It was on december 29th 2009. We were looking for the B&H Store and found this indian restaurant on our way. It was freezing cold and while waiting for the light to cross the street, my wife smelled something really good and went inside while I pursue my way with the kids for the store. She rejoined us later with samples of samosa given (you read it right given as free) for us to taste. We had already ate so we asked the owner and told us he was opened until 7PM. We told him we would be stopping by on our return from the Metropolitan Museum, and so we went. The samosas where a delight to eat while walking in Central Park under the warming sun, and decided we would have our supper there upon return to the Herald Square Metro Station.
We had great fun at the Museum, too much indeed that we closed the place... 5PM in central park should not be difficult to make it in time for our forcasted supper. But being with kids (4 of them) in New-York near New Year Eve tends to shorten time and lengthen distance. So we rushed to the restaurant, now freezing since the sun was gone for a few hours now, and arrived at 7:30PM. We though of turning back when we saw the closed door but the owner recognized my wife and opened for us.
This restaurant does not have sitting place but a long bar with stools. Cooks had started to clean the dishes but gladly accepted to serve our little familly. So we took the combos, 1 vegeterian and 1 meat for 8.00 a person. Wow! It was very good, and we have eaten indian in many places(Montreal, London, New-York). We could have suspected the meals to taste all the same but no. All had their distinct flavour. The Tikka Massala chicken was spicy and the Korma creamy and delicious.
When we heard about some dishes containing nuts, which is not uncommun for indian food, we were a little worried since we have members with severe allergies to nuts and peanuts. Places with platters of food already cooked and sitting side by side is ususally not a good thing, but we asked the cooks and owner. The use a different spoon for each dish. We all ate very well in the warmth of this restaurant, sitting at the counter and discussing with the owner. No incident at all regarding allergies, to our great relieve.
The place is very clean. It is not very big, like the 6 of us could not be sitted but we had enough room to eat out of the counter. We sat the kids and remained standing. We watched the cooks and owner clean the place, since it was already passed closing time, and they were very dedicated to the job. We also used the bathroom which also was spotless. The kids took back with them the left over of their meal for they were too full to empty their plate and were given by the owner a free treat : A mango and yogourt drink.
Bottom line, we ate like kings and queens. The food was faboulous for the price we paid. The service was excellent considering it is a takeout counter and discussions with the owner and cooks while we were eating contributed to the great experience.
We would recommend it for everyone looking for very good indian food not too expensive. With a familly of six, the price is to be taken into consideration. Last time in New York it cost us 3 times more for indian food that was not very different from the meal we had here. On value/quality base comparison, Tawa Tandoor seems hard to beat.
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