New York Film Locations

Today's Special (2009)

Last Updated: Sept 2017

Samir (Aasif Mandvi) is a sous chef in Manhattan. He quits when he's not promoted - his boss says his cooking lacks soul. He decides to find an unpaid internship in Paris, but his father suffers a heart attack keeping him home for a few weeks. Samir must run the family's failing Indian restaurant in Queens. He can't cook Indian food, so things get dire when the chef quits: Samir tracks down Akbar, a cabbie who claims to have cooked for British royalty in Bombay. Akbar cooks with mind, heart, and gut - and offers philosophy as well. With the help of Carrie (Jess Weixler), whom he met at the Manhattan restaurant, Samir begins to enjoy the work. But will his father approve, and if not, what then?

Vermilion Restaurant, 480 Lexington Avenue and East 46th Street, Manhattan.


Tandoori Palace Restaurant, 74-14 37th Avenue, Jackson Heights, New York.


82nd Street and Ithaca Street, Queens, New York.


Bench, Baxter Avenue (btw 82nd Street and Ithaca Street) Queens, New York.



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