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41-43 E. 22nd St., nr. Park Ave. (Flatiron)
New York, NY
(1) 212-674-7400 | www.tamarinde22.com
HOURSSun.-Thurs.: 11:30am-3:00pm, 5:30pm-11:30pm; Fri.-Sat.: 11:30am-3:00pm, 5:30pm-12:00am
BEST FORLunch; dinner
PRICE (PRIX FIXE LUNCH; APPETIZER; ENTRÉE)USD 25; USD 8-15; USD 13-36
FAMOUS PLATESChicken tikka masala; Nargisi Kofta; tandoori items
DRINKS AND WINETeas; coffees; juices; soft drinks; beer; wine; cocktails; full bar
# OF SEATS130 (plus 10-18 in adjacent tearoom)
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes
SUBWAY23rd St.-Broadway (N, R); 23rd St.-6th Ave. (F, M); 23rd St.-7th Ave. (1)
Romantic twosomes and the Flatiron District’s lively lunch set pack in to take advantage of the sophisticated surrounds and semi-private nooks at this elegantly modern Indian restaurant. The coolly neutral interior is blanketed in the soft, creamy tones of traditional Indian textiles and gauzy curtains, while the impressively authentic, if eclectic, menu is a more colorful affair; it features sweet and spicy flavors from all over northern and southern India, including bites like gingery okra and traditional tandoori. Vegetarians will find a long list of selections here.
A lively mix of lunching ladies, couples, small groups of friends, and the Flatiron business set.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
Upscale casual; go for a classy top, chic pants or a skirt, and comfortable flats.
GO HERE WITH
Groups; significant other; a date; clients or colleagues
WHY WE LIKE IT
We love the semi-private raised banquettes that sit along the edge of the restaurant. A great spot for a small group dinner.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
The prices are pretty high compared with other Indian restaurants in the area. Not the best value-for-money option.
GOOD TO KNOW
Owner Avatar Walia named his restaurant after the tamarind in deference to the fruit’s value to Indian cuisine (the tamarind’s seeds and pulp are key ingredients in many dishes). Prices have gone up over the years, but the lunch prix fixe remains a great option, as do the bargain-priced snacks in the adjacent tearoom. Takeout and delivery are available.
Taramind Tribeca (New York)
Amaya (London); Ushna (Abu Dhabi)
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