The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene.
Consider spicing up your life — as well as your lunch hour — by going out for an all-you-can-eat meal at one of Long Island’s bargain-priced Indian buffets. To get the best of these spreads, go at the height of lunch hour, when dishes are replenished regularly.
Here are some places to check out the chicken tikka masala and garlic naan.
A gracious spot whose buffet holds such dishes as chicken tikka masala, tandoori chicken and fluffy malai kofta — mixed-vegetable balls in a creamy coconut sauce. (Monday to Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., $11.99; Friday to Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., $13.99)
10 Woods Corner Rd. (off Route 25A), East Setauket; 631-751-4845
This strip-mall eatery serves an assortment of vegetarian and nonvegetarian dishes out of pretty copper kettles. Standards include chicken tikka masala, tandoori chicken and dal (lentils), along with gulab jamun (honey balls) for dessert. Naan is brought to your table. (Monday to Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., $10.95; Friday to Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., $11.95
6092 Jericho Tpke., Commack; 631-462-0003
At this South Indian vegetarian restaurant, you’ll want to try the light, fluffy idli (steamed doughnuts) as well as made-to-order dosas (potato-filled rice-lentil pancakes), chapati (wheat bread) and the airy uttapam (dosa batter with filling baked inside) with onions, chiles and peas. ($8.95 Monday to Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; $9.95 Saturday and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)
128 Broadway, Hicksville; 516-681-5151