When I worked in the neighborhood, I would visit this restaurant often for lunch, and think that it is the best of its kind in that part of town. Particular favorite dishes of mine are their Coriander Chicken, Baigan Bharta and Aloo Gobi. In fact, of the twenty or so Indian restaurants I have eaten at in New York, this is the best Aloo Gobi in town, with only one or two other places even coming close.
It has a friendly, casual atmosphere. It is not fancy by any means, but I would take that as a good sign. The kinds of places like this where strangers are likely to share a table during the lunch rush always have better food than the Table-cloth places.
The deserts are good too.
Pros: Inexpensive, Friendly, good food
Cons: small seating area