Ayurveda Café is the first restaurant I went to when I moved to the UWS, and for this reason alone it would forever have a special place in my heart. However, I've grown fonder and fonder of Ayurveda Café as I've kept going over the years. I love the calming, warm atmosphere and the kind -- although yes, somewhat aloof -- staff. Yes, the food is better on some days than others, but part of the experience of Ayurveda Café is that it is as if you were in a mother's kitchen, not as if you were in a chic downtown bistro owned by a celebrity chef. Definitely go if you're in the neighborhood, and don't leave without picking a fortune from the box in the center of the café!