MINT
MINT

MINT

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mintny.com/
  • Phone: (212) 644-8888
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Thursday 11:45 AM - 11:30 PM Saturday - Friday 11:45 AM - 12:00 AM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Executive Chef: Gary Sikka
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Private Catering Available. Please Call for Call
  • Private Party Facilities: Buy Out Available. For Details call Chef Gary
  • Private Party Contact: Gary Sikka 9172084027
  • Special Events: Private Events Available. Please Call

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 3rd Ave & Lexington Ave
  • Public Transit: E,V train @ 53rd/Lex 6 train @ 51st Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Validated Parking Next Door. $20 for 3 hrs.
A word from MINT
The only Indian restaurant to be awarded by Time Out New York. The 110 seat restaurant is located within the newly renovated San Carlos Hotel with a street and lobby entrance. The exotic atmosphere whisks you to Southeast Asia as soon as you open the door and spot the stone waterfall cascading down the wall. Orange, red, and fuscia drum lights are snuggled together throughout the long dining room, and painted panels of mint, yellow, and green hang over striped banquettes. There is a semi-private room complete with audio video equipment that seats 12. Mint is a labor of love for Gary Sikka, and he is taking great pride in bringing an exemplary dining experience in an atmosphere that is both tranquil and exhilarating. The definition of mint is "an aromatic refreshing herb that serves as a central ingredient in accompaniment sauces in Indian cuisine." That can also be said of the new restaurant that is its namesake.
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MINT reviews from OpenTable diners
35 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating3.3
  • Food3.5
    Service3
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
65% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (9)great for lunch (7)fit for foodies (7)romantic (5)good for groups (5)special occasion (2)late-night find (2)hot spot (1)vibrant bar scene (1)kid-friendly (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • lunch menu does not exist
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    They don't have lunch menu you can see in Opentable. One of the reason I went there was that when I checked the lunch menu of Mint in Opentable, it showed some lunch menu with reasonable price. When I went there, I requested lunch menu, and I was given only regular dinner menu. I requested lunch menu one more time and I was told that they don't have lunch menu, but they have buffet which is $15.
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  • Great food, service a bit off
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    The food was great, no complaints about that. The service had some problems; maybe it was an off day, but the guys seemed to mean well. They brought parts of our order to another table, they brought the bill to the wrong table. When we went to pay our bill, the bill wasn't quite correct, and when we paid, they said they didn't have enough cash in the register to make change, and we had to wait for another table to pay their bill to make our change.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday
    ISPROUDVIP
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    Enjoyed dinner without feeling rushed. No discretion though re candles....gave us the box to place on dessert ourselves which was quite funny. Everyone liked their food. Wine bottle ordered was served from the bar which seemed strange. We got our glasses filled having never been shown the bottle.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
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  • Delicious Indian Fare
    UniversitymomVIP
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    Subtle layered flavors, wonderful buffet at lunch with variety. Solicitous waitstaff and reasonable prices. A wonderful meal!
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Should be
    midtownVIP
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    More popular. Though service can be slow the food is surprisingly good.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't wait to go back.
    JerseyKVIP
    Dined on 1/1/2014
    This couldn't have been a better dining experience - and it was a warm oasis on a cold night. The food was wonderful. I had some courses I'd never had before, and they were so good that I don't know if I'd ever order anything else there.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Really good food, surly service
    LadiesWhoLunch
    Dined on 12/4/2013
    My group of 5 professional women friends met at Mint for an annual holiday lunch. we had the buffet, which was excellent, and ordered a few a la carte items, with great difficulty and attitude. No one wanted to take our order. Some things arrived, some did not. In response to one of our requests, the waiter answered "Whatever." That was certainly a first for me. The food, once we coaxed it out of the staff or got it ourselves at the buffet, was truly delicious. Too bad about the staff. Caveat emptor.
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  • Good dinner..
    annaVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    This restaurant is as good as any other Indian ones in the area. Nothing exceptional. When we got there, it was almost empty, but he still refused to seat us until the entire party arrived. When i insisted and stated that I was ready to order, only then did he seat us at our table. The service was quick. The cocktails are not exceptional. The mojito was OK. The drink that my friend ordered was bad - something with berries. The Chilli fish was good. The Lamb saag and Daal Makhni was ordinary.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Indian Food
    aberich
    Dined on 11/4/2013
    Our favorite Indian restaurant in NYC. The food is excellent and the service is efficient and friendly.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Poor Service
    PezFanVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    Great food with tons of veg options for a group with mixed tastes. Yum! to the paneer tikka masala and yellow lentil dishes. Service started off well (wine we wanted wan't available so they offered a substitute -- regularly $10 more -- for the same price). We weren't ready with an order the first time someone came to the table and it went downhill. Each visit to the table made things worse. When a place isn't crowded and it's early in the night, don't rush the guests to order and save the eye rolling for where they can't see it.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Wonderful restaurant
    Foodguru
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    This is a wonderful neighborhood restaurant. Food is excellent and the ambiance is wonderful. Lovely for a neighborhood evening out.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Good food but way too expensive.
    DrNeuroVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    Good food but way too expensive. not worth the money. service was mediocre.
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    fit for foodies
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  • We had Chicken Samosas and
    PompeyNYC
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    We had Chicken Samosas and Lamb Seekh Kebabs as starters, well presented. Mains were Chicken Jafrezi and Lamb Nilgiri. Excellent quality meat as always. Nice quiet ambience, pleasantly busy with no pressure to leave.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    Camille
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    I absolutely had a wonderful time at Mint. The decor is modern and swanky, the food is delicious, and the staff is courteous.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    FoodieLover
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    Came here for business lunch. Had the lunch buffett..Food was good...not great..nothing exceptional to write home about.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Indian Food
    TQ5425
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    We took our friends and our kids, and everyone enjoyed the delicious menu. The kids loved the naan and lentil soup and we are savored the remarkable lamb and real goat curry dishes. Best Indian food that allows items for kids to enjoy as well. Definitely worth a try and phenomenal neighborhood gem.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/1/2013
    We had a lovely dinner. Food was amazing and service great. We will return soon again.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 8/15/2013
    My friend and I wanted to try Mint so we went during Restaurant Week. The food was ok but they didn't have the only dessert option we were interested in having, didn't offer a substitute and we still had to pay the full amount. It left us with a bad taste and we will not be returning.
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  • Excellent
    Delicious
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    I booked with open table and I really was empress.I had a group date night with my co-workers and they were totally blown away,the ambiance,service and food was excellent.I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who is open minded and want to try Indian Food,Mint is it.Would definitely go again.
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    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So Disappointed .....
    AmyElizabeth9369
    Dined on 8/8/2013
    We were so excited to try this place during NYC restaurant week, but it was such a disappointment. We have both spent time in India and loved/love the cuisine so much that we are constantly trying to find a good Indian restaurant in New York City. Unfortunately, MINT was not it. ALthough the ambiance looks lovely in the photos online, it was horrible inside due to no AC in August and two huge loud parties. We could barely hear each other speak. The food was also lackluster - mild and boring. We spent 160.00 and there was not one positive element in our experience. We really missed the mark when we selected this place. We will not return.
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  • Great lunch buffet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/8/2013
    Terrific lunch buffet, including Lasuni Gobi. Nan was super fresh. Will definitely try this again sometime soon.
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    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/25/2013
    We went there during their Happy Hour and had the best Apple Martini ever. The manager was kind enough to give us good recommendations (Lamb Nigi and Chicken Korma). My boyfriend is German and it was nice of the manager taking our order in German. Amazing and will return very soon
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    vibrant bar scene, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Indian in the city
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/25/2013
    I have eaten at Mint numerous times. They are hands-down the best Indian restaurant in the city and at par with the best New Delhi (where I grew up) has to offer. Also has the rare combination of good food with good ambiance and service. Highly recommended.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was delicious. Maitre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2013
    Food was delicious. Maitre D and wait staff were very nice.
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    great for lunch
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  • excellent lunch buffet
    FoodieNYCVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2013
    A quick indian lunch, buffet style. This is my go to place in midtown when I need to entertain a vegatarian colleage. Great variety and the price is right!
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Modern Indian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    I love Indian food, so was really looking forward to going to this restaurant. Food was very good, not blow your socks off, but still very good. Main criticism would be of the staff. As soon as we sat down, we were approached by no less than 3 servers trying to take a drink order. My dining companion is an alcoholic (sober for over 20 years) so drinking was not really going to happen at our table. The servers seemed put off that we were not ordering drinks and their attitude for the rest of the evening was a mixture of indifferent & surly. Only a few tables taken in the restaurant & a very large staff, yet our service was pretty inattentive and not friendly at all. For a restaurant at this price level, I expect a little more in the service!
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  • Just delightful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2013
    Recommended by friends, the food and service did not disappoint. Rosemary naan was flavorful and certainly unexpected to see on the menu. Will definitely return.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit boring
    madmag
    Dined on 5/2/2013
    I found nothing wrong with our visit, but it was a bit boring. The food could be more spicy and the service could be better organized.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • high quality and subtle flavors
    dehillerinVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2013
    Each time we return, we are pleased to see that the kitchen has that wonderful touch: best ingredients, careful and subtle spicing. Consistently wonderful. The service is a bit diffident, and that's consistent too.
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    great for lunch
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  • Very Average Restaurant
    MrGordon
    Dined on 4/30/2013
    Along with the food being very ordinary ( nothing wrong but nothing special ) from the time you are greeted at the door until the bill is settled it feels like you are more of a bother than a customer. Nothing specific but certainly not a welcoming establishment. We were only drinking water which may have been off putting to the servers. The room is boring. The food is boring and the waiters don't seem to be enjoying there jobs.
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  • When we sat at our table,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/24/2013
    When we sat at our table, we didn't get waited on until ten minutes. It was so noisy in there. Customer service was ok.
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  • Great food, menu has appropriate
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/21/2013
    Great food, menu has appropriate descriptions for those unfamiliar with Indian food, pricey (though that's probably appropriate for the area).
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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  • My wife and I are fans of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2013
    My wife and I are fans of ethnic cuisines. Mint still ranks as one of the best Indian spots in the city (the best Naan for sure). Less posh then some, but they do a good job; you could easily do a business dinner or date there. The Goan fish, Mint Chicken, and Chili Lamb are among my favorites. Will be back again.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Fresh Mint
    Golem212VIP
    Dined on 4/16/2013
    There are not a lot of modern and evolved Indian restaurants in Midtown. Most of them are pretty average, but Mint rises above the pack. Their cocktail list is original and interesting, menu choices are flavorful and varied, and service is polite and friendly. It's the kind of place that works for a business meeting, casual dining, or even a first date.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • The restaurant was good. I've
    LauraVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    The restaurant was good. I've usually dined at the long island location which I prefer. The portions were smaller in comparison but the prices are a bit higher. We were a party of 4 and didn't like that the restaurant added a tip to the bill.
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  • Cheap quality food. Wouldn't
    Laylo12VIP
    Dined on 4/4/2013
    Cheap quality food. Wouldn't go back again. That was my first introduction to Indian cuisine, not impressed
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  • Excellent food. I had the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/29/2013
    Excellent food. I had the Mint Chicken and Chili Lamb. The Mint Chicken was a great starter, cooked perfectly with spices that weren't too over powering leaving the tastebuds ready for the Chili Lamb's full onslaught of spices. The waiter was a bit unattentive and pushy, though that might just be a midtown NY thing.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Mint had a nice menu and wonderful
    AmandaVIP
    Dined on 3/24/2013
    Mint had a nice menu and wonderful staff and the food was good also. My only problem with this restaurant is that for the quality and amount of the food, I don't believe it was worth the prices that they are asking. We have had comparable Indian cuisine that was not nearly as expensive.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Food was great...waiters catered
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    Food was great...waiters catered to all your needs and even charged my phone with there charger while I enjoyed my dinner. Chicken tikka masala is soooooo good....I usually go to the one in garden city but the city location is trendy n smaller but perfect!!!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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  • Food amazing as usual. New
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/21/2013
    Food amazing as usual. New head waiter very grumpy almost nasty. Don't let him annoy you. Buffet can't be beat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
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