Location: 81 Lexingtion Ave. (at 26th st.)
Price: $5 – $17 ( Most dosas are $7 to $10.25)
I don’t get too many chances to hit up Vegetarian restaurants in the city, mainly because there seems to this stigma that Vegetarian = Bad tasting food? Not filling? Bland? So, at a moment recently when I couldn’t eat meat, I took the opportunity to explore the Indian Vegetarian scene briefly with a friend of mine. Oddly enough, for our first stop ‘Curry in a Hurry’ was CLOSED due to some inspection notice…its strange because I’ve NEVER seen that place closed but I’m glad that the rat gods gave us a simple sign to stay away. We decided to swing by Saravanaa Bhavan, a place I’ve walked by plenty of times and read about in NYmag recently.
The funny things is that as soon as we opened the menu it felt like we were reading a menu written in Hindi or something because we didn’t know the difference between a thalis or a mysore bonda nor rest of the Indian vegetarian menu. We figured getting dosas was a safe bet and I went with the onion & mashed potato dosa (mashed potato = filling). I liked all the little sauces & chutney that came out to dip in and I liked the rice…but, friend wasn’t so keen on the rice nor the overall taste of the dosa.
I think he was just bitter that the food wasn’t filling him up. Most of the dishes seemed to come out with the same sauces and all the dosas seemed to vary in size quite a bit. I’m glad I got a chance to go but, I think I’m going to have to step it up and find a REALLY good hearty vegan/vegetarian restaurant to convince my hungry friends to go.