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It seems time for a return to this topic.

The prior discussion, started in 2003, is linked below. Consensus seemed to be Chola and Banjara, Saravanaas for South Indian. Alternatives? Dissent? Newcomers? More outer borough options?

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/257609

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  1. South Indian: Saravanaas
    North Indian: Earthen Oven
    High-end: Devi
    Gujerati: Chennai Garden
    Punjabi: Haandi
    Pakistani: Lahore

    Honorable mentions should go to: Minar, Tiffin Wallah, Chola and Vatan.

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    1. re: JungMann

      Cheap Gujurati: Gujurati Newsstand (but nonexistent service) at 6th and 37th
      Somewhat less cheap Gujurati: Vatan
      Standard N. Indian: Polash (Spanish Harlem!), Banjara (EV)
      Standard N. Indian & S. Indian, somewhat upscale: Chola (Midtown East)
      N. Indian upscale, good but not extraordinary flavors: Tamarind
      Indian fusion: Graffiti (EV), Vermilion (Midtown East) (Indian-Latin)
      S. Indian: Tiffin Wallah (28th and Lex) and Tamil Nadu Bhavan (same area)
      Kathi Roll: Kati Roll Co. (Village, Midtown), Grill 44 (near 44th and 3rd), Bombay Frankie (near Columbia on Amsterdam)

      I'm not a fan of Devi (too expensive and mediocre) or Earthen Oven (too bland).

      The Vegetarian New Yorker: http://vegny.blogspot.com/

    2. Jackson Diner, 74th street in Jackson Heights. I know the neighborhood has many options but the pace is always busy so the food if fresh. The lunch buffet is a must. You will leave very satisfied. You can also visit Patel Brothers market a few door down on your way home. Take either the 7 or E train.