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Tulsi Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Phone: (212) 888-0820
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Executive Chef: Hemant Mathur
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 2nd & 3rd Avenues
  • Public Transit: 4,5,6,7 Trains to Grand Central. M101, M102, M103 Buses to 44th St.; M15 to 46th St.; M15 Select to 42nd St. or 50th St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Nearby parking lots: 46th St. and 47th St. between 3rd & Lexington Aves.
A word from Tulsi
Tulsi features distinctive regional Indian cuisine created by Chef Hemant Mathur, critically acclaimed for his clean, distinct flavors and a master of tandoor cooking – from savory street food and breads to tantalizing vegetable specialties and fragrant curries, to signature tandoor-grilled meats and seafood. Designed for comfort, relaxation and the enjoyment of food, drinks and conversation, the 55-seat dining room and 15-seat bar/lounge reflects modern India with a nod to cultural traditions and motifs.

Guests may also enjoy a seven-course Chef's Tasting Menu (also a Chef's Vegetarian Tasting Menu) and bar snacks, as well as a thoughtful list of spice-friendly wines, handcrafted cocktails and beers. "Tulsi" (pronounced TOOL-see) means divine basil.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerIndian
Diner Reviews
  • "My God, what happened? Tulsi used to be the best Indian restaurant in NY, which status was by virtue of its outstanding food, which was a cut above the rest by a good margin. I am sad to report that this is no longer the case as its food is now pedestrian and probably just as good as those places that charge 1/10th the price. A few examples. Our shrimp appetizer contained, incredibly, little to no shrimp. We had to ask the waiter "Does this dish contain shrimp?". Very annoying. The daal tasted extremely buttery, and it had the kind of taste that you find at second rate Indian restaurants that use an abundance of butter to disguise basic culinary skill. The chickpeas were simply inedible. I could go on...What a glorious fall..."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Come here to appreciate fine and delicate balance of flavors."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I have never before been so poorly treated in a restaurant. As a single, older woman I was seated between the door to the bathroom and the door to the kitchen. Single men were placed somewhat closer to the entrance, and couples and groups were seated in the front. The waiter couldn't have cared less about helping me to understand the menu, and to make a good choice. The food was mediocre, and expensive. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone, especially someone eating alone. My meal was a sociology experiment, not a pleasurable dinner."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Fantastic food ... great ambience! I am definitely going to go back here - the delicate flavors and aroma of the indian delicacies is ver rarely found in indian restaurants...!!!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The favors were enhanced, there were wonderful little touches to each dish. We had the tasting menus, one veg, one non veg. Each morsel of every dish was delightful. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Tulsi offers a weekday 2-course lunch for $22, or 3 for $25, the third being dessert. We opted for the 2-course. My wife had mulligatawny soup followed bychicken curry. Both were excellent, but alas both were served at lukewarm temperature. I had chaat as an appetizer--don't know what was in it but it was palate-pleasing--and then The Lamb Chops. Remarkably tender and remarkably tasty. A couple of bottles of Taj beer at $7 seemed excessive in light of the bargain pice of the lunch. Service was smooth and professional. Will certainly be back for dinner."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Very good Indian food, a blend between tradition and innovation, with a fair service. I had to call waiters a few times for the menu and the water probably because there was a big table taking all their attention. A mistake in the bill. Overall positive but didn't impress."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "This highly rated restaurant is lovely, peaceful, with excellent service and interesting food. My companion, who is a great and experienced enthusiast of Indian food, loved it. But I (who also like Indian food) was disappointed. I specifically asked for my main course--roasted eggplant and other vegetable ingredients--to be mild. Well, if that was mild, I hate to think of what "hot" is. I ate only a small amount of it and was very grateful for the generous amount of nan to cut the painful spice. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "This was a great spot for a business lunch. The food was excellent and it was quite enough that we could have a conversation without straining. I had a cauliflower appetizer followed by Tandoori Salmon and mango ice cream. Delicious. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Tulsi had great ambience and energy. The staff were outstanding with their service."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We were 4 in the party, we are European, the food was very too spicy !! We ate appetizer and main dish; great service, beautiful "mise en place"', but food very too spicy."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The environment was very nice and it is an elegant environment, but way toooooo dark. We had trouble reading the menu and then once the food was delivered....forget it. While the menu was diverse my food was a bit too spicy for me and I was never told about the heat or my preference."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Great options from the prix-fixe menu for a business lunch, it was a no-brainer. the deserts were two, so we split and enjoyed them both."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "My guest and I traveled and showed in anticipation of a nice lunch, I left a telephone message with a special order; THE PLCED WAS SHUT UP TIGHT!! Tut Tut…."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Loved it here, the waiters were amazing and the hostess as well, checked on us multiple times to make sure we were ok. Had the butter chicken and it was fantastic. Also a 5 star for the naan and the samosas, really enjoyed my dinner. Must return, thank you Tulsi! "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "You don't need us to tell you this is a superb establishment. It sports a Michelin star and deserves it. Each dish is special. Don't miss Tulsi."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Food was phenomenal. Went for lunch had the chicken korma and nana with a side of butter chicken. The food was exceptional as was the service. The lemon drop cocktail was also superb. The only problem is the atmosphere and look and feel. I love the curtailing to section off people. It just needs something."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Excellent decor, well situated in Mid-Town, East side. Prawns and Manchurian Cauliflower superb. Chickpea dish at the upper limits of spice (for me). Wines overpriced. Indian restaurant populated by many Indian patrons, always a good sign. Would recommend."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "The food was delicious. The Achari chicken tikka and especially the lamb chops were the best I have ever had. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a fusion indian restaurant."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "A great place for a Business lunch! Nice atmosphere..:-)"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "A la carte dishes from the regular menu are well-prepared but nothing extraordinary. The tasting menus (if/when available -- call ahead) are the reason to come to Tulsi; each time at least one or two (and sometimes more) of the several courses offer a combination of flavors and textures that is striking and memorable. It's a bit hit-or-miss at times, bit still worth the effort. The selection of wines by the glass is ok, but again nothing exceptional. Sometimes several of the wines and beers listed on the menu are unavailable, which is slightly disconcerting. The servers' explanations of the dishes can be difficult to understand at times and their English conversational skills could stand a bit of improvement."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Tulsi deserves its Michelin star. The food is exquisite; the waiter recommended their signature lamb chops, which we tried and they were possibly the best lamb chops I've ever had!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Tulsi never disappoints. Outstanding and creative selections coupled with attentive and professional service. A wonderful place to dine with friends, colleagues and business associates alike."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "The chef and co-owner surveys the room and greets guests several times a night. The food is elegantly presented and well seasoned (not too spicy), and offers interesting variations on traditional New York Indian fare. Well chosen wine list. Highly recommend!!!"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Service Not So "Outstanding" Still worth it, if you can WAIT for a waiter"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The food is nothing less than splendid and is quite often mind-blowing! The staff is friendly, professional and completely at your service. This is the best Indian Food I've ever had and I've had great Indian Food in 3 continents."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Outstanding Indian cuisine. We had the tasting menu - very generous portions. Staff was extremely attentive. This restaurant is deserving of it's Michelin star"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "attractive location with great service but the portions are small for the price"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "This is a very classy establishment. Great décor and efficient service but the food is the real star. The modern style of cooking and presentation will appeal to the non Indian food expert but there is enough of the classic food to satisfy the traditionalist."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "The best high scale Indian I've had in NYC. Better than Junoon! Went for restaurant week and the portions are sized pretty good. Enjoyed everything! Cauliflower, lamb chops and dessert (very very sweet though). Definitely would go back!!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Very good food, consistently. That one of the best features of the restaurant. "
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Tulsi follows the right formula for a superb restaurant. Simple menu, but every item is something to write home about. If you're interested in Indian fine dining at its best and enjoy flavor explosions combined with perfectly textured, scrumptious food and like the attentive, yet non-overbearing atmosphere class of service, then this is the Indian fine dining experience you were looking for. The staff are obviously passionate about their product and it shows in their amazing food and thoughtful service. Can you say 5 out of 5?"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The food and service were excellent. What more can I say. The only glitch was that the bus boy who brought our iced tea didn't know English well enough to understand the word lime. He brought us lemon and we had to tell him to bring the green one. But that didn't take away from the excellent meal we had at Tulsi."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "dim lights and quiet dining experience. The place was full as a saturday night would be. The food was exceptional. We ordered the cauliflower manchurian and tandoori mushroom and they exceeded our expectations. We had the butter paneer and spinach kofta both which has great flavor. a little disappointed at the vegetable dish which had way too much of a coconut flavor. I felt like we were eating a bowl of coconut chutney. We didnt touch much of that dish. The pistachio kulfi was amazing with the chocolate samosas being ok nothing exceptional. Overall great dining experience."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "My husbnd and I dined at Tulsi for his birthday dinner and we were delightfully pleased. The service was impecable and notworthy, the food was amaing. Chef Mathur outdid himself and we will definetly return to try other dished. Kudoos to the wait staff who were all very polite and prvided excellent service."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "I happened to go on Valentines Day They had a prefixed menu I have heard good things abt their Briyani... Unfortunately because of the fixed menu I couldn't try the things I wanted I had high expectations. Food was Ok not Great..."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Dinner started off great with wonderful appetizers. Entrees were wonderful - Shrimp curry from Goa and Lamb Chops. Mint paratha was a great accompaniment. We were recommended Kulfi for dessert. But it was disappointing."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Had the tasting menu and it was amazing! Everything was really fresh and the flavors were complex and worked well together. Will definitely be back"
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "Food was different, and yummy, impossible to order a glass of wine for under $15! Just silly. Food a tad pretentious. Waiter was heavily promoting his specials, which were all substantially more than the already expensive menu items. Overall, disappointing."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Having sampled some of the chef's excellent cooking at another venue, I was looking forward to the meal. However not a single dish was appealing or tasty. The appetizer soup was overspiced and not tasty. The supposedly tandoori salmon was lacking in flavor and had a consistency that made it hard to understand how it could have been cooked in a tandoor. The pistachio kulfi, something even the most humble restaurant in India does well, was almost inedible."
    Dined on 1/24/2014