Utsav, Indian restaurant near Times Square

 Utsav, Indian restaurant Midtown Manhattan

Utsav, Indian restaurant Midtown Manhattan

I have heard about Utsav so many times, my Indian colleagues liking this place and mentioning it very often when discussing the various Indian restaurants Midtown. So, I finally went there for lunch, benefiting from their buffet that, although pricey ($22) is still a good deal for the quality of food, especially since Balucci's and its 50% discount for lunch closed. Their dining room is quite big and I liked the fact that it was bright, but it definitely misses some charm, looking more like a restaurant you would find in a hotel.

 Dining room at Utsav, Indian restaurant Midtown Manhattan

Dining room at Utsav, Indian restaurant Midtown Manhattan

 Waiting area at Utsav, Indian restaurant Midtown Manhattan

Waiting area at Utsav, Indian restaurant Midtown Manhattan

Food wise, the buffet offers quite a nice selection of dishes, ensuring the heat level is bearable. My favorite there was the dal makhani, this black lentils dish that you can find on most of Indian restaurants menu. This one was thick as oppose to the watery ones I had in the past. Then, I loved the Murgh Shahi Korma, that is pieces of chicken smothered by a delicious cash nut and almond sauce. So creamy.

 Dal Makhani at Utsav, Indian restaurant Midtown Manhattan

Dal Makhani at Utsav, Indian restaurant Midtown Manhattan

 Murgh Shahi Korma at Utsav, Indian restaurant Midtown Manhattan

Murgh Shahi Korma at Utsav, Indian restaurant Midtown Manhattan

As far as vegetarian dishes are concerned, their veggie makhanwalla, made of assorted vegetables and cottage cheese, bathed in a creamy tomato sauce was also a winner. But I have to admit that the bhindi masala, made with okra was a option; I discovered okra in an Indian restaurant and, being mainly a non-vegetarian, I enjoy it very much. 

 Veggie Makhanwalla at Utsav, Indian restaurant Midtown Manhattan

Veggie Makhanwalla at Utsav, Indian restaurant Midtown Manhattan

 Bhindi Masala at Utsav, Indian restaurant Midtown Manhattan

Bhindi Masala at Utsav, Indian restaurant Midtown Manhattan

Dessert was also good, with Gajar Ka Halwa, a sweet carrot pudding, or a mixed fruit mango mousse that was not too sweet, maybe counterbalancing each other. I was glad that they propose two options as I am always frustrated that in buffet desserts are sacrificed.

 Gajar ka halwa at Utsav, Indian restaurant Midtown Manhattan

Gajar ka halwa at Utsav, Indian restaurant Midtown Manhattan

 Mixed fruits mango mousse at Utsav, Indian restaurant Midtown Manhattan

Mixed fruits mango mousse at Utsav, Indian restaurant Midtown Manhattan

Here are other dishes I tried:

Rice pulao and vegetable biryani:

 Rice pulao and vegetable biryani at Utsav, Indian restaurant Midtown Manhattan

Rice pulao and vegetable biryani at Utsav, Indian restaurant Midtown Manhattan

Chana Palak (chickpeas and spinach cooked in mild spices):

 Chana Palak at Utsav, Indian restaurant Midtown Manhattan

Chana Palak at Utsav, Indian restaurant Midtown Manhattan

Delicious tandoori chicken:

 Tandoori chicken at Utsav, Indian restaurant Midtown Manhattan

Tandoori chicken at Utsav, Indian restaurant Midtown Manhattan

Fish vindaloo (spicy):

 Fish vindaloo at Utsav, Indian restaurant Midtown Manhattan

Fish vindaloo at Utsav, Indian restaurant Midtown Manhattan

Spinach fritters (my least favorite):

 Spinach fritters at Utsav, Indian restaurant Midtown Manhattan

Spinach fritters at Utsav, Indian restaurant Midtown Manhattan

And of course, all the fixings: raita, tamarind sauce, chutney, onions, etc.

 Fixings at Utsav, Indian restaurant Midtown Manhattan

Fixings at Utsav, Indian restaurant Midtown Manhattan

 Fixing at Utsav, Indian restaurant Midtown Manhattan

Fixing at Utsav, Indian restaurant Midtown Manhattan

As well as naan:

 Naan at Utsav, Indian restaurant Midtown Manhattan

Naan at Utsav, Indian restaurant Midtown Manhattan

It was quite good and I will definitely go back to Utsav. Maybe for their week end lunch special as they serve dishes like Dosa or Uttapam at that time in their buffet.

Enjoy (I did)!

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