Madras Café (CLOSED)

Restaurants, Indian East Village
A vegan, a vegetarian and an Orthodox Jew walk into a café. No joke—and no problem—at this South Indian sanctuary, where the meat is nonexistent, the dishes kosher, and the chili chutney as hot as the sun. The dimly lit, orange-painted dining room feels miles away from the East Village bustle. Waiters patiently hover nearby before suggesting an order of the flaky adai, an herb-flecked lentil-and-grain pancake (the recipe is from the owner’s mom) that’s perfect for mopping up zingy curry sauces. Idli, lentil-and-rice cakes with chutney, are way more filling than their modest price might imply.


Venue name: Madras Café (CLOSED)
Address: 79 Second Ave
New York
Cross street: between 4th and 5th Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Sat noon–11pm; Sun noon–10pm
Transport: Subway: F, V to Lower East Side–Second Ave; 6 to Astor Pl
Price: Average main course: $9. MC, V
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