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ChaiWali

4.2
4.2
141 Reviews
$31 to $50
Indian

Chai is comfort and camaraderie and the combination of Real Chai and Real food is the synthesis of a new tea culture. With “ChaiWali”, Anita has chosen this playful riff on the traditional "Chaiwala" - a male seller of tea, to symbolize the woman being the nurturer of the home. She wanted her everyday food to be romantic and sensory, served in well-designed spaces that reflect community and neighborhood. It is a coming together of many worlds, and a new tribe.

2016 Featured in NYTimes, Channel 7 News, CBS Sunday, What's Eating Harlem, Harper's Bazaar India, Timeout NY & the Best of Village Voice 2016

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Menu

Brunch

  • Pink Rani Martini$14.00

    Royal blend of herbs, fruits, flowers, lemon & iced Shochu

    • Pink Rani Bellini$13.00

      The Pink Rani blend with Prosecco

      • Drinking Flowers$13.00

        Prosecco, rose, ginger & litchi

        • Carafe

          • 6.5 servings$42.00
        • Mango Saffron Bellini$13.00

          Prosecco, mango, pure saffron

          • Monsoon Rum Naranja$14.00

            Shochu dark rum with blood orange

            • Juggernaut Martini$14.00

              Shochu Habanero & preserved lemon

              • Jazz Gin$14.00

                Shochu Martini, or with tonic

                • Nimbu Mint Mojito$14.00

                  Shochu, Fresh lime & mint

                  • Calcutta, Spicy Bloody Mary$14.00

                    Shochu base

                    • Kefir Mango Lassi$6.00

                      • Kefir Mint Ginger Lassi$6.00

                        Probiotic rich. 99% lactose free

                        • Green "Masti" Juice$8.00

                          • Nimbu Pani$5.00

                            Fresh lemon & water, sweet

                            • Voss Sparkling Water

                              • 800ml$6.00
                            • Kombucha Gingerade$7.00

                              Raw organic fermented tea & ginger drink

                              • Harmless Harvest$3.50

                                Organic Raw Coconut Water, Organic Raw Coffee Coconut

                                • Steeped House Chai$4.50

                                  Hot or Iced. Classic chai made from scratch, with healing spices, milk & sugar

                                  • Kashmiri Kahwa$4.50

                                    Hot or Iced, Green Kashmiri tea saffron, honey

                                    • Butter Drinks$5.50

                                      Butter House Chai, Butter Naked Chai, Butter Coffee

                                      • Coffee, South Indian Beans

                                        * not South Indian concoction coffee

                                        • Drip$3.50
                                        • Espresso$3.00
                                      • Homemade Almond Nut Milk$1.00

                                        Made with raw nuts (add to coffee or tea)

                                        • Turmeric Tofu, Zucchini Scramble$14.00

                                          Chickpea flour Kale fritter, greens

                                          • Anda Roti Flat Melt$11.00

                                            Egg, ginger spinach, parmesan, cilantro sauce in a flatbread, greens

                                            • Arugula Goat Cheese Jalapeno Omelet$14.00

                                              Chickpea flour Kale fritter. Greens

                                              • Eggs any Style, Black Eye Peas, Basmati Rice$16.00

                                                Spicy tomato chutney, greens

                                                • Avocado & Arugula Toast$12.00

                                                  Live sprouted bread, lemon white sesame dressing

                                                  • Signature Kale Burger$16.00

                                                    Crisp kale burger, avocado, turmeric rosemary fries & greens

                                                    • Signature Kale Burger without Bun$14.00

                                                      • Greens & Shaved Vegetables Salad$12.00

                                                        Togorashi, ginger dressing

                                                        • Vindaloo Lamb Chops$29.00

                                                          Pea mash, turmeric rosemary fries, walnut chutney

                                                          • Cornmeal & Rice Crisp, Masala Fish$24.00

                                                            House coconut cilantro chutney. Okra fries or Lemon quinoa

                                                            • Tandoori Chicken Naanwich$15.00

                                                              Spicy chicken, cheddar, jalapeno, arugula in toasted Nan Cabbage slaw, yogurt dipping sauce

                                                              • Paneer, Arugula, Parmesan Mac & Cheese$15.00

                                                                Black pepper, truffle, greens

                                                                • Chaispice French Toast$15.00

                                                                  Whipped Yogurt Crème, pure maple syrup Turkey bacon

                                                                  • Savory Rice Batter Waffles$15.00

                                                                    Fermented Rice Batter Waffles, coconut chutney, gunpowder spice side

                                                                    Table Sharing

                                                                    • Rosemary Naan Flatbread

                                                                      • (2)$7.00
                                                                    • Plain Naan Flatbread

                                                                      • (2)$6.00
                                                                    • Delhi Smoked Eggplant Olive Mash & Lentil Wafer$11.00

                                                                      • Classic Potato Samosas & Cilantro Chutney

                                                                        • (2)$8.00
                                                                      • Toasted Papads

                                                                        • (2)$4.00
                                                                      • Dipping Chutneys (Choose One)$2.00

                                                                        tomato, cilantro, habanero, coconut, tamarind, mango

                                                                        Sides

                                                                        $6.50

                                                                        • Eggs any Style

                                                                          • Turkey Bacon

                                                                            • Turkish Raita

                                                                              • Avocado

                                                                                • Okra Fries

                                                                                  For menu edits, please contact SinglePlatform at (866) 237-4564.

                                                                                  What 141 people are saying

                                                                                  Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                                  4.2
                                                                                  4.2 based on all time ratings
                                                                                  • 4.2Food
                                                                                  • 3.9Service
                                                                                  • 4.5Ambience
                                                                                  • 3.9Value

                                                                                  NoiseModerate

                                                                                  90% of people would recommend it to a friend

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                                                                                    cat82

                                                                                    Columbus

                                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on December 29, 2017

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    Food is delicious, service was great and the decor is beautiful.

                                                                                  2. OT

                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on December 8, 2017

                                                                                    overall4food3service4ambience5

                                                                                    The food was delivered to the table at a temperature that would make you think it was sitting for a while before arriving at the table. It was lukewarm at best. The flavor was great. However, I felt I had to eat it quickly or I would be eating a cold dish.

                                                                                  3. L

                                                                                    Lipu

                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    2.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on December 3, 2017

                                                                                    overall2food2service2ambience4

                                                                                    Appetizers were good, entrees disappointing . Not worth the price. I will not dine here again.

                                                                                  4. LM

                                                                                    LoisaM

                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on November 10, 2017

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    I have enjoyed brunch, lunch, and dinners at ChaiWali and it always is delicious and a delight!

                                                                                  5. l

                                                                                    laura

                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    2.0

                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on October 7, 2017

                                                                                    overall2food3service3ambience1

                                                                                    Unbearably loud. We kept asking for the music to be turned down, which at first they did. By the time we left they'd cranked it up to disco volume/earsplitting level. We wanted a nice evening with friends--that would include being able to hear each other without screaming.

                                                                                  6. ML

                                                                                    MLAHarlem

                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                    13 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    13 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on September 21, 2017

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    They have what they call a Green Lunch - not on their website menu. Great combination of healthy salad ingredients with indian inspired elements. Staff were friendly. Sat on back patio which was beautiful.

                                                                                  7. PK

                                                                                    PKK4

                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on September 18, 2017

                                                                                    overall4food5service2ambience5

                                                                                    Food was really delicious and inventive. Atmosphere and decor was warm and charming. Hostess was welcoming. Service was slow - but otherwise, loved the food and restaurant overall

                                                                                  8. h

                                                                                    hbankstoo

                                                                                    New England

                                                                                    26 reviews

                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                    26 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on September 16, 2017

                                                                                    overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                                                    Pleasant surprise in Harlem. Very tasty, with very moderate portions. Yummy.

                                                                                  9. OT

                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                    Amarillo

                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on August 25, 2017

                                                                                    overall4food5service4ambience5

                                                                                    We met my daughter there for lunch and I had my first Indian food, I must say it was delicious. The server was friendly without being obtrusive and the atmosphere was charming.

                                                                                  10. OT

                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on August 20, 2017

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    The food and service was just simply awesome. I would recommend this place and will be visiting again soon.

                                                                                  11. W

                                                                                    Williebobo

                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    1.0

                                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on August 20, 2017

                                                                                    overall1food1service1ambience3

                                                                                    Horrible experience. Greeted by rude host and server who we felt lacked appropriate customer service because we were not white. We were ignored. Waited 25 minutes for drinks. Didn't order food because service was so terrible.

                                                                                  12. D

                                                                                    Debbie

                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                    43 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    43 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on August 18, 2017

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    Just keeps getting better and better! I recommend ChaiWali to everyone! Love it!

                                                                                  13. PM

                                                                                    PatriciaM

                                                                                    New Orleans

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on August 15, 2017

                                                                                    overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                                                    Absolutely stunning food and great ambience. This restaurant is a real find.

                                                                                  14. PC

                                                                                    PatriciaC

                                                                                    Richmond

                                                                                    7 reviews

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    7 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on August 14, 2017

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    Love this fabulous restaurant. Inventive Indian food, wonderful decor/ambience, great vibe, nice mix of folks and just an overall wonderful place. The food is divine especially the lamb chops, the okra fries and the salad with kale fritters. We love the Harlem food scene and this is a location at the top of our list.

                                                                                  15. v

                                                                                    vera

                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                    9 reviews

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    9 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on August 12, 2017

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    Place was beautifully decorated, upstairs was extremely charming. Food was delicious. My Prescco based rose flavored cocktail was really exotic. Goa ceviche was tangy and yummy though I wish the shrimp was not cooked so much. I ordered the fish coated in cornmeal which came with okra fries over tomato chutney sauce. A must try!!

                                                                                  16. J

                                                                                    Jenjo

                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on August 10, 2017

                                                                                    overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                                    Great ambiance. Love the kale burger! The signature prosecco cocktail was so very refreshing. Forget the olive toast. Not worth the 2 bucks. The rest of the meal was excellent! Service was PERFECT! Service is slow but it only tells me that the food is prepared from scratch. It's FRESH!

                                                                                  17. ND

                                                                                    NataliaD

                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on August 3, 2017

                                                                                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                    So glad to have found this place! We look forward to returning many times.

                                                                                  18. BG

                                                                                    BarbaraG

                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                    7 reviews

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    7 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on July 30, 2017

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    What a great find! Outdoor seating in the front of the restaurant beautiful Decor inside and then the birdcage and the back. The music was great the staff friendly and efficient and the food perfect. Love all the vegan options.

                                                                                  19. FF

                                                                                    FitFoodieNYC

                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                    17 reviews

                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                    17 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on July 23, 2017

                                                                                    overall4food4service3ambience5

                                                                                    Food was delicious and The decor is AMAZING. I wish the service was a little better but overall I had a good experience.

                                                                                  20. t

                                                                                    tsmtl

                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                    15 reviews

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    15 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on July 23, 2017

                                                                                    overall5food5service3ambience5

                                                                                    The place is lovely. The staff are very friendly. The food is great with lots of Gluten Free and Vegetarian options. As an Interior Designer, I found the place to be a visual delight. I will say that the service isn't great (slow and made a mistake on my order) but they took care of it immediately and very friendly. All in all, I would recommend it for a lazy weekend where time isn't of essence.

                                                                                  21. AA

                                                                                    AlbertA

                                                                                    Vancouver

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on July 22, 2017

                                                                                    overall5food4service4ambience5

                                                                                    Lovely place! You enter and you are whisked away to a neo-Indian culinary trip that you won't forget for a good time.

                                                                                  22. KP

                                                                                    KajalP

                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on July 21, 2017

                                                                                    overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                                    Great cocktails and delicious vegetarian options. Great to share appetizers too.

                                                                                  23. h

                                                                                    harlemdiner

                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on July 13, 2017

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    This place is amazing! We love the food and the ambience. Great addition to Harlem's eateries.

                                                                                  24. Y

                                                                                    Yani214

                                                                                    Las Vegas

                                                                                    18 reviews

                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                    18 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on July 8, 2017

                                                                                    overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                                                    I came in between lunch and dinner so it was empty besides another couple that was leaving. We chose to sit outside which is a beautiful garden setting. There's a round communal table that we shared with a couple and had a nice chat. We didn't order much but the good we had was delicious! I will definitely come back for a full dinner!

                                                                                  25. UW

                                                                                    UWSFoodie

                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                    10 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                    10 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on July 7, 2017

                                                                                    overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                                                    My husband and I were so pleasantly surprised to find this neighborhood gem. The atmosphere and crowd were great, and had the feeling in a good way of being transported out of NYC for the evening! Food was delicious and the service was attentive and friendly.

                                                                                  26. OT

                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                    Chicago

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on July 7, 2017

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    I've dined at Chai Wali in the past, both alone and with friends. It is always a most pleasant experience. My most recent visit, with a party of several friends was no exception: great food, great service, and an enjoyable ambiance. Kudos to owner Anita Trehan for creating such a wonderful dining establishment in Harlem, U.S.A.

                                                                                  27. OT

                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                    22 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    22 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on June 18, 2017

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    We had a terrific Fathers Day lunch with the multi-generations/nationalities/cultures of our family, and everyone had a great time and was delighted with the food and choices. Urban-updated-Indian-inspired food included lunch favorites like avocado toast. Great taped African et al. music, beautiful view of the garden, lovely service. A happy find!

                                                                                  28. EK

                                                                                    EpicureanKia

                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                    7 reviews

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    7 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on June 12, 2017

                                                                                    overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                                    Great food and ambiance. I eat Indian food as takeout regularly so I don't expect to have such variety on their eclectic menus. Definitely recommending it to friends and family who love Indian food.

                                                                                  29. OT

                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                    San Francisco

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on June 11, 2017

                                                                                    overall4food5service1ambience3

                                                                                    The most fantastic food. Every dish more delicious than last. The service however, on every single visit, day or night, was absolutely terrible. The worst, slowest attitude ridden ever.

                                                                                  30. OT

                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    3.0

                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on May 21, 2017

                                                                                    overall3food4service2ambience4

                                                                                    This restaurant is way too expensive, especially considering there are so many reasonably priced, really amazing places to eat nearby in Harlem. The food was good, but we will not go back.

                                                                                  31. OT

                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                    3.0

                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on May 20, 2017

                                                                                    overall3food2service1ambience2

                                                                                    Mediocre at best! Lots of fried found on the menu. Very dissapointing kale burger which I'd really a potato patti with a wee bit of kale mixed in. Very unhealthy food options as the majority of the menu is just fried food coupled with surly service!

                                                                                  32. MC

                                                                                    MrsCats

                                                                                    Miami

                                                                                    33 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                    33 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on May 16, 2017

                                                                                    overall4food3service5ambience5

                                                                                    Lovely environment and nice service - love spicy food, especially Indian, but thought this was a bit strong.

                                                                                  33. P

                                                                                    Pilu

                                                                                    Naples

                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on May 12, 2017

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    Great service &food we got a Uber when we were there Resturant was good

                                                                                  34. M

                                                                                    Martinez

                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                    56 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                    56 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on May 2, 2017

                                                                                    overall4food3service4ambience3

                                                                                    A lovely backyard garden allows peaceful outdoor dining free of exhaust and traffic. Anita's Vegan Layer Pie was more textured and flavorful than most vegan fare; the rice-crusted Masala Fish was even better. If you like roses, the Drinking Flowers cocktail is for you, but if your tastes are less floral, the mojito is a good choice. Our server was knowledgeable, helpful and polite.

                                                                                  35. c

                                                                                    cinderellapatch

                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                    6 reviews

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    6 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on April 29, 2017

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                    We loved trying something new and away from the crowds. Perfect evening

                                                                                  36. AK

                                                                                    AlexandraK

                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on April 18, 2017

                                                                                    overall4food3service4ambience5

                                                                                    The decor at Chaiwali is something special and creates an ambience that feels a little old world mixed with bright colors, sweet little lights, and a beautiful outdoor space. The naked chai didn't have the depth of flavor I would have hoped for, but the kale fritter and avocado salad made up for it two-fold. We also tried the vegetable stew and the shrimp and chickpea curry. Both had great flavor, were a little lighter on the sauce than I expected (perhaps because the dish comes from a different region in India than other Indian restaurants I've visited). The naan was also outstanding. I would highly recommend this place for anyone that has food sensitivities, as well as anyone looking for a neighborhood spot that has a great outdoor seating tented section, and is part whimsical, part romantic.

                                                                                  37. AV

                                                                                    AartiV

                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    3.0

                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on April 13, 2017

                                                                                    overall3food2service4ambience5

                                                                                    Adored the ambience and all the thoughtful design details. The staff was very pleasant, the drinks were exceptional, though we found the food under-seasoned. Wish it had been on par with everything else! Though I would gladly go back for a cocktail at the bar.

                                                                                  38. MH

                                                                                    MrsH

                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on April 9, 2017

                                                                                    overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                                    Love atmosphere and food Love that it is in Harlem The decor is beautiful, food choices good, very nice waitstaff. Looking forward to garden seating when the weather permits

                                                                                  39. OT

                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on April 9, 2017

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    Fantastic experience overall! The food was delicious - very authentic with a twist, the service was wonderful, and what a cool space!

                                                                                  40. OT

                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                    5 reviews

                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                    5 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on April 9, 2017

                                                                                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                    Third or fourth time at Chaiwali, and so have been a repeat diner. Love the ambience and decoration, and the food is superb. Some creative culinary fusion here that's worked.

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