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Monday, February 24, 2014

Lunch at Tamarind, Indian cuisine, in Tribeca, NYC, New York

image of Tamarind, Indian cuisine, in Tribeca, NYC, New York

Continuing our discovery of restaurant through Restaurant Week offers, I picked Tamarind, an Indian restaurant located in Tribeca. I saw that they offer an Executive Lunch for $25, so there was little risk for us to go there for Restaurant Week.
image of Tamarind, Indian cuisine, in Tribeca, NYC, New York

Sadly, the scaffoldings on the art deco building this place is located in are masking the restaurant, but, as soon as you enter, you cannot miss the fantastic decor and the space. 
image of dining room at Tamarind, Indian cuisine, in Tribeca, NYC, New York

Seating 175 people and setup on two levels bathed in natural sunlight, it has a classy and modern feel.
image of dining room at Tamarind, Indian cuisine, in Tribeca, NYC, New York

So we sat at a table close to the kitchen that opened into the dining room.
image of open kitchen at Tamarind, Indian cuisine, in Tribeca, NYC, New York

Before we ordered our food, they brought us some rice with mint sauce as an amuse-bouche.
image of rice with mint sauce at Tamarind, Indian cuisine, in Tribeca, NYC, New York

This was a nice way to start, the dish being flavorful, with a bit of spiciness.


image of flower at Tamarind, Indian cuisine, in Tribeca, NYC, New York

As a beverage, I ordered a mango lassi that was not too sweet and perfect to fight any heat that the dishes had:
image of mango lassi at Tamarind, Indian cuisine, in Tribeca, NYC, New York

Then, we ordered our appetizers. Jodi went for the spinach and watermelon salad:
image of spinach and watermelon salad at Tamarind, Indian cuisine, in Tribeca, NYC, New York

It was composed, besides the watermelon and spinach, of grilled paneer (cheese), and drizzled with a tamarind-balsamic dressing. I really liked it as it was refreshing and the cheese and watermelon paired very well together, the cheese being chewy and the watermelon crunchy, giving a nice texture to each bite.

On my side, I ordered the crab nazakat:
image of crab nazakat at Tamarind, Indian cuisine, in Tribeca, NYC, New York

It was made of lump crab meat, mustard seeds, curry leaves, lemon zest, honey and coconut, and was served with a papadum. I liked it although a bit watery: it was refreshing and had a nice balance of flavor, the sweetness of the honey balancing the acidity of the lemon zest. However, if it was not for the place and the papadum, I would not have associated this dish with Indian cuisine. 

Then, we had to pick two entrees. Jodi ordered the Potli Baingan:
image of potli baingan at Tamarind, Indian cuisine, in Tribeca, NYC, New York

It was eggplant smothered in a sauce made with potatoes, mushrooms, bell peppers, cumin and coriander seeds. That was very good! I truly appreciated the fact that the eggplant was not overpowered by the sauce that was creamy and mild.

Her second choice was mehti paneer:
image of mehti paneer at Tamarind, Indian cuisine, in Tribeca, NYC, New York

It was paneer (cheese) bathed in a thick sauce made with fenugreek leaves, coriander, yogurt, onion and garam masala. This was delicious too, the sauce being smooth and very tasty.

On my side, I ordered Murg Kali Mirch and Taar Korma.
image of Murg Kali Mirch and Taar Korma at Tamarind, Indian cuisine, in Tribeca, NYC, New York

Murg Kali Mirch were some pieces of chicken that were seasoned and grilled with a sauce that had white and black pepper.
image of Murg Kali Mirch at Tamarind, Indian cuisine, in Tribeca, NYC, New York

This was delicious: the chicken was perfectly cooked and moist, with a nice char and the sauce thick and a bit spicy. Definitely a dish I recommend.

The second dish, Taar Korma, was lamb smothered in a tomato and yogurt sauce that had ginger juice and saffron.
image of Taar Korma at Tamarind, Indian cuisine, in Tribeca, NYC, New York

That was another fantastic dish: the lamb was very good, and the sauce delicious. In fact, I could have eaten it with or without the lamb, simply with some naan bread, or with the five spice rice that was served with our dishes.
image of Five spices rice at Tamarind, Indian cuisine, in Tribeca, NYC, New York

They also brought us the vegetable side of the day that was made with spinach and potatoes:
image of spinach and potatoes at Tamarind, Indian cuisine, in Tribeca, NYC, New York

That was a nice addition to our meal, although I wish there was more potato (we got only one small piece).
image of naan at Tamarind, Indian cuisine, in Tribeca, NYC, New York

They also brought us some naan that was fluffy, with some nice char.
image of naan at Tamarind, Indian cuisine, in Tribeca, NYC, New York

Last was dessert. Jodi ordered the Mango Shrikand that was like a mango yogurt with pieces of mango on top.
image of mango shrikand at Tamarind, Indian cuisine, in Tribeca, NYC, New York

On my side, I ordered Khubani Halwa:
image of khubani halwa at Tamarind, Indian cuisine, in Tribeca, NYC, New York

It was made with apricot, almond and honey.
image of khubani halwa at Tamarind, Indian cuisine, in Tribeca, NYC, New York

I really liked the texture and taste of it and it was not too sweet. It was perfect with the double espresso I drank with it.
image of espresso at Tamarind, Indian cuisine, in Tribeca, NYC, New York

I really liked my lunch at Tamarind: I think this restaurant is really embracing the concept of restaurant week by making people discover their cuisine, proposing them not one but two entrees as well as an amuse-bouche and an additional side. Needless to say that at the end of the meal I was full, content to have a good deal, and looking forward to going back for dinner to discover other dishes.
image of Tamarind, Indian cuisine, in Tribeca, NYC, New York

Enjoy (I did)!

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Restaurant Information

* Restaurant Name
Tamarind Tribeca
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
TriBeCa / Indian
* Street Address
99 Hudson St., New York, NY 10013
* Phone
(212) 775-9000

1 comment:

  1. Tamarind is great! I have been to the flatiron location many times, and the tea room next door is wonderful for an afternoon snack or a light lunch with very reasonable extensive tea selection.
    Ttrockwood

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