A couple weeks back, I was invited to try Tulsi, an Indian restaurant right by Grand Central. When I saw that the restaurant’s executive chef is a Michelin star chef, I had to give it a try.
My boyfriend and I checked it out, and while I’m not one to notice the decor, I have to admit this place was beautiful. Lots of white linens were used around the restaurant, including white curtains that created a private dining type experience in certain parts of the restaurant. It was honestly the most upscale Indian restaurant I’ve ever been to (and yes, they even brought out an amuse bouche). Still, the prices weren’t off the charts – which makes me think this is a great place to “treat yo-self” or when your folks are in town, and about to head back to GCT.
I don’t know how to navigate an Indian menu at all without going to chicken tikka masala, but the staff at Tulsi was fantastic about walking me through it and seeing what I might like to try. We kicked off the meal with the Parmesan and onion stuffed bread ($9) - it wasn’t overly cheesy and filling like a quesadilla, but it was the perfect amount of flavor. We also tried the crispy rock shrimp ($12, which was my boyfriend’s favorite – he said he could eat the whole plate for dinner and be happy) and the haryali chicken tikka ($12, good, just not my fave). My favorite – and unfortunately, I do not have the name of it – was this cauliflower dish, where the cauliflower tasted like they were almost fried and in a red sauce. It was fantastic and I could not get enough of it.
For dinner, we tried the Mangolorean chicken curry ($22) and the Goan Seafood Curry, which had shrimp, scallops & fish of the day, coconut rice ($24). Both had a ton of flavor – the chicken dish was the sweeter of the two, with a bit of a sweet aftertaste cutting through the spice, while the curry had a real kick to it. WARNING: If you do not like spice, order the seafood curry mild. My mouth was a tad on fire, but it was so good, I just kept eating it.
While we thought we did not have enough room for dessert, we tried Indian mango ice cream. It was very refreshing and the perfect way to end the evening.
Overall, I really enjoyed Tulsi and if looking for an upscale Indian dinner (perfect for when family is in town!), I recommend giving it a try. Also, if you live in the area and want to order online, they are currently offering 10% off.
Location: 211 E 46th St between 2nd and 3rd
Who to Bring: Parents, Date
Price: $$$ Entrees between $20-$25
Overall: Upscale Indian and I enjoyed it a lot. 5 stars.
Disclosure: I received my meal in exchange for a review. Opinions are entirely my own.
Are you planning to do some holiday shopping this week or on Cyber Monday? If so, make sure to sign up first for Ebates. With Ebates, you earn a percentage of what you spend online back as a check or via paypal. So for example, when you want to make a purchase at say a store like Loft, you log on to Ebates first, and then select your store so in this case, you’d click on Loft. Stores vary in how much of a percentage you get back.
Recently, I purchased $161.85 worth of stuff at the Loft – it was a HUGE sale! But before I made my purchase, I logged on to Ebates. Loft at the time was offering 3% cashback (cashback rates fluctuate). So I earned $4.85 back on my purchase. Not really big, but every little bit helps. Even some travel sites are associated with Ebates – when my boyfriend and I booked a vacation on Orbitz, we ended up getting $20 back!
In addition to getting cash back, Ebates also has a list of promotions and coupon codes on their Web site, and when you sign up, you get a free $10 gift card to select retailers. If you’re online shopping, Ebates is always my first-stop shop and since joining in 2010, I’ve gotten $441+ cash back.
What are your online shopping tricks? Share them with us and make sure to check out Ebates!
Reader Katy shared this cool deal with us. The Brindle Room (277 E. 10th St btwn 1st and A) hosts a weekly Vinyl Night every Monday. If you bring a record to play, they buy your first beer.
So I’ve told you guys several times how much I love Village Voice’s events - my favorite being Choice Eats. It’s like the samples you get from Costco, but with 50+ samples from different restaurants. By the end of the night, my pants are usually unbuttoned – which is why I now only go to these events wearing elastic waist pants.
Anyhoo, Village Voice has a holiday themed event coming up in two weeks. The Village Voice Holiday Spirits Tasting Event on December 5th commemorates the 80th anniversary of the day that ended the Prohibition Era- and as a result, you’ll be tasting lots of drink samples! The event will run from 7:30-10:30 pm.
The event will feature an array of 25 distilleries, wineries & more from New York City and beyond at Studio Square in Astoria – my ‘hood – plus hors d’oeuvres, live jazz music from The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn, a set from DJ Tim Martell and more.
Tickets are usually $50 to attend this event, but right now, VOICE Daily Deals is selling tickets for $35. You can get those discounted tickets here.
Participants Include: Atsby Vermouth, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur, Black Dirt Distilling, Breuckelen Distilling, Brooklyn Gin, Brooklyn Winery, Brotherhood (America’s Oldest Winery), Catskill Distilling Company, Cooperstown Distillery, Death’s Door Spirits, Dutch’s Spirits, El Buho Mezcal, Finger Lakes Distiling, Greenhook Ginsmiths, Jack from Brooklyn, Long Island Spirits, Nahmias et Fils Distillery, Owney’s Rum, Scorpion Mezcal, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Tirado Distillery, Tuthilltown Spirits, Van Brunt Stillhouse, White Pike Whiskey, Widow Jane and more!
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On Friday, November 22nd, head to Katch Brewery & Grill
in Astoria for live music from Bon Journey, a tribute band to Bon Jovi and Journey.
This event includes a $20 special where you can sample any of their 50 craft beers from 8pm-11pm. If you are hungry, they have a new seasonal food menu.
I haven’t been to Katch yet, but this event is making me think about going! Katch opened this summer in Astoria,and has 63 flat screen TVs if you are looking to catch a game Friday night. Katch is located at 31-19 Newtown Ave.
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center is very dear to my heart – my friends and I participate in an annual charity event, called Cycle for Survival.
Now through Saturday, there’s a pop-up shop called Holiday Bizarre where 100% of the proceeds benefit Memorial Sloan-Kettering. This Surrealist-themed pop-up shop is FIT designed, installed, and merchandised by students in the Visual Presentation and Exhibit Design program with items for sale from The Society of MSKCC Thrift Shop. The shop will sell new and gently-worn women’s designer fashions, plus vintage pieces. Clothing, shoes, bags, jewelry, and gift items will range from $40-$300 and feature designers such as Burberry, Marni, Miu Miu, Alexander Wang, Diane von Furstenberg, and Matthew Williamson. 100% of the sales benefit the thrift shop, which supports The Society’s important patient care, education, and research programs at MSKCC. The shop is located at FIT’s Pomerantz Art and Design Center, northwest corner of 7th Avenue at 27 Street.
Check out more holiday pop-up shops at Racked.
This holiday season, I’m going to put together a bit of a gift guide, with posts for holiday suggestions about once a week. Some will contain products, others will contain experiences that you can purchase for friends, family or your boyfriend/girlfriend here in the city.
Years ago, my friends and I could pull off a bottle of cheap wine as a holiday gift for a friend, but now that we’re getting older, our gifts are getting slightly classier. One liquor that I was recently introduced to that might make a good gift for that tequila-loving friend is Maestro Dobel Tequila.
There is bad tequila, there is good tequila, and then there is Dobel: the first multi-aged clear tequila ever distilled. Trust me – I know bad tequila. I stopped drinking tequila after a horrible night of shots freshman year, but now I absolutely love it. It’s my go-to shot.
Anyways, Maestro Dobel Tequila is named after its founder and famed tequila maestro Domingo Beckmann Legoretta, each bottle of Dobel is a blend of Reposado, Añejo and Extra-Añejo tequila, made from 100% blue agave grown on the Dobel estate. The liquid is then double-distilled, matured in Hungarian EUROPEAN White Oak barrels, and filtered for exceptional smoothness and clarity. Its sophisticatedly smooth taste is matched only by its aesthetics; as a modern twist on a vintage apothecary style bottle, the glass is embossed with the family’s estate, labeled in a sleek silver and black color scheme, and signed by both Señor Dobel and the Master Blender.
Best way to drink this liquor? Pour Dobel straight over ice and revel in supreme taste or check out this recipe book – perfect if you are having a holiday party and planning on serving up some delicious cocktails.
Have you checked out Vimbly yet? Vimbly acts as a directory and reservation service for activities here in NYC, and you can search for classes by day/time, type of class and price. Best of all – no phone calls are involved. You can book and pay for the class online.
Right now, I’m seeing a free Greenwich Village Food Tour (with Saturday dates available – note food is not included!) and some free fitness classes. Plus, if you have friends and family in town this holiday season, Vimbly is a great tool to find some activities to do together if you’ve exhausted all the museums and tourist attractions. There’s even some cool date ideas too.
If you are traveling, you can also use Vimbly to find activities in Chicago, Seattle, Maui, Las Vegas, Orlando and LA.
According to our friends at NYC Daily Deals, tonight is BrisketTown’s anniversary party. From 6-10pm, expect a normal dinner service, with a few special treats and drink specials. After 10, the kegs will appear and those are on the house. Details can be found here, and the party is at 359 Bedford Ave in Williamsburg between S. 4th and S. 5th.