MINT
MINT

MINT

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mintny.com/
  • Phone: 2126448888
  • 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
37 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.7
    Service3.3
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
58% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (10)neighborhood gem (9)romantic (8)great for lunch (6)good for groups (5)special occasion (4)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (1)notable wine list (1)hot spot (1)vibrant bar scene (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Best Indian food in the city.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    Best Indian food in the city. Try the tandoori Sea Bass- excellent!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
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  • Repeatable Indian
    deliusfanVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2013
    Several things really hit the spot, here; the lamb skewers, very similar to Turkish koefte, were extraordinarily spiced. I'm not even a lamb fan, but I would definitely have these again. The shrimp tandoor was dead on. Bravo. Paneer Saag was quite tasty as well; the first two mentioned, though, were definite not-misses. The dessert, which name escapes me, consisting of milk dumplings in a cardamom-infused milk bath was a perfect ending, and was the perfect size to share. Those three things alone would make me want to come back and sample other items off of the rather extensive menu. Chicken biryani was good, but the chicken was just a little too done for my liking. But this was a good rice dish to someone who isn't huge on rice.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • The food was very good, the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    The food was very good, the atmosphere eclectic and service great. The bar scene wasn't as good, but I think that it was setup more for people from the hotel. I didn't see a lot of people at the tables in the front or around the bar. It definitely wasn't your typical curry house in London in atmospher, but it was in food. I particularly liked that modern feel it had to it.
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    good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • This is a very good Indian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 2/6/2013
    This is a very good Indian restaurant with unique and very well but not overly spiced food.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Surprisingly delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    Even if you're not into Indian food, you must try this place. Not your typical indian restaurant, the food is excellent. Very modern decor, the staff is very attentive. Try it you just might change your mind about Indian foood
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    good for groups, hot spot
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  • Fabulous!
    Reb1VIP
    Dined on 1/25/2013
    This was my first experience with Indian food and I was quite nervous.. It was fabulous!! The waiter was pleasant and helpful and the food was fabulous! So many wonderful flavors. The rosemary bread was great! Will definitely be going back!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • A great restaurant with superb
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/23/2013
    A great restaurant with superb food. Noise levels can fluctuate, but overall a great restaurant for lovers of Indian food.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Food is good. Chicken is great.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/20/2013
    Food is good. Chicken is great. the only cons -long wait between meals
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  • Magic Mint
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/18/2013
    From the moment we walked in, we could tell we had picked a winner. The greeting was warm and the setting intimate. You will not go wrong with the Channa or Aloo dishes. We were so satisfied by the second course that eating the afters was force feeding! Do not hesitate to dine at Mint.
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    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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  • Delicious food and great service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/18/2013
    Delicious food and great service. Only down fall was the wine list
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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  • Many improvements have been
    Esquire
    Dined on 1/17/2013
    Many improvements have been made: the portions are now ample size, the servers stand at the ready and were friendly, and the decor is pleasing. Prices are still high for Indian food that is good but not great, but it was a worthwhile dining experience with a Groupon.
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  • Delicious food, but portion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/12/2013
    Delicious food, but portion sizes were quite small. I was expecting rice to be complementary, instead it was $7 for rice and $5 for a naan.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mediocre
    Miele2VIP
    Dined on 1/10/2013
    Really wanted to like this place, but unfortunately the food was sub-par. Lacking in depth, freshness, and interest. Tomato soup was so sweet it was inedible. Salad was boring. Cauliflower crust was soggy not crisp. Rice puffs were just ok. Lamb was tough and sauce was blah. Tandoori vegetables were in some blah mushy yellow sauce, not slightly charred/crisp as usual. Also it is very overpriced. If you are looking for good indian in the area try choula, amma, or darbar instead.
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  • We really enjoyed our meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/27/2012
    We really enjoyed our meal at Mint. My wife had the Goan Fish and I had the Tandoor Lamb chops as our entrees. The sauce on the fish was excellent. The lamb chops were cooked perfectly and had very nice flavors. We opened with the organic green salad, very fresh with very good dressing. As side dishes we had the lemon rice and rosemary naan bread. Everything was delicious. It was the best meal we had during our three days in New York.
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  • Lunch Buffet - Perfect
    RobLVIP
    Dined on 12/7/2012
    Went for Buffet Lunch - Nice selection of food. All fresh and nicely done.
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  • Mint's new lunch buffet a smash!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 12/3/2012
    Always a pleasure to eat at mint. The new lunch buffet was quite a find and an amazing value at $12.00! My favorite Indian restaurant in NY just got even better!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, great for lunch
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  • Wow!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 11/23/2012
    When in New York, I get my Indian food here. The food has always been excellent!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Once of the best Indians in NYC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/31/2012
    If you are looking for English style Indian this is your place. Always delicious.
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  • it was nice that we were seated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/30/2012
    it was nice that we were seated right away (we arrived at 8:40 and reservations were for 9:00) on the night after Hurricane Sandy. But that's all they get praised for. The food was pedestrian at best and the waiter was AWEFUL! We had asked to him to either move us or fix our table bc it was wobbly and uneven, he never did. I ordered their infamous SuperTini (twice the size of a regular martini) and the waiter said the bartender wouldn't make me one (so I ordered a glass of wine instead. And as I'm eating dinner I see the bartender making TWO SuperTinis for others!). The waiter never once asked us how was the food or if we needed anything else. Just very poor service for midtown Manhattan near Grand Central Station. Never again.
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  • Mint is well-positioned as
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2012
    Mint is well-positioned as one of the better Indian restaurants in mid-town New York. Near many other hotels and attractions, the location is very good. The food is definitely quality and above average, although not especially different or creative for the type. The vegetable dishes are good, but a bit saucy. The meat dishes are well-prepared, although a bit regular. All things considered, I can recommend this as a place where you will not be disappointed.
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  • I went there with my parents
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/6/2012
    I went there with my parents for a Sunday lunch. Although they don't have a fixed lunch menu or lunch buffet on the weekends, the food was delicious and more than made up for it. We ordered the cauliflower appetizer to start, followed by saag channa, chicken curry, and dal makhani for lunch, it is was all very tasty. I would definitely go there again.
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    great for lunch
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  • Went there for dinner had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/5/2012
    Went there for dinner had the Lobster tiki Marsala Garlic Nan Salty Lassi and Kulfi for dessert. The Lobster and the rice were overcooked. I went when no one was in the restaurant and the waitors were just standing around completely ignoring me. I guess this is a lunch only kind of place, won't be going back!
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  • Great Lunch Value in Midtown East
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2012
    Great value at Lunch. The lunch buffet is varied and delicious and an amazing deal at $12.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • The food was outstanding and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/24/2012
    The food was outstanding and the service was great. We really enjoyed this intimate resturant. We plan to go again next time in new York city
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  • great food; lousy, inattentive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2012
    great food; lousy, inattentive service. admittedly, I was there late at night, but it's no excuse for not coming by to check at all -- I couldn't even find someone to flag down and get a second drink.
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  • Consistently EXCELLENT. Every
    dehillerinVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2012
    Consistently EXCELLENT. Every dish is subtly spiced and attractive. The Malai Chicken is not to be missed! AND THE LUNCH BARGAIN IS TERIFFIC.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • The food was tasty and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/16/2012
    The food was tasty and service great. The drinks could be stronger but thats just my alcoholism showing. The staff was great, I got a quiet table like I asked and the waiter was fun and unobtrusive. Thanks
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  • The food and service out here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/15/2012
    The food and service out here is really good, compare to the garden city location. However it seems pretty overpriced. But overall the service is great.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Alternative to Indian lunch buffets
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/12/2012
    NYC is filled with Indian restaurants offering lunch buffets, and they all tend to have the same items and taste the same. Mint has a variation: a lunch pre-fixe with starter, appetizer, entree and dessert, each having two or three choices. Rice, naan and makhani dal included at no cost. Delicious. At $17, it's a great bargain and the table service makes it feel like a much more civilized dining experience than self-service.
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    great for lunch
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  • It was OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/17/2012
    Food was very good, menu selections comprehensive but the service left much to be desired-- great Lychee Martini though! It was a convenient walk from several area hotels which makes this a good neighborhood spot if you are staying nearby and are craving Indian food. food
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Delicious and enticing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/15/2012
    The best Indian food anywhere in the USA. Each dish is meticulously crafted to perfection. Comparable to the very best Indian food at the best of restaurants in India. If I lived in NYC I would eat here once a week. Try it!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • $17 FOUR-course Lunch special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/15/2012
    $17 FOUR-course Lunch special - Everything was delectable. I had the Lentil Soup, Chicken Samosas, Dum Aloo Gobi Mattar, & Gulab Jamun. Ooh and a glass of Lychee Pom Fizz. My Dad had the salad, Chili Fish, Lamb Nilgiri, and carrot Halwa. They also brought dal makhani, basmati rice and naan. Only the Aloo Gobi had a little too much tomato for my taste but I must say the blend of spices was perfect for every dish and they were not skimpy on the servings. In fact, I was full before the third course! Each dish was fresh and well-made. The ambiance is subdued, not a rowdy lunch crowd so it's perfect if you want to have a good conversation over great food (2 hrs). The service was also excellent and I will definitely be going back!
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • Every time I have been at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/11/2012
    Every time I have been at this restauranti with friends and co-workers, everyone has felt well taken care of, have loved the food and service, and have recommended the venue to their friends. The management is super, and it makes a difference to have the dinner specials which make it possible to have affordable work related meetings.
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    notable wine list
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  • Pleasant surprise!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/3/2012
    Arrived for a late lunch for two at 2:00 pm. Ordered from the Restaurant Week Summer 2012 menu. The food was deliciously, well seasoned and beautifully presented. Our cocktails were also quite satisfying. I definitely would recommend a Bollywoodini (or is it Bollywoodtini).
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, great for lunch
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  • First time at Mint and it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/2/2012
    First time at Mint and it was fantastic! Food and wait staff were incredible
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  • Blah
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 8/2/2012
    This is extremely overpriced Indian food. The staff was a bit rude and the restaurant is very dark. The food is bland. Never going back.
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  • The food was bland, nothing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/30/2012
    The food was bland, nothing like the indian food I've had before. Service was alright, but kinda slow for how few people were there.
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  • Mint makes East 50th a better place
    Golem212VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2012
    Mint continues to provide top notch Indian fare in an area where it's hard to find: East 50th Street. Some of the best naan in town! Very good chicken tikka masala and jalfrezi.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Food is great, but they could
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/20/2012
    Food is great, but they could really work on the presentation. Indian Sunset cocktail was great.
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  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/1/2012
    I have eaten in this restaurant before and it never disappoints. The food is excellent. The service is excellent. The waiter are knowledgeable. Our waiter was very kind. Can't wait to go again!!!
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    vibrant bar scene, romantic
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