Tulsi
Tulsi

Tulsi

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Phone: 2128880820
  • 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
66 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (30)special occasion (25)great for lunch (22)neighborhood gem (17)romantic (16)good for groups (12)notable wine list (4)hot spot (2)great for outdoor dining (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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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    hot spot
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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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  • 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...!!!
    Special Features:
    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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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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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  • Business Lunch
    MadisonPam
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    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.
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 46 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 430 reviews are from the Tulsi reviews archive.
  • Excellent
    DeePat
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Tulsi had great ambience and energy. The staff were outstanding with their service.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Good... but overrated
    mbso
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • I can't see
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    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.
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    romantic
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  • Great Prix-fixe
    BBoeing
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CLOSED and still reserves!!
    vitcha1foodVIP
    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….
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  • Amazing
    Xoxoxoxox
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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!
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    Romantic, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best
    MontyVIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    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.
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    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. Sterile atmosphere
    Sandrakim
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spicey
    PezzVT
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    S123VIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great place for a Business
    MakJ
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    A great place for a Business lunch! Nice atmosphere..:-)
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    good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Have now visited several times
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Indian Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    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!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Deliciously innovative
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    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!!!
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  • Outstanding Food
    MikeOfNYC
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Service Not So "Outstanding" Still worth it, if you can WAIT for a waiter
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  • One of the very best!
    davidalfreds
    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    WillB
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Outstanding Indian cuisine. We had the tasting menu - very generous portions. Staff was extremely attentive. This restaurant is deserving of it's Michelin star
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • attractive location with great
    eastsoutalotVIP
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    attractive location with great service but the portions are small for the price
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Indian in NYC
    PointCloatesVIP
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.