Tamarind

(212) 674-7400 | View Website

41-43 E 22nd St, New York, NY | Directions   10010

40.739916 -73.987454

Open Hours

Daily, 11:30am-3pm and 5:30pm-10:30pm

 
Indian, $$$, Bar Scene  more

More Tags: Dine At The Bar, Family Style Dining, Local Favorite, Online Reservations, People Watching

Payment Methods: American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

General Info: Open 7 Days

Categories: Restaurants

Neighborhoods: Flatiron District, Midtown

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From The Owners of Tamarind

Gramercy Park palace of expensive, modern Indian cuisine.

Reviews for Tamarind

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Wonderful Experience - Food and Decor and Service – This was my first experience eating genuine Indian food. The setting is understated and calming so that it does not distract from the dining experience. The music in the background reminds you that it is indeed an Indian restuarant but does not pound your head but rather soothes you. The presentation of each dish was very appetizing and made my mouth water. The sauces on the lamb and chicken entrees were distinct from one another. The meats moist and tender. There was enough food served that we took some home and so satisfying that we had no room or desire for dessert. A cup of Indian Marsala tea was the perfect way to end the meal. Service was very attentive and the owner visited each table to engage his guests to make sure that they were satisifed in every way! What more could you ask for in a resaturant. I would say that it is better to go to Tamarind at lunch as I did when it is not as busy and when they offer the choice of a price fixed lunch and more economical choices then the pricer dinner menu.

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Modern, Upscale Indian Restaurant with Loungey Feel – Gramercy's elegant ethereal beige-toned restaurant and lounge houses three separate spaces: a long bar with banquette seating up front; a dimmer, more intimate middle pass-through dining room with large windows peering into the busy kitchen like a Food Network show; and a large sky-lit, cushy white leather seated back room with six partitioned side booths laid out like private cabanas--perfect for people-watching.

Furnishings are cloaked in neutral olive-beige tones, nothing to offend the tired eyes of businessmen shushing in from nearby. Calming orchids and tea lights adorn every table.

This smaller sibling to the massive new Tamarind Tribeca--a new Nobu neighbor--is great for prix-fixe business lunch or a night out on the town.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

BITTERLY DISSAPOINTED – Bitterly disappointed. Seated 40 minutes after the reservation, but we couldn't order a drink at the bar.

We had a table of six and were seated in the small room next door to the main dining area at a table meant for four. The only waitstaff there was a well meaning, but clueless busboy who did not know the food or even know how to pour a drink.

I had to leave the restaurant in disgust without even eating.

The manager and hostess were entirely unhelpful.

Not the kind of service one would expect in a 'chic' restaurant or a 'neighborhood gem'.

If you're out for a pleasant evening where the service and ambiance of the place is as important as is the food, avoid this restaurant!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Very, very good – Really like the atmosphere here. The food is even better. The main dining area is comfortably lit by the sky, and gives a nice terrace feeling. The food is amazing - I'm eager to go there again.

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

Very good food, but awful service – The food at this restaurant is very good, some of the better I have experienced. Unfortunately, the food is overshadowed by service that was pathetic. A group of six of us visited the restaurant for lunch on a Sunday afternoon when the restuarant was essentially bare. One would think that they would have appreciated the business. Instead, we were rushed out the door from the moment we arrived. It go so bad that by the for the 15 minutes of our meal, we were essentially being stared at by five different servers. Then one decided to come and stand within 2 feet of our table. We tried to playfully hint to him that we didn't appreciate it by asking him if he "wanted to join us" but he didn't take the hint. When I confronted management, I was told that the issue would be handled and that I would be called back later that evening. No call back. When i called back the following day, I was ridiculed for how I was expressing my frustration. Apparently, I am no longer welcome at this restaurant - what a loss for me?!?!?!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Best Indian in NY by far! – This is the best Indian in NYC, by far. As a vegetarian, this place is ideal. To see our review for this restaurant, and others, go to www.urbanherbivores. In addition to restaurant reviews, we also have a lot of other great information for vegetarians, including recipes, cookbook recommendations, and other resources for vegetarians. Check it out!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Very nice dinner – I took my boyfriend from out of town. I wanted to take him to eat ethnic food but wanted Manhattan ambience and this place combined it well. The food was great, classic dishes I believe speaking from little experience of indian food. The restaurant had a trendy decor. The owner was there and walked around to every table, which is nice to see at a restaurant. The only drawback I remember is slippery floor for some reason. Oh well, no accidents occurred.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Great experience – I recently stayed in New York City for a week with my fiance and when we asked our hotel concierge to recommend an Indian restaurant, Tamarind is where we were sent. We went on New Years Day in the evening. The restaurant had a lovely lively atmosphere and tasteful decor. We were invited to sit at the bar until a table was ready for us. On our way to the table, we were offered the opportunity of putting our coats in the cloakroom.

The staff were all very friendly and helpful. I would say that my preference would not have been to be sat so close to other people (we had couples both sides of us in very close proximity) but it was a busy night. We both chose lamb curry dishes from the menu with rice and naan bread and all of the food was fantastic. We are from England and Indian food is something we eat often at home, so we are used to curry, but this food was at least as good as, if not better, than any Indian food I have had before.

I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Tamarind is great! – Been there numerous times. Just one bad experience with the halibut being too dry, but the rest were delightful. One notch above the rest! Recommend!!!

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Be forewarned, depending on when you go you can end up from 5 star to 2 star , better at night? was bad this time Around oh yeah after spending about $100 or more – I love tamarind, been there quite a few times but oftentimes one does need to pay attention to negative comments. It had been great and five star, however lately especially turning the afternoon , the food quality can be very spotty at times. Nights seem to be better at times , but maybe it was a bad cook.

I went just recently and it wasn't just one time (to be fair) , the food quality was not too much to write home about.

Venison chops were hard not tender ($27 for 2 pieces!) cooks are supposed to make it acidic and more tender . Malsador chops I ate at night great but three pieces for $27. The lamb kebabs were nothing to write home about , great but could be better and certainly not worth the $20 pricetag for just that, by the way it was only 4 pieces not that big. I could get the same chops for $10 at another high end place.

The lamb shank is great but I had that at night and I think the only because its made with wine

The tandoori chicken, well the last time it was great and marinated, this time - Burnt more than usual although not too bad and instead of 2 breasts , they gave me four thighs for $20. Desserts were great the last time , horrible this time

rasmali This time around not moist but dry, very little pistachios unlike before, only a few drips of milk (aka a few small half and half 1 oz condiments people put in their coffee) and two small pieces for $6

Creme brulee tasted like maple syrup over cold eggs, cheesecake was okay at night but the mango sauce which supposedly comes with vanilla smelt as if it was spoiled, you don't even need the sauce, (its already sweet and has mango).

Food itself is 3 stars and were talking about $80 just for the entrees.

The raita also seemed as if it was made a bit more watery ,weak flavor of tomato/mint

Be forewarned! a former favorite gone downhill

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