NYC Metro Area Vegan Restaurant Guide
Vegetarian (mostly vegan)
Menu indicates vegan items
$$$$$ (Average entree cost: $5-$10)
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Lunch 11am-3pm. Dinner 5pm-10pm. Closed Mondays.
Between Park & Lexington Aves. (Closest to Lexington Ave.)
Chennai Garden delivers.
Kosher Indian restaurant
Review by vegyum on June 21, 2010:
- Caste System Treatment at Chennai Garden
I walked at least 10 minutes from the subway just to get to this restaurant, excited to try their food. When I arrived finally, I read the menu posted on the window for a while...a man came out and asked can I help you? After I entered I made it clear that I did not want to sit down yet (I knew I would probably want to get the food to go) and I asked for a menu and immediately the man took the plastic stand with a list of wines off an empty table and handed it to me. I looked at it briefly, put it back and repeated do you have a menu? Again he handed me the alcoholic beverage list . Somehwere during this time I specified a take-out menu. Still no progress. Anyone see where this is going? Essentially they were suggesting I am an alcoholic- that or that they simply didn't want me there (there are a few other reasons I could analyze such as they didn't want to waste 5 cents giving me a take out menu because they thought I wouldn't order anything or they just don't like people getting take out wasting more on containers- i can understand that, but still doesn't warrant this...). Now I will describe what I was wearing- I happened to have a tearing messenger bag (looked like it was falling apart), a few small holes near the bottom of my shirt, and some large pants...this is how i was dressed. I wasn't looking filthy or smelled of alcohol...and after this incident I came to realize that even if I was they shouldn't have treated me like shit. I turned around and asked another man who had come up towards me at this time that that's not what I was talking about (what else would I be referring to when I say "menu" and repeated it several times)- then the other guy said he thought I was talking about an alcoholic list....I literally had to say in a nasty tone "I want food...the food menu" before the second man apologized and gave me a take out menu. Could all this have been an honest mistake? I'm one to give people the benefit of the doubt so yes possibly, but my intuition, the way everything went down, and their blatant ignoring of what I was saying and the fact that they didn't even go further to ask- what do you mean exactly (as if "menu" isn't obvious enough),says no. Now, as this is an honest story despite my feeling angry I admit that I was so hungry and had traveled all the way there from another borrough just to eat there that I decided to order from them (also partly to slap them in the face) I ordered over $20 worth of food, which was okay tasting, but I know I could get my South Indian cuisine better and elsewhere, I'm not going back there any time soon. If you don't want to get treated like crap because you look anything else besides what they think a high-paying clean cut customer should look like, I suggest you go somewhere else. Or better yet, pretend you're a little drunk and shabby and see what happens.
Review by KatieMolinaro on July 9, 2009:
- I went here for the first time last night for dinner. The service wasn't great, but the food was. The menu has a little marker for everything containing dairy (no vegan desserts) which makes ordering so easy.
The samosa appetizer is 2 big, crisp and flaky samosas. We also got the Alu Chana (chickpeas and potatoes) and the Baingan Bartha (eggplant in a tomato sauce), both of which were delicious. Both of the curries came in what appeared to be small bowls, but the portions were actually really large and we had to take the rest to go.
Review by sriram on March 16, 2009:
- And forgot to add earlier - the next menu redesign will feature a vegan thali!Until then it will be accommodated by request was the owners promise
Review by sriram on March 16, 2009:
- had the bajji & sambar iddly - transported me to my mylapore days-finally felt like eating out in chennai!
Review by grumblegrumble on August 28, 2008:
- Wow. I ordered the Masala gunpowder dosai and found it to be virtually inedible. Crackly and dry in some places, soggy in others, messy with a spice coating ALL over the inside, obscenely large, and just...ugh. The potatoes were mushy and the coconut chutney was just so-so. Server barely made eye contact and looked like he loathed every second of his job. I'm giving it a "3" on food in case they make an amazing ______(fill in the blank), but I would not go again
Review by BankBank on June 24, 2008:
- Wanting to try something new, I ordered stuff that I had never tried. The Iddly Vadai combo was... unique. Iddly was a bland clump of soft dough that pretty much totally lacked taste. The vadai was simply a doughnut. This appetizer was neither tasty nor particularly healthy.
I then tried the Gunpowder Masala Dosai, a large, thin crepe with unique spices. This comes with a small dish of yummy potatoes that you can put in the dosai. This was pretty tasty, although it was basically just plain bread and potatoes.
I have a feeling the buffet would be the best choice, as you could sample a lot of different interesting things. I liked that items with dairy were clearly marked on the menu. The atmosphere was nice, a casual place where you could also go on a business meeting or a date. I had to wait about ten minutes to get the check, which was a little bit annoying.
Review by Brauhouse on January 10, 2008:
- Excellent all vegetarian south Indian! The uttappams, iddly in rasam bowl and kala chana (black chickpeas) are my favorites. Highly recommended lunch buffet if you find yourself near Curry Hill...