129 E 27th St, New York, NY 10016
(212) 689-1999Add Hours
Chennai Garden Inc
Chennai Garden Restaurant
Cuisines: Caterers, Family Style, Indian, Take Out, Healthy, Vegetarian, Kosher
Alcohol: Beer, Wine
Price Range : Below Average
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02/05/2011Provided by Citysearch -
Wish I'd read about Chennai Gardens' health violations before eating there. I thought it was odd they didn't post their inspection results, as many restaurants do.
Place smells funky. Food isn't good. I love Indian food, but won't go back to Chennai Garden.
05/10/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Tried this spot for lunch last week since it's near the office and I was impressed with the lunch buffet. For only $6.95 you get your choice of 8 or so items, with 4 of them being entrees. I loved three of four of them and went back for seconds. It's vegetarian, southern Indian food, so it was a bit spicy and all around delicious! I didn't find the wait staff to be particularly pleasant, but then again they didn't interfere with my experience much since I served myself for the most part.
10/10/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Please try this restaurant for yourself and don't be dissuaded by the negative reviews, which I find hard to understand. I've been a regular customer for years and this is one of my favorite restaurants. The food is delicious and prepared according to your specifications. The staff has always been friendly and professional. The menu denotes which items have dairy and which are dairy-free, and also tells you which items are spicy and non-spicy. The menu offers a wide selection.
08/27/2008Provided by Citysearch -
We just walked out of there after the waiter told us that our entrees would not be brought out until the appetizers were done with! that too very rudely! when we called the manager, he started to yell at us and told us that he had lived in NY for 27 years (huh?). We walked out... such attitude for someone that failed a health inspection
03/11/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I would never go here..the food was horrible. The service was lacking as well. On top of it the owner is so arrogant. My friend stopped by one day to ask about catering. Now all the good restaurants in Curry Hill are asking $12-15/pp, this dude has the audacity to ask $18-$25/pp for only 2 vegetarian dishes!!!!! Ridiculous!!! I can understand if you're asking for several dishes and meat, but 2 vegetarian items no appetizer...who does he think he is..and his food is not even that good.
Don't go here, go to any other restaurant on the block!
11/30/2007Provided by Citysearch -
After this evening's treatment during my first dining experience at Chennai Garden, I have made it my primary mission to notify the whole universe of the restaurant's poor etiquette and audacious tactics. The evening started out pleasantly, with prompt seating and nice greeting. We were served our appetizers in record time, a definite plus. The interesting Behl Vada appetizer was so tasty and made the Assorted Appetizers platter pale in comparison. The servers were attentive but it got to a point of absolute rudeness when one tosses the check on the table and then each server comes by every 2 minutes constantly seeing if we forked over our cash already, even while we were enjoying our Chennai coffees (very good, by the way). There were tables open, the place was emptying, and no one was waiting. What's the rush? I thought about ordering some more food to go and contemplating a return visit but after witnessing how they kept trying to remove the check from our table (even though we didn't even sign the stupid credit card receipt yet), that was the last straw. The food service was good but I will never return or recommend this place.
05/04/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I am pure Indian... Born and raised in Indain. I think I know Indian food!!!! I have eaten in Asia, Europe, Africa. This place by far is the worst example of Indain food. I am sorry the service is like you just walked into MCdonalds and no one values your business.
Compling or requesting to rectify an issue regarding the food being so skimpy is a SIN in this place. They look at you like you are asking to visit GOD.
My girlfriend and myself made a special trip to this restaurant since its a block away from out favorite (Chinese Mirch). She was craving SouthIndian food and I was craving something different!
We got to the place and she ordered Cheese Dosa(typical South Indian Dish), its a stuffed flour wrap.. Usually stuffed with potato and spices. We requested cheese Dosa, since it was marked as special on the menu.
The Dosa looked awfully thin, so we opened the wrap and it barely had any cheese or anything. It was like someone just had cheese and sneezed on the dosa and whatever fell out was all we got..(imagine that). So i asked the server his opinion on the stuffing. He looked at me like I was speaking english and not his language. So we asked for regular potato dosa instead.... Guess what !!! same thing.... At this point complaining was useless, so we ate the dough and left for a better meal.
Sorry DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME & MONEY. Make a trip to Jackson Heights and get some real Indian food.
03/25/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Horrible management! I met with a group of people for lunch on the weekend. It was loud from customers. The table was shaky. I asked the manager for a table that was not shaky,he said not to worry---he could not move it. Loud disco style/modern indian musak---made conversation impossible. The food was good however. This was the noisiest restaurant and rudest management I've come across.
03/18/2007Provided by Citysearch -
So I'm from Chennai, whatever that's worth. I don't cook traditional Chennai food, but this place tastes just like my mom's cooking. Their dosas are phenomenal, the rasam vadai was so traditional and delicious, and the sambar was SO much better than those in other south Indian places. It had a vegetable that we call drumstick, I'm not sure what it's called in America, but that's a super-traditional addition to sambar. The idli was not soggy like it usually is at restaurants and they even give you chili powder to dip it in (if you ask for it). Don't go here if you're looking for phenomenal service. I haven't had a bad experience with the service, but it's not great. They are also a better-decorated Indian place. I've seen very large parties seated without any hassle on a Friday night.
12/12/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Thought I would take the path less traveled and ventured into the alley where it was the lone station. Bad call?the station was dirty, the engine broken and the conductor sleeping. If the criteria is to get snarls from the owner (or owner pretend) and be surprised by the greasy servings then I would have recommend them for a Michelin star! Why must you exist when you cannot provide good food or service is beyond this foodbum?s comprehension.
09/08/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Delicious. Maybe the best Indian place I've been to in NYC. And I actually found the service to be fantastic. The owner and servers were very friendly and attentive, and my friend and I were never pressured to hurry up or leave. I would absolutely recommend this place.
07/17/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Delicious food, excellent service, and a pretty atmosphere make this a great choice for dinner and the $5.99 lunch buffet makes it an even better choice for lunch!
The food is consistently wonderful - I've been coming here for years, and the owner has always been accomodating and friendly. I love this place!
A hearty two thumbs up!
04/09/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I love Indian food and consider myself to be quite an expert on it. Chennai Garden is my favorite Indian restaurant in the city. They have authentic Indian at amazin prices. This restaurant is VEGETARIAN; there are NO MEAT dishes whatsoever. The seats are uncomfortable if you are sitting against the wall on wooden benches. It's a rather cramped and busy restaurant and it closes early.
08/13/2005Provided by Citysearch -
After reading bad reviews, I thought: How could service be rude for a buffet? To my surprise, the owner is breathing down your neck even when the restaurant isn't full. I'll go back to this neighborhood for Indian but I'll go a few doors down to the restaurant on the corner.
12/22/2004Provided by Citysearch -
We went for a buffet as a group of four on a weekday. Food was very good. When we were winding down, the owner comes up to us and says, if you are done, can you leave, as there are people waiting. I was surprised but said ok, give us a few minutes. He came back in 2 minutes and reiterated the request. We left in a hurry. On the way out, I told him that what he did was rude and uncalled for. I told him that this what one would expect at a cafeteria and not a restaurant. His response - my prices are lower than cafeteria prices. I was shocked. As I said before, if you can put up with such service, go there.
12/05/2004Provided by Citysearch -
I've had the lunch buffet at Chennai a couple of times, when I have been in the neighborhood. It is terrific, as is the value. $6 and there is much tasty food, all of it fresh and continually refilled. I am not a vegetarian but, almost all the dishes were great. Frankly, when you compare what you can have here for lunch, versus McDs or so many other sandwich shops in the city, there is no comparison. Go hungry and enjoy.
05/22/2004Provided by Citysearch -
the food was wonderful. sometimes the vegetarian restaurants compensate with a lot of oil to make the food rich and tasty...not chennai garden. the vadai rasam was delicious and spicy. so was the masala dosa. the service was fine; in fact our food came out very quickly...granted it was a sunday night but the place was pretty full.