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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)

pregnant

serious cravings

help

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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.

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    Saravanaas
    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 items.it also happens to be one of the best shops in the city for ethnic ingredients and spices.

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      Kalustyan's
      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.

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        Saravanaas
        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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