1154 1st Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1002140.769155 -73.955022
Mon-Fri 12pm-3pm, 5pm-10:30pm
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Upper East Side
gone out of business – pongal was my favorite south indian restaurant but unfortunately it went out of business. was a great shock for me. i found another south indian vegetarian kosher restaurant called chennai on 86th and 1 st ave. It is a smallplace but the food is good and has got good reviews from ZAGAT. S o folks go and check out this place. the best part is they deliver too.
Great Food – The food at this place is great, no doubt. The price is moderate. The service is a little on the rude side. Still, recommended if you like south Indian food.
Editorial Review by Citysearch Editors – Freshly prepared South Indian vegetarian restaurant (that's also kosher) with weekend specials and traditional beverages.
My all-time favorite Indian restaurant – I discovered the original Pongal on Lex and 27th a few years ago, and it quickly became my favorite Indian restaurant. I was so pleased to learn the Pongal team had opened another restaurant on the UES, within walking distance of my apartment!
My favorite dish is the onion rava masala -- like a huge, crispy pancake filled with delectable morsels. The other standard Indian classics, such as the chana masala and the saag paneer are fantastic, too. Get the masala tea for dessert (like a chai at Starbucks but a million times better). Everything is very fresh, with none of that overwhelming aroma/spice you'll find in many Indian restaurants.
Don't come here expecting anything fancy. The atmosphere is only ok and the service is so-so. It is wonderfully cheap, though!
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