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Madras Mahal

104 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10016 40.742192 -73.982821
nr. 27th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-684-4010 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Indian, Kosher, Vegetarian/Vegan
  • Price Range: $$

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Nearby Subway Stops

6 at 28th St.



Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Delivery
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out
  • Online Ordering
  • Buffet


  • Beer and Wine Only


Accepted/Not Necessary

Delivery Area

17th St. to 37th St., FDR Dr. to Eighth Ave.


This venue is closed.

Vegetarian and kosher need not mean restrictive. South Indian food is actually kind of fun, since some of the food, which you eat with your fingers, balloons when cooked into unusual shapes. The uninitiated must try some variation of this region's starchy dosai, a crispy, giant, parchment-like rice-and-lentil-flour "crepe" extruded into the shape of a giant bugle then stuffed with spiced potatoes. Tear off a piece and dip it into coconut chutney or rasam, a vegetable and lentil spiced stew. Uttappam, thick pancakes, come with various cooked-in fillings while the disc-shaped idlis, steamed rice cakes, float in bowls of a spicy sambar sauce that's packed, unusually, with turnips, onions, cilantro, and carrots. Kachori, chick pea-flour balls fried to a light, golden consistency and stuffed with mashed peas and onions are served with earthy, tangy tamarind sauce and mint chutney that taste as if they've just been ground and blended. Regional dishes from the northwestern, mostly vegetarian state of Gujarat and meat-eating Punjab, in the far north, are also represented and include sweet-and-sour Gujarati entrées, plus the familiar Punjabi-style dishes known to most as typical Indian food. The narrow, space is spare except for kathakali masks (worn by dancers) mounted on wood panels.

Recommended Dishes

Iddly in sambar bowl, $4.95; uttappam, $7.95; dosai, $7.95-$8.95