Tamarind Tribeca

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75 Solid

A Ganges tributary just below Canal Street.

99 Hudson St., New York, NY, 10013



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Although India is a symphony of cultures across its 29 states and seven union territories, its cuisine has been dominated by Punjab, a northern state, because Punjabi men have historically been drivers — of trucks, buses, etc. — and craved a taste of home at dhabas, India’s roadside eateries. Tamarind, the now-stand-alone Tribeca outpost of a since-closed Flatiron original, romanticizes Punjab as “the land of five rivers” and takes soaring space — 175 seats in 11,000 square feet — to elevate that Indian diner food toward the Olympian reaches of fine dining. While dinners are, of course, its showcase — hello, lobster masala! — the secret to this place is its three-course “executive business lunch”: an appetizer, two main dishes, and a dessert for around $30. The dining room can be packed midday with South Asian groups, even spilling over to seating at the bar. For good reason: saag and paneer have never been so amicably divorced, especially the latter, which struts in sweet tomato sauce and Ayurvedic garam masala spice. Meat — especially lamb — is both sculptural and tender. Nothing wows, but nothing fails either (like the best diners, white tablecloths or not). Aloof, clumsy service aside, it’s a welcome departure from the neighborhood’s typical fare. When was the last time your lunch ended with saffron ice cream?

What you need to know

Insider Tips Strict prohibition of children under the age of 6.

DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelCivilized