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Tulsi

#1,755 of 12,009 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Neighborhood:
Midtown
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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: Reservations, Late Night
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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  • 61
    Excellent
  • 42
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Exquisite Food, Presentation, and Service in Romantic Atmosphere.

Each course was PERFECTLY prepared and exquisitely presented. Atmosphere is upscale and romantic.Service was top-notch. Enjoyed all three types of samosas -- Fenugreek, Spinach, and Lamb. The Zafrani Jhinga truly are the BEST PRAWNS I have EVER eaten. Zesty Pindi Chole nicely balanced the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 5, 2015
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Maine
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

As exiled Londoners, used to the delights of Cafe Spice Namaste, one of the treats in our NY city breaks is being able to enjoy a really good Indian meal. As soon as we were seated and saw that Tulsi stocked one of our all-time favourite wines, we knew that this was going to be a good night. The menu... More 

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Morris County
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

NOT impressed by the Indian food at this "Michelin Starred" restaurant. It was very spicy and portions very small. Lots of icing and not much of a cake.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

In the busy and loud streets of Manhattan,this small restaurant is located...Never expected but Yes, It was a lovely experience and i must bring in the name. Chef Dhandu Ram really managed to provide a very homely taste. Perfect combo of the real indian food and subtle flavors. Keep it up guys and you deserve the star🌟

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New York City, New York
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224 reviews 224 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
228 helpful votes 228 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Oh god!!! Where do I begin to write about this total rip-off of a restaurant called Tulsi?! Their Michelin-star is totally underserved - neither the food nor the service deserves even one star on tripadvisor, let alone a Michelin star. We went there on a Saturday afternoon and we were the only ones dining there for the entire duration of... More 

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PA and Spain
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115 reviews 115 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

This had the worst chicken tikkha masala we've ever tasted, as if it were made with maple syrup or something. Even worse, however, was the service, staffed by a Russian or French waitress, with so much attitude we all wanted to leave almost as soon as we were seated. Don't know what her arrogance was all about, but no thanks.... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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29 reviews 29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

This is an exquisite restaurant all the way around, in terms of cuisine, ambience and service. Remember, this place has a Michelin star, and deserves it. Their signature dish is the lamb chops, which are possibly the best lamb chops you'll ever have, but don't overlook the lobster masala or their curries. Chicken Tikka starter and cauliflower also very wonderful.... More 

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Lexington, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

We were extremely disappointed with the quality of food at Tulsi. We had eaten at a Michelin star-rated Indian restaurant in London (Cinnamon Kitchen), which was outstanding. We expected a lot more from Tulsi as it has a Michelin star too, but it didn't even come close to other smaller establishments we have eaten at. They could not tone down... More 

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New York City, New York
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33 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Tulsi was a great experience. The restaurant is designed beautifully, the staff is amazing, the food is delicious. The cauliflower appetizer was great and the lobster was beyond amazing. The only one criticism I have is that I wish they had more traditional Indian desserts on the menu. It is hard to finish a great Indian dinner without gulab jamun... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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58 reviews 58 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Each course was PERFECTLY prepared and exquisitely presented. Atmosphere is upscale and romantic.Service was top-notch. Enjoyed all three types of samosas -- Fenugreek, Spinach, and Lamb. The Zafrani Jhinga truly are the BEST PRAWNS I have EVER eaten. Zesty Pindi Chole nicely balanced the Chicken Tikka Masala's creaminess. Guave sorbet was lovely final course after savory meal.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Went to Tulsi to start the night out with the boys well stocked bar and food was topnotch you have to try the sea food on the menu

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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 - 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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