Located on beautiful Madison Square Park, Tabla is a groundbreaking restaurant serving Chef Floyd Cardoz's pioneering New Indian cuisine. With his ... More
Located on beautiful Madison Square Park, Tabla is a groundbreaking restaurant serving Chef Floyd Cardoz's pioneering New Indian cuisine. With his signature blend of authentic Indian spices and the finest local, seasonal ingredients, Chef Cardoz expertly applies western technique to reimagine the flavors of his native India. Dishes can be served family style or ordered individually; a Wazwan feast and seasonal tasting menu are also offered.
Sadly I have to echo the review about the first class food but distinctly second class service. I hosted friends last night and was steaming by the end of the meal. I watched our waiter fawn over his other tables and pretty much ignore us. Irritating, especially at these prices and with Danny Meyer touted as such a hospitality expert. He needs to wear a wig and come eat in his own restaurant.
I pride myself on my palette and the versatility of cuisine it has had the good fortune of experiencing. I have to say that Chef Floyd Cardoz has really worked hard to achieve a harmonious blend of Indian ingredients and western cooking techniques and created a whole new cuisine. Takes a lot of talent to achieve something so seamless. OF course, I think that the food is good and the service complements the food. A good dining experience cannot stand on one leg alone unless it has the support of a good service to go along. I have returned to Tabla and the bread Bar downstairs many times and have yet to be disappointed! I hope that Tabla can keep this up.
I find Tabla to be a sad case of the unfriendliness and obnoxious attitude of the staff - to be too far
in proportion to appreciate the actually great food it offers.
Unless you are a friend/regular at this place,expect to be treated as a 2nd class customer.It is blatant
how nice and friednly the staff can be to those they favor,and how haughty and almost condescending they can be towards everyone else.
Unless you're in a suit or tie,be prepared to be
shunned upon at this place,which seems ridiculous to me as there are a countless number of patrons in NYC who work in creative fileds(advertising,film making,fashion) who have top-dollar to spend.
Again,I do stress that the food is great,but with the attitude that you'll receive,why bother?
If you like Indian flavors but would like to see how they could be put to use in new & interesting ways, get yourself over to Madison & 25th and sample away at the excellent Bread Bar on the ground floor. The restaurant proper on the second floor is very pricey but exquisite, however first timers would be perfectly well off below at Bread Bar. Have been here several times and always come away raving about the experience. Somewhat limited but very good specialty cocktail menu as well.
Went there for restaurant week tonight. I've read mixed reviews about this restaurant but I still decided to give it a try given that their reservation is pretty hard to get. If you are thinking of indian food, this might not be the place to go. I would call this an 70%American food +30% Indian food. For $35, the food that they served really filled me up but I wasn't satisfied. I don't think I will go back again.
Tabla set up a booth in Madison Square Park during the American Express screening of the US Open. They served a beef short rib sandwich served in a potato hamburger bun with a horseradish raita. It was so delicious... definitely tastier and more filling than a Shake Shack burger in the park, which is what I was on my way to getting before getting lucky with the Tabla booth and getting to watch the US Open on a big screen in the park. I hope to check out the restaurant now some time too. Oh, and it was only $7!
What a wonderful experience we had at Tabla. Our waiter was the best. We were a party of 8 and one of our members has a Wheat/Gluten intolerance. Our waiter took the time to go into the kitchen and personally check with the chief about which dishes would be best.
It was truly one of the most memorable dining experiences I have ever had.