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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:
        http://tulsinyc.com/pdf/Dinner.pdf
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/802615

        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.
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/640456

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

        Dhaba
        108 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10016

        Tulsi
        211 E 46th St, New York, NY 10017

        1. re: kathryn
          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.

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          Dhaba
          108 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10016

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

          Tulsi
          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.

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          Dhaba
          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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