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Tulsi

#1,357 of 11,430 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
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211 East 46th St., New York City, NY 10017 (2nd & 3rd Avenues)
4,5,6,7 Trains to Grand Central. M101, M102, M103 Buses to 44th St.; M15 to 46th St.; M15 Select to 42nd St. or 50th St.
+1 212-888-0820
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12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Tulsi features distinctive regional Indian cuisine created by Chef Hemant...
Tulsi features distinctive regional Indian cuisine created by Chef Hemant Mathur, critically acclaimed for his clean, distinct flavors and a master of tandoor cooking - from savory street food and breads to tantalizing vegetable specialties and fragrant curries, to signature tandoor-grilled meats and seafood. Designed for comfort, relaxation and the enjoyment of food, drinks and conversation, the 55-seat dining room and 15-seat bar/lounge reflects modern India with a nod to cultural traditions and motifs. Guests may also enjoy a seven-course Chef's Tasting Menu (also a Chef's Vegetarian Tasting Menu) and bar snacks, as well as a thoughtful list of spice-friendly wines, handcrafted cocktails and beers. "Tulsi" (pronounced TOOL-see) means divine basil.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good food at a price

Tulsi is a high end Indian restaurant with all the amenities of similar high end places in town, but with an Indian menu. The food came in courses and was excellent, but was a little pricey and formal for us.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Tulsi is a high end Indian restaurant with all the amenities of similar high end places in town, but with an Indian menu. The food came in courses and was excellent, but was a little pricey and formal for us.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We planned for a dinner at Tulsi and travelled all the way from New Jersey just to end up in disappointment. Not impressed with the vegetarian food. Based on reviews we ordered the cauliflower appetizer and was just ok.Paneer appetizer was weird with raspberry and gooseberry sauce😳 The main course was just normal Indian food and nothing worth the Michelin... More 

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

I rarely visit fine dining places as I am more fond of street food and fast food culture. The welcome at Tulsi was little awkward as all bearers gave a strange look though we had booked the table well in advance. We were late though, but restaurant was not full. I was apprehensive to take my kid who is 18... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

I have tried Tulsi twice and have been disappointed both times. The food is just weird - cauliflower coated in mayo; mutton patty, devoid of mutton, served with a maraschino cherry; shrimp cooked with canned fruit cocktail (in the height of summer when when fresh produce is in abundance). This attempt at "creativity" is simply unappetizing and a misguided, failed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Surely in the same class as Dawat. Both are favored by Indian families who come with small children who scream and are an intrusion. Food and service excellent. Neither is up to the standard set by Tamarind and they have a "no children" policy.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

The four of us went for different dishes. Tikka masala and vindalho chicken were excellent. We were served bubbles from the Champagne menue although none of the wines from the list were from Champagne. Strange. However, wonderful meal nicely matched with wine and warm, friendly service.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Maybe our expectations were too high for 1 Michelin star...but we found our food too spicy (for the main course) and the portions too small, though the dessert was amazing. The chef was to be seen several times in the room (did not come to talk to any of the customers?). The decoration was nice but nothing amazing. The prices... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Brought a friend here from Paris who claims this to be the best Indian food he's had. Excellent service and the Restaurant Week lunch menu was outstanding. We will return.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

I went to Tulsi a couple years ago and was super impressed. I'm not a big Indian food fan but I walked away amazed. We did the tasting menu on the last visit and on this visit and were not disappointed. It is really some of the best food ever...and the best anywhere. This time they had a Michelin star... More 

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Traveled to NY for a work related trip and decided to dine at Tulsi after reading many of the positive reviews on Yelp and TripAdvisor. We are so glad we went! The decor was trendy and romantic at the same time, wish I brought my husband! We were seated in one of their semi private tables surrounded by sheer draping... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 211 East 46th St., New York City, NY 10017
    (2nd & 3rd Avenues)
  • Public Transportation: 4,5,6,7 Trains to Grand Central. M101, M102, M103 Buses to 44th St.; M15 to 46th St.; M15 Select to 42nd St. or 50th St.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighborhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 212-888-0820

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 to 40
  • Cuisine: Indian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining

Description

Tulsi features distinctive regional Indian cuisine created by Chef Hemant Mathur, critically acclaimed for his clean, distinct flavors and a master of tandoor cooking - from savory street food and breads to tantalizing vegetable specialties and fragrant curries, to signature tandoor-grilled meats and seafood. Designed for comfort, relaxation and the enjoyment of food, drinks and conversation, the 55-seat dining room and 15-seat bar/lounge reflects modern India with a nod to cultural traditions and motifs. Guests may also enjoy a seven-course Chef's Tasting Menu (also a Chef's Vegetarian Tasting Menu) and bar snacks, as well as a thoughtful list of spice-friendly wines, handcrafted cocktails and beers. "Tulsi" (pronounced TOOL-see) means divine basil.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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