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Vegetarian/Vegan Dinner at Pongal Indian Restaurant

**Come any time between 6pm and 9pm, stay as long as you want, or leave when you need to. You will pay for only the food you order (plus tax and tip).**

Assorted Appetizers

Cited by New York Magazine as one the the Top Ten Best Vegetarian Restaurants in New York City, Pongal is a South Indian vegetarian restaurant with a devoted following among the critics and the public alike. It is also remarkably reasonably priced, with almost all entrees costing from $7.95 to $9.95, and almost all appetizers running from $1.95 to $4.95.

Medu Vada gives Pongal a very high food score of 23, and says: "Home to South Indian specialties not easily found elsewhere, this Curry Hill dosa nirvana surprises with its delicious kosher-vegetarian bounty."

Chana Masala

Eric Asimov writes in the New York Times review, "The delectable vegetarian cuisine of South India is the specialty at Pongal, where the food is kosher as well. The centerpiece dishes are the daunting dosai, huge crepes made of various fermented batters that are stuffed and rolled into cylinders that can stretch two-and-a-half feet. But they are light and delicious, filled with spiced mixtures of potatoes and onions."

Paper Masala Dosa

For those of you who have never attended one of our Meetup events: this is an incredibly friendly and welcoming group. It will be easy to find us: just ask the waitstaff where the "meetup" is. (Our big group will be easy to spot.)

Gujarati Thali

** You are welcome to show up anytime between 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM. You may stay the whole time, or feel free to leave whenever you need to. **

Masala Dosa

Pongal's web site:

Subway Directions: The closest subway is the 6 Train at 28th Street (then walk over one block from Park Avenue). Alternatively, take the N or R to 28th Street, or the B, D, F, M or Q to 34th Street.

Please join us for a wonderful South Indian vegetarian dinner.


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  • Classy D

    The food was yummy, and the conversations nice!

    January 8, 2014

  • Stefan

    Great Conversations. Thanks David for sharing the history of the NYC Vegetarian & Vegan Meetup Group.

    January 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fun and enlightening people!

    January 8, 2014

  • David G.

    Excellent food, but even more excellent company. Fantastic to meet the delightful new members who attended, and a great pleasure to spend time with all our wonderful regular members. Hope to see you all again soon!

    January 8, 2014

  • Ira H.

    good food - good company

    January 7, 2014

  • Sheela

    I love dosas and idlis! Used to live in a Yoga ashram where we had them occasionally or went to Madras Woodlands, when it was still in Manhattan.

    1 · January 4, 2014

  • Sudheer

    If you don't have plans yet for New Year's Eve, you are invited with a FREE ENTRY to , but only Veg/Vegan food they have is Vegan Sausage with Potato Salad and Fries,, for details check out:

    December 24, 2013

  • vencyag24

    Looks delish! Too bad I'll be out of town. Next time!

    December 18, 2013

  • Inocencia

    I will be there since the "Little India's" neighborhood is very familiar to me given that I work on 27 & First. I feel hungry already :-)

    December 18, 2013

  • David G.

    Minish, I know this is a favorite. Pongal, Saravana Bhavan, Bhojan. As you know I like Chennai Garden. Too bad they have closed, used to have a great spread.

    December 18, 2013

    • Janet

      Chennai Garden reopened recently where Tiffin Wallah used to be.

      1 · December 18, 2013

    • David G.

      Excellent -- thank you, Janet! I love Chennai Garden!

      December 18, 2013

  • Donna E. S.

    This sounds wonderful -- I will be soooo happy to eat with other vegans!!!!! Not only do people in my neighborhood not understand -- they are downright ignorant and mean.

    December 17, 2013

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