vegetarian friendly restaurant needed in Midtown East (high 40s/50s)-not too $$$, not salad bar
Also on 58th is Chola, with a lovely buffet ($14?) that includes southern Indian items, which is not as usual as the normal Indian restaurant. Very fresh, and delicious! I love this place.
The whole 58th st. block is India Uptown, so you can browse. But yes, my vaves are Chola and Dawat. I think Chola is more Veggie friendly, and with less common dishes than the norm.
In the 70s are the two Candle places, but that is out of your stated area.
Dawat (Indian), on 58th between 2nd & 3d, has a vegetarian lunch for just under $20 or so. (They have several lunch specials, each consisting of a variety of dishes; one of the combo choices is vegetarian.) I have had it several times and always enjoy it very much. (Some of the dishes include dairy. The vegetarian combo lunch is not vegan.)