Pongol or Vatan
Going to one of these two tonight.
A vote will decide which one I need to go to first.
If I go to Vatan, I'll try everything (prix fixe all you can eat). If I go to Pongol, what should I try/avoid?
I'm far from an expert, but I went to Vatan once a few years ago. it was a fun experience, maybe a little kitschy. All the walls have murals of villages on them. You take off your shoes before eating and sit in raised booths on pillows. I think some booths may even have curtains around them. I remember enjoying the food and being pleasantly surprised that I left full from a vegetarian restaurant. I can't remember specifics but there was a puffy bread with a spicy marmalade-type sauce that I got seconds off. Service was relaxed and pleasant. Good Taj Mahal beer.
Of the veg places on that block of Lex, I like Udipi Palace best. It's a bit more expensive, but I've found the food good there. I've had too many stale tasting and/or badly spiced dishes at Pongal to want to return.
vatan is ok for a one time deal.. that's it... cant keep going there..
there are much better restaurant along lex in the 20s