Known for its spices, Indian fare jolts the taste buds in a manner that kissing an electrical socket could never match. Enjoy shockingly good cuisine with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Indian and Sri Lankan Cuisine, plus one dosa ($4.50 value; a $34.50 total value) at Dosa Garden in Staten Island.
Dosa Garden's menu brims with authentic Indian and Sri Lankan dishes. Begin breaking bread with a date, friend, or soft-hearted velociraptor with a meatless appetizer such as the panner pakora, a dish of deep-fried Indian cheese cubes coated in a spicy besan batter. The restaurant's namesake dosa––thin rice-and-lentil crêpes––are available plain or stuffed with a vast variety of exotic fillings. The masala dosa finds itself spun around a dollop of mildly spiced mashed potatoes, and the mysore cheese dosa smuggles spicy chutney, cheese, and potatoes inside a savory batter blanket. Once appetites have been suitably piqued, engage their undivided attention in an entree such as the lamb curry, a delicacy stewed in spices from the Chettinad region, or the sheek kebab, featuring ground and marinated chicken roasted in a tandoor clay oven.
Diners can opt to cap their feasting foray with a sweet or salty lassi or top off stomach tanks with bites of gulab jamun—warm, homemade soft cheese balls dipped in honey syrup. The simple furnishings and intimate size of its dining room makes Dosa Garden prime real estate for a romantic night out or an impromptu performance of Our Town.