Tea lovers -- not to mention Indian food lovers! -- won't want to miss the "tea for two" at Tamarind's Tea Room at 41-43 E. 22nd Street (near Park) in Manhattan. It's a fabulous deal, and would still be recommended at twice the price. For $25 (total, not each), you and a friend can enjoy two delicious sandwiches (e.g. the lamb and salmon we enjoyed today for lunch) rolled in Indian bread and served with their own flavored yogurt dipping sauces and salad greens, a platter of desserts (which today included a rice pudding and a saffron pudding, banana bread, and assorted cookies), plus two pots of tea.
We've visited three times now, with the same wonderful waiter (named John, as we finally learned today, who must work doubles every day because we've been there early and we've been there late, and he's always been there!) offering warm, professional service -- plus great tips on the teas and food-and-tea pairings (some of which are also referenced on the menu, which was created by Memphis chef Raji Jallepalli).
You can even order items off Tamarind's regular restaurant menu (as the main restaurant is right next door, and shares a kitchen).
Given that there are only eight seats (at tables of two, with another few along a counter), it might be hard to score a seat here -- but it's worth trying!
Karen Page & Andrew Dornenburg
Co-Authors, BECOMING A CHEF, CULINARY ARTISTRY, DINING OUT and CHEF'S NIGHT OUT