Pasta is so over. Premarathon carb loaders will pass up the familiar curries on the kosher vegetarian menu for the starchy pleasures of Southern India, including wheat-and-rice-flour dosa with masala-spiced potato filling and thick rice-and-lentil pancakes known as uttapam. Add a can’t-miss appetizer like medu vadai, lentil-flour doughnuts, and you can easily build a meal of various shades of beige. But it’s far from bland—lush coconut chutney and spicy-sour tamarind-lentil rasam broth accompany each main course. Be prepared to share the dosa: The crisp, tissue-thin crêpe, rolled into a three-foot cone, takes up more room than your tiny table allows.
|Venue name:||Madras Mahal||Contact:|
104 Lexington Ave
|Cross street:||between 27th and 28th Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu 11:30am–3pm, 5–10pm; Fri 11:30am–3pm, 5–10:30pm; Sat noon–10:30pm; Sun noon–10pm|
|Transport:||Subway: 6 to 28th St|
|Price:||Average main course: $9. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V|