Enable JavaScript to run this app.
Skip to Main Content
OpenTable logo
  1. Home
  2. United States
  3. New York / Tri-State Area
  4. Manhattan
  5. Gramercy / Flatiron

Pippali

4.4
4.4
496 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Indian
Pippali offers a pleasing study on the myriad regional cuisines of India with an array of sensational curries, seafood dishes, and so much more.
A muted color scheme in the sleek dining room provides an ideal backdrop for the kitchen's rout of boldly seasoned dishes.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Indian, Indian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:15 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:45 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 689-1999

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Peter Beck

  • Catering

    Upon requested, menu tailor made according to customer specifications.

  • Neighborhood

    Gramercy / Flatiron

  • Cross street

    Between Lexington Avenue and Park Avenue

  • Parking details

    27th St (between Park Ave and Lexington Ave)

  • Public transit

    Subway:<br />Number 6 Train (28th Street stop). <br />N Train (28th and Broadway stop).<br />Bus:<br />Lexington Avenue and 2nd Avenue Buses.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 496 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Sort by

Filters

  1. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Average Indian food. Service was lacking. Multiple servers - didn’t ask for drinks, dessert , had to flag them down. Food is a let down - too much oil. Kids liked the malai chicken, bhindi was bad, paneer kadhai was ok, butter chicken was average. Try if you are craving for Indian and can’t find anything else.
  2. miki

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the food, used to always order in but it's such a cute little a restaurant and the food is always amazing.
  3. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    The service not good at all. They clear my boyfriend's plate while I'm still eating. They hurry next dish and they forgot bread and after he arrive burned. They clear main course dish and they put on the table the bill, without ask dessert or something else.
  4. IvyW

    New York Area

    35 reviews

    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This has become my go to Indian restaurant. The food has been consistently good and the prices are reasonable. We have enjoyed our meals. There is also a small menu of unique tasty cocktails.
  5. Gastronome

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    The food is moderately priced, but it does not match the standards of other good Indian restaurants in the city. Also, lighting is dim (not in a sexy way) and the ambience needs some work.
  6. claudiew

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Get the Chutney Trio ! Get some cocktails ! I was here on Christmas Eve on a really cold night in Manhattan but it was nice and warm in this restaurant and the staff is very professional and welcoming. You get some complimentary pappadum to start . But we got some cocktails and appetizers to start . The Fish Koliwada which is a fried fish pieces that's a bit spicy and definitely not basic! Also the Bhajiya fritters of cauliflower onion potato and spinach. Those are recommended, very good fritters with dipping sauce. We started with a Tamarind Margarita which was great and spicy and a pomegranate rose drink which was excellent called Cutting Chai I think. For mains we got the Paneer Makhanwala which had a really delicious sauce! And the mixed grill which had a great grill flavor. Large portion too ! Get the Naan bread ( it's better than the roti ) The Old Fashioned drink is really strong and tasted like straight bourbon, next time I'd get the mule. The Mojito was delicious with fresh mint though. Get that if you like rum . The Chutney Trio was great , really unexpected. The middle one was date chutney and was delicious. I've never had that before. They were out of the kheer for dessert so we got cold Ras Malai . The flavor was very mild and next time I'd try the Gulab Jamon. Also they play mostly contemporary Indian pop and chill-out music which was REALLY nice and a pleasant note to a really great dinner. Recommended. They seem to accommodate big parties too .
  7. Btsai

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Delicious meal- every dish was packed with fragrant flavor. The service was friendly and wonderful. I look forward to another tasty meal here soon.
  8. JackieM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nothing short of OFF THE CHARTS. Perhaps some of the best Indian food I have ever had. Can't wait to go back!
  9. Idjack

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious and flavorful. Maybe a bit pricy for portion sizes and a bit louder than I like, but the food and service surpass those little negatives. I used to live in the neighborhood and wish I had gone there more.
  10. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    I think I must have gone to a different restaurant than the other reviews. The venue was cramped and loud. After we sat down we did not get a dedicated waiter and were just ignored. We were expecting someone to come take our order but they never did so I had to eventually call over whoever appeared to be a waiter. After we got our food, there was once again no one to check in on us though out the night and we had to ask the bus girl for the check. Embarrassing. The food was subpar. Somehow it was lacking flavor and/or salt? Something you don’t expect from Indian cuisine of all things. I’ve had better Indian food around my neighborhood. Never coming back here; and neither should you.
  11. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The food is fresh and prepared perfectly every time we eat here. Warm service and the cocktail list is a pleasant surprise.
  12. open

    Orange County

    64 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This was our second time at Pippali and was just as happy with the food, service and ambiance. Great tasting food, we will return.
  13. carolb

    New York Area

    116 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    116 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice luncheon.. tasty with pleasant surroundings
  14. IvyW

    New York Area

    35 reviews

    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The food was delicious, the service was good except they forgot 2 things we ordered but they were brought promptly when reminded. They even put a candle on the dessert so we could sing Happy Birthday. Would definitely recommend.
  15. dd05

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The best lunch in NYC. The salmon tikka is out of this world— don’t miss it. It melts in your mouth.
  16. open

    Orange County

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful experience at Pippali. The food and service were outstanding and the aromas were amazing. Looking forward to our next experience at Pippali.
  17. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best Indian food I have ever had, The food was tasty, presented well, and great portions. The cocktails were also very good. Our new goto place in NYC for Indian delights!
  18. Tosh

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pippali was FANTASTIC!! We will definitely go back! The food was excellent; the drinks were amazing and staff was so friendly!!!
  19. RobinM

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We got there early for dinner so were the only people there at first. The food was excellent and gave you a good portion. Butter chicken was delish. It was starting to fill up when we were getting ready to eat. Love when all the guest are of the ethnicity of the food. You know its authentic and good. Didn't disappoint.
  20. Paul

    New York Area

    41 reviews

    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food. Thali lunch menu is excellent. Service is consistently attentive nut not intrusive. Went to meet a friend whom I hadn’t seen in 7 months and we enjoyed a long leisurely lunch.
  21. OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always excellent food and service.
  22. EenyMeenyMineyMo

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Overall an OK dining experience. We had a good meal, but would not go back. Service was very prompt although not very friendly. They were clearly busy, but how hard is it to be a bit welcoming? Food came out quickly and was perhaps a 7 out of 10. The restaurant is so loud that we had a hard time enjoying the meal.
  23. eamonnm

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    fantastic food! great service! went for lunch, had a lovely time, my daughter loved the food too! highly recomended!!
  24. NYCgirl

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dry enjoyable.
  25. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The servers were very friendly.
  26. AlanL

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    The food is consistently good. We sat outside, which was fine, but service was slower and less attentive than if we were inside, (and the street noise was occasionally annoying).
  27. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food is delicious, the people who work there are kind and attentive - love this place
  28. JaneM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service at s quiet home feeling atmosphere Will return again and again
  29. Robert

    New York Area

    89 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I enjoyed my meal here. The food was tasty, portions were generous, and the service was good.
  30. dd05

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is fabulous and the staff very attentive. Just about the best Indian food around.. And the prices for lunch just can't be beat.
  31. GothamGail

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    This is a great restaurant. We’ve been often and always enjoy it. Great vegetarian choice and the seafood is a pleasant and delicious surprise
  32. ChloeJelly

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Food was delicious. Service was attentive without being too intrusive.
  33. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Stellar service, attentive and kind. Food was delicious.
  34. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently the best Indian restaurant in the greater NYC area. Without being specifically high-end (e.g. Tamarind) it delivers that quality of food, but in a lower-key - and much less expensive - framework. Indeed, as much as I like Tamarind too, the experience at Pippali is one that at times can have a slight edge; perhaps because one feels less need to eat every last thing on the table, I leave Pippali utterly happy, satisfied, but not bloated. It’s just a marvelous restauranr. Not cheap, but not overpriced either; always feel happily like I got my money’s worth and then some. Everything SO fresh, from the pappadums onwards, and clearly cooked from scratch. The best of Curry Hill. Last time I was there - this past week, I had lamb vindaloo, shrimp curry, and paneer makhani, but you cannot go wrong here.
  35. Luquado

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Pippali saved Christmas. It's a long story, but suffice it to say their kindness and cheerfulness coupled with astonishingly delicious food saved the day in a series of crummy days leading up to the holiday. The tenderness of their paneer and the rich flavors of their curries (and peppery goodness of their kali mirch, with actual black peppercorns -- why do so many places miss the "black pepper" part of the curry in "black pepper chicken"?! it's not vindaloo!) made it rocket to the top of my wife & I's favorite lists. I already raved on Instagram about them being generous with my desired spice level, but my wife absolutely adored her paneer makhanwala, as well as the fact that they have three different paneer dishes nestled among a vegetarian menu with a large variety. Not that we're vegetarian, but I do love legumes and she loves her cheese. That said, if I can make a super nitpicky criticism, one that absolutely won't stop us from returning? We weren't a fan of the plating of the samosas. There was what seemed like a sweet sauce drizzled underneath them. I thought it was the tamarind sauce, but my wife thought otherwise. I'm not a huge fan of overly sweet mixed with savory and I felt even that small amount overpowered the spices of the samosa filling. But that is a nitpick, like I said. The decor is pleasant and fine. It feels kind of old-school in a way thanks to the wallpaper, but not in any way that hurts or gets in the way of the experience. We were there in early afternoon so it might be more dim/chill in the evening, but again, it was fine. We have some spots we love in Astoria depending on if we want creamier or more savory -- as you know, regional differences in Indian cuisine have a big effect on the cooking -- but something about Pippali's entrees absolutely hit every single one of our taste preferences. We will definitely be back, and I look forward to trying some more of my favorites.
  36. HommePac

    Atlanta Metro

    63 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    The food is the real standout. Delicious! First time trying the Kashmiri Rogan Josh (lamb shanks) and it was excellent. Can’t go wrong with the Palak Paneer and Achari Bhindi and the house made chutney. When in Midtown with a craving for Indian, this is my go to restaurant.
  37. am2banana

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Enjoyed lunch thali of chicken tikka masala - it’s a small portion of the main since it’s served thali style with small tiffins for rice, raita, daal, and vegetable curries. Also served with naan. Food is well spiced and restaurant was quiet with only a few other full tables for weekday lunch special.
  38. Idjack

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Cauliflower appetizer was to die for. Each dish was so uniquely flavorful. I can’t believe it took me this long to try this place considering I lived half a block away for 5 years and moved to the UWS 2 years ago.
  39. JanetR

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Enjoyed all our choices--especially lamb shank rogan josh and special duck, which have never seen on another Indian restaurant menu. Portions were all generous.
  40. Gryphyn

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall3food4service1ambience2
    While the food was excellent it kind of pales in comparison to the bad service. You would think it was due to a shortage of staff but no, plenty of staff on the floor, it’s their particular function that is perplexing. Repeatedly ignored by passing employees, it got very frustrating to enjoy what was left of the experience.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Pippali does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now, Postmates and Uber Eats. Pippali also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 689-1999.

Pippali is rated 4.4 stars by 496 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for Pippali

129 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between Lexington Avenue and Park Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Gramercy / Flatiron

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:15 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:45 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Indian, Indian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    27th St (between Park Ave and Lexington Ave)

  • Public transit

    Subway:Number 6 Train (28th Street stop). N Train (28th and Broadway stop).Bus:Lexington Avenue and 2nd Avenue Buses.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Peter Beck

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 689-1999

  • Catering

    Upon requested, menu tailor made according to customer specifications.

  • Privacy Policy
  • Terms of Use
  • Cookies and Interest-Based Ads
  • Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information
  • Cookie Preferences
Copyright © 2023 OpenTable, Inc. 1 Montgomery St Ste 700, San Francisco CA 94104 - All rights reserved.
OpenTable is part of Booking Holdings, the world leader in online travel and related services.
Booking LogoPriceline LogoKAYAK LogoAgoda LogoRentalcars LogoOpenTable Logo