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.

 

Horchata

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Mexican food! If you’ve read my posts in the past, you already know what a healthy obsession I have with the cuisine. So, when I heard about a new place opening in Greenwich Village, I had to visit Horchata. 

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Right off the bat, I was so drawn to the decor and aesthetic. Exposed brick, vibrant colors, wooden tables, strung lights, and little cactus plants on every table. Lots of great detail was taken into account when picking out each element, and it totally works. 

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For a drink, I ordered the Jalapeño / Cucumber Margarita (tequila blanco, triple sec, cucumber, jalapeño, lime, agave). I really liked this drink. It was refreshing, a little sweet, with a nice crisp cucumber flavor, all wrapped up in the heat from the jalapeños. 

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Most things on the menu are all meant for sharing, however, you could absolutely order a couple things just for yourself as a meal instead. We started with their Trio de Guacamoles (guacamole clásico, guacamole verde, and guacamole rojo served with tostadas). This is a great starter, and the guacs are each delicious in their own way. You have the classic, fresh, with great thick pieces of avocado. But, I really enjoyed the other two, which were really unique. The verde (avocado, tomatillo, apple, cucumber) is a great one for summer time, it has a subtle sweetness from the apple, and all the green ingredients blend together really nicely. The rojo (avocado, roasted tomato, chipotle, habanero chili kick) is awesome too, I really like some heat to my food, so, I was a fan of this one for sure. 

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Next, we got the Ensalada de la Casa (kale, quinoa, avocado, mango, cilantro vinaigrette). This was nice, but the kale had a really interesting quality and taste to it, almost a char flavor. Not totally sure if that was the intent for the dish, but was anticipating more of a raw kale salad here. The other components were really great thought, I love a nice mango and avocado combination. 

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Then, we had one of their ceviches, Tiradito de Salmón (salmon, watermelon, ancho chile, toasted sesame seeds). I really enjoyed this one, it reminded me of poke. The watermelon was definitely a great, refreshing, addition, adding a touch of sweetness. 

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My favorite thing we got was probably their Brussels Sprouts Tacos (spiced pumpkin seeds, roasted poblano chile, cotija cheese, crema fresca). These a generously filled with shredded brussels sprouts and all of its accouterment. There’s a nice light crunch component from the pumpkin seeds (I love pumpkin seeds), and then a rich creaminess from the cheese and creme fraiche. Also clutch, were the corn tortillas. They were warm and soft, yet substantial and strong enough to hold the hefty ingredients without breaking.

The Shorts:
Name: Horchata
Location: 470 Sixth Avenue, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure. This place is super cool inside with a really nice bar setup, if you prefer to just grab tasty drinks and snacks up there. 
Would I recommend it?  Yes. Great decor, delicious food, and awesome service. Trifecta.