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Permanently Closed - Haldi

4.2
48 reviews
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$30 and under
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Indian
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Haldi presents Indian regional cuisine featuring kababs, biryanis, and Indo-Chinese preparations with the emphasis being on fresh and satisfying meals. Cuisine from Calcutta is also showcased in the menu alongside perennial Indian favorites.

The 60-seat restaurant has decor that is playfully themed after the restaurant's namesake-- the Indian spice turmeric or haldi. Mustard yellow walls and whimsical murals depicting Old World Calcutta serve as a perfect backdrop to the traditional dishes served with a contemporary spin.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Indian, Contemporary Indian
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Hours of operation
LUNCH: Monday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 3pm, DINNER: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(212) 213-9615
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 26th and 27th Streets
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Public transit
6 train to 28th Street.
Additional
Counter Seating, Delivery, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.1
food
3.9
service
3.7
ambience
4.1
value
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on January 27, 2017

Food was outstanding - but we felt like we were in a cafeteria.

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4.0Dined on December 19, 2016

The small plate of cauliflower was excellent as was the chicken tandoori. If you like Indian food you should most definetly try them out.

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4.0Dined on November 19, 2016

My wife and I loved Haldi ! Such a great lunch. We opted for the $11.95 unlimited, and there was no shortage of great Indian food! One of those places we walked away wishing something in our city had. Inexpensive, fast, GREAT food, personable waiter....etc. Will definitely go again when in NYC.

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5.0Dined on November 14, 2016

Delicious out-of-the-ordinary Indian fare from chef Hemant Manthur. Excellent, efficient service and lovely, fun decor . Varied menu. Wonderful lamb chops, cauliflower and okra. Great experience worth repeat visits for lunch and dinner.

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4.0Dined on October 21, 2016

Friendly, energetic, hardworking staff made our evening better.

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4.0Dined on October 18, 2016

Very sold and thoughtful meal, with some really interesting Indian/Asian fusion, while remaining authentically Indian in character

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4.0Dined on October 15, 2016

We had gone in with high hopes for Haldi, but were disappointed to find that they had changed the menu. They had gotten rid off most of the Kolkata speciality dishes and were just back to the same North Indian typical dishes. Guess it takes a lot of guts to stand out from the herd.

Upon hearing that we wanted luchi, they did serve us some, but the luchis were not how they are supposed to be. The Aloo dum was good, although curry leaves are a no-no in Aloo dum. The dak bungalow chicken and Kosha mangsho were quite okay.

The waiter was over insistent, although we were a big group and kept ordering stuff. The restaurant was empty except for us. They had some cocktails with interesting names, but none of the drinks stood out. The dessert was equally forgettable. I appreciate Haldi's hospitality but I don't think I am going back any time soon.

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3.0Dined on October 14, 2016

Food was fine but expensive for what it was - $25 Defoe chicken tikka masala with rice and naan is a bit steep.

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5.0Dined on October 11, 2016

absolutely delicious food! all 4 members of our group were very very satisfied. the service was also amazing!

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3.0Dined on October 4, 2016

Decent food but very expensive for what you get--the shrimp curry dish for $19 came with 5 small shrimp. Rice is also extra. The food is definitely a cut above most Curry Hill establishments but you pay the extra price.

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5.0Dined on September 17, 2016

This place was great for a get together of friends and accommodated the diverse eating habits of the vegan, vegetarian, and meat eaters of the group. The food was delicious and the service was friendly.

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4.0Dined on September 8, 2016

made the reservation on open table. wanted 7.30, but they only had 7 or 8pm. we came at 7.30pm anyway. however the restaurant was only about 30% full the whole evening. that was fine as it kept the noise level low and we could talk. our group of Swiss , some vegetarians. Food was great and they thoroughly enjoyed it. A nice assortment of choices. very friendly staff, but now overwhelming

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2016

Really memorable food. We got there early for dinner and basically had the place to ourselves. The staff seemed a bit awkward at first but then we very friendly when we wanted them to suggest dishes we should try. We had a number of vegetarian dishes and one was so good, we made a order to go!

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4.0Dined on July 13, 2016

Portions were well sized, prices reasonable, and service very attentive. The food was wonderful, but a bit salty, not uncommon in NY. Will likely go again.

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4.0Dined on July 11, 2016

This was my meal at this restaurant. The food was very good, not too spicy but rich in flavors. My lamb dish was very satisfying and well with the dark lentil side dish. The staff were helpful. I will return.

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4.0Dined on July 3, 2016

Hemant Mathur's (Indian) culinary magic! Our 5th visit and the consistency of quality, taste, service and overall hospitality, all first-class, is appreciated. We will continue visiting Haldi!

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4.0Dined on June 20, 2016

The spectacular , perfectly prepared food overrides the slow service and high noise level.

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4.0Dined on June 11, 2016

This restaurant provides excellent food (and excellent value) in a very pleasant atmosphere with creative decor. It is with white table cloths but not stuffy. It is nice to find a regional restaurant that moves its menu outside mainstream Indian offerings.

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3.0Dined on May 29, 2016

Food was disappointing because I'm from Kolkata and have had much better Bengali food.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2016

Super Indian food - both traditional Indian restaurant food and novel regional items. Better than typical Indian restaurant ambience and service.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2016

Great little Indian place in Murray Hill. Very flavorful, and lots of vegetarian options. Bread was great. Restaurant quiet.

The service was a little terse but timely. Price is very reasonable. They do have a decent wine and beer list, but not the most expansive.

Definitely would return. The indian food was some of the best we have had!

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1.0Dined on May 7, 2016

My husband and I arrived promptly at 7pm Saturday for our reserved spot. We were met by an empty restaurant and a gaggle of perplexed waiters who were attempting to set up a buffet for a big (other) group. They had no record of our (confirmed) reservation not did they apologize or try to accommodate us. We went next door.

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1.0Dined on May 7, 2016

When we arrived 10 minutes before our time, we were told that the restaurant had scheduled a last minute party and there wan't enough room for us. We were given an option to sit down, order and finish our meal under an hour. Asked why we weren't notified, they said they booked the bigger party at the last minute so they didn't have time to notify other diners. We drove over an hour on a friend's recommendation and were extremely disappointed with the situation. The gentlemen we interacted with was very polite and it didn't seem like it was his decision to accept the larger reservation and ignore ours.

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4.0Dined on April 16, 2016

The food is delicious. We had jackfruit biryani…so relish and unusual. The kosha mangsho, charchori were terrific. The Coconut shrimp could use a little more mustard oil in it…it was probably our least favorite.

But we ordered the lychee martini and ginger martinis….not so good. Don't waste your calories on this or your $.

Also, there seems to be a shortage of chilled water, not sure why.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2016

Food was great, waiters well intentioned but got "lost" from time.
Very noisy, great if you weren't interested in listening to conversation

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2016

You can have a perfect meal by just ordering appetizers (which are exceptional--particularly the shrimp and the chicken) plus lemon rice. The food at Haldi is many, many cuts above your typical Indian restaurant

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2016

great food, extremely poor cocktail, service but language skills are suspect.

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2016

Since the rave NY Times review, I have been twice and not disappointed. Excellent, reasonable Indian restaurant with unusual dishes.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2016

We loved every minute at this charming restaurant. Impeccable service, with great explanations of the cuisine. Phenomenal drinks (mango martini is the best in the world). Everything was so delicious! My teen daughters loved the traditional food you typically experience in Indian restaurants in the US (chicken tikka masala, chicken korma). But best of all: my husband and I were so impressed with the amazing Bengali dishes. It was awesome to try new things and fall in love with cooking from the Calcutta region. We also thought the prices were very reasonable for such an exquisite meal.
Cannot wait to return!!!

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2016

When people say that Haldi is great for eating, they are correct! The food is great, but the service staff needs a little more work. We went for lunch during the week day and ordered the unlimited lunch for 4 people. Firstly, the servers did not even show us a menu, secondly, once we started the unlimited lunch, the serving size was big enough for one person. Once we finished it and asked for more, it got confusing for the server who had to ask someone else. The second round was smaller, but they got us some more food. When it came time for dessert, it was only one small piece. It was weird that they have unlimited lunch, but are not able to keep up if someone asks for seconds. All in all eat before you get there so you can eat their All you can eat lunch special which really isn't ....

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2016

A very solid Indian restaurant with added appeal of serving a few distinctive dishes of Calcutta's Jewish community. We had the chicken balls in almond sauce, which were outstanding, as well as excellent eggplant and lamb dishes. The appetizers were excellent -- the puffed rice street food dish (Bhel Puri) is the best I've had anywhere, and other choices (including unusual beet-and-potato sticks and delicious mustard flavored chicken kabobs) were great as well. They have nice beer list and ok wines - stay away from the mixed drinks, as they did not seem to have a functioning mixologist the night we were there. Otherwise, a great meal, reasonably priced, in nice surroundings with pleasant and attentive service.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2016

We really like Haldi, but at $12.95 a person for the lunch special it is no longer good value. At the former $10.95 per person price it was a good bargain, but there is not enough selection to warrant paying $2 more than the buffet right across the street at Tamba. It is nice that at Haldi they bring the unlimited quantity of dishes to the table rather than have us get up to go to a buffet, and the quality is very high, but there is simply more variety for less money at the more traditional lunch buffet across the street at Tamba; that is where we will be going from now on.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2015

Delicious high quality Indian food brought to your table in unlimited quantities. Lovely service. You get a choice of either meat or vegetarian or combo of both and the server brings you as much as you like. It's the best of the all-you-can-eat buffet without having to get up and down. Reasonably priced at 10.95 pp.

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2.0Dined on November 20, 2015

Hemant Mathur does not deliver! Being from Kolkata, I was thrilled to see a "Bengali/Kolkata dishes". My guest and I tried their fish fry in the appetizer section. Sadly, it barely made the mark. For one, it was served with a regular mustard sauce, instead of the usual Kasaundi (a Bengal/Bangladesh-specific wasabi/horseradish-type pungent mustard) and the familiar raw onion rings and minced chili, all of which were missing. The fish batter was oily to the core and the fish in itself was bland and tasteless.
For our main course we tried the Kosha Mangsho, which came recommended by our waitress. This turned out to be on the other end of the spectrum from the fish and was very spicy and nothing more. We could barely taste anything because of the spice level.

All in all, very disappointed. Will not go back or recommend.

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5.0Dined on November 14, 2015

We dined at Haldi with a friend who was using a knee scooter after foot surgery. We were seated at a very comfortable table with plenty of room for him to rest his leg and keep his scooter out of the way. The food was wonderful, with several unusual dishes. The beet croquettes are a must-have.

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4.0Dined on November 7, 2015

we ordered too much food with the plan to take some home but it was so good we ate it all!

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4.0Dined on November 6, 2015

Great lunch specials with good menu choices. nice decor, small place.

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4.0Dined on September 26, 2015

I very much enjoyed my dinner here - the food was fragrant and spicy, the chicken in each of our dishes was tender , and the service excellent - I feel like they prepared the sauces as ordered, so the spices felt like they had just been ground - very fresh - some different preparations from what I am used to so it was nice to try dishes I had never had before - a different take on raita which was especially nice -would definitely return - I LOVE Indian food, and this was an excellent choice

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3.0Dined on July 15, 2015

I loved this restaurant out first visit, second time the food and service was off.
Since it is not in my neighborhood not sure if I would make an effort to cab it for dinner.

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4.0Dined on July 11, 2015

Nice cocktails and very good, well seasoned food. Surprised the restaurant was not busier on a Saturday night.

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