This vegetarian Indian restaurant is a light, wallet-friendly alternative to most Theater District eateries (there’s a $10.95 all-you-can-eat lunch buffet). Amid understated decor, patrons can expect a steady stream of marvelous chats (yogurt-chutney-and-cilantro-dressed chickpea, lentil and potato fritters) served by friendly waiters. The mixed pakora—deep-fried vegetables with a tangy, sweet dipping sauce—are great finger food. For dessert, choose from among the colorful array of sweetmeats, the house specialty.
17 W 45th St
|Cross street:||between Fifth and Sixth Aves|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Sat 10am–9pm|
|Transport:||Subway: B, D, F to 42nd St–Bryant Park; 7 to Fifth Ave|
|Price:||Average main course: $9. AmEx, MC, V|