Last night dined on the early side (6.15PM) at Copper Chimney. 28th off of Lexington. We were the only two there and the staff was sweet, friendly and VERY attentive. There was a lovely English gentleman who went into great (perhaps TOO great) detail about the drink menu. There was a Drink Menu of the Day handed to us, along with another larger drink menu that also had wines and beers. Drinks were $9 - $11, quite steep for a Curry Hill Indian, IMO. Friend ordered the Juniperativo and he liked it: gin, cucumber and lime juices. I got the ginger collins and it was not gingery enough. I sent it back to be doctored up and it was still 'eh'. Manager came over to see what I was sending back and commented that many people say it is not gingery enough. Er, uh, so CHANGE IT THEN.
Meal. Started with Aloo Puri. Their version was nouveau and didn't work. 4-5 little 'cups' of papadum which each contained maybe 2 chickpeas, some yogurt and a drizzle of tamarind sauce. BORING. No flavor at all. In fact, we were going to leave at that point as we were so underwhelmed and had really looked forward to some bold Indian tastes. We expressed our disappointment when we ordered our main courses and asked for "Indian spicy". We ordered Lamb Vindaloo ($14) and Goan fish curry ($15 I think). Fish and lamb were of good quality but the sauces tatsed like they were doctored versions of jarred sauces/pastes that could have been bought from a store in the neighborhood. Roti was avg, dry. Rice (plain white) was well cooked. Whatever. White rice.
The manager and staff were very concerned that we were obviously unerwhelmed with our meals and asked for help. "We are brand new and we have noticed a slow down in customers so we really want to get things right." He sent over a complementary dessert - some mango mousse. Again, not flavorful enough. Everything was sort of a '4' in terms of flavor. No levels of taste, no complexity. We left deeply unsatisfied.
Space is really quite nice though and staff very professional and attentive. Maybe if the chef could loosen up the spice bag, things could work.