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Posted by Mr. Busytime on 04/30/2012
This place is fantastic! The food is delicious and the service is excellent. They are very accommodating and do a great job making sure your dining experience is memorable. This is not a place to impress a client or first date. If you want a great meal and don't mind that the prices are reasonable, do not miss. Namaste.
Posted by Guisseppee Q Schvatzenheimer on 12/28/2011
My wife, daughter, and I visited this neighborhood hole-in-the-wall after seeing Blue Man Group on a Wednesday afternoon in December. I was directed to menupages.com by good ole Google and after reading reviews and seeing the prices decided to give it a shot. The place is pretty nondescript except for the chili pepper lights all over the ceiling. We got there a little after 4 and were the only ones in the place. We were promptly greeted by a friendly server who flipped a breaker and lit the peppers. The complimentary flatbread was like a spicy matzoh: coupled with the dipping sauces and chutney it was a good opening to the meal and disappeared quickly (it helped that we're gavones!). I picked the $7.95 special, which allowed for a suprisingly large variety. I ordered the banana fritter appetizer: it was crispy on the outside, just-right-chewy on the inside, with perfectly sweet bananas (a nice surprise since I was expecting something along the lines of plantains). The server allowed me to swap the soup choice for coconut, which was a bit thin but sweet, though store-bought shredded coconut was something of a letdown. The entree of lamb and mushroom was small but seasoned just enough to get my nose running. (Disappointment: beef was asked for but not ready. We ordered the coconut bread as another appetizer: a must-have tastey treat (we ordered another to take home) soft and warm and inviting. My daughter, the vegetarian in the family, raved about the mixed-vegetable curry, again spiced just right. My wife, who had never had Indian food in her life, was sold on the mildly flavored chicked curry dish. All came with a mountain of rice on the side, cooked with just a hint of crunch and no stickiness at all - just right to load the entrees onto. We paired our main meals with a puffy garlic bread, similar to a pita (and may well have been) but missing the taste of garlic that was expected of something like this. Finally, we quenched our thirsts with some Lassi - My daughter's had bits of mango mixed in, much to her delight: I had never had one so ordered a plain which had the taste of plain yogurt, mixing the tartness of that with just a hint of sweetness, which I must say was pleasing to my palette. Service was attentive and polite at all times. Bottom line: good food at a very good price. Servings a bit small, but you get what you pay for. If you're on a budget, try the $7.99 special. And by all means, enjoy!
Posted by Nicole on 09/13/2011
My husband and I have been coming here for the past 25 years... We love the food and the service. The staff always welcome us with great happiness... I have told so many people about this little jewel. It's great for the family and also for dates. One of the best parts is the lights... Great place to go !!! The Price is right and the food is wonderful !
Posted by Daniel on 05/03/2010
Our meal was bland and gross. The vegetables in the biryani tasted like they were fresh from a can. We couldn't even finish most of the dishes they were so unappetizing. The prices may look tempting, but don't be fooled like us.
Posted by dynomighty on 01/06/2010
I can't get enough of Sonar Gaow - its the BEST Indian food on the block and the Family run style means you are really appreciated here. A must try!
Posted by DustyZena on 11/19/2009
I have been going to SONAR GAOW for at least 15 years. It has the most unique personality and the flavors are memories to treasure. The service is A-mazing--just went there tonight. I tend to like the curry, which is VERY hot, but that means the poor waiter has to refill my water glass every 5 minutes or so. He did so with a smile every time. I almost hate to give this place such a high ranking because that means more of you shlubs will go there and then I won't be able to get in. But it's better than the best on Indian Row. And the atmosphere is something truly unique. GO THERE!
Posted by anonymouse on 04/15/2009
I can't believe there are so many negative reviews of the food- Sonar Gaow is one of my favorite Indian places in the city, and I have been to lots! They have an unbeatable dinner special that for 7.95 you get soup, appetizer, entree, and nan. It's always super delicious and the people there are so nice!