I went to Chinese Mirch (120 Lex., corner of 28th St.) with two companions today to try out this cuisine. We arrived for lunch and were told the two available lunch specials. We had a choice between chicken with chili sauce or veggie balls in chili sauce w/ either veg. fried rice, or veg. fried noodles. Lunch also included a pleasant corn soup as a starter and a veg. spring roll. The food was nice, although not spectacular in any way.
We had been looking forward to splitting some dishes, since we wanted to experience Indian/Chinese cooking, but this is not available at lunch-- you can only order one of the two lunch specials, you can't order from the menu. The specials are probably not the same every day, but the choice we had is typical: soup, entree w/rice or noodles, & spring roll. Perhaps if we had been able to pick our selections, we might have found something we really liked a lot-- some of the choices on the dinner menu looked tempting. As it was, we had a pleasant enough lunch, the set price was $6.95. Anyone wanting to check out this place, know that options at lunch are very limited. Lunch is served from 12-3, dinner 5:30-10:30. Dinner entrees are in the $8-15 range.
Two odd things about this place: one is that, on looking at the menu more closely, it would appear that a slightly greater choice for lunch is available for takeout only (maybe we should have done this and eaten in a park somewhere). The other odd thing is that they don't serve any tea-- not at lunch, not at dinner, not ever, according to what we were told. I woulda thunk that in combining the cuisines of China and India, they'd come up with a cup of tea!
ps-- the chicken we had lunch did not seem to be the same as the Chili Chicken dish recommended by the original poster about this place (going by the description in the dinner menu).
I'm still waiting for a chance to get out to Tangra Masala in Queens. Not sure if I'll go back to sample the dinner menu at Chinese Mirch.