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Best Manhattan Indian Lunch Buffet? [Moved from What's My Craving]

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  • scotty Apr 9, 2006 06:08 PM
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Which are the best Indian buffets in Manhattan for lunch? Prefer under $15. Thanks.

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  1. Salaam Bombay is my favorite. It may be a bit over your limit, but it's still well under $20, and it's worth the price.

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    1. re: KRS

      i would recommend brick lane curry house, on sixth street (though more fancy than most of the sixth street places). $9.99 buffet is very, very tasty.

    2. No question-Chola on 59th btwn 2 and 3. It's 13.95 and by far one of the biggest bargains in NY. Normally one dish is 20.

      They always have chicken tikka masala, a lamb dish, chicken tikka, a fish dish, and a number of dals, veggie dishes, etc. They also bring dosas, naans, and pakuras to the table freshly made.

      1. definitely bombay palace on 52nd and 6th Ave. Make sure to ask for the chaat - it comes with the buffet. The decor on the inside is really amazing too - wood paneling, huge portraits and an aquarium. Buffet is around $15 and there is much choice.

        1. bhukara grill

          1. Agree Bhukara Grill is best Indian buffet -- 217 E. 49th

            1. Utsav is pretty good.

              1. Rangole is a good bet, if you're looking for something cheap in Midtown. It's only $7.95 and worth it for that price. Like all buffets you have to go there at peak times (12-1:30pm) to get the freshest food... and the decor is not as nice as some of the expensive upscale Indian places that offer buffets for lunch- but in the end you get what you pay for.

                I'm sure many people will say that the food at some of the other places in Midtown is better and/or fresher, but when it coems to Indian buffet, I'd rather spend $8 and have good food, then spend $13-$18 and have slightly better food. After all it is lunch, and if you're looking for a "cheap" lunch, then Rangole is the place to go. It all depends on what you are looking for.

                Midtown Lunch Blog: http://www.midtownlunch.com

                1. I'm partial to Diwan, on E 48th, but will be giving Bukhara Grill (a block away!) a try -- thanks for the recommendation. Diwan is $14 or so, and a lovely place, with warm naan brought to your table.

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                  1. re: MatthewB

                    Visited Bukhara Grill yesterday -- wonderful. Will be back.

                  2. I got to Diwan often for the lunch buffet. Can't get enough of those chicken wings!

                    1. i really love pongal on lexington btwn 27th and 28th. i've been going there for years and it's always delicious. it's a south indian vegetarian restaurant, so you can get all those wonderful dosas and idlis that you can't get at your typical indian restaurant.