Tsampa

★★★★☆
40.7297 -73.9885
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212-614-3226

212 E 9TH St

New York, NY

10003

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This place is beautiful and I really wanted to like it. In fact I tried giving it quite a few chances. But alas I had to give up, because the food is just bland.
I know good Tibetan food, and this sadly just isn't it. The momos are dry and tasteless and the Thenthuk lacks the spiciness it so desperately requires.
Staples that should be the selling point are the missing point.

2
★★☆☆☆

This place is beautiful and I really wanted to like it. In fact I tried giving it quite a few chances. But alas I had to give up, because the food is just bland.
I know good Tibetan food, and this sadly just isn't it. The momos are dry and tasteless and the Thenthuk lacks the spiciness it so desperately requires.
Staples that should be the selling point are the missing point.

Pros: atmosphere/interior

Cons: food

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Great place for a date! The food is great and the atmosphere is very cozy, dimmed lights, candles, very nice. I was there with that special one :) a few days ago and I was very happy with my choice. The service is good too. I will be back!

4
★★★★☆

Great place for a date! The food is great and the atmosphere is very cozy, dimmed lights, candles, very nice. I was there with that special one :) a few days ago and I was very happy with my choice. The service is good too. I will be back!

Pros: atmosphere

Cons: none

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The food is delicious, specially the chicken momo's. I haven't made reservations and was immediately seated.
The service is excellent, with my water being refilled every 10 minutes :-)
The atmosphere is great with a huge Dalai Lama picture on the wall sending good vibes to everybody in the restaurant.

5
★★★★★

The food is delicious, specially the chicken momo's. I haven't made reservations and was immediately seated.
The service is excellent, with my water being refilled every 10 minutes :-)
The atmosphere is great with a huge Dalai Lama picture on the wall sending good vibes to everybody in the restaurant.

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Wonderful greens, wonderful food, and beautiful atomosphere. I had the Thukpa - noodle soup. A peaceful experience.

5
★★★★★

Wonderful greens, wonderful food, and beautiful atomosphere. I had the Thukpa - noodle soup. A peaceful experience.

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One of my go-to spots when I've got guests from out of town, or when I just want to enjoy a quiet meal by myself. The dining room is very low-lit, with a huge photo portrait of the Dalai Lama looking on and almost no sounds aside from a Buddhist chant recording -- it all adds up to put you in a contemplative (and maybe meditative) mood. The food is similarly humble and unadorned (don't expect the fire and flavors of Southeast Asian cooking), but complex and delectable in its own right. I've gone through about half the menu to date, and so far haven't come across a single bad dish. In winter, be sure to wrap up the meal with a cup of bocha -- that stuff'll keep you warm and blubbery-feeling for hours.

4
★★★★☆

One of my go-to spots when I've got guests from out of town, or when I just want to enjoy a quiet meal by myself. The dining room is very low-lit, with a huge photo portrait of the Dalai Lama looking on and almost no sounds aside from a Buddhist chant recording -- it all adds up to put you in a contemplative (and maybe meditative) mood. The food is similarly humble and unadorned (don't expect the fire and flavors of Southeast Asian cooking), but complex and delectable in its own right. I've gone through about half the menu to date, and so far haven't come across a single bad dish. In winter, be sure to wrap up the meal with a cup of bocha -- that stuff'll keep you warm and blubbery-feeling for hours.

Pros: Consistently high-quality menu, soothing ambience, low prices

Cons: Seating is a little cramped

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Had a birthday dinner for about 20 ppl here on Sat night and the service was great. We started early (6pm), so they were willing to let us do indiv ordering instead of the usual prix fixe. Even though we took a long time to get settled they didn't rush us at all. We easily fit into 3 large tables in the back room. The back room was really great - cozy, intimate, and private enough yet still connected to the rest of the restaurant. Inexpensive dishes, decent food. I admit I didn't *love* my tibetian curry, but generally everyone seemed happy with their meals. I sampled someone's salmon dish, which was very tasty. (Portions could be a big bigger though.) Also, the owner, Chimie(?) was very easy to work with in setting up the event. Good hospitality goes a long way in this city. I was also very appreciative when I forgot a bag and the restaurant held onto it for me until I came to reclaim it. Anyway - I would come back here for the atmosphere and price alone. I could see it being a great place for a date too!

4
★★★★☆

Had a birthday dinner for about 20 ppl here on Sat night and the service was great. We started early (6pm), so they were willing to let us do indiv ordering instead of the usual prix fixe. Even though we took a long time to get settled they didn't rush us at all. We easily fit into 3 large tables in the back room. The back room was really great - cozy, intimate, and private enough yet still connected to the rest of the restaurant. Inexpensive dishes, decent food. I admit I didn't *love* my tibetian curry, but generally everyone seemed happy with their meals. I sampled someone's salmon dish, which was very tasty. (Portions could be a big bigger though.) Also, the owner, Chimie(?) was very easy to work with in setting up the event. Good hospitality goes a long way in this city. I was also very appreciative when I forgot a bag and the restaurant held onto it for me until I came to reclaim it. Anyway - I would come back here for the atmosphere and price alone. I could see it being a great place for a date too!

Pros: private room good for groups, hospitality/service, atmosphere

Cons: portions

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Everything about Tsampa is fantastic. The food was wonderful, and the menu was wide enough to satisfy vegetarian and dieters. The service was prompt and pleasant. The ambience was great; decor and lighting is zen chic and the noise level was low. Finally, the place is inexpensive. Really a great value and a great experience. I always reccomend this to friends looking for a great date place, group place, or simply a great meal.

5
★★★★★

Everything about Tsampa is fantastic. The food was wonderful, and the menu was wide enough to satisfy vegetarian and dieters. The service was prompt and pleasant. The ambience was great; decor and lighting is zen chic and the noise level was low. Finally, the place is inexpensive. Really a great value and a great experience. I always reccomend this to friends looking for a great date place, group place, or simply a great meal.

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They serve some of the most delicious vegetarian and even vegan dishes here. You can ask for spicy or mild based on your personal choice. The dishes have very generous portions and you will be tempted to try them all! Great appetizers and salad! Also a great place for a party as they were very accomodating to our large party of 20! Service was delightful and attentive.

5
★★★★★

They serve some of the most delicious vegetarian and even vegan dishes here. You can ask for spicy or mild based on your personal choice. The dishes have very generous portions and you will be tempted to try them all! Great appetizers and salad! Also a great place for a party as they were very accomodating to our large party of 20! Service was delightful and attentive.

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Recently went there for dinner with my wife. The ambience was better than I expected but it stopped there. Within 3 minutes after we sat the waiter was hovering over us to get our food order. In addition to the weak service, the food which we had high expectations for was bland and probably cooked/undercooked a few hours in advance.

3
★★★☆☆

Recently went there for dinner with my wife. The ambience was better than I expected but it stopped there. Within 3 minutes after we sat the waiter was hovering over us to get our food order. In addition to the weak service, the food which we had high expectations for was bland and probably cooked/undercooked a few hours in advance.

Pros: good ambience

Cons: food, service

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Good vegetables, dumplings, fresh juices. So pretty and mellow and romantic. Fast service, friendly staff, clean bathroom.

5
★★★★★

Good vegetables, dumplings, fresh juices. So pretty and mellow and romantic. Fast service, friendly staff, clean bathroom.

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When I visited Tsampa years ago I didn't understand why many dishes tasted bland. Instead of writing a negative review, I let it be thinking who am I to judge Tibetan tastes in food. It wasn't until I returned from Tibet recently that I realized why Tibetan cuisine can be bland. The reason is that when you are living at high altitudes--especially 4000 meters and up--you just don't want heavily spiced foods in your stomach. At high altitudes one has less of an appetite quite possibly because it is more difficult to properly digest foods. For this reason the Tibetans have traded horses with the Chinese for centuries in exchange for tea, which aids proper digestion. So, next time you wonder about the blandness of certain Tibetan cuisine, remember that when you live at 5000 meters above sea level, Tibetan cuisine will be the only thing that you are craving!

4
★★★★☆

When I visited Tsampa years ago I didn't understand why many dishes tasted bland. Instead of writing a negative review, I let it be thinking who am I to judge Tibetan tastes in food. It wasn't until I returned from Tibet recently that I realized why Tibetan cuisine can be bland. The reason is that when you are living at high altitudes--especially 4000 meters and up--you just don't want heavily spiced foods in your stomach. At high altitudes one has less of an appetite quite possibly because it is more difficult to properly digest foods. For this reason the Tibetans have traded horses with the Chinese for centuries in exchange for tea, which aids proper digestion. So, next time you wonder about the blandness of certain Tibetan cuisine, remember that when you live at 5000 meters above sea level, Tibetan cuisine will be the only thing that you are craving!

Pros: Ambience, Service, Food

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Went with a friend for dinner. Started with the chicken dumplings (momo), which were rather bland: now I know why they serve a hot sauce with them. We also had the specialty appetizer, these small stuffed balls, which were wonderful! I had the Sherpa chicken dish, which was a new experience for my pallet: the spices, potatoes, chicken, and bread all worked wonderfully together. The ambiance was very relaxing, and the staff was very helpful (although it took a while to get the check). For a new take on Asian food, enjoy a night this gem.

5
★★★★★

Went with a friend for dinner. Started with the chicken dumplings (momo), which were rather bland: now I know why they serve a hot sauce with them. We also had the specialty appetizer, these small stuffed balls, which were wonderful! I had the Sherpa chicken dish, which was a new experience for my pallet: the spices, potatoes, chicken, and bread all worked wonderfully together. The ambiance was very relaxing, and the staff was very helpful (although it took a while to get the check). For a new take on Asian food, enjoy a night this gem.

Pros: Good Food, Fair Prices, Good Service

Cons: Mediocre momo, Dull dumplings

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Had a late-night dinner there on Friday, and while the decor is fabulous, we waited a long time for our check. Refills were also scarse. However, I'd definitely go back! The food was good, and it's a great intimate setting for a date.

4
★★★★☆

Had a late-night dinner there on Friday, and while the decor is fabulous, we waited a long time for our check. Refills were also scarse. However, I'd definitely go back! The food was good, and it's a great intimate setting for a date.

Pros: Peaceful setting

Cons: Slow service

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My boyfriend and I went for dinner, and we were impressed. We order iced chai, yogurt drink, amdo momo, baked noodles, and eggplants. The drinks were very good, and momo ok, but wasn't as well spiced and delicious as the entrees (just go for entree-sized momos). Tsampa really shined for the entrees though. The sauces were amazing, with depth, flavor, warmth, and complemented the food perfectly. I especially loved the noodles, as it's chewy and different from everything else I've eaten. The serving size is hearty, with quite a vegetarian selection as well. The food was a great value at $10 for entree and $5 for appetizer (ignore the $$$). The decoration was perfect for a date, very romantic and quiet, and the waitstaff polite. I didn't experience waiting time as we went on a weekday. I highly recommend this to anyone. I'd rate this 9.5.

5
★★★★★

My boyfriend and I went for dinner, and we were impressed. We order iced chai, yogurt drink, amdo momo, baked noodles, and eggplants. The drinks were very good, and momo ok, but wasn't as well spiced and delicious as the entrees (just go for entree-sized momos). Tsampa really shined for the entrees though. The sauces were amazing, with depth, flavor, warmth, and complemented the food perfectly. I especially loved the noodles, as it's chewy and different from everything else I've eaten. The serving size is hearty, with quite a vegetarian selection as well. The food was a great value at $10 for entree and $5 for appetizer (ignore the $$$). The decoration was perfect for a date, very romantic and quiet, and the waitstaff polite. I didn't experience waiting time as we went on a weekday. I highly recommend this to anyone. I'd rate this 9.5.

Pros: Awesome food, Great value, Ambience

Cons: Momo not as great?

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Tsampa has very wholesome healthy food thats is absolutely delicious. They use free range chicken, organic vegetables, and the paycheck was rather low compared to other "organic" places I've tried. I loved the baked noodles and the sherpa khala (potatoes and chicken served with delicious bread!) Do order the chai- its gingery, milky and warm. Their dumplings have a LOT of chicken in them. Delivery wasn't the fastest, but the food was still hot so I won't complain. Service in the restaurant is also prompt and kind. Highly recommended for the organic eater.

5
★★★★★

Tsampa has very wholesome healthy food thats is absolutely delicious. They use free range chicken, organic vegetables, and the paycheck was rather low compared to other "organic" places I've tried. I loved the baked noodles and the sherpa khala (potatoes and chicken served with delicious bread!) Do order the chai- its gingery, milky and warm. Their dumplings have a LOT of chicken in them. Delivery wasn't the fastest, but the food was still hot so I won't complain. Service in the restaurant is also prompt and kind. Highly recommended for the organic eater.

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Very delicious! The Chicken w/ greens is my favorite entree... but you MUST start the meal with a variety of Momos & the Scallion Pancakes! An affordable wine list. Calming and delicious!

5
★★★★★

Very delicious! The Chicken w/ greens is my favorite entree... but you MUST start the meal with a variety of Momos & the Scallion Pancakes! An affordable wine list. Calming and delicious!

Pros: Great Food for the $$, Nice staff, Good for a crowd

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i try to go here at least 3 or 4 times a month and try to take non-new yorkers as well. when you step into the restuarant you feel automatically calm and read to eat! I always get the shrimp dishes. the sauses they use are really on point. dont get mixed drinks here, they are very watered down. just get wine if you wanna drink something and then head to SOLAS down the street for some drinks. you need to go here at least once.

5
★★★★★

i try to go here at least 3 or 4 times a month and try to take non-new yorkers as well. when you step into the restuarant you feel automatically calm and read to eat! I always get the shrimp dishes. the sauses they use are really on point. dont get mixed drinks here, they are very watered down. just get wine if you wanna drink something and then head to SOLAS down the street for some drinks. you need to go here at least once.

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Tsampa is a really excellent eating experience.
Food is very good, mostly organic.
The family-like staff makes all effort to make you
feel comfortable and settled, so the meal can
be enjoyed fully.

5
★★★★★

Tsampa is a really excellent eating experience.
Food is very good, mostly organic.
The family-like staff makes all effort to make you
feel comfortable and settled, so the meal can
be enjoyed fully.

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all of our meals were so good. everyone was happy. we were full at the end and it was less than $25 a person. the wait gets long, but it's worth it.
the only thing-the menu says the food is all natural, and i still don't know what that means exactly. whatever-it was good.

4
★★★★☆

all of our meals were so good. everyone was happy. we were full at the end and it was less than $25 a person. the wait gets long, but it's worth it.
the only thing-the menu says the food is all natural, and i still don't know what that means exactly. whatever-it was good.

Pros: good food, inexpensive, buddhas surround you

Cons: service is poor, no reservations

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I am from the Hills of Nepal, and I am a dumpling connoisseur, in fact that makes up 95% of my diet. (This explains my plump stature)
Anyways, the food here is very bland. The dumplings were crudely made and were just on par with the ones found in the frozen section of the supermarket.

The chicken curry I tried was also not tasty, nor was the actual food amount enough. The worst part was that they charged an extra dollar for the bowl of rice. It was an average experience, but I was very disappointed.

2
★★☆☆☆

I am from the Hills of Nepal, and I am a dumpling connoisseur, in fact that makes up 95% of my diet. (This explains my plump stature)
Anyways, the food here is very bland. The dumplings were crudely made and were just on par with the ones found in the frozen section of the supermarket.

The chicken curry I tried was also not tasty, nor was the actual food amount enough. The worst part was that they charged an extra dollar for the bowl of rice. It was an average experience, but I was very disappointed.

Pros: Average Meal Price

Cons: Food not tasty

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Tsampa is not your usual Tibetan fare of heavy meats and dumplings. Rather, these beautiful Tibetan ladies have made hearty Tibetan food delicate with a Japanese-inspired flair. The momos (dumplings) are tiny with paper-thin dough, the shitake pancakes are to die for, the steamed greens (I forgot the name of the dish) is delicious as a vegetarian entry or with sauteed salmon. Meanwhile they usual have Tibetan flute or melodic chanting soothing your soul as you dine. TRY IT!

5
★★★★★

Tsampa is not your usual Tibetan fare of heavy meats and dumplings. Rather, these beautiful Tibetan ladies have made hearty Tibetan food delicate with a Japanese-inspired flair. The momos (dumplings) are tiny with paper-thin dough, the shitake pancakes are to die for, the steamed greens (I forgot the name of the dish) is delicious as a vegetarian entry or with sauteed salmon. Meanwhile they usual have Tibetan flute or melodic chanting soothing your soul as you dine. TRY IT!

Pros: Inexpensive for NYC, Peaceful refuge, Delicately delicious

Cons: Gets busier weekends, No beef

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I love going to Tsampa because you feel like you've left the city once you've entered this restaurant. The lighting is nice and dim, the set up is very peacful, the staff is sooo sweet and attentive, and the food is really really good. Definitely go here if you want a memorable one-on-one evening with someone you feel close to.

5
★★★★★

I love going to Tsampa because you feel like you've left the city once you've entered this restaurant. The lighting is nice and dim, the set up is very peacful, the staff is sooo sweet and attentive, and the food is really really good. Definitely go here if you want a memorable one-on-one evening with someone you feel close to.

Pros: yummy, beautiful, romantic

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The food at Tsampa is delicious!! I'd never had
Tibetan before, but wanted to try it! My friends
and I all loved it! Delicious momos (dumplings) and a cold salad for appetizers and noodle dishes with chicken and vegetables for the main course.
All were tasty and well prepared. Great teas too!
Pleasant staff. We did not have a wait, and there was enough space so your neighbor wasn't right on you. A nice space to enjoy a good dinner, and good conversation with friends. I'd definitely go again!

5
★★★★★

The food at Tsampa is delicious!! I'd never had
Tibetan before, but wanted to try it! My friends
and I all loved it! Delicious momos (dumplings) and a cold salad for appetizers and noodle dishes with chicken and vegetables for the main course.
All were tasty and well prepared. Great teas too!
Pleasant staff. We did not have a wait, and there was enough space so your neighbor wasn't right on you. A nice space to enjoy a good dinner, and good conversation with friends. I'd definitely go again!

Pros: Delicious Food, Spacious, Good Prices

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