DH and I had a craving for Indian last Sunday afternoon and ended up at Rani Mahal in Mamaroneck because we were returning from gigs on that side of the county. It wasn’t the worst Indian buffet I’ve been to, but I wouldn’t say it was great, either - not much in the way of spice, and a lot of white meat chicken (though I will say their saag paneer was excellent - spinach not cooked to mush, and nicely balanced spices with a touch of heat). We used to live just a couple of stops on the subway from Jackson Heights, so we became very spoiled by the wealth of excellent Indian restaurants and the easy availability of Indian ingredients for me to make my own Indian cuisine at home. How I miss Patel Bros.!
Anyway, now that we’re more likely to find a local place rather than make the trek to Jackson Heights, I’d love your recommendations for your favorite Indian restaurants in lower Westchester and/or southern CT (we’re often in the area between Greenwich and Norwalk). Shopping recommendations would be welcome as well. My Indian next door neighbor recommended Bhavik in Elmsford for Indian grocery shopping, but said she never goes out for Indian food (naturally!) so couldn’t recommend any restaurants.