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Tiffin Wallah

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127 E. 28th St., New York, NY 10016 40.7427 -73.982503
nr. Lexington Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-685-7301 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Indian, Vegetarian/Vegan
  • Price Range: $$

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    9 out of 10

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Hours

Mon-Fri, 11:30am-3pm and 5pm-10pm; Sat-Sun, noon-10pm

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at 28th St.; N, R at 28th St.

Prices

$9-$14

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Delivery
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out
  • Buffet

Alcohol

  • Beer and Wine Only

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Delivery Area

23rd St. to 33rd St., First Ave. to Tenth Ave.

Profile

In India, tiffin wallahs are delivery boys, but not the kind we're used to. There, they ferry stacked stainless-steel bowls of food home-cooked by wives to their toiling husbands, not cartons of Chinese food to apartment-dwelling couch potatoes. Hoping to revive the custom here in slightly modified form, Pradeep Shinde opened the new vegetarian Indian restaurant Tiffin Wallah right around the corner from his Chennai Garden, with an almost identical menu and a $7 lunch buffet. Shinde plans to institute a limited delivery menu, with individual meals (appetizer, salad, two curries, bread, rice, and dessert) or a week’s worth to be cooked by a designated delivery chef and ordered online. But even without the delivery component, Tiffin Wallah in its current incarnation is a worthy addition to the Curry Hill landscape, with bright, modern decor and a selection of thalis, chats, dosas, and curries all priced at a dollar discount from Chennai Garden.

Reservations

Reservations are not accepted during the week for lunch.

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