21 Cortlandt Street,Suite 1
Edison, New Jersey 08837
(732) 632-8822
(877) GO-AKBAR
(732) 603-5040
21 Cortlandt Street,Suite 1
Edison, New Jersey 08837
(732) 632-8822
(877) GO-AKBAR
Upcoming Events and News
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 6:01 PM until Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 12:00 AM
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 2:05 AM until Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 1:00 AM
Past Events and News
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Thursday, May 03, 2018 To Sunday, May 13, 2018
Thursday, January 25, 2018 To Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 2:11 PM until Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 1:00 AM
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 To Sunday, December 31, 2017
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 4:49 PM until Monday, October 30, 2017 at 12:00 AM

Happy Diwali  From Our Home to yours!Hope to Celebrate With You at Akbar NJ tonight! Come by for Some Special 
Sparklers, Cocktail & Of course delicious & authentic Indian dishes.
Sunday, October 15, 2017 To Sunday, October 22, 2017
Friday, October 13, 2017 To Friday, October 20, 2017
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 12:09 PM until Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 12:00 AM
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 To Thursday, August 17, 2017
Monday, August 14, 2017 at 11:03 AM until Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 12:00 AM
Saturday, August 12, 2017 To Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Wednesday, August 02, 2017 at 6:19 AM until Tuesday, October 03, 2017 at 12:00 AM
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 2:13 AM until Wednesday, August 09, 2017 at 10:00 PM
Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 12:00 AM until Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 12:00 PM To 10:00 PM
Friday, June 02, 2017 at 7:00 PM until Saturday, June 03, 2017 at 12:00 AM
Monday, May 01, 2017 To Thursday, May 11, 2017
Wednesday, April 05, 2017 at 6:18 AM until Friday, May 05, 2017 at 12:00 AM
Thursday, March 09, 2017 To Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 9:00 PM until Sunday, January 01, 2017 at 2:00 AM
Thursday, December 08, 2016 at 8:00 PM To 11:00 PM
Friday, November 11, 2016 at 1:00 AM until Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 12:59 AM
Friday, October 21, 2016 at 12:00 PM until Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 12:00 AM
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 12:00 PM until Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 8:00 PM
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 4:05 AM until Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 11:00 PM
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 12:00 PM until Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 12:00 AM
Friday, June 03, 2016 at 7:00 PM until Saturday, June 04, 2016 at 12:00 AM
Friday, May 20, 2016 To Sunday, June 19, 2016
Monday, April 11, 2016 To Saturday, April 23, 2016
Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 9:00 PM until Monday, February 15, 2016 at 12:59 AM
Thursday, December 31, 2015
Friday, June 12, 2015 at 12:00 PM until Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 6:00 PM
Wednesday, June 03, 2015 at 12:00 PM until Thursday, June 04, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 7:00 PM until Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 1:00 AM
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 9:00 PM until Thursday, January 01, 2015 at 1:00 AM

Enjoy New Year Eve at Akbar Restaurant
Wednesday, December 03, 2014 at 7:00 PM To 9:00 PM

Enjoy Free Dance Class Demo at Akbar Restaurant
Friday, November 14, 2014 at 8:00 PM until Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 1:00 AM

Enjoy Ladies Night Out at Akbar Restaurant
Friday, October 17, 2014 To Saturday, October 25, 2014

Enjoy Diwali Festival with Akbar Restaurant 
Friday, October 10, 2014 at 8:00 PM until Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 12:30 AM
Monday, September 15, 2014 at 12:00 AM until Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Chat Festival at Akbar Restaurant NJ 
Friday, September 05, 2014 at 2:36 PM until Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 12:00 AM
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 11:00 AM until Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Exclusive Designer Indian Wear and Jewelry Exhibition at Akbar
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 4:37 PM until Monday, June 16, 2014 at 12:00 AM
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 12:00 PM until Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Indian Exhibition & Sale at Akbar Restaurant on 21st and 22nd May 2014
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 11:00 AM To 3:30 PM
Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:00 PM until Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 1:00 AM

Enjoy Valentine Day at Akbar Restaurant
Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 1:00 AM To 2:00 AM
Monday, April 15, 2013 at 2:41 PM To 3:41 PM
Tuesday, March 05, 2013 at 8:36 AM until Monday, April 08, 2013 at 1:00 AM
Monday, December 31, 2012 at 9:00 PM until Tuesday, January 01, 2013 at 3:00 AM

Celebrate New Years Eve 2012 at Akbar Restaurant
Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 11:31 AM until Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 1:00 PM
Friday, July 06, 2012 at 7:30 PM To 11:59 PM

Enjoy 'Ladies Night Out' at Akbar Restaurant
Friday, June 15, 2012 To Sunday, June 17, 2012
Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 12:00 AM To 11:59 PM
Celebrate Mother's Day

Lunch & Dinner Buffet
& Special Cocktails

Lunch: $15.95
Dinner: $19.95

Wednesday, March 07, 2012 To Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Wonderful Indian Festival Celebration

Akbar Restaurant

Celebrate Valentine's Day at Akbar restaurant on 14th February 2012
Saturday, December 31, 2011 at 9:00 PM until Sunday, January 01, 2012 at 3:00 AM
Monday, October 24, 2011 at 1:00 AM until Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 11:00 PM
Thursday, August 11, 2011 at 1:54 PM until Sunday, August 14, 2011 at 12:00 AM
Thursday, June 02, 2011 at 6:30 PM To 10:00 PM
Hosted by Adam Kerr

Thursday, June 2nd 2011 Buffet Dinner 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Show 8:00 PM - Conclusion 10:00 PM

Buffet Dinner and show ticket only $ 35.00 Plus Two Drink minimum in Comedy Club
Vidur is set to star in a major Indian TV show on StarPlus!
VIDUR KAPUR Finalist for MTV's "New Now Next" award Finalist on "NY's Funniest Stand Up Comedian" NY Comedy Festival
With Special Guest Akash Bhasin
For Advance Tickets
under catch on tour

Reservations required advance tickets recommended Catch A Rising Star Comedy of Legendary Proportions Since 1972
Monday, February 14, 2011 at 6:00 PM until Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 12:00 AM
Published on 02/03/2011
“AKBAR RESTAURANT (732) 632-8822. Located off Route 1 in Edison Akbar specializes in Northern Indian Cuisine. Alluring interior and beguiling food draw locals and visitors-in-the know to Akbar"
Published on 02/03/2011
“Akbar strikes a handsome compromise between the ceremonial and the unassuming. Prices are reasonable by the norms of New Jersey's Indian restaurants. The menu is unusually concise. Akbar's food is good, and some of it is exceptional. Akbar already ranks among the noblest of New Jersey Indian Restaurants..."
THE carpeted hall shared by Akbar’s dining room and its three banquet rooms might feel like a hotel lobby when it is empty, but on two Saturday-night visits, it was electric with crowds caught midcelebration.

Laughing women in vivid saris and strappy high heels ferried equally well-dressed children to the restrooms. Men gathered in knots along the wall, venturing on occasion to a small kiosk where a server produced sweet paan for all takers, laying out an array of fresh betel leaves and smearing them with lime paste, then spices, rose jam and anisette before rolling them up.

The very presence of the kiosk seemed to signify that we were in good hands. So heartened, we claimed our reservation.

And we were right. Akbar is a good Indian restaurant. Service was friendly without being cloying; food arrived in a timely fashion and at correct temperatures. That understanding likely comes with practice. Akbar, which opened in 1993, is the product of a second-generation restaurateur, Pradeep Malhotra, and his wife, Meenakshi. A restaurant on Long Island by the same name is owned by Meena Chopra, Mr. Malhotra’s sister. The first Akbar, in Midtown Manhattan, was run by A. N. Malhotra, the siblings’ father, from 1976 to 1993.

The dining room, separated from the merrymakers by heavy glass doors, is a rectangular space with well-appointed tables; in the center is a kind of box housing several fountains. We sat on banquettes during both visits. One was satisfactory; the other seemed to have sagging springs.

With the menus, the server brought a platter of papadum and two dipping sauces — a bland yet heavily salted mint sauce, and a relish that was recognizably onion despite a cranberry-red hue that came from paprika, Mr. Malhotra said in a telephone conversation.

Appetizers were better. Chicken tikka and spiced, ground lamb kebabs, both on what the menu calls the nonvegetable platter, were a table favorite. Mulligatawny soup was not chicken and vegetable, but a delicious lentil purée. And the cucumber salad with tomatoes and onions disappeared in moments.

The sautéed Mughlai corn played sweet kernels against diced onion, green peppers and fresh ginger; the papdi chaat, a typical street or party food, was nicely balanced, its bits of house-made crisp-fried wheat shell layered with potatoes, chickpeas, onions, yogurt, mint and tamarind.

The kathi roll, stuffed with potato, carrot, cabbage, peas and onion, was a larger and more interesting version of a baked egg roll; cut into slices, it was made for sharing. Pan-fried mango shrimp were tender and juicy, but too sweet.

With a couple of exceptions, main courses were good, though two dishes in creamy sauces — Kashmiri lamb pasanda and murgh korma — spiked to very good. Hyderabadi-style minced lamb with green chilies was even better, with pure flavors at play.

Palak paneer was a fine counterpoint of fresh spinach studded with pieces of soft cheese. Twice-cooked eggplant (baingan bharta) was enlivened with peas and tomato; okra (kurkuri bhindi) was slivered lengthwise, marinated and deep-fried to crunchy effect. Both dals, yellow lentil (tadka) and brown (makhani), were hearty and well balanced.

Less successful was the tandoori pomfret, which was advertised as a whole Atlantic pompano. Our serving was two tiny ones, maybe four inches long, for $21. The goat biryani was marred by bone fragments.

As for the sweets, carrot halwa, with its strong aroma of vinegar, seemed more side dish than dessert, and shahi tukda, billed on the menu as bread pudding, tasted like milky cream of wheat and noodles. Though masala tea is the most satisfying ending to a meal, tutti-frutti, with nuts and fruit, is a standout ice cream — sweet and creamy, and exotic enough to lure us back.


THE SPACE Large dining room with fountains, seating 95 people. Complete wheelchair access.

THE CROWD Noisy and casual, including many children; efficient servers.

THE BAR Full bar. List of about 20 wines by the bottle, $20 to $42 (Champagne, $26 to $260). House wines by the glass, $7.

THE BILL Lunch buffet, $9 on weekdays and $11 on weekends. Dinner entrees, $9 to $21. MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover and Diner’s Club accepted.

WHAT WE LIKED Chicken tikka, lamb kebabs, mulligatawny soup, cucumber salad, Mughlai corn, papdi chaat, kathi roll, Kashmiri lamb, pasanda, murgh korma, Hyderabadi-style minced lamb, palak paneer, baingan bhurta, kurkuri bhindi, tadka dal, dal makhani, masala chai, tutti frutti ice cream.

IF YOU GO Lunch daily, noon to 3 p.m. Dinner, Sunday through Thursday, 5:30 to 10:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5:30 to 11 p.m. There is a parking lot next to the building, but valets encourage the use of their services. Reservations recommended on the weekends.

RATINGS Don’t Miss, Worth It, O.K., Don’t Bother.

Published by NY times