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Soho Tiffin Junction
Posted by Local foodie on 11/02/2014
I'm a big fan of Indian food, especially South Indian (dosas) so was intrigued by this new place. While I recognize this is designed for a broader palate than a pure Indian crowd, the food is a bit different from what one would get at a typical "authentic" place (e.g. they have pork and beef on the menu) and I'm all for fusion / experiments, so on that front, all was cool. Was disappointed with the servers - it's counter service rather than waiter model, but there should still be greater attention to customer needs and questions, particularly with a complicated menu and pricing options (e.g. the smaller plates turn into larger ones if you go for the options that they themselves recommend). They also have a few options listed that apparently aren't available any more and my server was a bit rude about that. Take it for what it is - a welcome addition to the Indian cuisine scene - but overall, if you want dosas - you're better off at one of the increasing number of authentic destinations (including on the Lexington / 29th strip).
Posted by Stella Whitson on 08/10/2014
Fourth time to Soho Tiffin Junction. Went with some friends from J Crew who are actually from South India! I love this place. 1) Great food culture - good quality meats, organic potatoes, dairy and eggs, and other ingredients. They try to eliminate most of the major allergens. 2) After eating here I don't get acid reflux, bloated tummy or feel drowsy. I can eat this food for lunch 2 to 3 times a week easily. I got my "healthy bowl": > No Rice, mix of Spinach and Tomato & Tamarind Mung beans, Half Pulled Pork and Half Kale & Cauliflower. > I add Medium & Coconut chutney and Matchstick Carrots. I use the "Responsible" Hot sauce on the table. My meal had amazing flavors. It has close to zero bad carbs and I get to enjoy some meat and yummy green veggies. My friends ordered what they termed "typical meal" - > Dosa on side, Sambar (traditional lentils) in cup, Lemon Rice, Potatoes and Chicken. > For toppings they took Mild & Coconut Chutney and Matchstick Carrots and used the "Not Responsible" hot sauce to spike it. It was fun to see the happy contented look on their faces and gave a big stamp of approval for me. This time I also had the Kale Chips - $1.99 for the most amazing chips!!! I am addicted to this place.
Posted by James Vasquez on 08/09/2014
I finally went to this place for lunch on 8/1. totally awesome. 1) i paid under $6 for a petite bowl with great beef, with spicy and mango sauce. Huge portion for the money. the food was totally delicious! i can't tell you how crazy it is to have to pay $10 to $15 to get a decent lunch. I am a student and don't have that kind of money. 2 to 3 times a week i eat food knowing what i am eating is not good for me. Having a place that serves a delicious, healthy meal for under $6 is godsend! i felt rich because i had not spent the normal $10 that i am forced to spend when i go to a decent place. so i bought baked kale chips - they were only $1.99 and totally yummy!! i hope more places take cue from soho tiffin and start offering meals under $6. i will be coming back once or twice a week for sure :)
Posted by Aaron L on 08/08/2014
I appreciate the gluten/gmo free, organic, humanely sourced ingredients. I love the ability to get half portions of the entrees (kale & grilled chicken all the way). This is the first restaurant to take South Indian cuisine and execute authentic recipes with very high culinary standards. All the dosa carts and shops can't compete with the food quality here. I will definately order again. PS - baked kale chips bro.
Posted by Ruth Carver on 08/06/2014
I just moved to the Village, NYC from the Boston area — had tried Soho Tiffin Junction on a visit when it had just opened a few months back. It was great then, and they’ve made some additions and improvements that really bump this place into the stratosphere for delicious, healthy and very reasonably priced food. 1) They now have petite sizes, which is a godsend for many of us who don’t want an enormous lunch portion. The petite is still a VERY filling meal — for $5-6! I can’t get over this. For that much money your only other options are a slice of greasy pizza or one of the rice-and-shish-kebab street carts. 2) They have added a fantastic Sambar (traditional South Indian lentils) and coconut chutney (it actually has real coconut in it!) 3) The food is nice and hot when it’s served, which brings out the flavors of the spices perfectly. My current lunch favorite is a petite bowl with sambar, kale & cauliflower entrée, mild + spicy + coconut chutney, raita and carrots, plus some of the “not responsible” sauce. And - all of this for under $6 including tax!!
Posted by Desi expert on 07/24/2014
First the good. The food is actually authentic tasting - the worry with this kind of "appealing to Americans" place is that the real taste of regional fare gets diluted but this place is spot on. The portions are generous, and the food feels healthy and fresh, all unique and a plus for Indian food in a restaurant. However, they had run out of several items by 3pm - and weren't planning on replenishing (the sauces, the drinks etc.) The condiments were also sparse having run out and no-one was paying attention to this. I think these are teething pains given the newness, and I hope they will overcome this. I also hope they open other branches in the city.
Posted by Jeff W on 06/23/2014
This place has the most nutritious Indian food of any I've been to in the city. The dishes are all very tasty and original too. For example, the mung beans, baked egg whites! Definitely going to be one of my regular lunch spots, and I hope they open more in the city!