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Indian Food Arrives on Columbia's Med School Campus!!

Ok, ok... it's just a small Indian takeout place (box lunches) but I've been on such an Indian food kick lately that I'll take it!!

The place is called Tawaa and it has moved into the space formerly occupied by Kuhinya, which has moved two doors away into Plum Pomidor. This is all located on Brdwy (bet. W168th and W169th). So much for the Mexican food rumor.

They are completely new owners from Kuhinya and I'm hoping this will be a new lunch alternative for us stranded all the way up here.

Oh, and there seems to be a Tawaa (or Tawa) on East 68th. Here's the link. Not sure if it's the same place but, by the size of it,
it looks like it could be.


Anyway, I'll let you know if it's worth it when it opens. Looks like they are quickly moving along the renovations.

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  1. The one of E 68th open a few months ago and is quite good, thoguh it's a little bit too pricey for lunch. It's associated with the Tawa in Piscataway NJ.

    1. thanks. yup, their bags list those other two locations. the place opened this past monday. i agree. really good but too pricey. they also have wraps which is probably a good idea given lunch will be when they'll get most of their business. they were extremely disorganized on day 2 but we'll see if they will improve. the nan is baked right of front of the customers. it's super fresh .

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      1. re: nativeNYer

        this place has gone downhill already . the quality of the chicken on 2 of the 3 occasions i went was really bad. i just threw away the entire container without eating it 15 minutes ago. the chicken was in shreds and slices instead of chunks - dark meat, fatty,etc. i couldn't even eat the rice which also had the fatty taste. i really almost gagged. no exaggeration.

      2. Although I can't speak for the quality of the meat dishes, the vegetarian options are quite wonderful. The palak paneer was creamy with a slightly smoky flavor, and the dal was a little spicy and very flavorful. On the whole I have found their food to be well seasoned and delicious. An entree plate that includes rice, naan, two veggie sides and a main curry will set you back $7.95. It's quite a bit of food, enough to split over two lunches. They also have what looks to be a tandoori oven and prepare the tandoori to order.

        1. My friend, who knows good dal, loved their dal. I'm so bummed about the chicken. B/c of my past two experiences, I feel sick when I pass that place. I hope I can get over it b/c I really liked it the first time I tried it and feel they have potential. I'm not surprised to hear that you had a good experience. Since I'm no big on veggies, it's not an option for me.

            1. re: nbgray

              I greatly appreciated this review. I was squealing as I read this b/c every single word of this is completely true. THe author took the words right out of my mouth and I was so relieved to hear someone share my take on this place. I literally had the same exact experience all 3 times in this place. I really wish they'd get a clue b/c the food does have potential. This was so hilarious... sadly so. Thanks so much for posting this.

              1. re: nativeNYer

                Thanks! And you're so right about that chicken. When I finally did get that kabob platter, the chicken was a jiggly sausage rod of undercooked chopped-and-formed-with-water-added intestinal thing. But yes, the other items are so tasty, and I hate them so very much for being mentally deficient!

                1. re: nbgray

                  please add the adjective 'unwashed' before your absolutely perfect description of their chicken. i'm so very disappointed as i was really looking forward to having indian food near the office. i really wanted this place to be good but, between the chicken and their despicable service as so accurately described in that wonderful blog,i'm uncertain about whether or not i'll be able to eat there ever again. i complained about the chicken approximately a week or two ago. Perhaps they just don't understand just how quickly they will lose business if they don't shape up.
                  It looks far less crowded in there than the first week. I pass by all the time on the way to the wonderful bagel store next door.!

            2. My wife and I just ordered in from Tawaa for dinner and were thoroughly dissapointed. We got the lamb Biryani (tasted old and greasy), the chicken tawaa masala (underwhelming and not good at all), vegetable samosas (not bad, not great) and the chicken 65 (came with a hair from someone in the kitchen). We ended up throwing out most of the food and now have to figure out what to do for dinner.

              From now on, we'll stick to Kismat when we have a taste for Indian in the Heights. Tawaa is a fast food type place, but I suppose we expected fresher, quality ingredients for the price.

              1. relieved to hear it's not just me but disapppointed to hear they still haven't gotten a clue . the food was soooo good on day 2. i have not been able to go back. i feel sick when i pass by.

                1. You know what's really bad about it is that since Kuhinya moved out of there and into Plum Pomidor their delivery service seems overwhelmed working out of a shared kitchen. So what could have been a win win change for food in the neighborhood has become a lose lose one. It's unfortunate.

                  1. I completely agree. I LOVED kuhinya. I was in there several times per week. It went from good to bad and then to great in every respect. Then they moved and everything changed. I then boycotted Plum Pomidor for a couple of months before finally giving in. It was good the first few times (though not equivalent to Kuhinya) and then the pasta dishes just began tasting different, sauce and, soon after, chicken included. Just mushy and the chicken tasted artificial. The chicken has always tasted outstanding b/c they grilled in with a garlic olive oil . This is definitely a lose lose situation - TRAGIC!! I spoke with the owner several times but it seems they've made up their mind about the way they want to do things despite the preferences of their best customers. So, I have not returned in one month. Instead, I grab a sandwich from that wonderful bagel store next door.

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                    1. re: nativeNYer

                      Tried Tawa, did not like it at all. I was looking for indian food near columbia & a student in columbia gave me a ref. of a tiffin company. they don't have a restaurant or a take-out place, they deliver all over in manhattan. their food is quite good. if someone wants to try . their website is www.TiffinBlog.com. Phone 908 504 1970