129 E. 28th St., New York, NY, 10016
nr. Lexington Ave.
By AceMontana on 4/13/2004
I am appalled that the lunch buffet is only $6! Not only is this cheaper than all the other Indian joints in the vicinity, the food is fresher and more flavorful. The downside is it's a fairly small buffet, only about 4 choices. However, with the soft breads, the 2 kinds of rice, and an assortment of chutneys and sauces to accompany, 4 entrees is plenty (as long as you don't crave meat). Try to leave room for the exotic dessert that varies each day.
By NYFoodie53 on 8/3/2005
Chennai is always wonderful. Great food and service with a lovely bright and colourful decor makes it my favorite restaurant. The lunch buffet really is the best deal in town, especially because its constantly being replenished with hot and fresh S.Indian snacks (which unlike N.Indian food doesn't get better as it sits around). I've taken so many people there and it never disappoints. Curry Hill can be a mine-field, with restaurants like Saravanaas or Pongal, which look great from the outside but have awful food and service, and its great to have a reliably wonderful restaurant you can impress your friends with!
By vmalur on 4/14/2007
Food was good. Owner's attitude was very bad. He was welcoming and greeting only non-Indians. Any Indian got cold to a luke warm welcome and a big STARE. Even though we spent $50 in Lunch on April 12th, he was very disrespectful with us and ignored us. We are NEVER going back here. Their neighbors-Saravana Bhavan have a better attitude towards customers-why not go there!
By bgbg on 8/27/2008
We just walked out of there after the waiter told us that our entrees would not be brought out until the appetizers were done with! that too very rudely! when we called the manager, he started to yell at us and told us that he had lived in NY for 27 years (huh?). We walked out... such attitude for someone that failed a health inspection
By GeorgeCross on 7/29/2010
I had a bad vibe as soon as we walked in as the guy at the door was pretty rude, non-welcoming. We sat down and then he came over and asked us to move - bearing in mind that the place was only half full at max. I watched as other customers' orders came out, and it looked quite authentic and impressive. But when I got mine, I was far from pleased. The food was OK at best. Trying to order extra food or drink was an ordeal. You could not pay me to go back.
By az123 on 1/7/2012
i was really happy to see that chennai garden is back... i love their foods and the servers over there are really friendly... i went yesterday with my friend and was really surprised to see the same old friendly servers.. i will be going back there for sure...
By Anat on 1/16/2012
I am a tough critic when it comes to food as I am considered a serious cook. After being disappointed with most Indian restaurants in the area ,we went out to dinner at Chennai Garden -what a pleasant surprise ; Delicious food !!! fresh , clean- a great pleasure. We are most definitely going back and as often as we can. owner and staff helpful and friendly too.