Permanently Closed - Tamba Indian Grill and Bar

24 Reviews
$30 and under
This restaurant is permanently closed. At Tamba you will have the ultimate experience in Indian cuisine. Our menu features authentic specialties from cities throughout India and Southwest Asia, like the fiery Vindaloo dishes of Goa and almond-flavored delights from the Kashmiri mountain valleys.
Tamba's legendary chef is Daljeet Malik, New Delhi Native, wanted to open an authentic Indian restaurant that encompassed the foods she had from her travels with husband Sikender Lal Malik from Kashmir to the dhabas of Punjab and the northern mughlai cooking she received from culinary school in India.
Kebabs are the specialty of the house and they’re anything but typical. The signature dish is Gulauti Kebab and the Infamous butter chicken.

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New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2015

Typical Indian food place with good food and clean restaurant.

If waiter can give faster service would be nice and portions were bit smaller than other Indian restaurant that I have been in NYC.

New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2015

A group of friends from out of town asked me to pick an Indian restaurant for a Friday (and last) night of NYC Restaurant Week. The reviews of Tamba were enticing, and the menu online looked great. It was also within walking distance of their hotel, just up Lexington Avenue. From the moment of our arrival, we were treated very kindly, and the food was spectacular. Among the top Indian dining experiences of my life. Thank you, Tamba!

New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2014

I've lived in the Curry Hill area for a few years now and have never tried Tamba! I'm so mad that I didn't find this place earlier! Staff was friendly and totally accommodated our large table of 8. Food was so yummy! Best Indian in the neighborhood! Can't wait to go back!

New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2014

We had Keema Samosas & Lasani Gobi (cauliflower in a terrific slightly spicy sauce). The samosas were some of the best ever -- a beautiful shell, firm but not crispy/greasy. My wife had Lamb Bhuna Hyderabadi entree --very tasty & well-seasoned, but not hot. I asked our waiter (the owner?) for goat & they brought a wonderful goat curry. The chardonnay was OK, not great. Red would have been a better choice with our seasoned food. With naan & rice, this was way too much food for one meal. (Heads up: they gave us one dish of rice -- good, but not really enough for the two mains -- and they charge for additional rice.) Prices are higher than most Indians we go to, but the food is better than most. All-in-all we highly recommend Tamba.

New York Area
87 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2014

My husband and I went on a Groupon voucher for 2 glasses of wine, 2 entrees, rice and naan bread. Our host was very friendly and helpful with his recommendations. I had the chicken tikka masala and my husband ordered a lamb dish in an almond sauce. Both were excellent.

New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2014

Dining at Tamba was an amazing experience. The lamb biryani had the right amount of spices and was cooked to perfection. Definately be back!!!

6 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2014

Went to Tamba for dinner, and it was like eating in a family's home. Staff was very gracious and attentive. Food was great and the staff unexpectedly gave us a complimentary desert at the end of the meal. Will definitely go back.

New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2014

Although the food was good, I was somewhat unhappy with the bread. We ordered potato kulcha, and it arrived mostly charred. It was discouraging to have it black and burned. Also, the room was extremely hot, so much so that while I was fanning myself the manager came by to ask if he should turn the AC up. I asked him to please do that, but by then I was already soaked in perspiration.

OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2014

I bought my partner here for his birthday, as he loves Indian food and overall I was happy. The food was very good, I had the Chicken Tandoori and he had a Lamb Jalfrezi, both of which were exactly the right amount of spice, flavour etc.
However, the service was a little slow. We did not get checked on at any point during the meal so if there had been a problem there would have been no way to flag it. A HUGE pet hate of mine is cold plates being brought out so we asked them if they would mind swapping these, which they did.
The wait time between ordering and the starters was unbearably long and as the entrees came out so quick afterwards I think they may have just cooked it all a once.
Overall, a solid 3/5 and for the food I would return

New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2014

Every time I go to this restaurant , I enjoy it immensely. The food and service are excellent and it is reasonable. I am never disappointed.

26 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2012

Food was excellent, service was fair. Plan to spend a lot of time at the restaurant waiting for your server, waiting for your food, waiting for your check. Overall, it was worth the wait.

New York Area
77 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2012

food delicious. owners seemed to have a difficult time dealing with the groupon coupon situation.

New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2012

I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Tamba Indian Bar and Grill. The food was delicious especially dessert. Their rice pudding was the best rice pudding I had ever tasted! The waiter was very pleasant and made sure we were comfortable the whole time. I will say that if you make a reservation prior to going there, make sure you watch them actually mark your reservation as counted for. They failed to mark me down. I made sure to verify with them ahead of time and they assured me that my party was good, but later it showed that they never marked me down so the system here had me as a 'no show' and I didn't receive my points. It was a tedious process to have them correct it, but I would say that's my only complaint.

New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2012

Solid indian food.

New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2012

We went with another couple. Everybody loved their food which was tasty, and cooked to the level of spiciness requested. The service was very attentive, even devoted. They even threw in a couple items on the house. We were an older group and never had difficulty hearing our own conversation, a real treat! We sat a long time and were never rushed. I would try anything on the menu.

38 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2012

What a great Indian restaurant. Everytime I come to New York, I like to go to an Indian restaurant. The food at Tamba was excellent and reasonably priced, which was quite impressive for New York. The service was very good as well. I'd definitely return.

New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2012

We went for dinner on Easter Sunday, and were blown away. I've tried what I thought was every Indian place on Lex, and certainly had my favorite. This place destroys that favorite...and might be the best Indian food I've had. We pretty much had the place to ourselves, and being the center of attention was a little weird, so we'll have to go back on a normal day (happily). We ordered Samosas, Shahi Korma, Tikka Masala, and a naan basket. Everything was cooked perfectly and carried the appropriate and specified level of spiciness. I'm so psyched to attack the leftovers in the fridge!

Bottom line: GO. NOW. If this place doesn't survive, I will be devastated! Support good Indian food!

OpenTable Diner
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2012

The entrees were better than I expected. I would go back for the chicken kabab marinated in yogurt and mint and the lamb koshimi dish - yummy. The naan we ordered to, meat & cauliflower filled were pretty good too.

New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2011

Very good southern Indian. Many of the Indian restaurants are vegetarian and/or have no liquor. Both liquor and meat!

New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2011

the most expensive item, the Tamba Grill was awful. After waiting 45 min it came out lukewarm. The lamb was grisly and chewy. The 'prawns' were small cold and chewy. Oddly, another lower priced lamb stew type of entree had much better quality meat. Or maybe the sauce it was simmered in just made it seem better.

OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2011

The Food was awesome and the plating was terrific. I wish the price of the items were more affordable - luckily i bought a discount coupon

OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2011

The food was very good but the service was a bit slow considering ther was only one other table in use when we arrived.

OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2011

Terrible service. Don't waste your money.

21 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2011

Fairly standard Indian fare, nothing to write home about. While billed as a "grill and bar" the bar was very small and right in the middle of the dining area. Service was so-so. Makes me long for E 6th St.


Permanently Closed - Tamba Indian Grill and Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 481-9100.

Permanently Closed - Tamba Indian Grill and Bar is rated 3.7 stars by 24 OpenTable diners.