Tulsi
Tulsi

Tulsi

  • 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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Tulsi reviews from OpenTable diners
78 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
79% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (37)special occasion (21)neighborhood gem (20)great for lunch (19)romantic (17)good for groups (12)notable wine list (5)hot spot (3)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Could be better
    CowgirlFoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We were excited about an Indian tasting menu; however, it's not recommended. Go for solid dishes for each member of your party and share. It just seemed a little out of the wheelhouse of the restaurant, but I would go back to experience their curry dishes.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    DeePat
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The food was really excellent everything I tasted, wish they had more options for jain as what was put on offer was truely amazing. Great location not too far from Grand Central and Midtown east.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ambience is great food is average
    Dine123
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    With our dining experience service and ambience was great but food was very average.
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    special occasion
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  • Just wonderful
    RenskyVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Kind and caring service combined with fantastic food makesmthis a must go to restaurant
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Upscale South Asian Delight
    Jay661
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Dinner for four at Tulsi was a tasteful adventure. We shared stuffed bread and butter chicken as an appetizer. Both were excellent. For dinner we had a variety of curry dishes and seafood. The standout dish was halibut, an evening special. The fish was flaky and delicious, and the serving was generous. We will be back.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Indian Food
    charles
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We were delighted to come across this gem! The appetizers were deliciously spiced as were the lamb chops and the seafood curry. The wine selection was modest, but more than adequate. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and have recommended Tulsi to friends.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Best Indian food in NYC
    mikeyradVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Hemant's lamb chops alone are worth a visit, but everything we had was outstanding.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible Indian Flavours
    bcon
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The non-vegetarian tasting menu is first class. I would highly recommend it.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Good indian food
    kennyeats
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    i am originally from bombay. I loved the food at this place. Its one of those places which says indian food and actually serves the proper indian taste. Not like a lot of the restaurants in nyc which is more or a Bangladeshi taste. Nothing against them. But i personally love the indian taste
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    hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    sardarVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The restaurant is a delight to visit. The food is great, as are the service and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We're picky on Indian food
    emc1147LBCA
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Like curries very much. Having eaten at VIJ's in Vancouver, Canada many times, we're spoiled by delicious and different curries as well as many other Indian dishes. Tulsi met our expectations. Great flavors with just enough spice.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Indian food
    loveliuliu
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The food there is amazing. The chief there must be a genius. Great place for vegetarian.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
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  • Zinc171
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We had problem with single mode AC, we were very cold, and had to change our table twice.
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  • great food and service
    cansrt
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Had to wait for 15 min even with a reservation but was well worth it.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh for Michelin...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    It's decent, but I expected more from a place on the Michelin guide.
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  • The table
    mytlicious
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The table was very nice and quiet.we arrived early and it filled up by about 7.30pm. The service was excellent. The food was tasty but not quite as good as our previous visit
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Menu and food was excellent, I am not a fan of curry or Indian in general but my husband loves it so we went. I had a blackboard eats coupon. As good as the food and ambience was the service was terrible. I had to flag someone down to get menus, drinks, water, order food, ask for check, fix check 2X. They never came over to us. We had to flag someone every time we needed something. Very frustrating.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific food
    BabsVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I love this restaurant. Food is wonderful and the service is excellent.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special request not met
    food4soul
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I took my wife for her birthday dinner to Tulsi. Even with booking we had to wait for about 20 mins, but the staff was kind enough to offer us to eat/ drink in waiting area. Food was very tasty with very authentic rich aroma, service was nice & courteous. There was a big group of diners because of which the noise was very high, quite contrary to the ambiance I expected. CONS- When I booked table using Opentable I made special request for a small cake for my wife's birthday. However, that request was not met by the restaurant, which was very disappointing for me.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AN ADULT LUNCH
    chefmecheVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We enjoyed a lovely lunch and quiet conversation, delicious halibut, gracious service.
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    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • mod indian deserves its 1 michelin
    sydfoodies
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This is our second time here and I recalled wanting to come back having found the place for an afterwork dinner but couldn't remember why. Well I was quickly reminded. The food is fantastic. A top class modern dining experience with flavourful indian.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very specially... in all
    kiralissa
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The food is very special. We habe a party for four. I have ask the head waiter if the dish is sharp. He said no, but you could not eat it. The other dishes are not so good from the concistency. The waiter ask us for bread - we get four pieces and on the billing we paid 10 USD for the bread. That is not ok. We had a travelzoo voucher and on the bottle wine we get 20% less - but on the billing not. For the lamb chops we had we must pay extra 6 USD. That can not be. The voucher said nothing. But you can not discuss with head waiter.
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  • Indian Elegance
    GuruBhai
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Refined food from India. Excellent service. Odd location.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Profoundly dissapointed!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    While every restaurant is entitled to their occasional "off day", did it have to be on my first visit? Service was poor at best. When the check finally arrived with an overcharge, it took 20 minutes to correct. I'm still not certain that a credit was issued. While the ambiance was lovely, the food was good, but lackluster.
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  • not up to par
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The place is beautiful, but the food was a HUGE disappointment, I definitely will not judge a place by Michelin stars, they've lost all credibility with this one! My friend had the mulligatawny soup, which she said was terribly bland. I had a house specialty, some kind of cauliflower, which tasted like sweet & sour cauliflower from your average Chinese take out place. The eggplant, which my friend ordered, WAS delicious, but the raved-about lamb chops were only average, and looked really gross. Dessert was OK, but I would not return. I can get much better Indian food for a LOT less $$ on 6th st!
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  • Romantic setting with great food
    SparhawkVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    An excellent find. Great tasting authentic food and an inventive cocktail list are enhanced by a cozy romantic atmosphere, especially the side tables separated by curtains complete with ornate paneling and mood lighting.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • loud and spicy
    dinner4two
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I appreciated our tasty appetizers of mini crab cakes and panceer; however the entrees were disappointing. My friend had a lamb dish that was extremely spicy and and had many more bones than meat. I had Chicken Korma which is one of my favorite dishes but it was almost inedible it was so spicy and we needed to order a yogurt sauce to make it tolerable. One of the most disturbing things was a group of men and women at the next table who were loud talkers and every sentence was punctuated with obscene language. I had planned this to be an elegant, birthday celebration for my friend but instead it turned into a comedy scene. I had also included in my special instructions that we were celebrating a birthday and requested a nice table. Alas
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  • EXCELLENT
    Excellent
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    My daughter and I enjoy finding a special restaurant every summer during RW. This year we found Tulsi, an Indian restaurant in midtown, on the east side. From the moment the door was opened for us, we were treated like special guests. I had an excellent appetizer, called Manchurian Csuliflowr. It was amazing. My daughter had a mushroom asparagus appetizer. For my main course, I had halibut that was crusted in very thin shredded potatoes. My daughters main dish was also excellent, I jut can't really describe it. Sorry! I had pistachio kulfi for dessert snd my daughter had mango kulfi. kulfi is a type of ice cream Both kulfis were rich and beautifully understated and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seductive food contemporary charm
    Valdan
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    First time visit and we're hooked! From basil and lemongrass scented cocktail to samosa sampler to entrees of tandoori halibut and goan seafood curry (beautiful, mild red curry w coconut), our wedding anniversary dinner was delightful. We were seated around 7 pm on a Friday and were surprised to find this elegant highly-rated restaurant was quiet and relaxing, unlike so many popular eateries in the city. Furthermore from start to finish, service was gracious and sincere. Only thing we'd have changed was the somewhat annoying conversation of the couple at the adjacent table--a common inconvenience of urban life--next time we might b more proactive in table selection when we want a romantic meal, but not Tulsi's fault! Can't wait to go back!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Serviço lamentável
    jj2j
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Assim que sentamos iniciou-se a dificuldade em sermos condignamente atendidos. Veio a nós uma garçonete, está que demonstrou absoluta falta de conhecimento sobre o cardápio, aliás ela teve mesmo tremenda má vontade em explicar a composição dos pratos, não nos oferecendo nada dentro do quanto dissemos que gostaríamos de comer. E pior. Como estávamos sem qualquer orientação e era nossa primeira vez no Tulsi, demoramos um pouco para escolher, o que motivou a garçonete a nos avisar que deveríamos escolher logo pois sua cozinha estava para ser fechada. Ora, se permitem marcar reservas no horário em que ali estávamos, como pode depois vir com este tipo de observação? A comida estava razoável. Na saída nem boa noite nos deram. Tulsi, nunca mais.
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  • BAD Vegetarian food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    went there with lot of expectations looking at Michelin rating.We ordered a 3 course vegetarian meal and and chef tasting meal. tastes garbage kabab was just rolled up gramflour. how can a sweet jam go with this dish? Soup: tasteless mango pulp (you dont put tadka to everything Mr chef, even if you do use mustard seeds wisely) Garnita: it was ice cube with shaved ice on top with some syrup on top main course: everything cannot be made into a kofta uttapam: sour stale bater paneer dish: jst tomato sauce.. butter paneer: HOPELESS Sour, tomato sauce from the can as gravy Mushroom dish: chopped up butter paneer dish with quinoa which was overloaded with salt in a bowl of tomato sauce kulfi: it was not a kulfi some noodles that was iced up.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 47 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 440 reviews are from the Tulsi reviews archive.
  • Best Indian in NY
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Make sure to have the butter chicken, lamb chops and cauliflower
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • The food is now pedestrian
    SkaaVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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...
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  • Indian fine dine
    littlejhuzh
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Come here to appreciate fine and delicate balance of flavors.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WellfleetVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    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.
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  • Aromas and Flavors...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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...!!!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Traditional Indian but yet
    Susanfoodie
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Oh those Lamb Chops
    writer100VIP
    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.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • jpfitVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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  • It has many terriic features, but
    ady1
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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.
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    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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