11 Madison Ave., New York, NY, 10010
at 25th St.
By micha on 9/18/2005
My husband and I visited Tabla on a trip to NYC earlier this year. We ate downstairs in the Bread Bar & were impressed by the decor, attentive yet discreet service and the perfect little feast we were presented with. We chose the $44pp taster menu & every dish was a delight. Their fresh passionfruit & vodka cocktails are fantastic! We will definitely be returning next year.
By laestrada on 6/27/2005
I think the following story says it all about Tabla. Following a recommendation, I went with a friend while on a business trip. To begin with, his dinner arrived at the table before the appetizer by about 10 mintues. My dinner arrived about 45 minutes after his. In between were numerous non gratifying apologies from several staff members. At least four other tables around me ordered the same chicken with the same problem. To conclude, the dinner was still on the bill, no discount, not even a free drink or dessert, just some smug, insincere attempts at covering up kitchen problems. Food was pretty good but I will definitely go elsewhere next time.
By Kerri on 9/17/2004
an average score of 8.6 & an 81% rate of return! Are any of these ratings falsified? Had dinner there on Saturday with a few girlfriends (2 of them are Indian). The food didn't taste Indian (or Indian-inspired) at all. Everything was strangely over-flavored & very salty. I cannot imagine anyone wanting to come back for more of this unappetizing food.
By out2eat on 8/28/2004
Those of you who wish to dine out in a setting which combines an outstanding unique menu and "second to none" service need to read this! My husband and I were entertaining friends and we thought the Flatiron district would provide a great location for our out-of-town guests, after walking around the area a bit during a busy NYC lunch crowd; we stumbled into TABLA! From the moment we walked in we were treated like royalty! It had been very busy, and we were ravenous, so we were anxious to be seated promptly; an employee named Nancy made us feel very welcome during our wait by answering questions about our newly found hot spot! Although we live in Staten Island, we will come back to this truly last resort for superior service and dining! Hats off to TABLA and staff.
By shellyf on 7/8/2004
This was a $54 tasting menu consisting of an appetizer, (many to choose from) an entre and dessert. An explosion of tastes is the best way to put it. Four of us had a most enjoyable experience here. We were welcomed and promptly seated. The wait staff was quick but unobtrusive & patiently answered questions about the menu offerings. The water glasses were constantly filled. The big news was the food. Simple soft shell crabs elevated to sublime with a spicy brown gravy, spiced vegetables and chopped bacon. Halibut in a red sauce with seasonings transformed this dish into taste euphoria. The wine was about 2 & a half times the store price which I guess is average for restaurants. Desserts were scrumptious and an assortment of Indian teas were available. We all can't wait to return to try the other dishes!
By fracas on 3/7/2004
We don't get a chance to go NY without the kids too often, so when I got the opportunity, I booked a reservation at Tabla and was able to get one, luckily for us, for the very next night. Service was attentive, food was excellent-the cute little cup of complimentary soup, my appetizer of crab cake was delectable, the dessert was awesome, the bread was amazing (but very filling). My husband ordered the tasting menu and he was pleased with it. The only thing I didn't like my main course of Beef Short ribs, and the waitress didn't bother to stop by to ask how our entree was. But I was so full and satiated by that point I did not make an attempt to call her over to order something else instead, which I am sure they would have obliged to, as they changed my husband's drink until he found something that he liked. We would definitely go again, and recommend it to friends, as the flavors of the dishes were quite unique. It was well worth it, as I am a gourmet cooking instructor and am hard to please when it comes to food.
By huntleysf on 9/22/2003
This is more an India-theme restaurant than an Indian one, with hip riffs on Oriental flavors but no extremes in spicing. Fantastic setting both upstairs and down, outdoors in summer. An excited crowd paying pretty steep prices--nowhere else can you get Indian breads, tamarind margaritas, and a hip younger crowd all at the same time. A fave.
By BerniceGramercy on 4/26/2003
We have dined at Tabla quite a few times and loved it until last night! There is barely a hint of an Indian influence anymore (except for menu descriptions.) The Risotto appetizer was great but the main course choices are no longer the imaginative and delicious items we used to enjoy. It consisted of the typical fish and meat dishes served at many 'designer' food places. My choice was Peking Duck (Indian?) - it was very fatty. We visit Meyer's restaurants frequently (love 11 Madison!) but doubt we'll return to Tabla.
By crazymom on 4/3/2003
This restaurant is one of the best in the city...The food and service are outstanding. The atmosphere is buzzing and alive. We had a wonderful time and recommend the crab cakes - they were simply delicious!!
By Curlydiane on 4/3/2003
Had a most enjoyable time whether being their for a business or social diner the quality and quanity of every meal was great. Having had diners at other Indian resturants the surrounds,staff and most of all the food is far better at Tabla's.