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Alternatives to Saravanaa Bhavan in Curry Hill

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I've eaten at the place a couple of times in the last two weeks, and the food is as good as ever, as far as I'm concerned, but the service is really bugging me. After I finish my meal, it takes way too long to get any additional service, whether to order dessert or get the check. Because of that, I think I will go somewhere else for a while.

So, what are the best places in Curry Hill lately? I love spicy South Indian vegetarian food but will gladly consider places featuring any other Indian cuisine, especially if I can get some really peppery food there.

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  1. I should add that I also like Chennai Garden and, to a somewhat lesser extent, Madras Mahal. I haven't been to Pongal in ages and went to Bhatti some time ago and liked it but found it a bit pricey for everyday eating.

    1. Have you been to Tiffin Wallah? is this lunch or dinner? I had the buffet once for lunch and thought it was good, if somewhat limited (i much prefer limited selection to old, sad buffet choices, in the size vs freshness dichotomy). I think that you can order off the regular menu at lunch but that may or may not be true - others will have to confirm/deny.

      not my favorite dosas ever but they make a killer uttapam, and i really like the sambar.

      never had trouble with the speed of service there, either.

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

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      1. re: tex.s.toast

        This is going to be mostly for dinner. Thanks for the recommendation.

        1. re: tex.s.toast

          Yes, their uttapam (freshly made, not buffet) is marvelous, and I really prefer their chutneys to Saravannas.

        2. I like Bhojan, which also vegetarian but not as crowded and noisy. Service is more attentive too. The menu is different, though, i.e. Bhojan is North and West Indian (no dosas but lots of tasty chaats and small plates, and the curries also seem to be spiced differently), whereas Saravanaa I think is South Indian.

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          Saravanaas
          81 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

          Bhojan
          102 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

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          1. re: fm1963

            I looked at Bhojan's menu and their Village Voice writup yesterday. It apparently features Gujarati vegetarian food, while Saravanaa Bhavan features South Indian vegetarian, as you mention. Thanks for the recommendation.