Do People Actually Enjoy Paying More for Things???
I walked by Curry Dream Indian Buffet on 39th btw. 5+6th the other day, and noticed something interesting: it was kind of packed. I guess this wouldn’t be such a huge surprise, unless you knew a little bit about Curry Dream. I first wrote about this place in March of 2007, back when it was still one of the only under $10 Indian buffets in Midtown (they’ve since raised their prices.) It was ok for the price, but nothing I would have traveled far out of my way for. One commenter wrote that the restaurant might be a little dirty (roaches were mentioned, but this is all heresay). Despite the comments, the restaurant still quoted Midtown Lunch (sort of) in their newspaper ad. Very exciting stuff.
Needless to say, I haven’t been back since- and most of the time the place seemed fairly empty… that is until last week. I walked by during lunch and it was pretty hopping, despite the fact that they raised the price of the buffet at the beginning of the year. This could mean a few things: A) I’m on crack. The place was always crowded, I just didn’t notice. B) It has gotten a lot better since I first visited a year and a half ago. Or C) people love paying more for things. Could it be that a higher price buffet gives people a greater sense of security that their food is clean? What do you think? Has anybody been lately?