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211 E. 46th St. (Third Ave.) Send to Phone
Upscale Indian dining in Midtown East.
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Tulsi, New York, NY

Tulsi Restaurant Review

: Hospitality envelops guests from the moment they enter Tulsi. White curtains drape side tables, and the spicy cuisine takes center stage. Vegetarians as well as omnivores have lots of choices, starting with the street cart chaat snacks like chickpeas and puffed rice served from a trolley, or exciting takes on more familiar Indian items, including shrimp and crab stuffed pappadum or cardamom and mace spiced lamb kebabs, and carrying through to dishes like the sweet-and-sour Manchurian cauliflower or the roasted pesto portobello mushroom. Let the server know your preference for heat, for some of the dishes border on scorching. The tandoor oven turns out breads including a family-size naan that covers an entire table surface, ideal for cutting down the spice and dropping into tangy raita. Upscale and unusual compared to the city’s numerous Indian restaurants, Tulsi serves entrées like duck moilee in a hearty coconut-curry leaf sauce, tandoor-grilled lamb chops dipped in yogurt with a mint sauce, and curried monkfish in pomegranate. (Note: Former chef Hemant Mathur has left the restaurant.) Cocktails such as the basil lemon drop are equally inventive and the rare Indian Chenin Blanc is crisp and interesting. Desserts go well beyond ho-hum Indian rice dishes or pudding, with a ginger panna cotta.

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