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Jun 13, 2009 10:42 AM

Indian Buffet?

Any suggestions on good, well made food with a variety of options for those of us not too familiar with the different types of indian?

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    1. re: small h

      Utsav is good, but I think Chola is better. Also, Chola is multiregional, with some Southern entrees as well as Northern standards, and they bring mini masala dosas to your table as well. So I'd say that beyond being the best of the buffets it's the best introduction to a range of styles of Indian cuisine.

      1. re: Peter Cherches

        I think currently Chola and next door, Yuva are my choices. Yuva because it has served some hard to find desserts and appetisers that I love. I love making pani-puri in Chola among other things.

        1. re: anil

          I tried Yuva recently and didn't find it nearly in the same class as Chola.

    2. I like the Tiffin Wallah lunch buffet on 28 St & Lex. I'm not an expert, but I believe the buffet includes Northern and Southern dishes. Vegetarian. $6.50 approx.

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      1. re: MahatmaKanejeeves

        Tiffin Wallah has Northern and Southern, but it is restricted to solely vegetarian dishes. For a greater breadth of items, I think a non-veg would be the way to go, Chola or Darbar being very good examples. Some of the buffets closer to home (i.e. Earthen Oven) have very good quality food, but don't offer as much in the way of variety.

          1. re: Daniel76

            I had Dhaba's lunch buffet a while ago. I wasn't impressed. I wouldn't call it bad per se, but you can do much better, especially in that neighborhood.

            1. re: Emmmily

              The reputation of Dhaba's lunch buffet is probably much enhanced by its write-up in the Times. If you are in the mood for non-veg in that neighborhood, Dhaba is okay, but it is not the be-all/end-all people make it out to be.

      2. Tiffinwallah as great as mentioned. I also recommend the lunch buffet at Indian Taj. Veg and Non-veg friendly. The Dal Makhani is also a highlight.

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            1. re: david sprague

              and if we're branching to JH, def. check out Al Naimat; the underdog (but top contender) of the area buffets.

        1. In Manhattan, my choice for what you are looking for would be Chola. Pretty large variety (more than Tiffin Wallah) with a few nice touches with food served tableside (not on steam tables). A bit pricier than some of the other buffets, but still a bargain at around $15.

          1. Nirvana at Lex and 39th is very good.

            346 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10001