NYC Metro Area Vegan Restaurant Guide
Seva Indian Restaurant
30-07 34th Street
Astoria NY 11103
Seva Indian Restaurant website
Not Vegetarian (decent vegan options)
Menu indicates vegan items
$$$$$ (Average entree cost: $5-$10)
Open daily Noon-11pm.
Between 30th and 31st Avenues.
N,W trains to 30th Avenue.
Seva Indian Restaurant delivers.
Sign in the window reads "Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly."
Review by sandybadlands on June 6, 2010:
- I walked past Seva the day I moved to Astoria, and as soon as I saw the "vegan friendly" sign in their window, I knew I had to try this place. For the last year or so, Seva has been our #1 go-to restaurant for takeout and dinners with visiting friends. I love that the menu clearly states which dishes are vegan (online too now), and there is plenty to choose from. (I particularly like the mixed vegetable curry and the soy mirch masala, and they have great samosas too.) The only problem I've had is that the portions sometimes vary when we order takeout, but we've never had that issue when eating at the restaurant. The owner (?) has been known to offer free desserts to try out, sometimes items that aren't on the menu, which is always nice. Everyone's very friendly, and it's a comfortable place to eat.
I'm not even a huge fan of Indian food, and yet I'm very grateful that this restaurant is a block from my house. Definitely recommended!
Review by Melissa Bastian on January 30, 2009:
- When this menu appeared at my door, I thought I was imagining things. When I proved to be neither dreaming nor hallucinating, I was sure that the put-menus-under-doors guy had gotten horribly lost somehow - like, stumbled into Queens instead of staying in Manhattan where he was aspposed to be.
But no, it's true. It's all true. Right here in my very own Astoria, it has happened. The V Word! On a menu! A pretty little green asterisk denoting multiple items! THE JOY!
OK, yeah, so you could say I was excited. But the true trial remained: how would the food be? As you may imagine, not too much dust gathered on that particular delivery menu before it was put to the test.
Much to the joy of my partner and I, we found that not only did they have great options for us, but that the food is awesome! Granted, we're fans of Indian food. But believe you me, there's plenty of mediocre Indian in this neck of the woods - this place serves up anything but.
Of particular interest is their pakora: it's more in the style of tempura, where each vegetable is still whole or in large chunks and fried as separate objects, instead of most of the pakora you encounter where the veggies are all chopped up and mashed together into balls. It's sort of like tempura with pakora batter, if you will. So different, but still quite good, and it comes in a nice big portion.
We have yet to brave the really interesting dishes, like the butternut squash soup, the baghare baigan (eggplant with sesame tamarind sauce and cilantro - fascinating, no?), or the fennel kaddu, which features "sweet yellow pumpkin". We've stuck with the standards such as bhindi masala, aloo gobi matar, chana masala, baigan bhartha (a more standard eggplant dish with BRIGHT GREEN green peas), and vegetable biryani - all of which have been excellent.
One high point: they have lunch time and all day delivery specials, $8 and $11 respectively.
One low point: for reasons incomprehensible, they use chicken broth in their Mulligatawny... but at least they say so on the menu.
Simply to know that I can have a vegan pumpkin dish delivered to my doorstep - well, it makes me love my neighborhood just that much more. And one day I'll stop being such a lazy jerk and actually go eat at the restaurant; I've walked by, but alas, have not crossed its threshold. I will say though that calling them on the phone is never a hassle, the delivery always comes speedily, and they've never gotten the order wrong - which is why I feel justified in giving a service rating. These things matter!
Maybe when I make a visit, I can start trying to talk them into getting some vegan yogurt... because just about the only thing that would make this place better would be a vegan lassi!
Review by ijustdiedinside on August 1, 2008:
- I've only had take out from here, but it was great to be able to get indian food in astoria! I don't think their online menu indicates what is vegan, but their paper menu does. They have a fair amount of vegan stuff that sounds really good.
I've had the chana masala, samosas and paratha and they were pretty good. The paratha was gigantic and greasy in a good way. I also tried some of the baingan bartha, which was tasty too.
I haven't tried it yet but they have some sort of pumpkin curry that sounds great as well as a vegan butternut squash soup.