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Indian Buffet?

cups123 Jun 13, 2009 10:42 AM

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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    small h RE: cups123 Jun 13, 2009 11:35 AM

    I like this place for lunch:


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      Peter Cherches RE: small h Jun 13, 2009 11:39 AM

      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.


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        anil RE: Peter Cherches Jun 21, 2009 05:02 PM

        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.

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          Peter Cherches RE: anil Jun 22, 2009 02:54 PM

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

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      MahatmaKanejeeves RE: cups123 Jun 13, 2009 05:28 PM

      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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        JungMann RE: MahatmaKanejeeves Jun 15, 2009 07:19 AM

        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.

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          Daniel76 RE: JungMann Jun 16, 2009 08:22 AM

          I hear DHABA is the place to be.

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            Emmmily RE: Daniel76 Jun 20, 2009 11:54 AM

            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.

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              JungMann RE: Emmmily Jun 21, 2009 07:47 PM

              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.

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        rchakrab777 RE: cups123 Jun 20, 2009 11:24 AM

        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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          bigjeff RE: rchakrab777 Jun 20, 2009 06:00 PM

          indian taj in jackson heights?

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            david sprague RE: bigjeff Jun 21, 2009 08:58 AM

            or delhi heights in JH as well

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              bigjeff RE: david sprague Jun 21, 2009 12:52 PM

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

        2. Miss Needle RE: cups123 Jun 22, 2009 02:58 PM

          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. NAtiveNewYorker RE: cups123 Oct 22, 2009 07:38 AM

            Nirvana at Lex and 39th is very good.

            346 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10001

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