About Akbar Restaurant
Akbar’s history began with Mr. A.N. Malhotra, the patriarch, who modeled his first restaurant after Emperor King Akbar; who was not only the most powerful Mogul emperor but also a very hospitable host. Over the years, Akbar and Mr. Malhotra have acquired an enviable reputation internationally.
Mr. Malhotra started as a modest manager for the British-owned Spencer & Co. in the 1940’s. By 1952, Mr. Malhotra had launched Gaylord in Mumbai and continues to remain, part owner, today. Subsequently, Mr. Malhotra expanded Gaylord to London and later to Hong Kong.
In 1976, Mr. Malhotra opened Akbar in Manhattan. The delicate cuisine and elegant ambiance found at Akbar restaurants can be traced back to the 16th century in Northern India - specifically to a Mogul emperor of the same name who had a flair for dining in unique surroundings.
Today, thanks to his culinary expertise and almost 70 years as a talented restaurateur, Mr. Malhotra has succeeded in spanning the ages. With authentic recipes prepared by centuries-old methods and chefs from Mumbai, he has made it possible for modern-day gourmets to enjoy specialties that were virtually unheard of in the U.S. until the late 1970s.
Mr. Malhotra emphasized the quality of service and food from the beginning. Thanks to its popularity, Akbar now has branches in Garden City, NY, and Edison, NJ. While the latter is managed by Mr. Malhotra’s son Pradeep and his wife Meenakshi, the Garden City branch of Akbar is managed by Mr. Malhotra’s daughter, Meena. Mr. Malhotra’s son, Vijay, is an accomplished restaurateur in Pune, India.
As all of this beautiful history and tradition continues today, we encourage you to visit all of our family of restaurants and if you happen to see yourself in Mumbai, please do visit Gaylord and say hi to Mr. Malhotra, who well into his 90s, continues to be an active and graceful presence.
Our Loyalty to You
Our hearts go out to all those who have been affected in one way or another by COVID-19. Our focus is and always will be on the health and safety of our employees, guests, and community.
After much consideration, and to do our part in helping to flatten the curve of the virus, we have decided to temporarily close Akbar Restaurant. This closure will take effect on Sunday, March 29.
Over the past few weeks, our dedicated employees have demonstrated unbelievable commitment and loyalty. We believe our precaution will help to protect them as well as our guests and community, allowing our healthcare system to take care of those in need.
We apologize for the inconvenience that this has caused. We will re-assess our situation on a bi-weekly basis and will continue to keep you updated. In the interim, we encourage you to stay engaged with us as we will start sharing recipes on our social media channels for quick and easy snacks and meals you can help prepare for you and your families at home.
We feel confident that if we #QuaranTeam together and #stayhome to help support each other, we can emerge from this stronger than before.
Thank you for your continued loyalty and we look forward to serving you soon,
The Akbar Restaurant Family
Enjoy an indulgent feast of some of our favorite regal dishes inspired by the opulent, refined cooking of the Royal Kitchens of North India. To complement the menu, an array of desserts have been thoughtfully curated to offer a perfect finish to your meal.
Our food is accompanied by a carefully curated wine list and a cocktail menu infused with Indian spices and herbs to perfectly compliment the rich and aromatic food.View Menus
Combined with an elegant restaurant design overlooking our lush botanical garden, Team Akbar is preparing to offer a memorable experience to match the discerning palate of its diners.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about a private dining inquiry at Akbar. We can accommodate dietary requests and create bespoke menus and cocktails. We would love to learn more about your special occasion.Book An Event
We also offer gift vouchers for the perfect treat for a loved one.