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Posted by Foodie on 03/10/2006
I just went to this restaurant last night, which was recommended to me by an Indian co-worker. I was incredibly impressed! My fiance and I had not made a reservation and called about 5 minutes prior to getting there to find out if they could seat us. They were gracious and welcoming. The service was exceptional - three waiters with specific (and well-rehearsed) responsibilities. The wine list was good, too - they have a very good pinot noir. I say one should go with their more creative dishes - I had the lobster for a main dish, which was divine, and some rosemary nan with it. (OMG were they incredible.) In terms of rice being separate, that wasn't an issue for us. We actually decided there was so much food that we didn't need it (or desire it w/ the dishes we'd ordered). Highly recommend this place. BTW, the total bill for two, with wine, appetizers, main dishes, and nan was about $120 (with tip). Not bad for what you get!! :) We went home (overly) stuffed - didn't even have room in our stomachs for dessert!
Posted by anon on 02/26/2006
Maybe my expectations were too high because of all of the good reviews, but we found tamarind to be mediocre. The flavor of the chicken tikka masala was covered by too hot spices. The daal makhni was good. A bit disappointed that we had to order the rice ala carte -- overall not the worth the money.
Posted by fussy vegetarian on 02/06/2006
Everyone here is essentially raving about Tamarind, but to do down the vegetarian dishes is a mistake and a disservice to us veggies. We are deprived of excellent food in restaurants, on the whole, in New York City. Tamarind's dishes are outstanding and varied. And delicious!
Posted by Colt on 12/24/2005
I went to Tamarind recently and was a little disappointed when told that my party would have to sit in the tea room. The dining room had plenty of empty booths, but the host insisted that they were all reserved. "On a Monday?", I said. Yes, he said.... So we went to the adjacent tea room, which turned out to be great because our waiter was assigned specifically to this tiny room and doted on our every need the whole time. Most of our food was great, but my cauliflower dish was a bit bland. The roti nan was very tasty, but it seemed like a small amount for the price- compared to other Indian restaurants. All in all, worth a try. By the way, if you are not herded to the tea room, you can see the chefs at work in the kitchen through a huge glass wall.
Posted by Gil on 12/21/2005
We have been coming back faithfully ever since we rushed in once without reservations and had fantastic meal. Atmosphere is serene, and recent change in table layout separates diners better. Service is great, wine list is great, and chefs style the food with complex palette of mainly Indian spices. We always seem to spend a lot of money, but considering what you get I would say value is close to top.
Posted by DB Cooker on 12/21/2005
If you like Indian food, if you like a nice atmosphere and good folks, you need to come here and hell it's been in magazines, on the food network even so give a try, you won't be disappointed and it isn't cheap but I don't mind paying for good food with good people!
Posted by Gramercy on 11/12/2005
Wonderful Indian food and great service ! Chicken Tikamasala is amazing. Good atmosphere!