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Excellent food, great choice, good prices. Staff are very helpful and the food tastes delicious
This is one of the best South Indian restaurants in Manhattan, better than the more famous Sarvana Bhavan. Great taste, quick efficient service and a nice family ambience. Took me right back to the Udipi restaurants of Mumbai. Highly recommended for vegetarians and anyone looking for some spicy Indian fare.
Very creative Menu, vegetarian gluten free so many options I will have to go back to dine many times to try everything!
A little overy priced but over-all the quality of food is good. We'd Spring roll Dosa which I'd recommend to everyone and Biselibath which was tasty but had very large pieces of vegetables and Drum-sticks which we didn't really like.
Food was excellent. We had various chaats for appetizer including a Bhel Puri and an Aloo Chaat. There were a number of other tempting items I regretted having to pass on, including Dahi Vada, Idli, and Pao Bhajji. For an entree I had the Malabar Paratha with Korma, and it was excellent. Several of my companions chose from the wide variety of Dosas available and all were very pleased. Our table was held for us even though we were quite late which was very much appreciated.
Love the food and variety. Prices are reasonable. Atmosphere is conducive to conversation.
The south indian dishes were authentic and delicious. Our favorite was the coconut dosa which was surprisingly amazing and definitely worth trying. They also have Jain options which is pretty great :)
The food was fantastic, the service was great although our waiter was a bit awkward about things-- such as standing over us for 15 seconds after he placed down our appetizer as if waiting for us to eat as he watched over. It's good food and a good value.
Lunch buffet is great and good value.
Dinner not recommended
This is a favorite spot for a friend and me. The food as always was wonderful. We always have the paper masala, a rice dish and appetizer. This time we had the chickpea appetizer and it will probably become a part of the standard order.
We have followed Chennai Gardens to Chennai gardens by Tiffin Wallah and lived through its different incarnations/modifications in the new spot. Right now, it is quite nice. The waitstaff could be friendlier though - they are a bit stolid.
Such delicious and authentic Indian food. Wonderful that it's all vegetarian. Everything here is so flavorful!
Great South Indian food , fresh and just the right level of spices ....
So this place is actually vegetarian- which is fine - we just didn't realize that when we booked it.
It's pretty small and I wouldn't suggest a large group (actually there was a highly annoying group of six next to us that kept making sounds with their wineglasses as if everyone was as enthralled by the sound as they were). The service was good and fast and what a great value for the price.
I wanted this restaurant to shine. I spent days researching the best Indian Food in NYC area and was impressed with the reviews of this place. I took my wife there for Valentine. The very first sight of the place was a bit displeasing. A small hideaway place among old buildings, the place itself looks dilapidated. I made reservation for 12:00 pm. We got there at around 11:30 and stand in the cold waiting for it to open. There were no signs to tell at what time it open, we thought the place was actually closed for good! (The website did mention opening and closing times). We recovered some confidence in the place with all the Zagat Ratings for every year from 2010 or 2011 pasted on the front wall, as well as the A grade inspection. At around 12 noon a mean looking man came and open the door, not saying a word. Inside, the place is small. The tables for 2 are on the small side. There are bigger tables for groups. The decor is badly lacking, the place not exactly clean, a regular Subway Franchise is 80 % cleaner and nicer looking than here. In perspective, Tiffin Wallah looked like a regular old restaurant in India. The staff wore white shirts which were clearly soiled (no proper dress code), and their manners were not posh either. At one point I spilled a cup tea, and did not feel welcome at all after that. We had to beg for some napkins and clean up the floor ourselves. The door man came over with a single napkin 5 mins later! The food is good and the price is fair, and I strongly feel that place needs a management makeover. Apparently the place is doing well with the locals, as Tiffin Wallah is located in a place dominated by Indians. I am Indian too, and yes I wish the place was within my walking distance, so I can stop by for a quick bite, kind of like a run to your local grocery store. But this is not the place to take your date, and certainly not the place for fine dining. If you hate cooking, single and passing by on your way home, stop by, otherwise avoid.
My husband and I went to Tiffin Wallah with our two adult children for a family night out. The
service was excellent and attentive. We shared all our dishes and really enjoyed dinner.
We drank Taj Mahal beer, ordered 3 appetizers, 4 dinners, 2 coffees and the bill was just over $100. All in all it was a great experience.
Selected this restaurant looking for South Indian vegetarian food and it didn't disappoint. Lots of folks eating even on a Monday night, so clearly discovered, and most eating masala dosa. We ate a selection of items - tasty, nice variety and flavorful. The restaurant is low key and the prices reasonable. Will definitely go back.
My favorite Indian place in the city. I'll be back for sure.
I was excited when I first got to Tiffin Wallah and saw the menu because it included an interesting and broad range of vegetarian-only options. But my enthusiasm dimmed when the food came. While the food at Tiffin Wallah was not bad, there was nothing really exciting about the experience at all.
The three of us in our party ordered three different dishes and shared them among ourselves, so I was able to try a Dosa, a Biriani and a Curry. Certainly nothing that we ordered was bad, but it was just a bit boring and middle of the road. Given that Tiffin Wallah is right in the heart of Little India, I was expecting interesting and exciting flavors like I had tasted when I visited India, but unfortunately the food tasted like any other okay Indian restaurant in America.
Maybe it's because I've had some great meals in that area (like Pippali, a block away - it's superb!), but I came away from my visit at Tiffin Wallah not feeling overly impressed.
The food was delicious and plentiful. The decor lovely and low key.
Will definitely go again. (Also very reasonable prices.)
With name of " Chennai Garden", thought of better ambience, food & cost effective..Too expensive, sambar was too watery, chutney ok...Idli & Wadia soaked in sambar were not hot..Pongal was horrible...
I would recommend " Pongal" or " Sarvana Bhavan" instead..
We liked the food quality and would be back if get a chance. The service was also good.
This place is small and simple, but the food packs a punch! They have everything, from south indian dosas, to north indian curries, and yummy snack food. And they have a bar too!
I had a the cholay puri and it was just delicious! The cholay had so much flavor and were not too oily, and just tasted like home-made food. My friend had bhindi and chapati, and the chapatis were amazing - fresh off the tava, just like mom would make them.
We went on a Friday night around 9pm, and it was very quiet...just a few diners.
Nice spot if you are looking for a quick meal that is truly good food! Way better than those over-priced fancy indian places if all you want is GOOD FOOD!
I've been looking for both a great Indian place and a great vegetarian place in my price range since I came to New York, which was why I was so happy to stumble upon Tiffin Wallah. This is definitely on of my new favorites.
The staff was amazingly helpful - my friend and I were having trouble figuring out what to order, so two staff people came by to explain the menu and tell us their recommendations. Once we ordered, we got our food in a hurry.
The food was great, and the portions were the right size. I was full at the end, but not uncomfortably so. We had the onion dosa and the kala chana curry. It was a fine dosa, but the curry was so fantastic that we didn't properly appreciate it.
The only thing that wasn't amazing was the desserts. We got the rice pudding and the rasmalai. Both were okay, but they were nothing special, and they were tiny. That was the only reason I didn't give the food five stars.
Overall, I thought this was a great place, and I'll definitely be coming back.
I love eating at South Indian restaurants because I know most of their dishes are vegetarian so it's nice to just see a whole menu of options and not just skip right over the various chicken or whatever dishes to the one vegetarian option
This was my second time at Tiffin Wallah and my second super tasty, delightful experience. They have a mix of North and South Indian foods (Punjabi and Gujarati curries alongside dosas and uppatham). We ordered a couple chaats to start (channa and papri). They were both good, but the papri chaat was a bigger hit. Then we moved onto dosas (masala and gunpowder) and choke bhature. All three were stupendous. We finished off with some rasmalai, halwa a la mode, chai and coffee. Everyone was happy, sated and stuffed to the gills. A truly delicious evening.
First visit to Tiffin Wallah was outstanding in every respect. Delicious food; peaceful atmosphere; friendly, courteous, helpful staff. Pakoras were light and flavorful. First time having a dosa, and it was crazy good. All other sides and condiments were perfect. Definitely will be headed back next time in Manhattan, thank you Tiffin Wallah!
Tiffin wallah never disappoints! I went there most recently with a group of four people. We had several chaats, dosas, and a Punjabi curry of sorts. Food is on point and I love that I can drink chai or kingfisher with my meal :-P. Overall food and experience is pretty authentic. Papri chaat was spiced appropriately and my dosa was good and had a generous and tasty portion of masala potatoes. My only complaint is that their sambar isn't quite as good as the sambar at madras saravanaa bhavan. But it still gets the job done!
This place is fantastic! The service was awesome, and the food was excellent. The portions were perfectly sized and DELISH!
Tiffin Wallah offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 685-7301.
Tiffin Wallah is rated 4.2 stars by 28 OpenTable diners.