Chaiwali, New York
CHEF & OWNER ANITA TREHAN’S STORY
Anita Trehan created Chaiwali out of her passion for food, design, and wellness. Part New Delhi, part New York – Anita experienced the rich tradition of Indian home cooking growing up in New Delhi and brought that tradition with her when she moved to New York.
The meaning behind the name Chaiwali stems from the symbolic significance that chai holds to the people of India; chai represents hospitality, heritage, connection, and comfort. For Anita, the synthesis of real chai and real food was her vision for creating this new tea and food culture. “Chaiwali” is a playful riff on the traditional “Chaiwala” – a male seller of tea – to symbolize the woman being the nurturer of the home. A holistic experience, Anita offers a menu that is not only flavorful but healing. Dining at Chaiwali is a sensory experience served in a well-designed space that reflects community and the neighborhood. It is a coming together of many worlds – a new tribe.
274 Lenox Ave at, W 124th St
New York, 10027