Zafran Indian Restaurant:: $7 buffet in Yonkers
I was pleasantly surprised by the inexpensive buffet lunch. Evening menu lists many unusual "fusion" dishes. Location is immediately North of the Yonkers library on Central Park Avenue (same side of the street).
Although the buffet is still undergoing "growing pains", I found the food fresh, tastey and well prepared. The addition of a freshly prepared Roti/nan would be nice, even with a price adjustment (you can always order a Roti or dessert separately).
Evening menu looked unusually interesting with many "fusion" dishes. This restaurant supplies Zabar's and other high end stores in Manhattan and Queens.
The owner and his wife are warm, gracious people who know their food and made me feel very comfortable. The interior is well decorated with a number of notable photographs/paintings/decorations.
Westchester needed a good lunch buffet, and with a $7 price tag, in a central location, its hard to beat.
I live right near by and have been there several times but I think it is just plain lousy food at the buffet. Also they keep changing the price. One week it's $3.99 the next $7.99, then somewhere in between. It's never the same.
I wonder about folks who make positive comments on this place because it is just plain terrible.
How often have you had the lunch buffet and have you ever eaten there off the menu?
re: The Rogue
I have been there two times, first for dinner and once for a lunch buffet. Yes, the owners are two very warm and lovely people who were gracious to my party at dinner. I would love for this place to succeed. I thought the Samosas were just great. Very crunchy skins, unlike any other I have ever had. I took home two orders for my kids who loved them. My Entrée was a shrimp dish and my wife had a curried chicken dish. Both were good. The buffet was less successful. I found the selection boring, dull and a skimpy presentation. Common to both visits, I would not call this Indian fusion but it seemed more like Bizzaro Indian. The food, while fresh was not spiced well. The sauces were much thinner than I would have liked. They also do not have a clue as to what "hot is". They are BYOB which is good. And you can expect the owner to come over and chat you up, and he is a real interesting man, but I must agree in large part with "The Rogue" regarding food quality.
re: The Rogue
I have eaten there only once, and arrived while the buffet was being presented. The food, therefore was tastey and fresh. I would avoid arriving later in the afternoon.
Only perused the evening menu and wondered whether the unusual entrees items justified the high prices.
The presentation WAS skimpy, but what do you expect for $7? As I wrote, it is experiencing "growing pains." The spinach and cheese curry could have used more cheese with a firmer consistancy. The chicken masala used only chicken legs but was nicely spiced and had a unique flavor. Omission of bread is unfortunate but again.......$7 and in Westchester.
Since I frequent the Yonkers library two or three times a week, I will accept serendipity and not be overly critical over a bargain lunch.