Reviews

Where New Yorkers Actually Eat in Times Square

With lunchtime seven days a week, Utsav offers a $21.95 all-you-can-eat Indian buffet consisting of nearly three dozen dishes. The food is various and subtly spiced, and always includes tandoori chicken, saag paneer, dal makhani, lentil salads, and a shrimp or lamb dish, plus a choice of two desserts. Warm bread is delivered at intervals.
The views of the skyscrapers all around the second story dining room, and the elegance of the space are other pluses. The chance to overeat so profoundly makes the price worthwhile. Note: The entrance is on 47th Street.

— Robert Sietsema

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).