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