About Us

Badshah is the latest venture from Abishek Sharma (Surya, Swagat, Tapa) and Executive Chef Charles Mani. Named after the Hindi term for “King of the Village,” Badshah will feature inventive dishes inspired by Indian street food, and signature classics updated in creative ways with spices and flavors from across Asia.

This restaurant is the fourth from Sharma, who has taken the reigns on the family businesses led by his father, Lala Sharma, including acclaimed West Village restaurant Surya, and Swagat on the Upper West Side. With Badshah, Abishek combines modern energy with the knowledge passed down by his father, who worked in his native New Delhi at Bukhara, considered one of the 50 best restaurants in the world.

The Badshah kitchen is led by Mani, served as Chef de Partie and culinary trainer at Sheraton Hotel in Chennai in southern India, and as a chef on Norwegian Cruise Line.

Chef Charles philosophy of “tempering,” or layering and enhancing of spices and flavors, is used throughout his “street to the plate” menu, divided into Appetizers from the Roadside, Tandoor, and From the Pots, and also includes a Chef’s Tasting Menu of four different appetizers and five varied selections of curries, served with bread, rice and sauces.