Tamarind

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I love Indian food, and have gone to my fair share of restaurants. But, oddly enough, I had yet to visit Tamarind. Well, I finally made it, better late than never, right? So, I was off to experience Tamarind in TriBeCa as part of my Michelin Challenge.

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You enter into a grand space, open, airy, light and pretty magnificent. There’s plenty of space in between tables, which, is pretty uncharacteristic of NYC dining rooms with space always being an issue. There’s also a wall of booth seating, almost like individual cabanas.

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The service here is impeccable, and no detail is left off. You’re brought an amuse bouche, we received an Onion Fritter (with green chutney). This was delicious, and unlike the name might infer, it was not greasy or heavy at all. It was light, soft, with pieces of of sweet onion throughout. The chutney was a perfect compliment as well, adding a slight bit of heat to the mild and sweet fritter.

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They offer a prix fixe lunch menu for just $25, which, is a total steal with the amount of food you receive and the quality. For my appetizer, I ordered the Kashmiri Salad (apple, celery, mix greens, walnuts, mustard-vinaigrette dressing). This was such an amazing salad, and I was pleasantly surprised at the generous portion (the plate in the photo is huge, for the record). The apples were fresh, tart, and thickly cut. All of the flavors went really nicely together here, and, the mustard-vinaigrette dressing was a great contrast to the sweetness of the other components.

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For your entree, you choose two main items. I chose Kasundi Macher (salmon in tandoor, yogurt, kasundi mustard, tandoori spices) and Kaddhu Ke Kofte (green squash, chili, gram flour, roasted onions, creamy tomato sauce). These. Were. Both. Amazing. The salmon was soft, juicy, and topped with a hot mustard, giving it a very unique and dynamic flavor. The Kaddhu Ke Kofte, similar to a hush puppy consistency, was really delicious. Similar to the Onion Fritter, this was substantial, but not overly heavy or greasy. And the sauce was incredible, spicy and savory, and I used it to mix in with the rice you also get. For the table, you also receive Naan and the vegetable of the day, which was Chickpeas and Potatoes. The naan was like a dream, pillowy and soft. And the vegetables were served similar to a stew, in a sort of vegetable gravy, a little bit sweet, a little savory, and very tasty.

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Lastly, for dessert, I ordered the Mango Rice Pudding. I really loved this, it was different from any other rice pudding I’ve had before. It’s served hot, and almost more of a thick soup consistency versus the more congealed version. The rice is tender and almost melts in your mouth, and the the creamy mango flavor really comes through nicely.

The Shorts:
Name: Tamarind
Location: 99 Hudson Street, NYC
Michelin Star: One Star
The Long and Short: Would I go back? In a second. Everything here was truly incredible.
Would I recommend it? For sure. Whether you go for lunch, dinner, a special occasion, you’re guaranteed an amazing meal and experience.

 

Bombay Sandwich Co.

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Vegetarians and Vegans rejoice, you have a new place to get your grub on. Bombay Sandwich Co. is serving Indian influenced vegetarian and vegan sandwiches, salads, and smoothies in Chelsea. 

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You can take a seat at a strip of counter seating, or take your food to go. Either way, each delicious sounding item will taste just as good. And, even a carnivore can appreciate the variety of options. 

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I got their Smorgasburg Sweet Potato (sweet potato with spring onion, dried cranberry, ginger, cilantro and carom seed, topped on the outside with date chutney, green chutney, pickled carrots and crunchy chickpea flakes, and grilled 7 grain bread). This sucker packed a lot of complexity in both flavor and texture. It was really delicious and unlike any sandwich I’ve had. Cut into four pieces, on top you have dollops of the green chutney and picked carrots giving it a nice salty and picked flavor. The carrots and the chickpea flakes give it a little crispness in texture along with the crunch of the grilled bread. To offset that salty flavor, you have the sweetness from the date chutney, sweet potato and dried cranberries. The creaminess of the sweet potato adds a nice contrast and balances out all the other textures of the sandwich.

The Shorts:
Name: Bombay Sandwich Co.
Location: 48 West 27th Street, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure! 
Would I recommend it? Yes. And, they have lots of Gluten Free options as well. Oh, and when they ask you if you want hot sauce, take it. I got mine on the side just to try it, and it’s pretty bomb. They make it in house and its got a great kick to it with a slight sweetness.