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Chai Lounge is another world: Persian tapestries and vibrant cushions cover every surface, and the low stage in the corner of the sprawling Main Street space plays host to sitar players and belly dancers nightly. It’s a mix of the proprietors’ other ventures (see East Is East, below), big enough to host you and a hundred of your closest friends, cozy enough to spend all night tucked in the corner sipping almond chai, with spicy, flavourful Afghani/Indian plates to explore and share. The Silk Route Feast is a never-ending parade of dishes (many vegetarian- or vegan-friendly), like tangy beets and sour cherries silky, sweet mango butternut squash with coconut milk and rich, Eastern-inspired ratatouille full of eggplant and grilled garlic.

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