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“classical Indian upscale dining”
Review of Tulsi

Ranked #1,769 of 14,015 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: Indian
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Midtown
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.
Reviewed August 27, 2012

We had the tasting menu and all 7 courses were perfectly prepared and served. The lamb chops tandoori were outstanding. Service was excellent, and as the restaurant was not full, the sound level was fine. The tables are a bit too close together in the side booths.

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Reviewed July 30, 2012

Friends had suggested a trial evening at Tulsi, a promising upscale, and relative new and seemingly well-rated, Eastside Indian eatery. Our 7:30 pm reservation was promptly addressed and, following cocktails at the attractive bar (well-prepared and served by a charming and youthful bartender), we were seated in the welcoming and elegantly appointed dining area. The menu is equally appealing, complemented by a warm welcome from a well-attired manager and waitstaff. Then things promptly went down hill. First courses for no explainable reason didn't appear for nearly 45 minutes, but they were frankly quite tasty, although not particularly special. Drink service was inexplicably slow again, despite what appeared to be a full staff. Another 45 minutes later (no apparent reason for the extended delay), the main courses were presented by another server. Also pretty good, but again - except for the nicely prepared lamb chops - all were just ok. Candidly, for the lofty prices at Tulsi, pay a cab fare and journey to Tamarind in Tribeca, or simply walk to Amma, just a couple of blocks away. Both have well-deserved followings among Indian food afficinatos. Tulsi indeed has real promise, but clearly needs a LOT of work!

Thank Stockdoc
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Reviewed July 26, 2012

Went with great expectations expecting great service and food for the price they were charging. Had a reservation for 9:30 and we did not get seated until 10 and then we are told to order quickly because kitchen is closing at 10:30. What's the point of giving a table at 10 if you are going to rush customers. Also waiters were not very friendly or helpfu.
Anticipated the food since they were couple of unique items and all I can say coupe of the items were good but the rest were OK. I have had better fusion at Tashan in Philadelphia
Probably not go again....will try Tamarind next time based on reviews by friends

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Thank DHKY4
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Reviewed July 24, 2012

Food was marinated and cooked,and presentation was pleasant,service was slow

2nd visit on a saturday, although restaurant was empty for lunch service needed improvement,although food was only average on this day

Thank 73kamla
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Reviewed June 29, 2012

We decided to try the tasting menu at Tulsi to get a variety of dishes to sample. The food was terrific; I can’t say that for the Amuse Bouche. They should skip that altogether or find something else to make. It was what appeared to be a fried egg roll and it was dry and tasteless.

The first course was fabulous. A spicy, and I mean spicy, tomato soup. I couldn’t get enough of it. Second course was the best crab cakes I’ve ever had. A shrimp dish in a coconut curry leaf sauce followed it and you used your spoon to get every last drop. By the time we got to the chicken I was getting full and we still had the main coming. Wild boar and the lamb chop, both were perfectly cooked and the seasoning was wonderful. The dessert to end the evening was a date cake smothered with a honey-like sauce. I was too full to finish it but it was very tasty.

Now for the service. I agree with one of the reviewers about the ‘green’ staff. They were young, nervous and inexperienced and it showed. Our server started bringing the food while we were still enjoying our cocktail and we felt we were being rushed. We told him to slow down the plates and he got the idea and everything went smoother after that.

Overall the food here is very good indeed and if you like Indian food you will not be disappointed, just make sure you wear stretchy pants:-)

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Thank AppleSpice
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