Pippali
Pippali

Pippali

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.pippalinyc.com/
  • Phone: 212-689-1999x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
    Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian, Contemporary Indian
  • Executive Chef: Peter Beck
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Upon requested, menu tailor made according to customer specifications.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Lexington Avenue and Park Avenue
  • Public Transit: Subway:
    Number 6 Train (28th Street stop).
    N Train (28th and Broadway stop).
    Bus:
    Lexington Avenue and 2nd Avenue Buses.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: 27th St (between Park Ave and Lexington Ave)
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Pippali reviews from OpenTable diners
66 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (29)neighborhood gem (27)good for groups (17)great for lunch (14)hot spot (12)special occasion (8)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (4)romantic (4)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Extraordinary food and fun place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The food at Pippali is extraordinary. Each dish was beautiful to look at, distinctive in flavor and delicious. It was quite busy, with a good buzz and the staff was working hard and very gracious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely Amazing
    Foodlover
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This restaurant has some of the best Indian food I have ever had. The naan was super fluffy and had just the right amount of butter. Everything was delicious- especially the Chicken Tikka-Masala, which was super creamy and flavorful. The Lamb Biriyani is a must, but only if you can take the heat. Most of the food was fairly hot, but the servers make sure you always have enough water. The Mango Lassi is super good and thick, and works well to quickly extinguish any spice, as some of the dishes have quite a lot of it (especially the Sikh Kabob, which is nevertheless outstanding). All in all, the food was delicious and I will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jewel in the Crown
    MazikVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Super-delicious unusual dishes (and the same-old-same-old, if that's what you want) and very attentive service just off ground zero in Curry Hill. Crowded, though, on a Saturday night. Delicious spiced grilled duck on a portobello mushroom/lentil pancake--but equally delicious, perfectly made lamb biryani. Every dish had its own individual herbal and spice notes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    Gaun
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Noisy small, rushing waiters, but the food is fantastic
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Please avoid if you are Indian
    yash
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We visited the place recently for dinner. Our group showed up late by 20 mins, but it was a monday and they still helped us out. Kudos there. However, every item we ordered was horrible. -Paneer tikka where the paneer was very lightly grilled. needed a bit more there. -Palak Paneer was the worst I have ever tasted. no flavour whatsoever. -Jaipur kofta was basically a bhajiya with gravy on it. If you are Indian and vegetarian, please avoid with a plague. -Lassi was so spicy that it had to be returned -Naan and Roti were not up to grade Just like many other places in NYC (Masala times is another similar place as well), I find a stark difference between indian and non-indian clients at these kind of places. Please avoid if you are Indian.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not your typical Indian menu
    nikmil
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    They have really unique items and everything I had was delicious. Been here twice. Service is great.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Indian Food
    TommyBoy
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Hectic check-in and seating process, but once seated the service was fast and friendly -- and the food was great!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Indian.
    Jae5
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My second visit was just a great as the first. Will definitely be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Aaron
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of food, not to mention the service. The salmon was wonderful, as well as the wine. Two glasses of wine and a hearty meal ran only $36! What a deal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tinooVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Wonderful Dining Experience. One of the better Indian restaurants in the city.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good Briyani, but not as before.
    lacarteVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I had last been here less than a month ago, but this time, less spices, no scrambled eggs, and no longer topped with sliced hard boiled egg. Still tasty and shrimp cooked very tenderly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    some of the best and most creative Indian food in NYC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not great
    RogerSVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Rather overpriced for average Indian cooking. The samosas were very heavy and doughy. The papdum was greasy. Tandoori chicken was nicely moist but rather flavorless. The chicken roulades were boring. Go down to the East Village for better than this.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious..
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Simply DeeLish. Always look forward to coming here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food's amazing, service hit or miss
    inwinewetrustVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Pippali has quickly become my go-to Indian spot, usurping my previous favorite Chote Nawab. The classic Indian dishes are as comforting and delicious as they should be, and the interesting fare - like a seafood dosa and curried lamb shank - are mouth-watering, flavorful and have the perfect combination of spices. The restaurant has gotten popular fast though, and seems to be struggling with keeping up. I went last on a Tuesday with a group of 6 and there were all kinds of delays and in-fighting amongst the staff which is noticeable in a restaurant of their size (it's not huge). It seems like standard growing pains and thankfully the quality of the food has not suffered at all. Highly recommend a visit.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, not great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The food was delicious, if a little expensive for what it was. The service was really slow.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • THE Best!
    Rickyon24
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The best Indian food ever. Our party of four had to wait about 20 minutes despite our 8:45 reservation and we almost waked out. Boy, are we glad we waited. We love Indian food and have tried many different places but this place tops them all. Outstanding food and really helpful service. The Sungta Kismuri, the sea bass, the rack of lamb, the Deg Gohst . . . DEEvine! We'll be back, frequently.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is amazing
    Jae5
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I have to say that this is hands down the best Indian in the city. The food is on point, from the seasoning, spice, to the doneness of the rice. Everything was delicious. Will be back soon
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really good food, but slow service
    bassish101VIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    The food was great. Hari Mirch appetizer, Jaipuri Kofta entree, Tabak Maz entree, and garlic naan were all really flavorful and delicious, with nicely sized portions. The service was a bit cold, and very slow, unfortunately. There aren't that many tables, but my date and I still had to wait almost 30 minutes for them to clear our table and to bring the check after the completion of our meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Food was excellent! Beet and fig tiki was very good. Chicken with green chillies was soft and flavorful. Kolhapuri chicken was very good as well. Good service and good food. i am sure we will visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic, refined but not too
    CoppertopVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    My new favorite. More refined than most, but not "abstract" or "trying too hard". Amazing tandoori lambchops and poussin (small tender chicken); all the appetizers are terrific. The only disappointing dish is the rice pudding, which is thinner than in most places, the rice texture less pleasant, the spices less intriguing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find
    Nwal
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Visited several times now, always consistent and great food and service. We like how they put a twist to standard Indian dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Choice!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Not knowing the neighborhood, I chose this from other reviews and it turned out to be a very good choice. The lunch menu isn't that big, but it's filled with specials that provide a very good sized meal at a great price. I had the Chicken Tikka Masala and it was delicious. The service was great and it was a very comfortable atmosphere. If I'm in the neighborhood again, I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Indian food
    craighc
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Living in a rural area, we don't get to eat great Indian food unless we are traveling. We have experienced many Indian restaurants on several continents (alas, not yet in India itself), and can say that Pippali's was one of the best. The restaurant is very attractive, the host and waitstaff friendly and attentive, and the food outstanding and not terribly expensive. Best naan ever (tried the garlic naan and masala naan). Definitely worth a try.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Welcoming and Delicious
    NYCBasicsVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    From the second visit to this restaurant the host recognized my partner and I, I have never experienced this ever in NYC. The service is super friendly and the food is amazing, with dishes I have never tried before and better versions of the usual suspects. Do yourself a favor and try it out. I have no interest in trying any other Indian restaurants now that I have discovered Pippali.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best indian food outside of India
    LobsterSalad
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    This was the best indian food I had outside of India. And better than an lot of food I had in India :) The place was packed when we arrived, however our table was available as booked. The waiters were very busy, but attentive. between the two of us shared one starter and two mains, which was more than enough food. Great place, we will go there again soon.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 40 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 49 reviews are from the Pippali reviews archive.
  • a little better service
    Anna83VIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    The food was decent but nothing mind blowing in taste to make u come back or different to tempt to try other dishes next trip. The decor, location, and waiting staff were good. The only sore note was the rudeness with which the seating / billing manager treated us - we were only the second table that evening though it was crowded by the time we left. He was snotty and rude, and kept reminding us to keep our toddler in the seat (twice) even though we were waiting to use the restroom. Definitely not friendly on parents with kids!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chefwannabe
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The food was outstanding! Definitely make a reservation at this neighborhood gem because there aren't many seats and you want one! All the traditional Indian favorites are on the menu and all are delicious. Cocktails are a bit heavy on the booze and light on flavour so stick with beer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not your typical Indian Restaurant
    drmichelle432
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    What a wonderful surprise to find this unique Indian restaurant. The staff was exceptional and the food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic food, sluggish service
    sm86VIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    I've been here twice and the food has been really delicious both times. However, this second time the service was ridiculously slow. It took somewhere between 20-30 minutes after we ordered before we received our appetizer (samosa chaat) which was tasty but only luke warm. Then it took another 20-30 minutes before we got our main dishes. Those at least were hot, including the garlic naan. The jaipuri kofta was my favorite. So, overall, great food but the staff was clearly overwhelmed by how busy the restaurant was (it was Friday night) and unable to keep up. I would still recommend but with the caveat that it would probably be better to go on a weeknight or for lunch. If you do go on a weekend, definitely make a reservation too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pippali
    AndyVIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    I have been to Pippali 3 times in the past 4 months. It has never disappointed. The staff is very helpful in making selections. Food is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific Food, Really Noisy
    CATDVIP
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Pippali lives up to the rave reviews we found on the web. The menu is unusual, the food is beautifully prepared and tasted terrific. Sadly the service left much to be desired. Slow and inattentive. Maybe we just had a bad waiter. I'll still go back as the food was so unique.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious, Inventive Indian food
    AnonVIP
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    This is some of the best Indian food I have had outside India (and maybe even in India). The Bihari Gohst is tender and flavorful, the Neer Dosa is incredible (those crab claws...), the naan is fluffy and light, and the samosa chaat is spot on. Ask for the waiter's recommendations! The restaurant is still fairly new, and I think they're still figuring out how to handle their demand. We waited for our table for 30 minutes even though we had a reservation, and our food took longer to come out than it did some people who came after us. The staff is great though, they do their best to seat you as soon as they can, are always happy and friendly. They sent us a complimentary desert because of all of the delays, so I can't complain too much!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Indian
    DeadeaVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    In a neighborhood filled with Indian restaurants, Pippali sets itself apart. The menu, the food and the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Solid new Indian place. Been here a few times. Would go again.
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  • Great new find
    countrygirl
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    It was my first time at the restaurant and was very pleasantly surprised. I met a group of friends here and we all were happy with the choice. The service was exceptional. The owner brought us samples of Indian wine (very good), and we shared a bottle of white. Food was great, spicy! Not too noisy. Great location.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall Good
    Mags
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    The food and service were good! The staff were friendly and helpful when it came to picking courses from the menu. The price point was perfect for a casual dinner out.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Indian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    I tried Pippali due to my normal Indian place didn't have any open spots. I am so glad I did. Pippalibecause has the typical Indian dishes but also some new inventive dishes that are just incredible. My date got a shrimp curry dish and I got a duck dish. Both dishes were incredible. They were perfectly seasoned and I had no complaints at all. I will definitely be back in the very near future.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DeLicious Indian food
    LAfoodie
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Wonderful dinner with many menu items not typically found at usual Indian restaurants. My all time favorite Indian place. Large portions too.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative Indian
    WestCoaster
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    We decided to try this out based on the excellent reviews and were not disappointed. The dishes are very creatively crafted, using styles of cooking favored in different parts of the country, but with a twist that makes them more interesting, fresh and flavorful. Service was excellent and the waiter made recommendations based on the kinds of meats and vegetables that our party of four preferred. We were quite full after the meal and decided to pass on dessert ... so the waiter treated us (no charge) to a small portion of Amarkhand that was delicious and a perfect way to cap the evening. Would definitely go back the next time we are in NYC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.