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11 Madison Ave., New York, NY, 10010
at 25th St.
A disgrace to Indian food
By ilpprc on 12/29/2008
A fusion restaurant should understand and express the beautiful elements of the original cuisine of a culture and fuse it with other, different elements in a surprising, interesting, and pleasant manner. Tabla fails completely in its effort at making Indian food and in its efforts at fusion. Do not order the sausage dish. It tastes like a college kid's failed attempt at cooking. The food is terrible and a disgrace to the Indian culinary culture.
I cannot believe Tabla has...
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.
Food was decent...but not worth the wait or price!
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.
Lost it's luster
By vacece on 11/4/2006
I was extremely disappointed with my experience. What happened to the old Tabla? The meal was so "uneven". Some things were good and some were almost inedible. The vegetables were so salty that I spent the hours after dinner drinking glass after glass of water. At the prices for the fixed prix menu, you expect much more than a pedestrian meal. I loved Tabla in the past but won't return for the food...I'll stick to the cocktails at the Bread Bar.
Fusion Does Not Always Work.
By samjones on 2/27/2003
I have the utmost respect for Danny Meyers and the way consistency you find in his places, but the food here just strikes out. It is not good Indian, not a succesful attempt to mix.
Not what we expected
By snevatia on 10/13/2009
I went here with my (Indian) parents, and my father has unrealistic expectations for a restaurant that is labelled "fusion". Still, my mother and I were totally ready to give it a chance, but for vegetarian people I would not recommend this food. Maybe we just ordered the wrong things, but a goat cheese / palak panner pizza was just weird and didn't taste good, only one or two parts of all of our dishes lived up to the price and ambiance. I expected it to be more exciting, but all of our food sounded "unexpected" and "interesting" on the menu, but then when it came time to eat it nothing was really too good...
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 FatBastard on 10/1/2007
I expected more for the price and for the reputation of Tabla's proprietor. While the food is generally innovative and well executed with several amazing courses on the tasting menu, others simply seemed like placeholders. Wine pairings were average, culminating at dessert. The restaurant tended toward the loud side and we were seated under an overly bright light, but most disappointing was service that was at times uninformed (only the primary server seemed to know the menu) and occasionally neglectful (confusion over who was waiting on us, drink orders missed, and eventually needed to flag down someone for our check). The experience was far from horrific, but there are many more options in NYC with equally interesting food and less complacent
Indian Mahal in Manhattan
By nacarac on 12/18/2002
Tabla's decor is omnious and the dishes all spread a rich fragrance across the room. This scene sits perfect for a date. The simple traditional dishes like dal are not as on key as the more experimental goan platters.
By Chicagurl on 3/21/2003
The food was good. As an appetizer I had the crab cake with an indian version of guacamole inside of a light baked shell. It had a nice blend of spices that created a taste that I had not experienced before. the desserts are amazing as well. this is definetly a very pricy place with most appetizers going for about $7-$16, entrees $24-$34 and desserts for $9. A place to celebrate a special occasion or to impress someone with you expensive taste.
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