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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Kosher, Gluten Free Options
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a traditional south indian spicy lentil and tomato essence soup
a traditional lentil bean and vegetable soup with indian spices
Mulligatawny Soup
delicious blended bean soup with tomato, lemon and herbs
Mixed Vegetable Soup
mixed harvest vegetable soup with light spices
Tomato Soup
fresh harvest tomato soup with green peas and light spices
Fresh Garden Salad
cucumber, tomatoes, lettuce and carrots
chopped vegetable salad mixed in a mildly spiced vinegar and lemon dressing
Idli (2)
steamed lentil and rice mix cake with chutney and sambar
Medu Vada (2)
steamed lentil and rice mix cake with chutney and sambar
Idli & Vada Combo
1 each of no. 8 and no. 9 with chutney and sambar
Bonda (2)
fried potato fritters with chutney and sambar
Masala Cashew Nuts
madras style friede spicy cashew nuts
Spinach Pakoda
chopped fresh spinach and chick pea flour fritters
Onion Pakoda
onion with chick pea flour and mild spices
Paneer Pakoda
cottage cheese with chick pea flour and mild spices
Batata Vada (2)
hot and sweet fried potato fritters with hot and sweet sauce
Kachori (tuar) (2)
two kinds of pea fritters served with sweet and hot sauce
served with coconut chutney and sambar
pancake made of rice and lentil flour
Onion And Peas
Onion And Pepper
Pepper And Peas
Mixed Vegetable
onion, tomato, peas and carrot
coconut and cilantro
hot chillies and cilantro
served with coconut chutney and sambar
crepe made of rice and lentil flour
crepe filled with spiced onions and potatoes
Mysore Sada
plain spiced crepe
Mysore Masala
spiced crepe filled with spiced onions and potatoes
Paper Sada
thin crispy crepe
Paper Masala
thin crispy crepe with spiced onion and potatoes
Butter Sada
crepe cooked with butter
Butter Masala
crepe cooked with butter and filled with spiced onion and potatoes
Onion Sada
crepe with fried onions
Onion Masala
crep with fried onions and spiced potatoes
Pongal Special
special rice and lentils cooked with sweet and spice, served with coconut chutney and sambar
Kashmiri Pullav
basmati rice cooked with dry fruits nuts and vegetables saffron with raita
Tamarind / Lemon / Tomato Rice
Mixed Vegetable Biryani
basmati rice mixed with spiced vegetables served with raita
served with basmati rice
potatoes, eggplant, yam and snow peas cooked with spices
Sukhi Bhaji
boiled potatoes stir fried with hot pepper, onions and nuts
potatoes, eggplant, yam and snow peas cooked with spices
Sukhi Bhaji
boiled potatoes stir fried with hot pepper, onions and nuts
Whole Moong
green lentils cooked with tomato and onion sauce and spices
Kala Channa
black chick peas cooked with tomatoes, onion sauce and spices
Tuvar Baingan
eggplant and pigeon peas cooked with onion and hot spices
served with basmati rice
Malai Kofta
vegetable fritters cooked in a rich creamy mild sauce
Mutter Panner
fresh home made cottage cheese cubes cooked with green peas and mild spices
Alu Mutter
sliced potatoes gently cooked with green peas and spices
Palak Paneer
home made cottage cheese cubes cooked in a puree of cream spinach and spices
Alu Palak
cut potatoes cooked in a thick puree of cream spinach and spices
Channa Saag
chick peas and cream of spinach cooked with spices
Shahi Paneer
cottage cheese cubes cooked with onion and tomatoes and sauteed in butter
Vegetable Kurma
(navratan) mixed vegetables cooked with mild spices and creamy sauce
Channa Masala
chick peas cooked with spices, onions and cilantro
Alu Channa
cut potatoes and chick peas cooked with mild spices
whole wheat
Chappati (2)
flat bread topped with oil
Phulka (2)
oil free flat bread
Lachaa Paratha
flake and multi-layered bread
Alu Paratha
thin bread stuffed with delicately seasoned potates
Peas Paratha
thin bread stuffed with mild spices and peas
Poori (2)
deep fried puffed bread
Poori And Masala
puffed bread served with mashed potatoes
Chana Batura
large puffed bread served with chick peas and spicy curry
Rava Idly (2)
cream of wheat steam cake with shreds of carrot and mustard seeds
rice cooked with lentils, vegetables and spices
Mini Idli
mini steamed lentil and rice mix cakes with chutney & sambar
Fried Idli
mini idli fried with spices
Masala Vada
fried lentils with onion and spices
Yogurt Rice
yogurt, cilantro, cucumber, mustard seeds and curry leaves
samolina, cooked with butter, lentils, indian herbs and spices
eat in only all served together in a special plate
Royal Thali
todays chefs special vegetables, rasam, raita, chapati and desert kheer
Mysore Special
idli, vada, mini onion utthappam, mini masala dosai, coconut chutney, sambar and carrot halwa
Gujarathi Thali
kachori, batata vada, undhiyu, kadhi, poori, khajoor chutney and shrikhand
South Indian Thali
rasam, sambar, yogurt, porial, vegetables, plain rice, tamarin rice or lemon rice or tomato rice, pulka, papad, pickle & carrot halwa
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Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

Pongal is a traditional South Indian restaurant serving traditional dishes such as Dosa and Idly as well as curries. We enjoyed their thali that had a number of veg items, and chutney, and dessert at a reasonable cost. I work in India and this is...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Jennie2461
Reviewed 29 August 2018 via mobile

Hotel reception was good. But having name as pongal, pongal took them 20 mins to deliver.they were too late on delivering items.South Indian meals was horrible and quantity too less. Fried rice is worst of the kind .never tasted something like a white rice ....More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Anand M
Reviewed 23 August 2018 via mobile

Great food, well put together on both subtle and strong flavors. This restaurant deserves to be popular and is worth a visit. Service was a bit stressed however and could definitely be improved.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank SunE45
Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

We arrived for lunch. Ordered Palak Paneer, Daal and Whole wheat bread. Palak was under cooked; bread was half baked. And after being told about the terrible food they had the cheek to add 15% gratuity!! Totally avoidable.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank VikasPratap
Reviewed 15 August 2018 via mobile

Just finished eating a meal here. They have a platter with a meal. This is the second time that I am here so I tried another one. It was great. Good, tasty simple food- just what I needed. For someone who is new to Indian...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Larry_A9
Reviewed 30 July 2018 via mobile

This is actually my favorite place in NYC ! love the food here. Cocktails are a plus. Can’t Wait to go back in august!

Date of visit: October 2017
Thank sarahvagne
Reviewed 9 July 2018

What a gem. This food was fantastic. The restaurant was packed and the service was great. Chicken Tikka, Curries, the bread...just a great place for Indian food. We were lucky to have beat the onslaught of diners that arrived around 8:00 p.m.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Beebah01
Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

Pongal is a rice based South Indian dish and the restaurant is named after it. The Pongal dish in this restaurant is one of the best I had. Though the other items are decent, I had better. Do try the Pongal in this place.

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank Masked-Caper
Reviewed 1 July 2018 via mobile

The place is as hot as an oven can get. An old AC in a corner of the room which was off until told to switch on! It is summer, AC is common sense in NYC. Extremely pricey for the quantity of food. Bland food...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank lakshubkn
Reviewed 29 June 2018

amazing idlis they simply melt in your mouth, great selection of dosas espeically rava dosas were done so so well, wadas for good too, didnt care for uttapams as much and the pongal special dosa, idlis couldnt have my fill will be back for more...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank namanniy
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