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South Indian newcomer spices up Hicksville

Taste of Madras, a Southern Indian restaurant, had

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Just added to the intriguing mix of Indian restaurants in Hicksville is Taste of Madras, serving a menu of Southern Indian specialties. The restaurant takes over the former Curry Club space.

Owner Raj Ram, who hails from Chennai, named some dishes you probably won’t find at most local restaurants. Under the menu heading of “extreme South Indian delicacy” are aapam, fluffy pancakes with egg...

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Namaste America: Indian buffet comes to Deer Park

Vegetable biryani at Namaste America, a new Indian

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Namaste America, new to Deer Park, is driven by the concept of Indian buffet. Owner Andy Advani adds that diners who prefer can also order off the a la carte menu.

Some dishes you’re likely to find on the table are makhani chicken (also known as butter chicken), methi chicken, which is cooked with fenugreek leaves, tandoori chicken, soy bean korma and, at the more wide-ranging dinner buffet,...

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Chennai Dosas: Midday buffet bonanza

A Mysore masala dosa sits atop an uttapam

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Chennai Dosas announces its presence with only a makeshift banner draped in its window, underneath the sign of its predecessor, Dosa Diner in Hicksville.  Bear this in mind when seeking out this Southern Indian vegetarian restaurant, which looks as though it might be a genuine dining destination.

A recent afternoon buffet lunch, at $8.95 a person, was more than just a bargain; it was...

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Chennai Dosas replaces Dosa Diner in Hicksville

The new Chennai Dosas specializes in the vegetarian

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Chennai Dosas entered the thriving Indian restaurant scene in Hicksville last month when it opened in the strip mall storefront that last housed Dosa Diner. As you see from the above photo, it's still awaiting a permanent sign.

Like its predecessor, the place serves a vegetarian South Indian menu with an emphasis on the stuffed lentil rice flour crepe known as the dosa. A once-over of the...

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Delhi 6, Hicksville: Off the buffet table

This is the buffet at Delhi 6 in

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It was lunchtime when a friend and I stopped into the spacious new Delhi 6 Indian Frontier Cuisine in Hicksville.

Everyone in the main dining room, it seemed, was partaking of the restaurant’s large and varied lunch buffet. “What kind of bread would you like; naan, garlic naan or puri?” the waiter asked, assuming we’d be hopping on the buffet bandwagon. Bread, it seems, is gratis in the $9.95...

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Delhi 6: New and Indian in Hicksville

Chicken tandoori at Delhi 6 in Hicksville.

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Delhi 6 Indian Frontier Cuisine is now on the frontier of Hicksville’s Indian restaurant scene, opening in the cavernous former digs of Jaiya Thai. Chef co-owner Noddy Singh, who used to be with the nearby Royal Bukhara Grill, said the place has seating for about 150 people. There's also a bar, lounge and private party room.

Delhi 6 serves a lunch buffet from 11:30 to 3 p.m. weekdays ($9.95...

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Southern Spice in NHP: Point and order

Paneer pudina tikka is a vegetarian specialty at

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I’m easily distracted in restaurants by passing food. Last night at Southern Spice in New Hyde Park, a waiter walked by our table carrying a plate of food that was visually smoking, audibly sizzling. “What was that?” I asked on him on his return trip. “It’s not on the menu," he replied. "It’s the paneer pudina tikka.”

Paneer pudina tikka, it turns out, is a vegetarian dish wherein...

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