Food and drink
Tamarind Tea Room serves savory and sweet small plates. Everything is made next door in the main restaurant and the quality is higher than at hole-in-the-wall Indian restaurants found throughout the city. The restaurant serves its own brand of tea; try the Ceylon orange pekoe and Nantou Oolong.
Guests can choose from a list of sandwiches and desserts. The best dishes include spinach kofta and saag paneer sandwiches, and the mango cheesecake.
There are only 12 seats in the entire space but it never feels cramped. Teapots line the wall and you can recline on gray banquettes. The crowd is sophisticated and skews a little older than the main restaurant.
Service is friendly and attentive, there's never a long wait. A special waiter handles orders just for the tea room.
On 22nd Street off Broadway. It's not a culinary epicenter but there are several other good eateries on the block. It's very close to the NR subway lines.
Most items are affordable. A day out will probably set you back $40 for two people. Opt for the "tea for two" platter - you get tea, sandwiches and Indian sweets.
Tables to book
I like the seats by the window; it makes the room feel a little bigger.
- Culture vultures
- Chilling out