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79 Solid

This place is famous among midtown curry hounds for its generous and reasonably priced lunch buffet.

1185 Sixth Ave., New York, NY, 10036



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The lowdown

The cozy, plum-and-saffron dining room resembles an upscale cafeteria in a suburban Mumbai mall but the menu includes creations from all over the subcontinent, like delectable Kashmiri lamb rogan josh and Goan giant shrimp in a coconut-tamarind sauce. The Dahi palak kabab playfully reinvents saag paneer as patties of spinach and ricotta. You’ll hate how much you like the Utsav salad’s mango mayonnaise (you read that correctly). The menu can be overwhelming, so feel free to retreat into the comfort of a $40, three-course prix fixe; it has only 144 possible combinations (a gross has never tasted so good).

What you need to know

Insider Tips Daily $21.95 lunch buffet from noon to 2:30 p.m. (including weekends).

Recommended DishesMustard-marinated tandoori lamb chops; chicken haryali kabab; Utsav salad.

DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelCivilized