Vegan Restaurant Guide
127 East 28th Street
New York NY 10016
Tiffin Wallah website
Vegetarian (mostly vegan)
Menu does not indicate vegan items
$$$$$ (Average entree cost: $5-$10)
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Daily: 11:30am to 3pm for lunch, 5pm to 10pm for dinner.
Near Lexington Avenue
Tiffin Wallah delivers.
Monday to Friday: $6 all-you-can-eat buffet during lunch time.
Special birthday dinner promo: bring a valid ID plus 3 friends and the birthday person's dinner is on the house, the free meal consists of an appetizer, entree and dessert. Make sure to confirm with the restaurant on this promo before doing this.
Review by sriram on July 13, 2009:
- was going to say the food was decent for $6 - & the owner did say except for the pudding everything was dairyfree but after reading the other reviews guess i was fooled too!
Review by Cass Danger on February 12, 2009:
- I used to eat here with co-workers at least once a week because the buffet was so cheap and vegan-friendly...or so I thought. After speaking with employees, it came to my attention that the owner (the apparently friendly guy who is usually on register) passes off things as being vegan when they actually contain dairy.
In addition to lying about which items are vegan on the buffet, the owner steals ALL the tips of his already underpaid and overworked employees. I'm talking about the tips you leave on the table AND the ones you put in the "community" tip jar at the register. Why not give tips directly to the servers? Because they're afraid that if the owner catches them keeping "his" tips, that they will lose their jobs. This is illegal, but as many workers are undocumented, the owner thinks he can get away with this. Workers are also forced to work 6 11-12 hour shifts per week. They do not make overtime, they do not get vacation, they do not get sick days, and they do not get holidays off.
If all you are interested in is cheap vegetarian food, then this is a good spot for you. However, if you are vegan for ethical reasons, I strongly encourage you to boycott this place, as the owner treats his employees in a highly unethical manner. However, if you feel that you MUST support this establishment, order delivery instead of dining in, as the cute and friendly delivery guy actually DOES get to keep his tips, unlike his unfortunate co-workers.
Review by BankBank on August 5, 2008:
- After my roommate suggested it, I figured I'd give this place a shot. It's only a couple blocks away from my house, and I like trying new places.
The decor was okay... the place doesn't appear to receive a lot of light but it was fine. The waiter dropped off a menu and then came back pretty quickly, which is good, but I hadn't decided and felt pressured to choose. I'm not a big fan of dosa or iddly, and almost all of the curries seemed to have dairy, so I didn't have a whole lot of choices. I ordered the pakora appetizer and the sukhi bhaji curry.
The pakoras came out pretty quickly. The portion was HUGE, but it seemed like they were mostly just oily dough with very little vegetable filling. Maybe all pakoras are like that though.
The curry, which is described on the menu as "potato, hot pepper, onion, nuts", came next. Man, Tiffin be trippin'. From the description, I would've expected whole cashews, diced peppers, pieces of onions. Nope. This dish was essentially boiled potatoes with a tiny amount of teeth-shatteringly hard cashew crumbs, a couple bland peppers and no onions to speak of. There was essentially no curry flavor to speak of, no spice, no nothing. I would guess that there were less than 3 cashews in the whole dish. It was just a bunch of big hunks of potato. For $9.50. I considered sending it back, but I'm just not that kind of person.
Caveat: After trying this place and chennai garden, I have to say that I'm not a big fan of this type of cuisine. The food doesn't seem to have much nutrition, there's always a big emphasis on bland breads and potatoes, and I don't feel like I'm getting much value. I'm still going to give madras mahal a shot, though.
Review by Red Lurcher on April 13, 2008:
- If you like the idea of Burger King adding a South Indian menu, you'll love this place. That ain't me. There are a dozen places within a few blocks that will feed you better.
Service was good--friendly, and attentive but not overbearing. The decor is like of Pukk-lite: modern, green and white, nice lighting.
It's very nice that the menu clearly marks which dishes contain dairy, but our Uthappam (which was virtually inedible) came out with a dish of dairy-based something on the platter. When I asked about it, they first said it was coconut, but took it back to the kitchen when I was unconvinced. Apparently it was "not on the menu" but served as a courtesy bonus thing. Hooray. (Honestly this didn't bug me all that much, but be careful here, fellow vegans.)
Review by ks on March 11, 2008:
- My friends and I made reservations but we were unfortunately late, they were still very kind and attentive. Questions about the menu were answered helpfully and the water was repeatedly filled. Also, I went for my birthday and they came out singing with dessert (though it wasn't vegan so make sure to tell them before if ordering the birthday special).
The food was great, the service was amazing and the atmosphere was wonderful.
Review by burkotron5k on March 11, 2008:
- Good - Tasty dishes
Bad- Some dishes are made with dairy.
Bad - The place was very busy when I arrive, and I was sat directly under a light and across from a stranger. Awkward!
Review by AmyArgh on December 29, 2007:
- Went to Tiffin Wallah today and was sooo pleased with it!! When we went in, they had just opened and we were the only people there. Within half an hour the place had all but two tables full! Clearly they are doing something right.
First of all, the decor is adorable. It's such a cute, modern styled place.
Second of all, the service was really great. Our water glasses were constantly full, and we were tended to frequently by very friendly wait-staff. My self and another girl were rubbing our arms, because it was a little chilly in there, and the host went and closed the front door and asked twice if we were more comfortable.
Last but not least the food is delicious. Everything is clearly marked as to whether or not it has dairy in it, or if it's spicy. Huge selection of Punjabi entrees and Dosas, and lots of really yummy appetizers. I can't say enough good things about this place.