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Sep 13, 2009 03:12 PM

cheap indian food in manhattan

where do i find authentic, hole-in-the-wall, no-decor, cheap GOOD indian food in manhattan? no waiters, just somewhere to sit (maybe), and made by real indian people from india?
curry and basmati rice and things like that i can make at home with no problem.
but is there somewhere i can get indian vegetarian - uttapams, masala dosais, idlys, bhatturas, etc? and good cheap indian sweets - rasmalai, gulab jamun, burfi, laddus?

far from home (singapore, where i can get all this stuff easy)


serious cravings



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  1. the $6 lunch buffet at Tiffin Wallah is a long-standing CH favorite. Chennai Garden and Saravanaas also get a lot of love. all three are located in the general vicinity of "Curry Hill" adjacent to Murray Hill in East Lower Midtown.

    81 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

    Tiffin Wallah
    127 E 28th St, New York, NY 10016

    Chennai Garden
    129 E 27th St, New York, NY 10016

    1. one more option i forgot to add to my other reply - upstairs at Kalustyan's market there's a little cafe/counter with various prepared also happens to be one of the best shops in the city for ethnic ingredients and spices.

      123 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

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      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        Doesn't sound like what she's look for, though. The really great thing there is the Mujadara, which comes from the Levant - a far cry from South India. Saravanaas - which has a branch in Singapore - seems to be her best bet, though I agree that Chennai Garden is also very good, and I'd add Madras Mahal to the mix.

        81 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

        Chennai Garden
        129 E 27th St, New York, NY 10016

        Madras Mahal
        104 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10016

        1. re: Pan

          Mujadara rules. i second that !

      2. Saravanaas is indeed great. For a more hole in the wall feeling go to Punjabi where Houston becomes 1st st.

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        1. re: ow77

          Just ate here tonight. This place is good! And super cheap. I had a good spinach dish.

        2. brick lane

          and though it is sri lankan, not indian it will hit the spot - sigiri

          further up town and a bit more upscale and pricey is dhaba

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