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Ayurveda Cafe

Tristram Jul 17, 2006 10:55 PM

Do any hounds out there have anything to say about the Ayurveda Cafe on the UWS? (Amsterdam, in the 90s, methinks.) Menupages doesn't list it, and Google only turned up a bunch of outdated reviews. So...any ayurvedic chowhounds out there, or is that a contradiction in terms?

Stay cool.


  1. Miss Needle Feb 23, 2009 09:30 AM

    If you are expecting a huge flavorful, salty meal, this is not the place for you. The food is very lightly seasoned and is more concerned with healthfulness as opposed to flavor. The food is equivalent to eating those "medicinal" dishes of Korea or China -- eg. sam gae tang, congee cooked with red dates and dang gui. The main purpose of eating it isn't to tantalize your taste buds.

    That said, I love Ayurveda Cafe because it's more like the food I eat at home -- lighter, not too salty. I leave that place feeling full but not bloated, nourished and content. In order to appreciate it, you need to look at it differently than, say, a restaurant like Chola.

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      berniec Feb 23, 2009 04:30 AM

      No valve for what you pay for, I've had better in almost every East Indian Restaurant. Plus, I was not impress with the Hygiene of the place. The food is stored in a hot table on the way to the rest rooms. There is no sneeze/cough barrier with the food and the people going to the restrooms.

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        Peter Cherches Jul 19, 2006 02:32 PM

        By the way, if you're looking for good Indian veg.:

        Vatan (upscale)- Gujarati thali
        Sukhadia's - Multi-regional buffet with a basis in Gujarati

        The next 3 are South Indian in Curry Hill:
        Dosa Hut
        Chennai Garden

        South Indian in East Village:
        Madras Cafe

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        1. re: Peter Cherches
          Tristram Jul 19, 2006 09:44 PM

          Thanks for the list, Peter.


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          Peter Cherches Jul 19, 2006 02:17 PM

          Tasteless, mediocre, faux-Indian food. Perhaps because it's too "healthy". I gave it 2 chances several years ago.


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            Tristram Jul 18, 2006 03:19 PM

            Brilliant. Hope to give it a try soon. Will report back if I do.

            Thanks for the replies. Stay cool.


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              piccola Jul 18, 2006 12:59 AM

              It's hard to review, because the menu changes all the time and you don't get to pick. But it's cheap, good, and healthy. And once in a while, it's nice to give in to the set-menu gimmick.

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              1. re: piccola
                Skillet Licker Jul 18, 2006 05:48 AM

                What they serve is thali, which, I can assure you, is no gimmick - its been around for ages. It consists of a sampling of a variety of dishes, all served together in small bowls on a silver platter. At Ayurveda this consists of an appetizer (usually pakora), chutneys, two vegetables, dal, yoghurt, salad, basmati or brown rice, nan, and dessert (served separately). It is always good and you can have as much as you like. I think it is liberating to NOT have to order and just surrender to the thali of the day. By the way, depending on who's blending, the lassis can be very good: a little sweet, a little tart, and very cold and fresh.

                1. re: Skillet Licker
                  piccola Jul 19, 2006 03:49 AM

                  Sorry, I wasn't clear. I didn't mean the thali concept - basically a balanced meal put together by the server. I meant the fact that you don't choose the menu. Thali is a fairly common offering in Indian restaurant, but there are usually other options.

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