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Jan 23, 2007 07:58 PM

the Danny Meyer hype

i was thinking today of danny meyer. he opens a restaurant and the world beats a path to his door.

now i don't know who still frequents the union square cafe or gramercy tavern, but i do not that mr. meyer has an indian outpost called TABLA.

TABLA is an indian restaurant on madison square park that serves BEEF. Yes, hound heads, they serve beef in the land of shiva.

Now correct me if i'm wrong, but have you been served BEEF in an indian restaurant?

from what i know, HINDU's do not eat beef, yet danny meyer chooses to interpret indian food w beef creations.

this is akin to eating jewish or muslim food and eating PORK - you simply do not do that.

so if meyer wants to do indian - how about serving the best damn lamb dish that ever was made if you must go red meat?

i for one will NOT eat at any danny meyer hyped establishment in lieu of this


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  1. I don't think Tabla am sure...has tried to pass itself off as a strict Hindu restaurant without beef. It is a contemporary twist on Indian cuisine, some love, some don't so much and some object to the cost. This 'outpost' will survive without your patronage.

    1. In India it's mostly the Hindu's who do not eat beef and purely for religious reasons. But, India is not 100 % percent Hindu therefore there is a big portion of the community like the muslim indians that eats beef and not pork (they also have Parsi's, Catholic/Christians etc).

      In fairness to Tabla, it's usually described as New American - Indian and by coincidence does have an Indian Chef who hails from Goa, India...the part of India that was colonized by the Portuguese and is predominantly Christian...and doesn't claim to be a true blooded Indian establishment like let's say like Dawat or Tamarind and I believe doesn't and will not aspire to do so...I am not Indian and have dined in Tabla with several Indian friends who are Hindu and they are not in any way offended with the presence of beef in the they know it's more Indian Fusion cuisine plus some Hindu's do eat and enjoy beef too!

      I surely hope that you have at least eaten in ALL of the Danny Meyer Restaurants at least, that you can have the authority to say that there all about hype etc.

      1. Actually, I have been served beef in an Indian restaurant. Muslim Indians, who make up about 13% of India's 1.1 billion people, eat beef.

        Anyway, as Jesdamala says, Tabla is not meant to be "authentic" Indian. It is, however, delicious.

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        1. re: oolah

          It is delicious, it is innovative, it is not for all, but it is for many. Thank you for many here for expressing it better than I. I have no issues with anything that Danny Meyer attempts to do.

        2. Danny Meyer has done A LOT for the sake of restaurants in Manhattan. I think your judgement is unfair. If there is a restaurant group that does it better, I am certainly not aware of it and I've been working in this industry for many years.

          While Union Square Cafe and Gramercy Tavern are going through some awkward stages, their tables are not exactly empty. I have total faith that Meyer's team will return these seminal establishments to their glory days.

          Floyd Cardoz at Tabla is a brilliant chef, and to criticize him for serving beef entirely misses the point.

          Personally, I'll continue to follow Danny Meyer anywhere he goes as long as he keeps his standards so high and the emphasis on warm and caring service, something that is sorely lacking in even some of the most expensive dining rooms in town.

          1. I concur that Tabla is indeed delicious regardless of what type of cuisine it is producing and that Danny Meyer's group is the best restaurant group in NYC bar none (and I have worked for another resto group at one point which is also good but, definitely still not in Meyer's caliber). Mr. Meyer's dedication in providing great service to his customers have earned him due respect and accolades not only from his loyal customers but, also from his peers!