Restaurant Review: Tiffin Wallah

Tiffin Wallah
127 East 28th Street
(between Lexington Avenue and Park Avenue)
Kips Bay, Manhattan

Vegiboys Rating (3/4)

Our quest to visit every one of the city’s vegetarian restaurants has us returning to the neighborhood of Little India regularly, with today’s review going to the adorable Tiffin Wallah.

They’re located on 28th street off of the main drag of Lexington Avenue, so it feels a bit separated from Lex’s crush of Indian restaurants. The interior is pleasant with an interesting wall texture resembling plaster covered egg cartons, and live potted plants decorate each table.

Their name suggests their focus as a takeout lunch establishment (tiffin wallah referring to the Indian practice of a lunch delivery service to officeworkers composed of a variety of dishes in a stack of tins), but we found it to be a solid choice for a dinner as well. The service was unremarkable, though our server brightened when we asked questions about the tiffins stacked at the entrance.

Going with the thalis for our menu choices, the tastes really matched its competitors in being among the better restaurants of the neighborhood. All of the items on the plates were consistently good, and the kitchen was perhaps slightly more Americanized in their spicing. Brian and I both enjoyed our meal: the Tiffin Wallah Thali included a nice palak paneer, and the South India thali had a well-stuffed dosa, a pleasantly flavored coconut chutney, and a pickle with a sour (almost citrusy) taste.

At $24 each, the price was comparable to Bhojan and Pongal, making for another strong option for folks looking to try a different spot among the Kips Bay crowd of venues.

Food (3/4)
Atmosphere & Service
Value (3/4)

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