The Red Hook Curry House in Red Hook was really bustling on Sunday night. They offer dinner buffets on Tuesday and Sunday. Since I very rarely wait longer than 20 seconds to get a table in the Hudson Valley, I am always impressed when I have to wait 5 minutes. I knew as soon as I walked in there and saw the packed restaurant with beautiful red booths that I was going to have a really Indian buffet dinner. Locals, weekenders, couples, families with teenagers were all feasting here.
The buffet ($12.95 for adults) had quite a few vegetarian options, including mugalawtanny soup. For the main dishes: fish karma, lamb vindaloo, chicken tandoori, and very fresh nan. Everything was delicious and fresh. The service was very friendly too.
Besides the food, I was very impressed with the chai. Anybody who has visited India knows about real Indian chai. It is sold just about every where you go in India. I had my best chai in a run-down hotel in Mumbai in 1998. It always amazes me that even good Indian restaurants in New York City have a very lame version of chai. I will ask for chai, and they come back with a cup of spiced Lipton Tea. I don't know why the restaurants don't make an effort to make the real thing.
Newsflash: Red Hook Curry has the real chai! I couldn't believe it! The chai here is the closest I've come to having chai in India! It is milky, strong, sweet, and re-fills are free! It was the perfect ending to a delicious India buffet. I didn't have room for dessert though the dessert offerings were small anyway.