• CLOSED: Pataka Vegetarian Indian Food

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  • White Vegetarian
Fast food

Fast-casual vegetarian Indian restaurant opened in 2020. Offers build-your-own bowls as well as other items like samosas, dosas, and kati rolls. Has the impossible meat. Vegan is labeled on menu. Drinks are lemonade, aqua fresca, and lassi. Reported closed, May 2023.

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10 Reviews

First Review by MichealScott


Points +738

15 Feb 2023

Permanently Closed

Previous review: Highly recommend the vegan korma sauce!

Updated from previous review on 2022-05-14


19 Apr 2023

this is so devasting😭 i loved this place



Points +18

06 Aug 2022


Lots of vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options. Quick service. Clean. Very friendly.

Pros: Lots of vegan, vegetarian & gluten-free options , Quick service, Friendly and helpful

Cons: Parking is paid street. Lots of spots available.


Points +81

30 Jul 2022

Cheap and quick Indian food

The food tasted very good and the portion sizes were just right. They gave a ton of sauce which was nice, but I was disappointed in the small portion of the protein (I only received four small veggie croquettes for mine). The service was fast, the menu had plenty of options, and the prices were reasonable. I'll likely come back at some point.

Pros: Tasty, Inexpensive, Large variety of vegan options

Cons: Small protein portions


Points +486

08 Apr 2022

Great quick meal

This was a great ‘fast food’. The roasted veggies and dals were really yummy!

Pros: Delicious veggies & sauces, Quick , Nice helpful staff

Cons: The lentil balls were dry


Points +24

26 Mar 2022

Very good food. There are a lot of vegan options.

A lot of vegan foods and some vegetarian food can be made vegan. Give this restaurant a try!


Points +113

21 Feb 2022

Vegetarian Feast

Fresh food good portions comfy surroundings

Pros: Every choice is meat free , dig that , Service , friendly respectful service , Will come back

mark m braunstein

Points +406

24 Oct 2021

healthful Asian Indian food for vegans who otherwise dislike Asian Indian food

At long last, New Haven has finally come to support an array of veg restaurants that for decades a city with such cultural richness had long deserved. Pataka as its latest addition has tipped New Haven’s scale. Some reviewers here complain that it is an overly Americanized version of Asian Indian ethnic cuisine, but I view that as an asset, not a fault. It offers the choice of brown rice and quinoa rather than just typical white rice, which counts a lot with me. Rather than a choice of degree of hot spiciness, all the dishes are mild, which is my kind of heat. And most of the names of the dishes are in plain English, rather than in Hindi and in need of captioning.

Though an independent eatery, its interior design and furnishings simulates that of a fast foods joint. The interior walls are painted an austere bright white, more like you’d expect of a high school boys’ bathroom (dunno about the girls’). The outdoor patio overlooking the street provides seating for five along a single tall countertop. Seated on the front patio, you are afforded a view of the car and foot traffic on Broadway, three storefronts away. The bland beige tables and stools complementing the white walls are sturdy but almost brutishly heavy. In contrast, the vibrant colors of its façade, website, and printed menus, all are very alluring and welcoming.

The menu choices are well categorized, and they appear on the wall, in printed takeout menus, and on a touchscreen on which you can place your order. (I guess this is common in national chain fast food joints, but I have not been inside one in many decades.) Fortunately, I was able to bypass the touch screen and instead to recite my order to the real live human being at the cash register.

I generally dislike Indian food because of all of its white flour, white sugar, white rice, hot spices, and fried foods. Pataka’s food is not typical of other Indian restaurants, hence I enjoyed Pataka’s. It is inexpensive, of course all vegetarian, and thankfully mostly vegan, labeled “VE.” Note that the sauce category actually comprises a major part of the meal, as it comes in a soup-size cup. I highly recommend the Coconut Masala sauce, which I indeed drank as I would a thick soup.

Street parking, though metered, is ample and easy, as the neighborhood is mostly residential. Note that its six steps up has very sturdy handrails, so should not present much of an obstacle for anyone with a mobility disability.

Pros: inexpensive and healthful Asian Indian cuisine , extra large cups of sauces, ample street parking


Points +1017

27 Feb 2021

Americanized Indian

We ordered aloo samosas, jackfruit vada, lavender lemonade, and tofu bowls, and the total was about $50. The lemonade and the samosa were fantastic, but we were disappointed by the tofu bowls. The bowls consist of a very generous portion of rice, well-fried tofu, pickled red onions, and cucumbers. There are lots of sauces to choose from, some vegan, some not. I ordered the coconut masala, and my partner ordered the saag. While there was plenty of sauce for the large bowl, the sauces were quite bland, which isn’t something I’ve ever experienced with Indian. They were made enjoyable with the mint and tamarind chutneys that came with the samosas. For $10/bowl, it was disappointing.
It tasted like Indian that has been toned down for an American palate.
The lemonade was EXCELLENT and tasted like high quality lavender, not a cheap syrup.
I’d order again and try something else, but don’t expect authentic Indian.

Pros: Large portions , Excellent chutneys , Plenty of options

Cons: Bland sauces , Expensive for quality


Points +162

06 Jan 2021

the pataka chaat is a gem

The best Indian food I've had in New Haven😄love the use of jackfruit, I've had the jackfruit meatballs and the jackfruit dumplings and both were great.

Pros: spinach samosa and aloo samosas amazing, ginger tamarind chutney, LOTS of vegan options

Cons: The Indian crepes weren't that amazing, Have to request Pataka chaat vegan if wanted


Points +29

04 Oct 2020

Creative & tasty

Unique foods and delicious. Clean and COVID conscious

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Taste

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