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Masala Garden (new Indian on West 79th St.)

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Masala Garden (new Indian on West 79th St.)

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Dave Feldman | | Oct 3, 2006 03:23 AM

Masala Garden has taken over the space formerly occupied by Miss Elle's, between Broadway and Amsterdam. I wanted to try it both because it's new and because it offers dosas, which are not easy to find on the UWS. From the menu, it was clear that this isn't a Southern Indian restaurant (the only other S.I. dish is an uttapham and one of the dosas offered was a keema dosa).

It's with genuine sadness that I report that this is a lousy restaurant. The dosa wasn't up to the standards of Hampton Chutney, let alone the better places in Curry Hill or Queens. The chicken vindaloo and lamb biriani that my tablemates ordered wasn't any better.

I've always loved the space, and despite some ornamentation, it looks much the same. I hope it improves, but I'm pessimistic.

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