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Posted by pixeegirl on 12/04/2006
My boyfriend and I ate here on a Saturday evening date. The place looked full, but we were seated immediately. We both appreciated the romantic lighting and calm atmosphere, and not feeling cramped. Service was fine. The Lhasa Momo (steamed veg. dumplings) were essentially cold, but still tasty. The Nya Phing and Cha Sha Tofu were both excellent (and made great leftovers!)
Posted by AB on 11/06/2006
Tsampa has consistently been my favorite place to dine for a year and a half. Its patrons know the meaning of the "inside voice" and the food is flavorful without being overbearing or greasy. I recommend it to all I know and it just as easily becomes one of their favorites as well. (I recommend the Tse Gyathuk Ngopa)
Posted by Magwep on 08/26/2006
I agree with the poster below, except my favorite is the Nya Ngo, steamed greens with Salmon. It' in a light ginger-garlic-lemony sauce - delicious! Not a place to go if you are in a hurry. Unlike other NY restaurants, they will let you sit and chat to your heart's content. All the ingredients are organic, and the owner, a Tibetan lady who also waits on the tables, tells me they buy them fresh daily! Another poster mentions "Barley Wine." If that person asked for Barley Wine, I don't think they'd know what that was. In Tibet, that's called "Chang" - and is considered a beer. They don't sell it to Westerners, but you might try them around Tibetan New Year (Losar) to see if they have any on hand. It's a fermented drink that, in the states, Tibetans make with rice (rather than barley). They do sell a special "Tsampa Drink" which is a shake made with Barley Flour (which is what "tsampa" is). I've been here zillions of times, I'd only say that Friday and Saturday are the nights to avoid due to packed crowds and uncharacteristic noise. The rest of the week? Sit back, relax, let the mellow music carry you away in this dark, relaxing hide-out. Very romantic.
Posted by Marigny on 06/15/2006
Every time I've dined at Tsampa I have a remarkably wonderful meal. I always get the same dish -the Nya Phing- which is in truth my favorite dish in town. I, of course, always try my fellow diners' dishes and they are always equally delightful. I highly recommend!
Posted by frieda on 05/13/2006
I was disappointed with the food...the momos and main dishes were nothing like the Tibetan food I had before... the strange thing about this place is it doesn't even serve barley wine (a local wine). Anyway, the only good thing I can say about this place is its exotic atmosphere...
Posted by Anonymous on 05/03/2006
Good Tibetan food, a wonderful atmosphere for dates, and good service, along with reasonable prices, make this one of my favorite places to dine in the east village. Better than its competitor Tibetan Kitchen, at 31st and 3rd, and easier to get to than the Tibetan restaurant in Jackson Heights, this romantically lit, well designed restaurant is one that my friends and I keep going back to. Only downside is that they close at 11 pm.
Posted by Adria on 02/11/2006
This is one of the best restaurants in this area of the city. The food is tasty and the prices are fair. The dumpling dinner platter is out of this world and just about any dish you get in this place is going to be good. The service is slow as I think they expect you to just sit and relax as you soak in the very subtle, charm of the decor and atmosphere. It's very pleasant but if you are in rush it can be a bit annoying.