We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Get food delivered
OR
Get food delivered
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
Read more
Updated 10/02/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Pongal
Updated 10/02/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

Ratings and reviews

RATINGS
Food
Service
Value
Atmosphere

Details

PRICE RANGE
$10 - $30
CUISINES
Indian
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Kosher, Gluten Free Options
View all details
meals, features, about

Location and contact

Gramercy-Flatiron
0.4 miles from Empire State Building
Improve this listing
Reviews (186)
Filter reviews
153 results
Traveler rating
57
57
21
6
12
Traveler type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
More languages
Traveler rating
57
57
21
6
12
Show reviews that mention
All reviews thali malai kofta rice south indian food lexington avenue local favorite tasty food recommend this restaurant vegetarian spicy dishes nyc
Selected filters
FilterEnglish
Updating list...
Reviewed March 31, 2020

I came here with friends based on a recommendation for a vegetarian Indian restaurant, and we were all happy with our meals. The medu vada and the pakoda are really good, as are all of the different dosai, the gobi masala, and the malai kofta....Our waiter was really friendly and made good suggestions as to what to order, as we were a bit lost in the big menu.More

Date of visit: May 2019
Helpful?
490taylorc, Owner at Pongal, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks a lot! We appreciate your business and look forward to seeing you again!

Reviewed January 5, 2020

Delicious flavors, substantial portions, quick service at a busy weekday lunch time. Seating is tight, but so are a lot of places in NYC. That's life. Service was cordial/reserved, but food was phenomenal. The husband and I wandered in here and ordered 2 lunch specials...($10.95 each) and it was plenty of food. Order any of the daily specials and you will be happy. I guarantee it.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Helpful?
490taylorc, Owner at Pongal, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks a lot! We appreciate your business and look forward to seeing you again!

Reviewed January 2, 2020

We ordered the Gujarati and Mumbai Thali for lunch. It took a while to get the order, so I believe they are partially making fresh food. The thali was tastefully arranged, and all the dishes were delicious. It was quite sumptuous, and I had to...leave one of the rice dishes untasted. It did leave us a bit bloated after the meal. Not sure if the quantity was too much, or if there was something added to the food to create that feeling. They do add a 15% gratuity to the bill, so don't be tricked into adding tips again. I do recommend this restaurant for lunch.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Helpful?
490taylorc, Owner at Pongal, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks a lot! We appreciate your business and look forward to seeing you again! gratuity is included only for 3 and more and is mentioned on the menu too

Reviewed December 28, 2019 via mobile

This is one among the many Indian Veg restaurant's in Lexington avenue and have mouth watering Thali. The portions are of right size and one can have a sumptuous meal all cooked to perfection in true south indian style.

Date of visit: December 2019
Helpful?
490taylorc, Owner at Pongal, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We're so glad that you enjoyed your experience! Thank you for the review.

Reviewed December 14, 2019 via mobile

High level of flavour. Authentic ingredients and huge portions. Will definitely be back at this local favorite! Top people.

Date of visit: December 2019
Helpful?
490taylorc, Owner at Pongal, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for the great review! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience.

Reviewed October 15, 2019

Our family of South Indians went to this restaurant because of our good memories of this place about 2 yrs ago. We travelled a long distance from another part of the city as we were craving for South Indian food. The place was clean &...there wasn’t anything to complain about ambience . We had a rude shock, however, when the food didn’t live upto our expectations at all . Meduvada tasted as though they were old ones recycled by refrying them . Masala dosas were large but tasteless. We remember both these items to be excellent on our previous time. Chutney tasted as though they came out of fridge. Previously , we didn’t mind the high prices because of the high quality . But quality wasn’t there to support high price being charged this time. The manager made repeated demands for payment by cash although price was close to $80. However , we insisted on card payments .More

Date of visit: October 2019
Helpful?
490taylorc, Owner at Pongal, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We're sorry about your experience. Please call us if you'd like to talk about the specifics of your situation.

Reviewed August 24, 2019 via mobile

I had the dosa here which was gluten-free as it should be, unlike at other places in the city where I found that they mixed a bit of wheat flour in the batter. The servers are knowledgeable about food allergens, so do let them know...about your allergies and they can suggest the options accordingly. My friend had the dahi vadas too and quite liked it.More

Date of visit: August 2019
Helpful?
490taylorc, Owner at Pongal, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks a lot! We appreciate your business and look forward to seeing you again!

Reviewed July 2, 2019

This is one of the rare restaurant where you will find only veg options. The ambiance is really good and resemble a typical South India style setup. The best thing about this restaurant is they start preparing the food only after the order. Therefore, sometimes...food comes late but the wait is worth of it. Moreover, you can always get the taste customized as per your choice like more spicy or less spicy. Highly recommend this place if you like Indian food.More

Date of visit: June 2019
Helpful?
490taylorc, Owner at Pongal, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for the great review! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience.

Reviewed April 17, 2019 via mobile

This has become a family favorite for Indian food. We have the feeling we could close our eyes and point at the menu and still have a delicious meal. It's all vegetarian and so it all works together seamlessly. The service was also friendly and...helpful.More

Date of visit: April 2019
Helpful?
490taylorc, Owner at Pongal, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We're so glad that you enjoyed your experience! Thank you for the review.

Reviewed April 16, 2019

This place has great South Indian dosa. It is vegetarian, tasty. and clean. However the service is so poor that it outs a damp on my lovely culinary experience - every time. They do not take Amex, and when you offer another card they have...a minim (not advertised) of $15/ card. Come prepared :)More

Date of visit: April 2019
Helpful?
View more reviews
Best nearby
Best nearby hotelsSee all
The Gregory Hotel New York
1,422 reviews
.54 miles away
Hilton Garden Inn New York/Manhattan-Chelsea
2,452 reviews
.53 miles away
U Hotel Fifth Avenue
1,181 reviews
.47 miles away
Kimpton Hotel Eventi
3,966 reviews
.50 miles away
Best nearby restaurantsSee all
Covina
147 reviews
.03 miles away
Dhaba
247 reviews
.00 miles away
Bhatti Indian Grill
218 reviews
.03 miles away
Pippali
121 reviews
.04 miles away
Best nearby attractionsSee all
Kalustyan's
67 reviews
.04 miles away
Repertorio Espanol
23 reviews
.05 miles away
Ben's Bagel Tours
56 reviews
.05 miles away
Stone Creek Bar and Lounge
5 reviews
.05 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
MokshS8
May 13, 2017|
Answer
Response from Capri_mootsz |
U can ask n thy will do
0
Votes
Melissa F
May 5, 2017|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from leonardg904 | Reviewed this property |
Dont recall..ring or email them.....they are vegetarian anyway but I doubt they get an OU if theyre open saturdays regardless of ownership.
1
Vote
Is This Your Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Free Listing