this is a topic that gets discussed with some frequency on here, but the answers seem to vary and change somewhat often, so i figured i'd ask.
my girlfriend and i are looking for a great indian restaurant in manhattan. either north or south (or both!) is fine. we are more into traditional cuisine than experimentation or fusion. it doesn't have to be cheap, but we don't really care about atmosphere or service. doesn't have to be fancy at all.
i've looked around on the boards but most of the places people recommend most often--devi, tabla, etc--seem a little too innovative/funky/"inspired". we are kind of looking for out-of-this-world comfort food--really, really, really good chana masala, samosas, etc (we are vegetarians, for the record, but we don't need a lot of options--just a couple of really good dishes will suffice).
chola and dawat both seem like possibilities, but i'd really like to hear people's input/suggestions.
(semi-related tip for brooklyn hounds: lately we've been doing take-out from kinara in park slope when we're craving indian, since the food is reliably decent and the take-out is a great deal - app, entree, rice + naan for $12.)
EDIT: thanks so much for the suggestions so far - just to clarify, we are looking for a place to eat dinner.