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Out of Towners coming to NYC want Indian or Vietnamese

jonfbrooklyn Mar 7, 2012 07:42 AM

A good friend and her adolescent daughter are coming from outside Chicago to see some shows in NYC. They are staying in midtown on the East Side. I will meet her for dinner on a Sunday. They have expressed a preference for Indian or Vietnamese. Hounders, what are your thoughts and recommendations. Thanks.

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    kathryn RE: jonfbrooklyn Mar 7, 2012 08:02 AM

    How much are you/they thinking of spending, per person, before tax, tip, any wine/drinks for the adults?

    $30pp? $50pp for food only? More? Less?

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      jonfbrooklyn RE: kathryn Mar 7, 2012 08:10 AM

      kathryn, I would say not more than $40.00 per person for food. Thanks.

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        kathryn RE: jonfbrooklyn Mar 7, 2012 08:20 AM

        Tulsi on 46th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues seems like an obvious choice, if you order carefully. Check out the menu:

        Otherwise, for convenience, I would say go down to "Curry Hill," which is only a few subway stops away from Midtown East. Tiffin Wallah, Dhaba, etc.

        Tiffin Wallah
        127 E 28th St, New York, NY 10016

        108 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10016

        211 E 46th St, New York, NY 10017

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          JungMann RE: kathryn Mar 7, 2012 10:07 AM

          Chicago has a reputable Indo-Pak scene on Devon Avenue that in a number of instances surpasses what is available in Curry Hill. I think a recommendation for a higher end Indian place like Tulsi would be the more unique option for visitors from Chicagoland. Otherwise Dhaba and Darbar Grill are strong restaurants for good Indian.

          108 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10016

          Darbar Grill
          157 East 55th Street, New York, NY 10022

          211 E 46th St, New York, NY 10017

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            Steve R RE: JungMann Mar 7, 2012 03:13 PM

            It's funny, since my original reply had Tulsi as the first recommendation, with a note that it was more high end and not a totally traditional menu or room. But I removed that sentence and just went with Dhaba... it sounded like a better choice for the situation. Maybe you're right though... if the price is not a problem Hemant's food at Tulsi is certainly more inventive and interesting.

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          Steve R RE: jonfbrooklyn Mar 7, 2012 08:20 AM

          I always recommend (& take my guests to) Dhaba on Lex and E.27th. They're on open table.com, they have a very large, varied menu and it's a decent price point as well -- right in your range.

          108 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10016

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            Bob Martinez RE: Steve R Mar 7, 2012 10:12 AM

            At the risk of being predictable, I strongly 2nd that.

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