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Pippali

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129 E. 27th St., New York, NY 10016 40.742413 -73.98325
nr. Lexington Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-689-1999 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Price Range: $$

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    Key to Prices and ratings

    Upscale
    • Almost Perfect
    • Exceptional
    • Generally Excellent
    • Very Good
    • Good
    Cheap Eats
    • Best in Category
    • Excellent
    • Delicious
    • Very Good
    • Noteworthy
    • Very Expensive
    • Expensive
    • Moderate
    • Cheap
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Official Website

pippalinyc.com

Hours

Sun-Thurs 11:30 AM – 3 PM & 5 PM – 10 PM; Fri-Sat 11:30 AM – 3 PM & 5 PM – 11 PM

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at 28th St.

Prices

$13-$22

Payment Methods

American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • BYOB
  • Good for Groups
  • Great Desserts
  • Notable Chef

Alcohol

  • BYOB

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Profile

Bombay-born chef Peter Beck—Tamarind, Benares—named Pippali after a long black pepper that combines spicy, tangy, and sweet flavors, and the menu here focuses on the lighter, veggie-centric version of South Asian cuisine. The space is well-suited to both big groups in booths and date nights at smaller, more intimate tables in the middle of the floor. Appetizers start the meal on a high note: Rice papadum crisps pair well with cilantro and a mango chutney resembling a sweet mustard, while naan is thin, crispy, and flecked with garlic. Flaky samosas with sweet spinach and sour sauce are nice and light; Anjeeri Tikki beet patties balance the natural sweetness of a fig-and-mint stuffing; and Chicken Tandoor Madula counters its mild green chutney with a savory vinaigrette side salad. Entrees feel restrained after such colorful openers: Peetalu Kofta bathes a simple crab cake in mild ginger coconut milk with a star anise finish. The most intriguing veggie option may be Jaipuri Kofta: Dumplings are stewed in masala sauce that almost recalls a light marinara. At meal’s end, try the delicate pistachio ice cream which comes topped with bamboo rose syrup and sea salt.

Recommended Dishes

Jaipuri Kofta ($13)

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