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“Pleasantly, quietly modern South Asian cuisine” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Tamarind

Tamarind
41 E 22nd St, New York City, NY 10010
(212) 674-7400
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Ranked #962 of 11,751 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: Indian
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Park and Broadway
Transit: 6, N/R trains to 23rd Street
Description: Owner Avtar Walia and Executive Chef Raji have come together to open an elegant and modern Indian restaurant with dishes not seen at other Indian restaurants. Children Facilities - No (High Chair or booster seat not available, Strollers must be checked in)
New York City
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“Pleasantly, quietly modern South Asian cuisine”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

While not as glamorous as the TriBeCa location, the Flatiron venue flies under the radar in this neighborhood, much like Novita, an Italian spot around the corner. It's not fine dining, but upscale enough to save for a special occasion. But it's also casual enough to call for a reservation on the morning of. The table size is spacious for Manhattan, and despite the average ceiling height, the length of the dining room lends an air of relaxation in comparison to the cramped spaces which are all too common. The seating is comfortable.

The service is excellent, if a little stiff -- While short on personality, the servers know their menus inside & out, are not phased by special dietary restrictions, and are most accommodating with their time. There's zero attitude here. And the bussers work miracles, clearing a table of five, after entrees, on one arm!

The cocktail menu left a little to be desired, but I doubt anyone comes for the drinks alone. The food is the main draw. All the classic flavors & combinations of South Asian cuisine are there, but the kitchen ups the ante with presentation, technique and slight variations to the canon. Highly recommended: The scallop appetizer, the poori as big as a lampshade, the okra entree & vegetarian thali, the lobster masala, the shiitake entree, and all the lamb & goat dishes.

Perfect for: groups of 4 to 6 people, entertaining out-of-town guests, friendly gatherings with casual banter.

Not a good choice for: small children, picky or non-adventurous eaters, groups of ten or more, intimate dates.

Handicapped accessible? Yup!

Reservation required? No, but recommended.

Avg price per? $50 at dinner

Worth it? Yup!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Taste of modern India in New York”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

Fed up with hamburgers ans shakes we were advised that Tamarind was an excellent alternative.
We completely agreed after wonderful diner in very nice ambiance.

Visited May 2013
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“Great indian food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

This is a very fancy, very beautiful indian restaurant. The food is a little bit gourmet, but is deliciuos. And your find almost all the clasics here.
It is pricy but its worth it, you can see many indian people around, whici is always a good thing. Ant the time i went there we found Keiffer Sutherland dinnign right next to us.
The service is amazing, really nice all the waiters, the plates and the place are impecable.
But most importan AMAZING food.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Superior”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

This is the finest Indian or Indian influenced restaurant in New York (along with its sister in Soho and Junoon). Tamarind is easily compared to the best in New Delhi, Mumbai or London. And it is to be compared with the best French or Italian or American restaurants in New York. I am familiar with both the restaurants in India as well as here.
Those who make inane comments like "I can get it for less on Curry Hill" or "my mother cooks better" went to the wrong restaurant in the first place. This is not an Indian restaurant and not to be compared to an Indian restaurant as Westerners know them. This is an elegant, outstanding culinary experience.
Do not order the same dishes that you might order in a typical North Indian restaurant. Read reviews and follow advice. Look at the descriptions of the dishes and decide what tickles your palate.
This is an excellent experience and, yes, the prices are New York prices. Dinner including wine, taxes and tip (no dessert or coffee) was about $85-90/person.
If you want to treat yourself to one outstanding culinary experience in New York, this is it. We're from San Francisco and we made our reservation well in advance because we knew what we were going to get. The 22nd St restaurant is quieter, more sedate. That fit us. Apparently many prefer the SoHo spot.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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“Best Indian in NYC”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

Was very pleasantly surprised by this Indian restaurant. Food was excellent - very traditional with lots of flavour and spice. Good wine selection as well. Service was also excellent - polite and welcoming. Would advise to make a reservation as this restaurant gets very busy. Would definitely go again.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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