706 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1002540.793031 -73.971341
Monday To Sunday From 10:30 AM To 11:30 PM
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Upper West Side
Relaxing, Inexpensive, Great for Solo Dining – Ayurveda is a fabulous place to sit, enjoy and unwind. The food is fantastic. Sitting down and getting served without the hassle or indecision of a menu is great! The food is always amazing, and you can get 2nd and 3rd servings of your favorites. It may be vegetarian, but it is delicious and very filling. Be forewarned, Ayurveda is a quiet little place, so do not go with a large group or plan to have a loud/animated/emotional conversation. Many people go here alone and there's no shame in it! There is usually soothing rhythmic music playing. Go and enjoy. You will not be disappointed.
Good food without the guilt – I try to eat at Ayurveda once a week. Not only is it a great deal, but the food tastes so clean that it can only be good for you. The menu changes every day and I have never been disappointed. My favorite part is the dessert. I never knew vegetarian food could taste so good. Did I mention that you can eat as much as you want? The service is friendly and courteous.
For indecisive eaters... – If you're like me who can never make up her mind about what to eat, this is the place for you. The service is excellent and within a few minutes of walking in, you will be presented with the thali of the day that includes several different dishes (including salad, chutney and rice). The meal includes naans as well. The only thing you'll have to order yourself is the accompanying drink and like one of the other reviewers, I recommend the mango lassi, which is really the best one I've had in NYC. While the food is not outstanding, it is consistantly good and does not dissapoint. Also, don't expect much in terms of decor but the place is clean and not cramped like Thali.
Food for the soul – This place is a gem! Just go in, sit down and be served the lunch time $6.95 (2003) thali-of-the-day with a warm welcoming smile. This very satisfying meal of all the ayurvedic flavors comes with nan bread and a small dessert. The mango lassi is the richest and thickest I have ever tasted.
Simple, satisfying – Here's how it works: you walk in, sit down, and have a vegetarian thali (group of little portions of curries) that invariably includes lentiles, a small salad, some rice, some kind of samosa-like pastry, yogurt, rice, and a couple of sauces. The variation is in the 3 kinds of curry that you get. Also served is a basket of roti.
There is nothing else on the menu except for exotic teas and cold beverages, but with a meal this cheap and delightful, who would care?
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