Spice Fusion Perfects the Under $10 Indian All You Can Eat Buffet

***Update: Since this post was written, the price of this Buffet has gone up to $10.95***

One thing I’ve discovered since starting Midtown Lunch is that most of the time you get what you pay for.  Go to an Indian buffet that’s $9.95 and the quality of the food is not going to be as good as the $14.95 buffet.  Rangole (on 46th btw. 5+6th) was the best deal ever at $8.95, but the quality was a little lacking, and the atmosphere left a little to be desired.  And yet, I love the all you can eat buffets, so I was happy the place was there when I needed my fix.

When Rangole closed, I was forced to look south to Curry Dream on 38th btw. 5+6th.  $1 more than Rangole, it still suffers from many of the same problems.  Good, but not great, clean, but not really… and still, I am just happy it’s there.  (Fat man likey buffet.)  I could pay $10.95 for Sukhadia or even more for one of the expensive Indian Buffets in Midtown (there are plenty, like Utsav), but it is against the under $10 Midtown Lunch rule (read: I’m a cheap bastard, and will sacrifice quality for price).

With the opening of Spice Fusion on 8th Ave. btw. 47+48th, all of my Indian food prayers have been answered.  Not only is the buffet only $9.95, they have take out boxes for $6.95 and the food is not only good, it is borderline great!

What they have, and a +/- after the jump…

Spice Fusion is what I would consider to be a small scale buffet.  There are usually 3 meat dishes, 3 vegetarian dishes, one rice, one dessert, two salads and and array of sauces and chutneys.  You can actually apply most of my Chinese food buffet rules to Indian buffets, with the exception of “don’t eat the bread“, which clearly needs to be ignored when dealing with Indian food, where the naan is going to be one of the best parts of the meal.

My first plate, as always, was a starter plate, as I used it to sample all the meat dishes and the saagwala (spinach), which is my favorite:



Every dish had a very distinct flavor, and none of the sauces were watery- a problem you find at a lot of cheap Indian buffets.  Standard chicken tikka masala was very good, and the rarely seen straight up chicken masala was spicy and delicious.  The lamb rogan josh was also good, and is something they told me is on the buffet every day. 

My string of bad saags at cheap indian buffets came to an end, with their version being particularly good, my only complaint being that it came with “aloo” or potato rather than the standard paneer (Indian cheese).  I would say this was a cheap move to save money, but they quickly disproved that theory by offering a paneer and peas dish right next to the saag. 

Bread is one of my favorite parts of an Indian buffet, and Spice Fusion brings their naan fresh, hot and glistening right from the oven to your table.  In fact, they actually seemed very concerned with making sure all the food they put out was fresh.  When I asked if they ever had Tandoori chicken on the buffet, they replied that you could only get tandoori off the menu or as a take out box, because it dries up and doesn’t taste good when you put that kind of food on a buffet. 

For my second plate, I sampled the remaining two vegetarian dishes, got seconds of the lamb and chicken masala, and tried their extensive selection of sauces and chutneys.  I’m not a vegetarian, but if I was I would be pretty excited about this place.  There are only 3 vegetarian choices, but they were all top notch.  The yellow dal was exceptionally tasty, with this amazing mustardy flavor, and the paneer with pees was also delicious.  A lot of times at cheap Indian buffets, everything ends up tasting practically the same- but here I was really impressed with how strong and individual the flavor of each dish was.

For dessert, I was disappointed to see the standard Indian rice pudding dish (which they have on some days) replaced with some sort of orange dessert thing called Gajar ka Halwa.  Made entirely from carrots, it more than exceeded my low expectations.  Sweet and delicious, seeing it on my next visit will result in a very happy boy. 

All in all, I couldn’t believe how good this buffet was for only $9.95.  And unlike most cheap buffets the atmosphere was warm, inviting and super clean (probably due to the fact that the place is brand new).  And, while normally I would be critical of a buffet that doesn’t offer tandoori chicken, or some of sort of fried something something (can a brother get a samosa or pakora up in this joint???), it was overshadowed by the effort they put into making each of the dishes superb.  My only fear is that when word gets out, it will be so crowded they won’t be able to maintain the quality.

On second thought, this place is terrible.  Nobody should go.


  • All the dishes are far better than you would expect from a $9.95 Indian buffet.
  • Nothing was watery
  • The naan comes out fresh from the kitchen
  • If you aren’t in the mood for buffet, they have take out or delivery boxes for $6.95
  • The Vegetarian options are delicious
  • It’s a buffet… and all buffets are good
  • A really large selection of delcious sauces and chutneys


  • It’s a small scale buffet, and a decent size restaurant.  If it is full, I could see there being a problem with lines and keeping the food stocked
  • There is no tandoori chicken, so your office mate who only eats the “red chicken with no sauce” may have to eat some real Indian food!
  • There are no pakoras or samosas!  (I’d rather have dried out fried stuff than no fried stuff at all!)
  • They seem to put a lot of care into all their dishes (and not serving popular items that don’t fare well in a buffet setting).  I’m afraid that once they become popular, they won’t put as much care into the food!
  • With tax and tip, the meal comes out to around $13 (which is technically more than the $10 Midtown Lunch “rule”)

Spice Fusion, 777 8th Ave. (btw. 47+48th), 212-757-8100 


  • This place would be just what the doctor ordered if they could only relocate to 46th and 5th. Sounds and looks fantastic.

  • UGH, why does it have to be all the way on the west end?!

  • Reminds me Of England during the 70′s when indian food served in restaurants here mutated into anglicanised/indian.

    I wonder if it’ll happen there.

    Cheese whiz Saag anyone?…Vindaloo Burger? Dupiaza hotdog?

    Chicky tikka masala was invented in Brimingham apparently.

  • something sort of near me! something delicious! excellent!!!!

  • who are you tipping at a self-serve AYCE buffet?

  • Yay! It’s about time that Midtown west got an Indian buffet that wasn’t positively frightening to eat at. I still have the mental scars from eating at one on 39th/8th years ago. This place looks MUCH better.

  • Gajar halwa is one of the best things on the planet! I love it so much. I hate that I may now have to shlep to the West side to check this place out.

    As for chicken tikka masala, fakest Indian food that ever faked. It’s like the equivalent of chop suey or something. That doesn’t mean I won’t EAT it, but it so doesn’t count as authentic Indian food… which would make sense if Rudy is actually right about it being invented in Birmingham.

  • mok — you tip the waitstaff, who bring you naan and drinks, take away your stacks of dirty plates, and refill things at the buffet ..

  • can someone recommend a place that has good indian take away on the east side?? and don’t tell me that crappy indian place in grand central…ugh.

  • Just went and it was supreme. All of the dishes were execellent, especially the saag (not sure what was in it – some sort of barley?). The naan came uber-fresh, straight from the oven to the table. Highly recommended.

  • What are the vegetarian besides saag? you said they were top notch, but didn’t mention what it was or did i read too quickly?!

  • The yellow dal and the paneer with peas.

  • I’m having a dosa for the first time today and I’m not much liking it. GOod thing I order a paratha and I’m eating the potatos with it and it’s so yummy! So I was wondering if there are any good paratha places near the 50s on park ave. I tried Kati roll and loved it but it’s just wayyy too far now. It makes me sad..

  • I was at Sukhadia’s today for lunch, and I was fairly disappointed. The food doesn’t seem as good, or as fresh, as it used to be. The once friendly staff has become jaded, slow, and rude. I ordered 9.80 of take out, and the cashier wouldn’t let me get a free soda b/c it was for orders of $10 or over…give me a break…any good owner would let you get a soda for free, and I have before…

  • fedthefish – try Curry in a Hurry on Lex and 28th…best and cheapest take out around

  • If everyone got free soda, madness would ensue and the sky would crumble. …this place looks delish! I will definitely try although I don’t know how I feel about carrots (in any form) for dessert.

  • Considering the Lamb Rogan Josh is $17 on the a la carte menu and any vegetable curry is $12, it would be asking a bit much for the buffet to come in under $10 w/ tax & tip included.

  • Hey, Zach. this was a great review!!! My mouth is watering as I read.

  • Vive Riceball – not a fan of carrot cake then!? Shame!

    That indian carrot dessert is SO good. I also like the dough in the honey syrup!

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