A standout in a neighborhood crowded with Indian restaurants, this discreet establishment packs in the midtown Manhattan lunch crowd. On a banquet table along the wall, steaming copper cauldrons hold specialties from both North and South India, including the Goa specialty chicken xacuti (succulent morsels of chicken with chile, vinegar, and whole spices) and the Punjabi chana pindi (chickpeas stewed in an onion, tomato, and pomegranate seed sauce). Waiters rapidly replenish dishes and bring piping baskets of naan to the table.
Price: Lunch buffet, $8.95 per person weekdays; $9.95 on weekends.
Save Room for: Jardaloo ma gosht, a spiced lamb stew with apricots and crispy potatoes.