you should be a trained fighter.

Movie Theatres

1, Community Center, New Friends Colony, New Delhi

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