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211 East 46th St., New York City, NY 10017
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Ranked #568 of 11,642 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $20 - $40
Sun 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Cuisines: Indian
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: 2nd & 3rd Avenues
Transit: 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.
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.
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English first
Atlanta, Georgia
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68 reviews 68 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

This is not your typical "wedding banquet" Indian joint. As befits the east side the restaurant is elegant in a casual way , not overdone but a very nicely done room. Service is extremely professional, something that has seem to gone by the wayside. Most importantly the foot was delicious. The cauliflower appetizer and Mulagatawny soup were fabulous and I... More

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Izmir Turkey
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82 reviews 82 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

NYC is an ethnic foodie's paradise, there is something for everybody here. Tulsi's got good reviews so we gave it a shot. The food is very nice and the staff are competent. I am very familiar with good Indian food and this didn't knock me out but did the job. Major complaint is the price - I have a tough... More

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Berlin, Germany
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We had dinner at Tulsi and started with an inspirational indian inspired cocktail. The Tandoori Lamb rack where spicy and tender combined with the slight and wondorful smocky taste of the Tandoori. Lovely naan bread basked accompanied our food. Great!

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Chisinau, Moldova
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54 reviews 54 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Tulsi is a bit of fusion Indian, not your traditional menu and somewhat adapted to NYC tastes -- and wallets. The cheese appetizer was beautifully spiced and my chicken main course was delicious. i was a little surprised to see the papadam come as store bought crackers and didn't think the coriander chutney was anything special. But the whole dining... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

When I read that reviewers found Tulsi too spicy, I just had to go there. The entire meal was wonderful from the lamb kebabs to the tandoori prawns. The description of the prawns didn't do the dish justice -perfectly cooked, succulent, great flavor profile. The descriptions of the dishes do not prepare diners for the level of spice - fine... More

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St. George, Bermuda
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72 reviews 72 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Having been recommended by the Indian Consulate - we thought we would give it a try. We were not disappointed. The décor is modern and clean. It is not a pretentious or "affected" pretense at an Indian village or anything kitsch. Our waitress was wonderful. Initially quite shy and reserved she grew into the role and was very helpful with... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

The experience started on a good note with starters being of great quality but everything from there on was a disaster , the main course as well as the side dish that we ordered tasted more like rice mixed with red chilly powder .

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Isla Mujeres, Mexico
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68 reviews 68 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We have known the Chef at Tulsi for 10 years but lost touch 5 years ago as he moved from another restaurant across town. This new restaurant has a better ambience than the previous the food is at least as good if not better, it has a Michelin Star and if you like Indian flavours is amazing. So full of... More

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New York City, New York
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102 reviews 102 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 via mobile

Service was superb and the food was excellent. Loved the crab cake appetizer - perfectly spicy. The curry seafood entree was tasty as was the onion naan. I wasn't a fan of their acclaimed lamb chops but I'm not particularly crazy about them anyway, so I'd go with my boyfriends opinion on them, which was that they were excellent.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

I took a friend who had never had Indian food before. We ordered the vegetarian tasting menu. Counting the "amuse bouche" not on the menu, there were 9 courses. I chose to add the wine pairing, which was exceptional! The wait staff was attentive, and responded well when I asked them to give us more time in-between courses. It was... More

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