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Best Indian Food in Lower Westchester

It is my daughter's birthday today and she loves Indian food. Any suggestions?

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  1. not sure how low you mean regarding lower westchester, but the old standby - bengal tiger in white plains - is my favorite. But by no means have I made an exhausted sampling of indian in westchester. I'd love to hear more about good finds...

    1. I've heard Coromandel is good, on Division Street in New Rochelle.

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      1. re: dolores

        We went to Coromandel a few weeks ago based on some posts on this board and also very high ratings in Zagat. It should be noted there were quite a few Chowhound naysayers as well. Still, it seemed a good bet. We were really, really disappointed. The food was unexceptional and, in some cases, rather bad. Even the complimentary papadums were overcooked. The breads were ordinary and one of the appetizers we ordered - Shaam Savera a "chef's signature specialty" house specialty - spinach and cottage cheese dumplings in what was supposed to be a tomato honey sauce were tasteless and the sauce tasted like ketchup. The lamb samosas were okay but no better than the ones at the Indian fast food in Grand Central. On entrees, the lamb in the Mirapakaya Mamsam Koora which was supposed to be tender was tough and the sauce uninteresting. The chicken in the tikka was quite good and moist which isn't always the case but the smattering of onions and peppers with them were burned.

        All in all not a good experience and, in retrospect, we should have gone to Bengal Tiger which I haven't been to yet but which my husband has and really likes.

        We also like Tandoori on Main Street in Port Chester - very good.

        1. re: laylag

          I concur on the Coromandel post--although it's a great looking space, the food is unexceptional. I still like Bengal Tiger, although I'd be a happier if we got some great regional Indian places around. Bengal Tiger does great dosas on the weekend--these are wide, crisp, buttery crepes filled with potatoes and masala or other things. The breads at BG, like onion kulcha, are compelling--I tend to skip the rice and sop up my sauce with wonderful, ghee/cilantro/onion topped breads. My one caveat is that their menu is a little staid, just the obvious stuff on the average Anglo-Indian menu, and not anything particularly authentic, regional or interesting.

      2. Oh...sorry to hear that, laylag. I haven't been to Bengal Tiger in a lonng while, but I do remember liking it when I was there.

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        1. re: dolores

          Yes, Coromandel was very disappointing. Especially since we had babysitting and made it a "date night". We were so looking forward to Indian without our daughter because she's not an adventurous eater despite (or because of?) our efforts. Anyway, next time we can we'll go to Bengal Tiger or Tandoori.

          1. re: laylag

            Jaipoore in Brewster is highly regarded (I don't like it) and I like Indian Cafe in Armonk. You might want to give those a try, although they're not on a level with Bengal Tiger.

            1. re: dolores

              and they are not in lower westchester. Has anyone tried Zafran in Yonkers. It is supposed to be Indian fusion...that might be good or just awful.

              1. re: Sambossanova

                yeah i just made a post asking people how Zafran was.... ANYONE BEEN?!

                1. re: MikiLovesSugar

                  Got take out last month. The food was good and fresh, but a little thin on the sauce. And the sauce is what it's all about. Also, the place was empty. A neighbour told me they loved the take out food, but felt weird eating there, because the owner was staring at them all the time, making conversation. I mean, there was no one there...
                  Try the take out, check out the place and see for yourself.
                  I am going back to Coromandel.

        2. Had two perfectly acceptable meals recently at Bukhara Grill in Yonkers, just down the road from the Cross County multiplex on the premises of what used to be another Indian restaurant (Nyauta, AFAIR).

          They have a pretty standard Northern Indian menu (what's not standard is that the menu is a large, heavy, unwieldy and totally unnecessary block of wood), but they do it quite well. Flavors were clear and distinct, lamb was tender and tasty, and our order of garlic naan was fresh and good. Service was friendly and accomodating.

          I wouldn't characterize this as a destination restaurant, and I don't think it's as good overall as Bengal Tiger, but it's another decent option for the area. It's pricier than most, but they've opened with a 20% discount that evens that out. I'd check to see if they're still offering the discount before eating there.

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          1. re: Striver

            I've eaten there when it was Nyauta, found it decent, and nicely spiced, however, their spicing might have been too heavy for folks new to Indian food. Havent tried the place under new management yet - will have to go.

          2. I heard that Coromandel was located in darien??? is there a second one???

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            1. re: FAB

              yes, there is a coromandel in Darien, in the goodwives strip mall, I believe. However, there is also one in NR. Not sure if they are related. Would seem so, but I really don't know.

              1. re: adamclyde

                Yes, they are related. I don't know if Darien is better - I hope so.

                1. re: laylag

                  The food at Coromandel in Darien is exceptional....I've never been to the New Rochelle one but in Darien, and now in South Norwalk, ecerything is exceptional. It's a great atmosphere in both but we definitely go for the food, the seasonings and quality of the cooking.

              1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                I've found Patang on Central Ave in Yonkers to be below mediocre.

              2. AND.. it looks like Rangoli has finally relocated from Pelham to New Rochelle.. drove by there last week and the sign caught my eye that they have moved.. haven't been to their new location yet - has anyone gone to check them out? Wonder if they have the same chef....

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                1. re: swept

                  We have a coupon for the new Rangoli location in New Rochelle but haven't been to the original. Is it worth a visit?

                  1. re: laylag

                    yes, Rangoli is definitely worth the visit - I especially like their Sag Paneer(Spicy Spinach w/homemade cheese cubes), Kheema Mattar (lamb w/veggies, cardomon & onions), their okra dish, and Veggie Pullao (rice & veggies w/nuts & raisins). And of course, Gajrela for dessert!!(caramelized grated carrots w/cardamon & pistachios).

                2. Where in New Rochelle are they, swept?

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                  1. re: dolores

                    They're on Main St in New Rochelle. Just north of that gas station where Main and Huguenot converge. On the left side.

                    I'm new to Westchester and haven't tried Rangoli at either location but I noticed it when driving past.

                    I'm no expert on Indian food but I've enjoyed my vists to Coromandel for takeout (a few times) and the lunch buffet (once). I'm looking forward to trying out Rangoli and Bengal Tiger. I work near White Plains so maybe I'll try Bengal Tiger for lunch today. Will report back if I do.

                    1. re: rafi

                      Ok a few days later I made it to Bengal Tiger for the buffet lunch.

                      It was pretty lame in my opinion. The food was bland and overpriced ($13.95 for the lunch special comes to $15 with tax). There was a nice variety but all of ehh dishes. Usually when I have Indian buffet there's at least one thing that I find myself unable to resist going back for seconds of. Today... not so much.

                      Count me so far as a vote for the recently maligned Coromandel. I'll try Rangoli when I have a chance.

                      1. re: rafi

                        If you can get over there, try Tandoori in Port Chester. I'd like to hear what you think.

                        1. re: laylag

                          I would have to say Tandoori is the best Indian in Westchester! The buffet does not offer a huge selection but they have the usuals and they are exquisite. I would rather have a few great choices than a bunch of mediocre ones (like Bengal Tiger)

                  2. Definitely try Rangoli -- lovely owners. When they were still in Pelham -- they still have the same cooks -- I took some very discernong Chinese friends from Singapore (home to just about the best array of Asian and Indian food in the world.) Elsie and TC were swooning.

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                    1. re: seniorgriggle

                      Another vote for Rangoli. Their Saag and baked eggplant are awesome. Samosas are very good as well. Owners are very attentive, so flag them down if you ever have a question or a need...

                    2. Patang in Yonkers on Central Ave. is pretty good. Also, Malabar Hill on Route 119 in White Plains is a good bet. Those are good lower Westchester picks. But my favorite Indian place is India Cafe & Grill in Armonk. The food is so delicious and fragrant!

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                      1. re: Sra. Swanky

                        I remember going to patang like three or four years back. I heard it changed ownership though or chef? I used to go there because they had an awesome weekday lunch buffet that was about 7 dollars or something like that. Do they still have buffet deals?

                        1. re: Sambossanova

                          I think Patang still has their lunch buffet deal. The place has been doing well since they changed ownership. But now I'm intrigued by Zafran! Must give this place a try!

                      2. I am saddened that no one has yet mentioned the best-kept secret in Indian in Lower Westchester - ZAFRAN on Central Avenue! The owners, Akhtar and Naseem Mir, are the most lovely, solicitous people; they will treat you like family. And the food is really spectacular - also, less greasy than much Indian food because they cook with olive oil instead of ghee. Some of the food is billed as "Indian Fusion" but their more traditional dishes are wonderful too. You won't be disappointed! My wife and I dine there regularly and our heart breaks to see that we're often the only ones in the restaurant. We think the location is killing them-- they're just north of the Yonkers Library, just south of Tuckahoe Road, on the eastern side of the street. Go and report back here how you liked it!

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                        1. re: rabbiblake

                          FINALLY someone has posted about ZAFRAN!!!! thank you! ive been wondering about this place! i actually made a whole post asking about it but NOONE responded! im definitely gonna check it out!

                          1. re: rabbiblake

                            By the way.... you won't need a reservation, but call ahead anyway to let them know you're coming. They're so used to an empty house that sometimes they don't have their act together. But if they know new people are coming, they'll want to put their best foot forward. Order the appetizer of shrimp with garlic cream and mushrooms; it's out of sight.

                            1. re: rabbiblake

                              I live just a few minutes from Zafran and was excited when they opened. I went several times and thought the food was boring, and the owner (woman) was very annoying. She would come over and start talking about silly stuff while I was trying to eat. Not just a few words but on and on. This happened on every visit. I haven't been back.

                            2. Just my opinions...

                              I really like Coromandel in New Rochelle for dinner. I probably go there the most (it's the closest to me)

                              My fave Indian restaurant in Westchester is the one by Cross County mall - Bukhara Grill- which changed names from Nyauta (and owners I presume?) a few months ago. Still delicious. Almost makes me wish I still lived in Yonkers so I could go there more (but not quite.)

                              Cafe Tandoor in Tarrytown - used to love this place for dinner, but the past few times have not been impressive. I would maybe give it another try.

                              I had the lunch buffet at Bengal Tiger in White Plains once and was shocked by how bland it was after I have heard so much about this place. I will not go back. NOT good.

                              Ambadi in White Plains is owned by the same people as Bengal Tiger and it is more of a "fast food" type place. I got delivery "lunch boxes" several times at work and the food was ok.

                              Have had the buffet at Tandoori in Port Chester several times and it is good but not great. It depends on what they happen to have on the buffet that day.

                              Ate at Zafran in Yonkers when it first opened (this was quite a while ago) and while the owner was extremely kind and welcoming, we didn't love the food.

                              Patang in Yonkers - been there twice for dinner and enjoyed the food both times.

                              Malabar Hill- was there so long ago it doesn't count. Need to go again!

                              A new place just opened in Mamaroneck - When I saw their sign go up I almost got in a car accident I was so excited. I live in Mamaroneck and always bemoan our lack of Indian food (there are about 10 Japanese restaurants.. we can't have just ONE Indian place!?)

                              Now I am hungry!!

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                              1. re: uberkelly

                                Uberkelly, I live in Mamaroneck too and we are really excited about the new place but haven't tried it yet. If you get there first, please post and we'll do the same.

                                I too bemoan the overabundance of Japanese places(especially when it is not a favorite cuisine of mine) and lack of many other ethnic restaurants. Wish we had better variety here for quick dinner or take-out.

                                1. re: laylag

                                  where is the new place in mamaroneck?

                                  1. re: rafi

                                    The new place in Mamaroneck is called Rani Mahal. It's on Phillips Park Road (back of the movie theater, other side of Mamaroneck Ave.).

                                    I ate there once and really enjoyed it, but I admit to being far from an expert at Indian food and I hate Bengal Tiger.

                              2. FYI - I just went to Jaipore in Brewster over the weekend for lunch, and OMG.. it was wonderful. While it is not located in Westchester, it is truly worth the drive up 684 to 22 to Brewster.. We went for lunch, but didn't do the buffet, as it was getting late, and most chafing dishes looked a bit empty, so we ordered off the menu - and YUM the food, the service, the level of spiciness was terrific!!

                                I'm planning to bring a group to either Patang or Rangoli within the next two weeks, I"ll report back on how things went...

                                1. We ate at Zafran yesterday. It was worth a trip, tho I was leery of the fusion thing... turned out to be very well-handled. Everything we ordered was prepared interestingly, and well--it was not crowded but I think it's the prices. It is not your typical moderately priced, large plates of tikki masala, tandoori, etc. The portions were smaller, and served individually and Everything is a la carte--even the rice. This is not an everyday Indian restaurant, but the cooking is quite good.

                                  We've eaten at Coromandel often, and since the new owners took over it is uneven. It used to be consistently terrific, and special. The new owners were shaky at first in my opinion, and there were problems even with basic dishes. (By the way the old owners did own the CT site as well, but I think they've split, and I don't know if the 2 restaurants have any connection anymore.) We've been back three times under the new owners, and things have improved. They are still not up to the old Coromandel standard, but I am hoping they continue upward. Also, the people at Coromandel are very professional and very accommodating, which I can't say about Bengal Tiger (which was my father's favorite when he was alive.) We stopped going there because there were other Indian restaurants that were good with a nicer staff. We also found places that take reservations, which we prefer.

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                                  1. re: goldlake

                                    We had a lovely experience at Coromandel about 2 years back -- has the change in ownership come since then?

                                    1. re: goldlake

                                      I have been to Zafran a few times and was unfortunately disappointed. The lunch buffet was limited and ordinary. Dinner dishes are small and too expensive. On two visits the owners came by to chat. Trouble is they chat and chat and chat.....even after the food arrives. Perhaps there is a following for this type of "fusion" food, but when it comes to Indian dishes, I prefer a generous helping of traditional fare.

                                      1. re: budinado

                                        I agree with you. Come to think of it, why are the dishes do small??? The portions at he sit-down restaurants are tiny! 5 pieces of lamb/chicken/beef in a small dish in curry/vindaloo/masala = $18?

                                    2. Althought I haven't been there in almost 6 months, Westchester Grocery on Commerce Street in Thornwood made the best chicken tikka I've ever had. I'm salivating thinking about it even though I'm not a fan of the dish. Someone posted that the ownership has changed in the past few months so I can't vouch for the present quality of any of their dishes.

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                                      1. re: pabboy

                                        I had their Goat garam masala yesterday and really liked it a lot. I got a takeout order and heated it up later for dinner. Usually goat dishes are a nuisance because the goat is chopped into small pieces with sharp pieces of bone all over. This version was goat double rib chops on the bone. Very tender and tasty. They also made up some fresh baked Naan for me.

                                        They aren't a restaurant but if you live within a short drive it's worth checking out and the prices are very reasonable. The goat was $6 for 4 chops and tons of sauce. The naan were $1 each. I wished they were closer, I just happened to be in the area and had there address in my car food file.

                                        The outside sign is the same and still says westchester Grocery, but I saw a sign inside and their new name is Kahns Indian Kitchen.

                                      2. Jaipore up in brewster is consistantly very good.so i give it a second nod.

                                        1. It's in the middle of what I call the "shopping block" section of Mamaroneck Avenue - #327, midway up - near CVS. There used to be an Italian rest. there - Il Castello. There was a small, hard to find entrance to Il Castello on Mamaroneck Ave. itself but the real entrance was in the back in the large parking lot on Phillips Park Road. I don't know if it's the same dual entrance for the new Indian rest. Does that help? I know sometimes I explain more than necessary and can be confusing.

                                          1. The new place in Mam'k is called Rani Mahal. I still haven't tried it yet. There is a sign on the door so it shouldn't be too hard to find.

                                            I ate the lunch buffet at "Bukhara Grill - Indian Spice Rave" again (the one by Cross County Mall) and it was great. They had 8-10 big copper pots full of entrees, 2 platters with assorted foods, salad bar, and 2 desserts. One of the biggest Indian buffets I've seen around here and it was $11 (on Saturday). The place was deserted - what a shame. Please try it out if you haven't already!

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                                            1. re: uberkelly

                                              My wife and I went to Rani Mahal last night - it was excellent! We are Mamaroneck residents - and I think this is the first time there has been an Indian resturant in Mamaroneck.

                                              They also deliver !!!

                                              Overall I would rate the food comparable to Bengal Tiger ... where we have been many times.

                                              Menu is similar to Bengal Tiger ... I believe the owner's family has a resturant that has been around for a while in Valhalla.

                                              They have only been open for 2 weeks ... get out there and fill up the tables! Service was excellent, a full bar ... they gave us a complimentary rice pudding ... very nice.

                                              We had: drinks, briyani, rogan josh, mangalorian, nan, and chutney. Very good job on all dishes ... service was excellent.

                                              Go there, order out ... now.

                                              1. re: Silk Purse

                                                We like the buffet. The mango lassies were topped with a maraschino cherry. We will go again soon.

                                              2. re: uberkelly

                                                Had the lunch buffet at Rani Majal today. It was good, not great. We were a little disappointed at the limited selection offered - eight dishes total on the buffet. The tandoori chicken, delicious and juicy though it was, was not on the buffet. It along with a small basket of nan was brought to the table. There were only three very small pieces of the chicken and although we finished it, it was not replenished.

                                                There were no breads on the buffet. A few standards at most buffets I've been to, such as samosas were not offered nor were any lamb dishes.

                                                What was on the buffet? There was one chicken dish (can't recall name but excellent) and beef rogan josh (not so great), seek kabab (very tasty). Rice was vegetable biryani - delicious. The rest were vegetable dishes: vegetable pakoras, very tasty, a delicious mushroom and pea dish whose name I can't remember but, like the excellent chicken dish, it isn't listed on the take-out menu we brought home. Both were items I'd never had elsewhere. There was saag paneer that was overheated from the steam table and lacked flavor. Oddly, it is also not on the regular menu. There was an additional vegetarian dish - turnip based - that was nothing special.

                                                There was also a salad of lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and onions and that was it.

                                                There were very few people there for lunch and perhaps the lack of variety and the meager doling out of the chicken tandoori can be attributed to the low turnout - cutting losses. There was definitely potential here and I'd like to see it stay in business so we will return.

                                                1. re: laylag

                                                  I had lunch at Rani Mahal last Monday. I agree with some of your comments - the buffet wasn't very big, and I was also surprised not to see some of the good 'ol chicken standbys on the buffet, like butter chicken or tikka masala.

                                                  I thought the food was good and I did enjoy it. The nan was fine and they also brought us a plate of tandoori.

                                                  We heard a server talking to people at the table next to us and he was very nice to them. Although no one really said a word to us.

                                                  I don't want to sound too negative since the food was yummy and I will go back again.

                                                  (I still say Bukhara Grill has a much better lunch buffet!)

                                                  1. re: uberkelly

                                                    We had the same experience - other people were spoken to but nothing much said to us. Perhaps we didn't appear "chatty".

                                                    Going to have to try Bukhara. It sounds really good. Rangoli too. I do hope Rani Majal stays in business since, as we both agreed, much of it was very tasty. And, of course, the area needs the diversity of cuisine options.

                                              3. I've been to Ambadi in WP twice now and while it is more of a "fast food" joint (though everything is made to order) I honestly think the food is among the best Indian I've had-- I have tried various chicken dishes (I can't get enough of the tikka masala), dosas, shrimp curry, samosas, breads and everything is great. Plus the burfi are gorgeous and very tasty. It's not fine dining but I actually prefer the casual setting to some of the more hushed dining rooms of other Indian places in Westchester...

                                                1. I've only been to Ambadi one time, need to get back. As you said the food is really good. No ambience, but it's the food that counts.

                                                  1. I just brought my dining club out to Patang last night - we had 26 in our group so it was a big dining party. The service worked really hard to support us with drinks, taking our orders, and checking to make sure everything went well.. and while I really appreciated all their work, it would have been better if they had one more server for our group, as I noticed some of the dining club members were getting a little grumpy towards the end - waiting for the check. But again, I think this is just because we were such a large group.

                                                    The food was ok, we did order family style, so everyone got a chance to try different dishes, but I was slightly disappointed with the Chicken tikka masala, which is usually very good - this time it was much more tomato-based, and not as much cream or spicey-ness. Some of the other dishes (Potatoes w/peas, and Lamb do-Piaza) seemed like they had the same sauce on them! which was weird.. but maybe my tastebuds were confused because of the very delicious mango martinis! LOL. The nan was not good - too limp, and very oily, I prefer fluffy nan, with less oil. They gave us all free kheer as dessert, which was a nice touch from the staff.

                                                    I've had better meals at Patang, and will chalk this experience up to dealing with a large group. I will definitely try Rani Mahal in Mamaroneck, and Bukhara Grill in Yonkers, and will most definitely go back to Rangoli in New Rochelle! But so far, the best I've had recently has to be Jaipoor in Brewster...

                                                    1. Just came back from Rani Mahal in Mamaroneck and I loved it! As others have said, I have been longing for a good Indian place closer to home. My dinner companion is very picky about Indian food and was totally blown away. I thought the food was a notch better than Bengal Tiger, the only relatively local place I like. Malabar Hill went downhill after the change in ownership, and I was underwhelmed by Coromandel...still haven't tried Rangoli. This might have been the best raita I ever had...small, but important detail for me. I moved here a few years ago from Montclair, NJ, where wonderful ethnic restaurants abound, and have been in mourning, but Rani Mahal helps.

                                                      1. Went to Rani Mahal recently and was v. disappointed. But then, I do not like Bengal Tiger either. Order their tandoori chicken and it was not prepared in a tandoor -- most likely marinaded in a tandoori sauce and grilled. Their paneer was dry. Also ordered some saag and beef korma which were good, typical "indian restaurant" food which is heavy on cream. Naan was ok, a bit crispy. Staff was very friendly and nice so I feel terrible saying anything bad about their food, but it was just not to my liking.

                                                        1. I was at Rani Mahal for the buffet lunch on a Saturday and thought it was good. The food was all well-spiced, and there was an excellent selection. One thing I noticed was that there were several people complaining about the spice level of the food (even though most of the items on the buffet were mild to medium-- not extremely hot). My first fear is that they will start blanding down the sauces to placate the clientele.

                                                          1. Just recently came back from the lunch buffet at Rani Mahal in Mamaroneck and I was quite impressed. Did not have high expectations due to the mixed reviews. They had a good selection including gobi aloo, sag paneer, butter chicken, tandoori chicken, lamb (don't remember which one) and pakoras. Certainly enough variety for a lunch. I asked them if they had carrot halwa on their menu for the future and they brought me a complimentary one. I love indian food and am hoping that this place does well since it right in the neigborhood. Please go

                                                            I highly recommend this place especially for 9.95 per plate. Great Value

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                                                            1. re: rothchild

                                                              Sounds like they have expanded the buffet - that's good news. Looking forward to going back.

                                                              1. re: rothchild

                                                                Went to Rani Majal for dinner Saturday and am happy to report it was very, very good. We didn't venture into unusual territory but everything we did have was really well done, spiced well, cooked exactly as it should be - delicious. Service was excellent. We went at about 8:30pm and it was a bit slow for a Saturday night but the staff said they're doing well and that it was unusually light for the weekend but since it was the night before Mother's Day that was probably the reason.

                                                                Here's a quick wrap up. Complimentary papadums were great, light and crispy unlike at Coromandel where they were overcooked - almost burnt. Kheema Dosa appetizer we split- delicious, lightly crispy, lamb spiced beautifully with a nice little kick. Chicken Tikka, probably about eight really large chucks of perfectly cooked breast meat, was moist and tender. Lamb Rhogan Ghosh - nicely spiced, nice kick, very tender. Breads - Chapati, very flavorful and not dry at all. Special Nan with chicken tikka in it was fantastic.

                                                                We were going to head to NR to Rangoli which I still want to try but we were tired and wanted to stay even closer to home. I'd posted a mixed review about Rani Majal's lunch buffet from a while back (biggest issue being small selection) and have been intending to return. I'm glad we did and we will be going back.

                                                                We need more high quality, moderately priced, ethnically diverse restaurants on the Sound Shore - I concur with rothchild - please patronize Rani Majal!

                                                                1. re: laylag

                                                                  I totally agree. I wrote about our dinner last Friday night at Rani Mahal in another post and it was indeed very good. I hope they do well.


                                                                  1. re: Shawn

                                                                    Sorry about the bump; just trying out the Places function.

                                                                    Rani Mahal
                                                                    327 Mamaroneck Ave # 320-322, Mamaroneck, NY 10543

                                                              2. We were back at Bukhara Grill a few weeks ago and had another very good meal. The prices are a bit higher than most of the competition, but - IMO - the food is worth it. The highlight of our recent dinner was the tandoori lamb chops - 3 double chops marinated in yogurt and spices and cooked in the tandoor; they were tender and very tasty. A friend dining with us requested a lamb vindaloo (not on the menu); they were happy to prepare it for him and he - a heat-lover - was very satisfied. Service was solicitous and accomodating; we were comped salads to start the meal and kheer to end it. Certainly worth a try, if you're looking for good Northern Indian cuisine in Lower Westchester.

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                                                                1. re: Striver

                                                                  is there a place called Dawat Haute in White Plains? When doing a search it came up, but I can't believe I've never heard of it. Or is it closed?

                                                                  1. re: uberkelly

                                                                    It closed a few years ago. I think there's a kosher deli there now.

                                                                      1. re: dolores

                                                                        Interesting.. for some reason I thought that Kisco Kosher was on the other side of Mamaroneck Avenue, near Bengal Tiger. Obviously I was mistaken. I remember eating at Dawat many years ago when we first moved to Westchester and bought the Entertainment book.

                                                                        I really like Mughal Palace in Valhalla, which I understand isn't really lower Westchester. However, they also own Rani Mahal in Mamaroneck, which I see has been mentioned here several times.

                                                                    1. re: uberkelly

                                                                      closed at least four years ago. I actually used to go to this place instead of bengal tiger but not necessarily because it was better. They have a restaurant in manhattan (also dawat i think its the same people) if you are realy interested.

                                                                      1. re: uberkelly

                                                                        the same owners have a restaurant in irvington Chutney Masala

                                                                    2. Just wanted to mention there is a new Indian Deli on Kimball Avenue in Yonkers (hot and cold Vegan food.

                                                                      1. Forgot to update on Spice Village... the new Indian restaurant in Tuckahoe!
                                                                        I really enjoyed it! Its very different from other Indian restaurants that i've been to, but in a good way!
                                                                        I went there for a lunch buffet, and i think you can gather a lot of info on an Indian restaurant from their lunch buffet!
                                                                        NONE of the dishes that they had in the buffet line was familiar to me. No tikka masala, no saag paneer, no vindalooo.... HOWEVER! im glad they didn't have those because i got to try other things that i have NEVER had!
                                                                        The stuff that they had were comparable to the usual buffet food, but a little different. I don't know the names so im gonna try to describe a few...
                                                                        There was a bright orange chicken curry... which i assumed was chicken tikka masala... but it wasn't and it was much spicier and delicious! They also had a spinach dish which was similar to saag paneer but a little more bland.
                                                                        They also had a LOT of vegetarian options. All of which were delicious.
                                                                        Of course they bring out the naan and the tandoori chicken fresh to the table. They have a salad bar, and they also had dessert. The waiters were very professional and the restaurant was small but nice.
                                                                        I really enjoyed it. I recommend that you go for the buffet to try out the different stuff that they offer. But they do have the usual stuff on the menu so no worries!

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                                                                        1. re: MikiLovesSugar

                                                                          Miki - are you sure these were different dishes altogether from the ones you are familiar with and not just slightly different preparations - some better, some not? I always wish all the buffets would have small signs identifying the dishes. Some do, a lot don't. It would make it easier to compare to other restaurants versions and also helps for subsequent visits if ordering off their menu - what to order and what to avoid.

                                                                          1. re: laylag

                                                                            oh they were definitely completely different dishes. They did have signs identifying the dishes, but my lack of knowledge of the Indian language made me forget the names! I also have the menu and they are on the menu along with the usual dishes. If i can find the menu, i will scan it for you! Actually they have a website... www.spicevillage.com... check it out!

                                                                            1. re: MikiLovesSugar

                                                                              I have ordered from them 3 times in the last couple of months and have been consistently impressed with the food. The standard dishes are there, along with a few more unique dishes. I highly recommend the prawn balchao and the chole peshwari. The chicken tikka masala is very good (my standard to see if it's a good place), but everything was equally if not more delicious.

                                                                            2. Rangoli in New Rochelle is just awesome! The service is wonderful -- just all around friendly and accomodating. Best of all, the food is superb. The samosas are everything that Coromandel's aren't -- just plain delicious. Also, their chicken tandoori is out of this world! At many restaurants, this dish can be lifeless, uninspiring and DRY. Here, it is moist and flavorful. The lunch buffet is good, but to really experience everything this restaurant is, it's better to go for dinner when you can order a la carte.

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                                                                              1. re: gypsy1783

                                                                                A Counterpoint on Rangoli.

                                                                                I ate there for the first time, with two friends, last night. All three of us are experienced with Indian food and are not afraid of heat (one lives presently in Afghanistan and was in town for just a few days). In the spice department Rangoli was really disappointing. Everything was cooked properly--the meat was tender, the paneer was moist, and yes, the samosas were excellent. But where was the flavor?! Nothing had any "kick." I left feeling full, but kind of "flat." Chutneys were clearly out of a bottle (Zafran for instance makes all its own sauces and chutneys). The service started out very attentive ... but getting the bill processed took 20 minutes!

                                                                                I've posted here before about Zafran, and I'll stick to my claim that they know spice there and they aren't afraid to "kick it up." It may not be your traditional ultra-creamy (read, ghee overdose) there (Zafran favors olive oil) but their flavors hit hard. Unfortunately, as has been noted here, the personal attentiveness by Zafran's hosts is not to everyone's liking and their service can be very patchy.

                                                                                I won't be going back to Rangoli. Our not-extravagant meal of four entrees and some samosas ran (with tip) over $100. (They charged me $15.00 to bring in a bottle of champagne left over from new year's eve. One more point to Zafran: They're BYOB and won't charge a penny.)

                                                                                I don't expect to convert everyone here to Zafran. It's not everyone's taste. But I'd certainly prefer Bengal Tiger or Mughal Palace (Valhalla) to Rangoli.

                                                                              2. I was excited to visit Bengal Tiger after the positive reviews that I had read. Unfortunately the experience this past weekend did not match up. Perhaps it was just a bad night, but the food, although good, was far from great. Some of the dishes were overpriced. The atmosphere in the room was truly dull. The staff mostly didn't seem to care. And our waiter couldn not have been less inspired by the food.

                                                                                I stopped visiting Coromandel two years ago after their success began to result in rushed service and lousier (although still very good) food. But I think that I will be going back.

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                                                                                1. re: newrotreats

                                                                                  We had a very disappointing experience at Coromandel in New Ro - expected great things having read wonderful reviews although some of them were about the CT location. We received not very good, not good but lousy food which included burnt papadum.

                                                                                  If you are in So. Westchester I'd strongly suggest giving Rani Mahal in Mamaroneck and Tandoori in Port Chester a try. Both very, very good.

                                                                                  1. re: laylag

                                                                                    A new place is supposed to be opening in Irvington in the next few weeks. Chutney Masala? On the river, by the train station.

                                                                                    Cafe Tandoor in Tarrytown in my opinion is AWFUL. I ordered from them two or three times because they deliver (Malabar Hill in Elmsford, while good, doesn't), and I actually found some of the dishes inedible. Plus both (or all 3) times, the delivery guy brought a five-year-old who asked loudly "How much did they tip?" after I handed over the money but before I closed the door. As if on cue. Even in my own home, they managed to lose points for atmosphere. (PS I tip deliveryfolks well!)

                                                                                    1. re: Laurie914

                                                                                      Laurie, Is your negative mention of Cafe Tandoor in Tarrytown in response to my rec for Tandoori or just an added comment? I recommended Tandoori in Port Chester which has nothing to do with the restaurant of a different name in Tarrytown.

                                                                                      1. re: laylag

                                                                                        No, I saw that you said Port Chester. I just wanted to give the heads-up about the new place coming to Irvington, and while I was there I wanted to see if anyone else had bad experiences at Cafe Tandoor in Tarrytown - I've never been to the place you say is good: Tandoori in Port Chester.

                                                                                2. We ate at Spice Village in Tuckahoe, and it was as good, if not better than the other Westchester Indian restaurants that I've eaten at. They actually made the food fairly spicy, which is always a surprise. I'm always surprised when people still talk about Bengal Tiger -- the couple of times I went there, were enough to convince me not to return. Coramandel is OK, really just standard in my opinion, though an Indian family I know claim they get all their take-out from there. Tandori in Port chester did have a wonderful buffet when I ate there a while back, but I rarely get tot he lunch buffets of any other Indian places. But we really liked Spice Village...

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                                                                                  1. re: roxlet

                                                                                    roxlet, in my opinion Bengal Tiger has set the standard for Indian cuisine in Westchester for over 30 years, never staying with the formulated pack, always searching for dishes that would be hard to find elsewhere...Spice Village is a fine Indian restaurant that deserves our patronage...and I would also like to suggest Rani Mahal in Mamaroneck, a lovely place owned by the same folk that operate Mughal Palace in Valhalla...

                                                                                    1. re: gutreactions

                                                                                      I will definitely keep Rani Mahal in mind the next time I am in Mamaroneck. Since we live in Bronxville, Spice Village is an easy go-to spot, so it will likely become our regular Indian restaurant. I appreciate your passion for Bengal Tiger, and maybe I would now go back in if it were staring me in the face, but I still would be reluctant to make a special trip to eat there...

                                                                                  2. I am amazed that no one mentioned Royal Palace, the Indian restaurant in the Greenburgh Shopping Center on Knollwood Road. Better than Bengal Tiger in my opinion. Just not the best location being in a strip mall, but at least you don't have parking problems

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                                                                                    1. re: janjan9

                                                                                      I've been a big fan of Royal Palace since they opened, but the last couple of times it was not as good as it's been in the past (the tandoori chicken that came with lunch was all legs).

                                                                                      I had the lunch buffet at Bengal Tiger yesterday. it was the first time I had been there in several years (a co-worker who was leaving said it was his favorite place so I decided to go with him) and it was quite good, a much better selection than all places other than Royal Palace and better food than RP. The only thing I did not like was the bread, too doughy.

                                                                                      1. re: MisterBill2

                                                                                        My report card:

                                                                                        Bengal Tiger: B. Good, but pricey for what it delivers.
                                                                                        Jaipore: A+. Superb food, elegant atmosphere. Try the roti canai appetizer!
                                                                                        Royal Palace: D. Barely edible.
                                                                                        Zafran: C-. Claim you speak no English when the owner descends.
                                                                                        Cafe Tandoor: C-. Gets the basics down but no more.
                                                                                        Westchester Grocery: C. Cheap, crowded for lunch, no ambiance or finesse.
                                                                                        Rani Mahal: A+. Excellent food. Lunch buffet an outstanding bargain.
                                                                                        Bukhara Grill: C. Very forgettable lunch buffet.
                                                                                        Patang: C-. Better choice is the pizza place directly across Central Ave.
                                                                                        Malabar Hill: B. Matar "paneer" made from tofu?

                                                                                        1. re: budinado

                                                                                          We ate at Cumin yesterday (which is not in Westchester, but is in Riverdale, about 5 minutes from the Yonkers border) They have a new cook, and the food was fantastic. We had the following menu, and it was all great:

                                                                                          Cold cucumber soup, Cauliflower fritters, chicken tikka, & vegetable biryani.

                                                                                          Everything was delicious!

                                                                                          1. re: kafclown

                                                                                            ZAFRAN in Yonkers, close to Yonkers Library at Central Avenue. Excellent... excellent food! The owner/s cook too -- very nice people.

                                                                                          2. re: budinado

                                                                                            would you rate westchester grocery a C if you were just judging it as a takeout place?

                                                                                            1. re: raider

                                                                                              I think the quality of food at Westchester Grocery is well matched to the prices. I'll keep the subjective "C" rating since I can get excellent takeout at any good Indian restaurant. Still, it is a funky, unusual place to have lunch and the food tastes very "homemade."

                                                                                              Tried the buffet at Spice Village in Tuckahoe and was pleasantly surprised. Give this place an "A." Fewer dishes than Rani Mahal but the same outstanding quality. Some dishes were very unusual (the cauliflower one was outstanding).

                                                                                              Chutney Masala is only about 10 minutes from me in Irvington and I must try it soon. Quite pricey for dinner. The least expensive curry is $16 on their online menu. No buffet listed, but prices drop a bit for the lunch menu.

                                                                                              1. re: budinado

                                                                                                ok, on your sayso, i'll try spice village this weekend and let you know. do you have the address?

                                                                                                1. re: raider

                                                                                                  Raider - if you like spice, get the lamb phaal. And lots of naan and beer!

                                                                                                2. re: budinado

                                                                                                  Chutney Masala has no lunch buffet which is quite disappointing since I really like those at Indian restaurants.

                                                                                                  As for Westchester Grocery, the prices seem cheap but the way I figure it, if you get the main dish, and a vegetable and bread, and maybe a pakora or two, you're up near $10. For $12 I can go to Mughal Palace and get a lot more food. Of course if all you want is the entree and maybe one additional item, it's a good deal.

                                                                                              2. re: budinado

                                                                                                What was so great about Rani Mahal's lunch buffet? How much does it cost?

                                                                                                BTW, i would not be surprised if they were owned by the same person as own Mughal Palace in Valhalla. They each have identically worded coupons at myclipper.com, and both say "valid at both locations".

                                                                                                1. re: MisterBill2

                                                                                                  Rani Mahal, in particular, is a bargain due to the exceptional quality of the food. Weekend buffet is $9.95 and the Sunday buffet (haven't tried it yet) is more extensive at a slightly higher price. Consider the weekday salad bar. Huge samosas, perfectly done vegetable pakoras, large neatly cut slices of fresh vegetables separated from the lettuce, many chutneys and Indian sauces. Best salad section I've encountered to date in any buffet. Main dishes are prepared with no skimping of ingredients. Generous chunks of white meat chicken and paneer cheese as well as two high quality desserts. Service was excellent and the staff very friendly. The buffet was unusually well maintained.

                                                                                                  I'm a tough critic. For many years I lived in Woodside Queens and regularly visited the Indian restaurants on 74st Jackson Heights. Tried a number of "high end" places in Manhattan and London. Spent five summers traveling around India in the 70s and 80s. Love the country, the culture and the food.

                                                                                                  In NY we enjoy some of the best Indian food in the world at some of the lowest prices. Food in India is a lot hotter (I like!) but even at the better restaurants, there is a constant worry of getting sick. The dishes one finds at an Indian buffet in NY are "authentic" but with the chili level brought way down out of necessity to the Western palate. Jaipore restaurant in Brewster really takes a chance including quite a few hot regional dishes. After taking my mother-in-law to Jaipore for two buffets she refused to return, claiming the food was "too hot." Actually, only 3 dishes out of maybe 12 were unusually hot, but those were the ones she remembered!

                                                                                                  At almost any of the Indian buffets in Westchester one can eat worry-free, a variety of exotic, complex delights that would take many hours of preparation at home. At under $10, quite a bargain!

                                                                                                  1. re: budinado

                                                                                                    Thanks for the info. Have you also been to Mughal Palace in Valhalla (which as I said I suspect is the same owners)? Was Rani Mahal comparable? Actually going back to your original report card, it sounds like you haven't been there.

                                                                                                    $9.95 is a good deal for a buffet, most are $10.95 or higher now.

                                                                                          3. just had dinner at chutney masala in irvington. it's been open about a month - no liquor license yet - and the service was a tad slow. but i have to say the food was pretty great. i'm a veteran indian food lover, having lived in london for three years. the chef is apparently a veteran of dawat in the city and his experience shows: the lamb biryani was as good as they come. i haven't been to coromandel but i have been to bengal tiger, mughal palace and malabar hill. this meal was superlative. interested to hear what others have to say....

                                                                                            1. I haven't had a chance to try much Indian cuisine, but Bollywood Bistro in Pleasantville is fantastic. We had the Manchurian cauliflower, Boti kebab, and Bollywood chicken, all were absolutely phenomenal. I no longer live in the area but I'm considering making the hour long drive just to go back.

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                                                                                              1. re: caryatid

                                                                                                I went to Bollywood twice for the lunch buffet The first time it was really good, the second time it was awful (tasteless tandoori chicken, poor selection on the buffet). We're not going back.

                                                                                              2. Whatever you do, don't go to the new Indian Restaurant on the waterfront in Irvington. we were excited to try it and went there 2 nights ago. The service was terrible, the food tasted like airplane food, and my son's chicken was not fully cooked. The owners are lovely and I hope that they realize that they need to do something quickly to make their new venture work. I would try Malabar Hills in Elmsford. It is our old standby and we have rarely been disappointed there.

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                                                                                                1. re: mw180

                                                                                                  I disagree with mw180's review of Chutney Masala in Irvington. We had dinner in the restaurant and also had them cater a party for us. The food was exceptional and I have to say the best food I have eaten in this country so far. I am Indian and have just recently moved to the US. This food is pretty close to what you would get back home. If you are not afraid of hot food I would strongly reccomend Mirchi ka Salan.

                                                                                                2. We eat at Spice Village regularly and are continually impressed with the food. A rare thing indeed. We've been to Patang, Zafran, Nyauta, Malabar Hill and a couple of others in the area whose names escape me and Spice Village is by far the best. And the staff is extremely attentive. I would like add however, that Zafran is noteworthy if you're in the mood for something a little different.

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                                                                                                  1. re: FillMyTummy

                                                                                                    We also like Spice Village. Although on a few dishes, they really mean it when they call it SPICE village! whew!

                                                                                                  2. What happened to Coromandel in New Rochelle? I USED to be a fan of the Sunday buffet -- large selection, fresh tasting, nicely spiced, and most importantly, not oily. Went this past Sunday and couldn't believe I was eating at the same restaurant -- everything was soggy, greasy, and of much lower quality. Now I can understand the complaints I have read, and I doubt that I will return. Time for Zagat Guide to lower their rating. I have eaten at Chutney Masala in Irvington -- found the decor lovely and the food quite good.

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                                                                                                    1. re: Alberta516

                                                                                                      Chutney Masala is good? I drive past that place all the time. Their prices seem so expensive though! ($18.95 for a lunch buffet???!! Yikes!)

                                                                                                      1. re: Sra. Swanky

                                                                                                        I did think the food and service was good at Chutney Masala, but have only eaten there once. My friend who lives in the area has eaten there a couple of times and likes it and the reviews have been good. I have not tried the $18.95 lunch buffet, and I'd be interested in knowing how it is so please post again if you go.

                                                                                                    2. I went a few months back for Malabar Hill's lunch buffet (after not being there for a lonnnng time) and wasn't terribly impressed. It was ok, but nothing special-- lots of choices, but most were average and nothing really sang.

                                                                                                      BUT-- I recently went back for dinner and had an excellent meal. We tried the masala dosa and the keema dosa, both of which we loved, but the keema dosa is filled with fragrant lamb, which pushed it over the edge of awesomeness. We also sampled some of the samosas and a few other turnovers. The star entree of the night was mine--

                                                                                                      Lamb malabar
                                                                                                      Curried coconut lamb, potatoes, Kerala spices

                                                                                                      This tender lamb was in a sauce so perfectly flavored I almost licked the bowl clean.

                                                                                                      The only thing we weren't crazy about was the rice-- but I'm partial to Khan's (if you are ever there when they have rice with lamb, GET IT!) rice.

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                                                                                                      1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                                                                                                        My favorite place to eat Indian Food is Coromandel in Norwalk, CT. It is worth the drive as not only is the food amazing, but the staff and owner truely care about the product they deliver and your experiance.
                                                                                                        The lunch buffet is absolutly one of the best bargains around ($11) featuring an assortment on meats, vegitable, chutneys, sauces etc. I love this place.

                                                                                                        30 Division St, New Rochelle, NY 10801