Bombay Talkie

★★★★☆
Chelsea's favorite Indian restaurant offering great cocktails, daily lunch buffet, delivery and carry out!
  • 189 9th Ave

    New York, NY 10011

    Cross street: W 21st St.

    Map & Directions
  • 212-242-1900

About Bombay Talkie

Hours
Sun-Thu 11:30am-3:00pm, 5pm-10:30pm; Fri-Sat 11:30am-3:00pm, 5pm-11:30pm

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I will preface this review by saying the food here was good..but part of going out and paying extra is also about service. The service makes or breaks a restaurant...

With that said, I experienced the most ridiculous, inappropriate service I have ever had in my life. My friend who lives in the city had ordered a mango lassi that she didn't really enjoy. The texture was very runny..unlike true lassi which is thick. We told her to send it back - she had only drank a quarter before realized it didn't grow on her. The waitress (Monica) comes over and has an attitude about taking the drink back and bringing her another. Her response was "in nyc, this is how lassi is made" - as if my friend was a tourist and/or never had had a lassi before. She brings another and my friend takes a sip and decides to give up on the lassi and just send it back.

We continue to enjoy our meal..the tab comes and we notice it is higher than we were expecting for the 3 of us. Notice that the tab includes a 20% + gratuity on it. We question Monica. She has an attitude about it and says that they have a minimum of $25/person and since we didn't meet that minimum - she added the extra gratuity. We ask to see the menu where this is listed..and it does say this indeed..for PARTIES OF 5 OR MORE! So, we say..this doesnt' make sense as we are a party of 3. She goes on to say that this is the tab and we have to pay it very sternly. And begins to grab our credit cards on the table!! My friend grabs them and says she needs to talk to the manager..and Monica responds, I am the manager! Yes, she did. This was an escalating situation..all because Monica thought she would tip herself generously and we wouldn't catch on.

She sends over the "manager" who we know was another wait staff member. He begins to argue w/ us about the two mango lassis my friend had since Monica's logic held no water. My friend said she had no problem paying for one lassi but take off the gratuity Monica had given herself from our hands. He says he wil charge us for 2 lassis..mind you, my friend didn't even drink a full one. He says "In NYC, when you dont like something you just take it and deal with it." which is soooo far from the truth as any true NYCer will tell you..He also went on to call my friend a "lossser" as he was walking by our table...I was embarrassed for this restaurant.

The service was appalling. I can't believe people treat their customers that way..esp in a recession when we spent a good $50+ there. It's not like we were trying to get out of paying...we would've even tipped Monica prior to all this. But, the wait staff found it better to act childish and turn away customers for life..and I have told everyone in NYC about avoiding this place as a result. It's a shame because the food is tasty (though not very authentic in taste...I'm East Indian.)

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★☆☆☆☆

I will preface this review by saying the food here was good..but part of going out and paying extra is also about service. The service makes or breaks a restaurant...

With that said, I experienced the most ridiculous, inappropriate service I have ever had in my life. My friend who lives in the city had ordered a mango lassi that she didn't really enjoy. The texture was very runny..unlike true lassi which is thick. We told her to send it back - she had only drank a quarter before realized it didn't grow on her. The waitress (Monica) comes over and has an attitude about taking the drink back and bringing her another. Her response was "in nyc, this is how lassi is made" - as if my friend was a tourist and/or never had had a lassi before. She brings another and my friend takes a sip and decides to give up on the lassi and just send it back.

We continue to enjoy our meal..the tab comes and we notice it is higher than we were expecting for the 3 of us. Notice that the tab includes a 20% + gratuity on it. We question Monica. She has an attitude about it and says that they have a minimum of $25/person and since we didn't meet that minimum - she added the extra gratuity. We ask to see the menu where this is listed..and it does say this indeed..for PARTIES OF 5 OR MORE! So, we say..this doesnt' make sense as we are a party of 3. She goes on to say that this is the tab and we have to pay it very sternly. And begins to grab our credit cards on the table!! My friend grabs them and says she needs to talk to the manager..and Monica responds, I am the manager! Yes, she did. This was an escalating situation..all because Monica thought she would tip herself generously and we wouldn't catch on.

She sends over the "manager" who we know was another wait staff member. He begins to argue w/ us about the two mango lassis my friend had since Monica's logic held no water. My friend said she had no problem paying for one lassi but take off the gratuity Monica had given herself from our hands. He says he wil charge us for 2 lassis..mind you, my friend didn't even drink a full one. He says "In NYC, when you dont like something you just take it and deal with it." which is soooo far from the truth as any true NYCer will tell you..He also went on to call my friend a "lossser" as he was walking by our table...I was embarrassed for this restaurant.

The service was appalling. I can't believe people treat their customers that way..esp in a recession when we spent a good $50+ there. It's not like we were trying to get out of paying...we would've even tipped Monica prior to all this. But, the wait staff found it better to act childish and turn away customers for life..and I have told everyone in NYC about avoiding this place as a result. It's a shame because the food is tasty (though not very authentic in taste...I'm East Indian.)

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Came for lunch and wow...very yummy yum yum...if you like buffet and like Indian food...then you should swing on by.

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★★★★★

Came for lunch and wow...very yummy yum yum...if you like buffet and like Indian food...then you should swing on by.

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Oh man what a TREAT!!!!!

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★★★★★

Oh man what a TREAT!!!!!

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AWESOME! $10 all you can eat buffet is a great deal. The food is delicious. Best lunch deal in chelsea

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★★★★★

AWESOME! $10 all you can eat buffet is a great deal. The food is delicious. Best lunch deal in chelsea

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went for lunch yesterday...the buffet is out of control! the food was so fresh and absolutely delicious...and the price is unbeatable. 10 dollar all you can eat indian buffet. AM I IN HEAVEN? i will be going to bombay talkie A LOT.

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★★★★★

went for lunch yesterday...the buffet is out of control! the food was so fresh and absolutely delicious...and the price is unbeatable. 10 dollar all you can eat indian buffet. AM I IN HEAVEN? i will be going to bombay talkie A LOT.

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I've been looking for an Indian buffet for a while now, and Bombay Talkie came to my rescue right around the corner from where I work in Chelsea. The food was incredible, and the buffet was only $9.99! Indian food is my favorite food and this definitely takes the cake for Indian cuisine in NYC. The mango lasse was delicious, and there is a really cool modern vibe going on inside. If you're looking for excellent Indian food, come check this place out!

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★★★★★

I've been looking for an Indian buffet for a while now, and Bombay Talkie came to my rescue right around the corner from where I work in Chelsea. The food was incredible, and the buffet was only $9.99! Indian food is my favorite food and this definitely takes the cake for Indian cuisine in NYC. The mango lasse was delicious, and there is a really cool modern vibe going on inside. If you're looking for excellent Indian food, come check this place out!

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The food here is AMAZING!!! Much more delicate and tasty that a typical restaurant. And the drinks are an art form! The bartender is truly an artist in mixology! Try the Bombay Bhel as an appetizer and the Toofan drink (muddled fresh mint, lime juice, pomegranate juice, sugar, vanilla rum, cointreau and champagne). So beautifully blended! This place has jumped to the top tier of my favorite restaurants! Will definitely go back again!

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★★★★★

The food here is AMAZING!!! Much more delicate and tasty that a typical restaurant. And the drinks are an art form! The bartender is truly an artist in mixology! Try the Bombay Bhel as an appetizer and the Toofan drink (muddled fresh mint, lime juice, pomegranate juice, sugar, vanilla rum, cointreau and champagne). So beautifully blended! This place has jumped to the top tier of my favorite restaurants! Will definitely go back again!

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I have been coming here for years, and this place never disappoints.

The drinks are really nothing special so there's no point in mentioning any more on the subject. But the food, oh the food, is really outstanding. I am a vegetarian, albeit not a strict one, and this is the only place that will tempt me to eat lamb, because seriously their lamb chops are the best ever! EVER!

The potato dosa is super delicious. It's more "modern" than what you get at other Indian places. Actually most of the food has a more modern feel which is just fine by me. Really you can't go wrong with anything you order.

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★★★★★

I have been coming here for years, and this place never disappoints.

The drinks are really nothing special so there's no point in mentioning any more on the subject. But the food, oh the food, is really outstanding. I am a vegetarian, albeit not a strict one, and this is the only place that will tempt me to eat lamb, because seriously their lamb chops are the best ever! EVER!

The potato dosa is super delicious. It's more "modern" than what you get at other Indian places. Actually most of the food has a more modern feel which is just fine by me. Really you can't go wrong with anything you order.

Pros: Food

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As I was on my way home a small building cought my attention and my stomach demanded I stop in. And i'm glad I did I saw a beautiful bollywood environment and the food well it was delicious, and the presentations they were beautiful. On a diferent day I decided to order some food and I was glad I did. Bombay Talkie has a fast delivery. The delivery service was fantastic, very polite and respectful. I am facinated with Bombay Talkie and I am defenitely thinking of going back.

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★★★☆☆

As I was on my way home a small building cought my attention and my stomach demanded I stop in. And i'm glad I did I saw a beautiful bollywood environment and the food well it was delicious, and the presentations they were beautiful. On a diferent day I decided to order some food and I was glad I did. Bombay Talkie has a fast delivery. The delivery service was fantastic, very polite and respectful. I am facinated with Bombay Talkie and I am defenitely thinking of going back.

Pros: Delicious food

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Let's take all the side dishes that people seem to order because they are somewhat reasonably priced and add rice to them. We can charge $14 instead of $8. Bye Bye Bombay Talkie..... Nice knowing you...

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★☆☆☆☆

Let's take all the side dishes that people seem to order because they are somewhat reasonably priced and add rice to them. We can charge $14 instead of $8. Bye Bye Bombay Talkie..... Nice knowing you...

Cons: Outprice the customer..

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A great indian cuisine. A great place to have candle light dinner. A great place to dine for a date. You feel like you are in india, with the indian music. I order numrous mango lassi's, with rice and chicken curry with the sauce. Very delicious and by far the best Indian cuisine in NYC. Better than a buffet. No lines, hardly any crowds, just a while untill your food is served, so just be patient. The milk/yogurt drinks are great too.

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★★★★★

A great indian cuisine. A great place to have candle light dinner. A great place to dine for a date. You feel like you are in india, with the indian music. I order numrous mango lassi's, with rice and chicken curry with the sauce. Very delicious and by far the best Indian cuisine in NYC. Better than a buffet. No lines, hardly any crowds, just a while untill your food is served, so just be patient. The milk/yogurt drinks are great too.

Pros: Better than the other Indian/Pakastani place

Cons: Those manhattany-like prices

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i've never had a bad meal in my 30+ visits in the past 2 years. everything is delicious including the food.

i've read about "small portions" in some of these reviews - are these people giants? are their stomachs so big they need food for 3-4 normal size adults?

i always walk out feeling very satisfied with one appetizer (padhi chat) and one entree. i don't even eat the well-priced naan.

if you want to go to east 6th street for "real" cheap indian food, go for it. no one asked you! it just leaves more room for people with good taste.

thanks bt. love it there!

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★★★★★

i've never had a bad meal in my 30+ visits in the past 2 years. everything is delicious including the food.

i've read about "small portions" in some of these reviews - are these people giants? are their stomachs so big they need food for 3-4 normal size adults?

i always walk out feeling very satisfied with one appetizer (padhi chat) and one entree. i don't even eat the well-priced naan.

if you want to go to east 6th street for "real" cheap indian food, go for it. no one asked you! it just leaves more room for people with good taste.

thanks bt. love it there!

Pros: imaginative menu

Cons: i eat too much

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I've been here a couple of times before as it's the closest Indian restaurant to my job. The food is fairly good (considering that it's not traditional Indian) and the place is cute, so I recommended that two friends & I meet here for dinner.
After checking my friend's suitcase we ordered 2 entrees, a side, & naan. The food was actually better than normal, but the lassi was awful. I told our waitress that although everything else was great, but my lassi was "milky" & she replied "it's not milk it's yogurt." I explained how I was referring to the consistancy and taste. She reluctantly took it back. The second lassi was thicker but still was off in taste. I asked my friend (who happens to be Indian) and she completely agreed. The waitress snapped at me as she took it away.
We ordered gulab jamun for dessert, which was fairly okay. My friend discovered 20% gratuity had been added to our check. Our waitress stated there is a minimum of $25pp and since we didnt order that then she added the gratuity. We asked her where this is written, and she returned with a menu which read that this min only applies to parties of 6+ & that 5+ would have gratuity added - neither which reflected us. She tried to grab the credit cards that were on the table, but we took our cards back and asked for a manager. She stated that she was the manager. Then we asked her to get the owner on the phone. She stormed away and another server came over.
He attempted to say how we were "given" two mango lassis. He then tried to say how "in NY if you don't like something you can't return it" which is rediculous. After going back and forth on the issue, I said that I would pay for 1 mango lassi but remove the tip and we can involve law enforcement if there was a further issue.
The result? I paid for the nasty mango lassi. I've been monitoring my credit card ever since. I'll never return again. I'd rather go across town for a much better (and traditional) place. Avoid with a passion.

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★☆☆☆☆

I've been here a couple of times before as it's the closest Indian restaurant to my job. The food is fairly good (considering that it's not traditional Indian) and the place is cute, so I recommended that two friends & I meet here for dinner.
After checking my friend's suitcase we ordered 2 entrees, a side, & naan. The food was actually better than normal, but the lassi was awful. I told our waitress that although everything else was great, but my lassi was "milky" & she replied "it's not milk it's yogurt." I explained how I was referring to the consistancy and taste. She reluctantly took it back. The second lassi was thicker but still was off in taste. I asked my friend (who happens to be Indian) and she completely agreed. The waitress snapped at me as she took it away.
We ordered gulab jamun for dessert, which was fairly okay. My friend discovered 20% gratuity had been added to our check. Our waitress stated there is a minimum of $25pp and since we didnt order that then she added the gratuity. We asked her where this is written, and she returned with a menu which read that this min only applies to parties of 6+ & that 5+ would have gratuity added - neither which reflected us. She tried to grab the credit cards that were on the table, but we took our cards back and asked for a manager. She stated that she was the manager. Then we asked her to get the owner on the phone. She stormed away and another server came over.
He attempted to say how we were "given" two mango lassis. He then tried to say how "in NY if you don't like something you can't return it" which is rediculous. After going back and forth on the issue, I said that I would pay for 1 mango lassi but remove the tip and we can involve law enforcement if there was a further issue.
The result? I paid for the nasty mango lassi. I've been monitoring my credit card ever since. I'll never return again. I'd rather go across town for a much better (and traditional) place. Avoid with a passion.

Pros: Decor

Cons: SERVICE!!!!, Food, Mango Lassis

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Bombay Talkie isn't my first pick for Indian restaurants, but it's the place my friend and I meet up at since it's in our neighborhood, so it has a special place in my heart. The food is good (but not the best Indian). Since I don't eat meat, I look to the vegetarian options but they all come out the same-mixed vegetables doused in sauce. I'd rather get a bunch of little things to make up my dinner. I love the Dark Brown Pod cocktail-my must have tamarind drink whenever I go. The atmosphere is cute and conducive to eating, chatting, and having a good time.

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★★★★☆

Bombay Talkie isn't my first pick for Indian restaurants, but it's the place my friend and I meet up at since it's in our neighborhood, so it has a special place in my heart. The food is good (but not the best Indian). Since I don't eat meat, I look to the vegetarian options but they all come out the same-mixed vegetables doused in sauce. I'd rather get a bunch of little things to make up my dinner. I love the Dark Brown Pod cocktail-my must have tamarind drink whenever I go. The atmosphere is cute and conducive to eating, chatting, and having a good time.

Pros: great cocktails to go with your Indian food, decor, good food

Cons: not great vegetarian entrees-all the same in too much sauce

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This place is a nice restaurant decorating wise. As far as the food goes, its so-so but the prices are high high. The portions are not worth the amount you pay. I would not go back.

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★★★☆☆

This place is a nice restaurant decorating wise. As far as the food goes, its so-so but the prices are high high. The portions are not worth the amount you pay. I would not go back.

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I ordered take out, but I saw the dinning area and thought it was nice, but I doubt that it would have made much of a difference. The tiny portions is not what one would expect. The food was so-so and there was way to much sauce. I guess that was to skimp on the real food. Was expensive too.

Do yourself a favor and look for an authentic Indian restaurant.

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★☆☆☆☆

I ordered take out, but I saw the dinning area and thought it was nice, but I doubt that it would have made much of a difference. The tiny portions is not what one would expect. The food was so-so and there was way to much sauce. I guess that was to skimp on the real food. Was expensive too.

Do yourself a favor and look for an authentic Indian restaurant.

Pros: Nice atmosphere

Cons: Overpriced, average food.

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I used to like this place despite the hefty prices and small portions, but after our visit this Saturday, we are done with Bombay Talkie. As the title says, we found a piece of hair in our food. The staff didn't handle the situation as they should have and overall, this type of thing is totally inexcusable at any restaurant. Bye Bombay Talkie.

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★☆☆☆☆

I used to like this place despite the hefty prices and small portions, but after our visit this Saturday, we are done with Bombay Talkie. As the title says, we found a piece of hair in our food. The staff didn't handle the situation as they should have and overall, this type of thing is totally inexcusable at any restaurant. Bye Bombay Talkie.

Pros: cool looking spot

Cons: HAIR in my food

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Went on a sunday evening,and were seated right away at a communal type table.The place looks squeaky clean and the service is fast and friendly.The food is a pretty good take on Indian food.I was expecting samosas and puri, but they did not have them.I'm used to going to Jackson Heights for authentic-inexpensive, Indian.The food we did have-nan bread-kati rolls and chicken,both clay oven and tikka masala were pretty good.It's a bit pricy for the size of the portions,but overall,I would reccomend it.

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★★★☆☆

Went on a sunday evening,and were seated right away at a communal type table.The place looks squeaky clean and the service is fast and friendly.The food is a pretty good take on Indian food.I was expecting samosas and puri, but they did not have them.I'm used to going to Jackson Heights for authentic-inexpensive, Indian.The food we did have-nan bread-kati rolls and chicken,both clay oven and tikka masala were pretty good.It's a bit pricy for the size of the portions,but overall,I would reccomend it.

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I selected Bombay Talkie for my birthday dinner because of the casual trendy vibe. I love the decor, and the wall art: huge painted scenes from old Indian cinema which demand notice and conversation. The drinks, especially the mango martinis are amazing, made with real mango pulp...I ordered a round for the entire table to start things off for the dinner. We were 14 people and opted for the open bar along with the prix fix menu. Everyone enjoyed the vibe, the service and most of all the food. The Pau Bhaji is my favorite appetizer, and the Papdi Chat was loved by all too. The Lamb Chops are divine...and being a foodie with 10 years experience in the restaurant biz, I can safely claim them as the best I've had in the city. My guests enjoyed the Biryani, Kofta and Mahi Mahi dishes as well The service was great, we were well attended and promptly served, including the many many rounds of drinks that we ordered. Some friends came back the next night to enjoy the food all over again. This was my third great experience here, and I'm rating it 5 stars for the food, the vibe, the service and the price. Thank you for making my birthday special.

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★★★★★

I selected Bombay Talkie for my birthday dinner because of the casual trendy vibe. I love the decor, and the wall art: huge painted scenes from old Indian cinema which demand notice and conversation. The drinks, especially the mango martinis are amazing, made with real mango pulp...I ordered a round for the entire table to start things off for the dinner. We were 14 people and opted for the open bar along with the prix fix menu. Everyone enjoyed the vibe, the service and most of all the food. The Pau Bhaji is my favorite appetizer, and the Papdi Chat was loved by all too. The Lamb Chops are divine...and being a foodie with 10 years experience in the restaurant biz, I can safely claim them as the best I've had in the city. My guests enjoyed the Biryani, Kofta and Mahi Mahi dishes as well The service was great, we were well attended and promptly served, including the many many rounds of drinks that we ordered. Some friends came back the next night to enjoy the food all over again. This was my third great experience here, and I'm rating it 5 stars for the food, the vibe, the service and the price. Thank you for making my birthday special.

Pros: not the ordinary chicken tikka serving indian restaurant

Cons: three times and no negative comments for me to make

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Bombay Talkie is supposed to be about Indian Street food , little plates to share etc.
The food is very good especially the Lamb. However the positioning of this establishemnt is very much to be th Indian Nobu or the Indian Hakassan - a beautifully designed restaurant with wonderfully turned out staff.The service unfortunatley is not up to scratch (or Nobu) and the food despite being very good cannot be said to be good value - portions are also very small so you need to order a lot unless you are like many of the guests who don't really eat

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★★★☆☆

Bombay Talkie is supposed to be about Indian Street food , little plates to share etc.
The food is very good especially the Lamb. However the positioning of this establishemnt is very much to be th Indian Nobu or the Indian Hakassan - a beautifully designed restaurant with wonderfully turned out staff.The service unfortunatley is not up to scratch (or Nobu) and the food despite being very good cannot be said to be good value - portions are also very small so you need to order a lot unless you are like many of the guests who don't really eat

Pros: tasty foods

Cons: small portions

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I come often to the states for work, and love Indian food, my friends recommend me Bombay Talkie so me and my group of friends we head there last weekend.
Let me tell you, the experience was amazing, the place is really tastful and cool, the waiter and the staff were really friendly and helpfull, and the food, my god, those Lamb chops, the chaptpatta, and my friend order the Dosas for appetizers, speachless.
I LOVE THIS PLACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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★★★★★

I come often to the states for work, and love Indian food, my friends recommend me Bombay Talkie so me and my group of friends we head there last weekend.
Let me tell you, the experience was amazing, the place is really tastful and cool, the waiter and the staff were really friendly and helpfull, and the food, my god, those Lamb chops, the chaptpatta, and my friend order the Dosas for appetizers, speachless.
I LOVE THIS PLACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I went for dinner the other day and what an amazing experience that was.
The food was Unbelievable. My friends and I had the Lamb Chops ( YUMMY) best lamb chops I ever tasted.
the nilgiri coconut kebabs we also just perfect!
In overrall we had an fantistic meal. Specially after I found out that they are promoting a new menu, something to do with spain (indian-ibero connection). They explained to me that it was their new introduction to the menu
THE FIRST INDIAN TAPAS WITH A SPANISH FLAVOR.
Well I am so glad that I tasted from the new menu. It was better than perfect. Forget Tia Pol . Bombay Talkie Tapas are way much better than anything out there. Try the Spiced lamb meatballs they left me speechless (so much flavor, just divine)
I can keep naming dishes, but just stop by and have something from their tapas menu. Satisfaction Guaranteed.
Even their cocktail list is to die for
the passion fruit margarita woww
The Snowflaker caipirinha. also wowww
The sityam shivam sundaram (truth is beauty cocktail ) is what everyone should drink in winter, make sure you have it hot (It warms you up nicely)
The dessert( preserve sweetened orange with yogurt) was the perfect ending for a perfect experience , nice music, food drinks. what else could you ask for?
The people who write badly about Bombay Talkie, clearly don't have a clue about food.
Believe me when I say that Bombay Talkie is the best indian restaurant in new york.
I wouldn't settle for that cheap and bad food in 6th ST.
No wonder I heard rumors of another bombay talkie opening in the lower east side.

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★★★★★

I went for dinner the other day and what an amazing experience that was.
The food was Unbelievable. My friends and I had the Lamb Chops ( YUMMY) best lamb chops I ever tasted.
the nilgiri coconut kebabs we also just perfect!
In overrall we had an fantistic meal. Specially after I found out that they are promoting a new menu, something to do with spain (indian-ibero connection). They explained to me that it was their new introduction to the menu
THE FIRST INDIAN TAPAS WITH A SPANISH FLAVOR.
Well I am so glad that I tasted from the new menu. It was better than perfect. Forget Tia Pol . Bombay Talkie Tapas are way much better than anything out there. Try the Spiced lamb meatballs they left me speechless (so much flavor, just divine)
I can keep naming dishes, but just stop by and have something from their tapas menu. Satisfaction Guaranteed.
Even their cocktail list is to die for
the passion fruit margarita woww
The Snowflaker caipirinha. also wowww
The sityam shivam sundaram (truth is beauty cocktail ) is what everyone should drink in winter, make sure you have it hot (It warms you up nicely)
The dessert( preserve sweetened orange with yogurt) was the perfect ending for a perfect experience , nice music, food drinks. what else could you ask for?
The people who write badly about Bombay Talkie, clearly don't have a clue about food.
Believe me when I say that Bombay Talkie is the best indian restaurant in new york.
I wouldn't settle for that cheap and bad food in 6th ST.
No wonder I heard rumors of another bombay talkie opening in the lower east side.

Cons: everything is divine in this chelsea hidden gem

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The food was excellent but the service was the worst I've had in the city. Yes, the WORST. Our waitress completely ignored my table, was condescending on her rare appearance, did not inquire about the meal-or needing anything else- and failed to bring out a drink order, as well as leftovers. The decor was fabulous, the food memorable however I don't think I'll go back based on my experience with the servers.

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★☆☆☆☆

The food was excellent but the service was the worst I've had in the city. Yes, the WORST. Our waitress completely ignored my table, was condescending on her rare appearance, did not inquire about the meal-or needing anything else- and failed to bring out a drink order, as well as leftovers. The decor was fabulous, the food memorable however I don't think I'll go back based on my experience with the servers.

Pros: great food

Cons: worst service ever

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I had liked this restaurant for a while and chose to take a large group (22 people) there recently. We were loud and probably annoying, but the staff was gracious and everything ran smoothly. Everyone loved the food--it appeals to a wide range of tastes, even people who don't always love Indian food. I would definitely recommend Bombay Talkie for large groups, in addition to everyday diners!

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★★★★☆

I had liked this restaurant for a while and chose to take a large group (22 people) there recently. We were loud and probably annoying, but the staff was gracious and everything ran smoothly. Everyone loved the food--it appeals to a wide range of tastes, even people who don't always love Indian food. I would definitely recommend Bombay Talkie for large groups, in addition to everyday diners!

Pros: Friendly staff, good food, good for groups

Cons: Some tables can be a bit tightly packed.

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Why have you not spent more time talking about the food at Bombay Talkie in Chelsea? It is the best Indian food in NYC. My wife and I go every week. We are addicted to the lamb chops, probably the best lamb chops in town, even compared to American and French restaurants. We took a large group to Bombay Talkie. They were ecstatic with the unbelievable specialty cocktails and an excellent wine selection that really accompanied the food. The food was, as usual, consistently excellent. The "best Chicken Tikka I ever had", a friend from London said that night. Great vegetarian options not found on other Indian menus. To top off everything, Bombay Talkie is a gem to look at. It is beautifully designed with gorgeous canvases, great music and just a wonderful vibe. The service is friendly and quick. Don't miss this hidden gem. More critics need to see and EAT what they are missing instead of pushing us to the same old places over and over.

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★★★★★

Why have you not spent more time talking about the food at Bombay Talkie in Chelsea? It is the best Indian food in NYC. My wife and I go every week. We are addicted to the lamb chops, probably the best lamb chops in town, even compared to American and French restaurants. We took a large group to Bombay Talkie. They were ecstatic with the unbelievable specialty cocktails and an excellent wine selection that really accompanied the food. The food was, as usual, consistently excellent. The "best Chicken Tikka I ever had", a friend from London said that night. Great vegetarian options not found on other Indian menus. To top off everything, Bombay Talkie is a gem to look at. It is beautifully designed with gorgeous canvases, great music and just a wonderful vibe. The service is friendly and quick. Don't miss this hidden gem. More critics need to see and EAT what they are missing instead of pushing us to the same old places over and over.

Pros: Food and Service

Cons: Not Recommended for Kids

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Be prepared for a rude manager. Have you ever gone to a nearly empty restaurant on a Monday night and the manager tries to seat you between the only occupied tables in the place? Welcome to Bombay Talkie. When I asked the manager if we could sit at any other empty table in the place he said "no". Apparently their policy is to be rude to their customers. When I brought this to the attention of the owner she couldn't have cared less. Avoid this place, head down to Sixth Street where the service is accommodating and the food is better and cheaper. The rudest service I've ever encountered in NYC in 20 years. That's saying something right?

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★☆☆☆☆

Be prepared for a rude manager. Have you ever gone to a nearly empty restaurant on a Monday night and the manager tries to seat you between the only occupied tables in the place? Welcome to Bombay Talkie. When I asked the manager if we could sit at any other empty table in the place he said "no". Apparently their policy is to be rude to their customers. When I brought this to the attention of the owner she couldn't have cared less. Avoid this place, head down to Sixth Street where the service is accommodating and the food is better and cheaper. The rudest service I've ever encountered in NYC in 20 years. That's saying something right?

Pros: I know not to go again

Cons: I went

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their website says they take orders till 1030pm for delivery. I called at 950pm and they said that they were sorry, their kitchen is closing. guess they dont need the business. take it elsewhere. there's a little punjabi deli down the street for a fifth of the cost.

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★★☆☆☆

their website says they take orders till 1030pm for delivery. I called at 950pm and they said that they were sorry, their kitchen is closing. guess they dont need the business. take it elsewhere. there's a little punjabi deli down the street for a fifth of the cost.

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Great place. Not a neighborhood sloppy curry house....nice small plates. Great atmosphere. Excellent cocktails. Really friendly and accommodating service!

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★★★★☆

Great place. Not a neighborhood sloppy curry house....nice small plates. Great atmosphere. Excellent cocktails. Really friendly and accommodating service!

Pros: Fabulous cocktails

Cons: none

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I tried Bombay Talkie out tonight and it was rather disappointing. We ordered the chicken Kathi rolls, lamb biryani, the baigan bharta (eggplant sidedish), and naan, along with a cardamom lassi and the love story cocktail. The baigan bharta was very well flavored and the best dish we had; the kathi rolls came in second, and they were just ok. Ok and $9. The biryani was, well, $16 for a lot of rice and four pieces of lamb. It wasn't bad, just, well, nothing I couldn't make myself, and the rice was a little overcooked and a touch greasy. The drinks were awful; the love story cocktail was either poorly designed or poorly executed and tasted like rubbing alcohol. The cardamom lassi was sour and unpleasant; maybe it was just ignorance on my part, I've only ever had mango lassis before, but I expected it to be just a little sweet. I thought the cardamom concept was a bold move, but unfortunately the end result just wasn't something I wanted to drink. The naan was weak; a small dish of chutney would have made it much better. The service was ok, but the place was not very full. I can't help but wonder if something has changed in the kitchen since the good reviews I read earlier today were written. (Incidentally, a lot of the "Highly Recommended" reviews seem to be written in batches on the same day--see 9/10/2006. Suspicious?) This is not a restaurant I'll be returning to, but if you do go, I recommend the baigan bharta.

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★☆☆☆☆

I tried Bombay Talkie out tonight and it was rather disappointing. We ordered the chicken Kathi rolls, lamb biryani, the baigan bharta (eggplant sidedish), and naan, along with a cardamom lassi and the love story cocktail. The baigan bharta was very well flavored and the best dish we had; the kathi rolls came in second, and they were just ok. Ok and $9. The biryani was, well, $16 for a lot of rice and four pieces of lamb. It wasn't bad, just, well, nothing I couldn't make myself, and the rice was a little overcooked and a touch greasy. The drinks were awful; the love story cocktail was either poorly designed or poorly executed and tasted like rubbing alcohol. The cardamom lassi was sour and unpleasant; maybe it was just ignorance on my part, I've only ever had mango lassis before, but I expected it to be just a little sweet. I thought the cardamom concept was a bold move, but unfortunately the end result just wasn't something I wanted to drink. The naan was weak; a small dish of chutney would have made it much better. The service was ok, but the place was not very full. I can't help but wonder if something has changed in the kitchen since the good reviews I read earlier today were written. (Incidentally, a lot of the "Highly Recommended" reviews seem to be written in batches on the same day--see 9/10/2006. Suspicious?) This is not a restaurant I'll be returning to, but if you do go, I recommend the baigan bharta.

Pros: concept, ambience

Cons: bad food, terrible drinks

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This restaurant is highly OVER rated. While the space is nicely decorated for a small restaurant I found the food to be very expensive without the level of quality to back it up. The service was just terrible. There was one waiter handling the entire second floor and he just couldn't handle it. It took 15 minutes for our drinks to arrive and another 10 minutes after that for our order to be taken. When our food arrived one of the entrees was not correct, and no one came to our table to check, so my entree got cold because I waited for my friends to be replaced with what she ordered. The food was OK, but nothing better than you could get in the East Village for 1/3 of the price. The most appalling part of our meal was when we finished our main course and wanted to order dessert. We were told that we had been "accidentally" seated at a table for 4 and that they needed the table so we had to pay immediately, and if we wanted dessert we could go downstairs and have it at the bar! Rude, impolite, and totally inappropriate considering our bill came to over $120. On principle I will not return to this establishment. My feeling as I left the place was that I had just hired a call girl who took off with my wallet when we were through. Definitely not recommended.

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★★★☆☆

This restaurant is highly OVER rated. While the space is nicely decorated for a small restaurant I found the food to be very expensive without the level of quality to back it up. The service was just terrible. There was one waiter handling the entire second floor and he just couldn't handle it. It took 15 minutes for our drinks to arrive and another 10 minutes after that for our order to be taken. When our food arrived one of the entrees was not correct, and no one came to our table to check, so my entree got cold because I waited for my friends to be replaced with what she ordered. The food was OK, but nothing better than you could get in the East Village for 1/3 of the price. The most appalling part of our meal was when we finished our main course and wanted to order dessert. We were told that we had been "accidentally" seated at a table for 4 and that they needed the table so we had to pay immediately, and if we wanted dessert we could go downstairs and have it at the bar! Rude, impolite, and totally inappropriate considering our bill came to over $120. On principle I will not return to this establishment. My feeling as I left the place was that I had just hired a call girl who took off with my wallet when we were through. Definitely not recommended.

Pros: Nice decor

Cons: Terrible service and high prices

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I went with a few people recently on a Thursday night, after many had recommended the restaurant. I was eager to try the drinks I had heard so much about, only to find they didn't have the ingredients for any of them. Then I looked at the menu and was appalled to find pork listed as an entree. When the food arrived, we received small square plates, perfect in pretension. The food was nothing spectacular, with very little kick and no spice you would expect to find at an Indian restaurant. The portions are small, yet the cost is overpriced. When it came time for dessert, we were happy to see the menu had a variety of choice. However, when we wanted to order something, they had only one item available. Overall, it was not a pleasant experience. The service was terrible, but the atmosphere was quaint. I heard that when the restaurant first opened, the prices were cheaper and the quality of food was better. They?ve fallen into the trap typical of New York restaurants that boom too fast. Now the food is average with little taste and bad service.

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★★★☆☆

I went with a few people recently on a Thursday night, after many had recommended the restaurant. I was eager to try the drinks I had heard so much about, only to find they didn't have the ingredients for any of them. Then I looked at the menu and was appalled to find pork listed as an entree. When the food arrived, we received small square plates, perfect in pretension. The food was nothing spectacular, with very little kick and no spice you would expect to find at an Indian restaurant. The portions are small, yet the cost is overpriced. When it came time for dessert, we were happy to see the menu had a variety of choice. However, when we wanted to order something, they had only one item available. Overall, it was not a pleasant experience. The service was terrible, but the atmosphere was quaint. I heard that when the restaurant first opened, the prices were cheaper and the quality of food was better. They?ve fallen into the trap typical of New York restaurants that boom too fast. Now the food is average with little taste and bad service.

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I just ordered delivery from this place after looking for a good indian restaurant in Chelsea. The food was terrific. I can highly recommend this place in terms of the quality of the food--fresh, tasty, upscale. Only downside I can say to this place is that the food does not come in big portions (at least my main dish, Biryani) as you would find at other places. However, I ordered enough food anyway. The Biryani looks like a very small portion but it actually was enough and does taste great. I also ordered Ka Thi Rolls (there was one long roll -- Chicken) which was actually not bad-sized and v-e-r-y fresh and tasty. I also ordered a Naan bread. I would re-order from this place the next time that i'm in the mood for Indian food. It's not cheap like some Indian places but it's not expensive either (my order for one cost $29). The food stands out. Great take-out ordering.

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★★★★★

I just ordered delivery from this place after looking for a good indian restaurant in Chelsea. The food was terrific. I can highly recommend this place in terms of the quality of the food--fresh, tasty, upscale. Only downside I can say to this place is that the food does not come in big portions (at least my main dish, Biryani) as you would find at other places. However, I ordered enough food anyway. The Biryani looks like a very small portion but it actually was enough and does taste great. I also ordered Ka Thi Rolls (there was one long roll -- Chicken) which was actually not bad-sized and v-e-r-y fresh and tasty. I also ordered a Naan bread. I would re-order from this place the next time that i'm in the mood for Indian food. It's not cheap like some Indian places but it's not expensive either (my order for one cost $29). The food stands out. Great take-out ordering.

Pros: Stand-out Food--quality and taste

Cons: Initially the portion appears surprisingly small - but you get over it!

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The good:
1. food is okay (although not as good is other indian options in the city)
2. Drinks are quite innovative
3. Ambience is good (quite a trendy place)
The bad:
I had a bad experience with service. A bearded usher made me wait for 30 minutes insisting that the second floor was closed. When I happened to walk up to the toilet later (after the wait) I realized it was open with plenty of seating. not sure whether the bearded host downstairs was trying to maximize his tips or just getting sadistic pleasure. anyhow, that was my fourth and probably last trip to this place.

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★★★☆☆

The good:
1. food is okay (although not as good is other indian options in the city)
2. Drinks are quite innovative
3. Ambience is good (quite a trendy place)
The bad:
I had a bad experience with service. A bearded usher made me wait for 30 minutes insisting that the second floor was closed. When I happened to walk up to the toilet later (after the wait) I realized it was open with plenty of seating. not sure whether the bearded host downstairs was trying to maximize his tips or just getting sadistic pleasure. anyhow, that was my fourth and probably last trip to this place.

Pros: good drinks

Cons: poor service

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i read great things about this place so i decided to throw my bf's bday dinner there. i can't say that the service was bad, because the waitress was being attentive to her max capability. but she was the ONLY server there that night for the ENTIRE restaurant, so service was incredibly slow. we had a group of 8. the place was a little crammed for us and i wished we were seated upstairs instead. food was alright, definately overpriced for indian food and it's definately catered to people who aren't usually used to indian food. i ordered the chicken biryani and my bf ordered the homestyle chicken. it was definately nothing to be "wow-ed" about. but i have to say, if you do end up going there, you must try their love story cocktail. absolutely delicious. and you'll love the ambiance.

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★★★☆☆

i read great things about this place so i decided to throw my bf's bday dinner there. i can't say that the service was bad, because the waitress was being attentive to her max capability. but she was the ONLY server there that night for the ENTIRE restaurant, so service was incredibly slow. we had a group of 8. the place was a little crammed for us and i wished we were seated upstairs instead. food was alright, definately overpriced for indian food and it's definately catered to people who aren't usually used to indian food. i ordered the chicken biryani and my bf ordered the homestyle chicken. it was definately nothing to be "wow-ed" about. but i have to say, if you do end up going there, you must try their love story cocktail. absolutely delicious. and you'll love the ambiance.

Pros: love story cocktail, ambiance

Cons: service, seating

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Oct 18, 2006. I have read the reviews and looked forward to trying Bombay Talkie. I left a message with my reservation and phone number for a call back and received none. Reservation was made for 7p.m. when I got there it was not busy and they did not have my reservation (no one checked the company's voice mail messages). I kindly asked for seating in a booth since they were not busy and told the manager this is a special day for me and my girl. The manager told me that booths are for 3 or more and that it will get busy later. I humbly asked her to make an exception for it was my birthday and the evening was planned to be very special and it began here. Also mentioned that we are first time customers and looking forward for the food experience. She stood firm and refused to make an exception after asking at least three or four times. Very disappointed, my birthday evening now ruin, I left refusing to eat there. It was Wednesday, the restaurant was not busy, they did not pick up my reservations on voice mail, manager had no party of 3 or more on her reservations lists. This was very poor judgment and an unpleasant customer service experience. A WORD TO THE OWNER, EXCELLENT FOOD IS ONLY PART OF THE SUCCESS EQUATION. HOSPITALITY AND CUSTOMER SERVICE IS ULTRA IMPORTANT. KNOW THE COST OF FINDING A CUSTOMER; KEEP A CUSTOMER AND THE OVER ALL VALUE OF THAT CUSTOMER. YOU FOUND ME AND LOST ME AT THE DOOR. And hire better management staff that truly understand what hospitality REALLY means and deliver it to your guest from the time they step into your establishment. Be reasonable with your policies and make exceptions with good judgement.

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★★☆☆☆

Oct 18, 2006. I have read the reviews and looked forward to trying Bombay Talkie. I left a message with my reservation and phone number for a call back and received none. Reservation was made for 7p.m. when I got there it was not busy and they did not have my reservation (no one checked the company's voice mail messages). I kindly asked for seating in a booth since they were not busy and told the manager this is a special day for me and my girl. The manager told me that booths are for 3 or more and that it will get busy later. I humbly asked her to make an exception for it was my birthday and the evening was planned to be very special and it began here. Also mentioned that we are first time customers and looking forward for the food experience. She stood firm and refused to make an exception after asking at least three or four times. Very disappointed, my birthday evening now ruin, I left refusing to eat there. It was Wednesday, the restaurant was not busy, they did not pick up my reservations on voice mail, manager had no party of 3 or more on her reservations lists. This was very poor judgment and an unpleasant customer service experience. A WORD TO THE OWNER, EXCELLENT FOOD IS ONLY PART OF THE SUCCESS EQUATION. HOSPITALITY AND CUSTOMER SERVICE IS ULTRA IMPORTANT. KNOW THE COST OF FINDING A CUSTOMER; KEEP A CUSTOMER AND THE OVER ALL VALUE OF THAT CUSTOMER. YOU FOUND ME AND LOST ME AT THE DOOR. And hire better management staff that truly understand what hospitality REALLY means and deliver it to your guest from the time they step into your establishment. Be reasonable with your policies and make exceptions with good judgement.

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If you can get beyond the extreme rudeness of the phone operator at Bombay Talkie the food is quite passable. Be prepared for service that is just non existent. Not sure if the staff think they are better then local neighborhood folk but it MUST change before I ever think of entering this establishment again.

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★☆☆☆☆

If you can get beyond the extreme rudeness of the phone operator at Bombay Talkie the food is quite passable. Be prepared for service that is just non existent. Not sure if the staff think they are better then local neighborhood folk but it MUST change before I ever think of entering this establishment again.

Pros: good aps

Cons: terrible service

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go there a little early seated within reason for our reservation. The chairs are from ikea i dont think they're fooling anyone. The drinks tasted like absolute garbage. The gin with saffron tasted like tequila with dirt and the tequilla with pomegranate i think was tequila with cranberry juice. Either the bartender was new or they were designed to taste like the worst possible drinks ever. The food on the other hand was delicious, chicken tikka and the red snapper were good enough that my gf licked the plate clean almost and shes a size 0. The beggars purse and the sweet and sour chicken rahitis were also very good. The eggplant side dish was also very good. It was a great evening that ended bad when someone stole my umbrella...damn thieves. overall a good rain soaking experience

2
★★★★☆

go there a little early seated within reason for our reservation. The chairs are from ikea i dont think they're fooling anyone. The drinks tasted like absolute garbage. The gin with saffron tasted like tequila with dirt and the tequilla with pomegranate i think was tequila with cranberry juice. Either the bartender was new or they were designed to taste like the worst possible drinks ever. The food on the other hand was delicious, chicken tikka and the red snapper were good enough that my gf licked the plate clean almost and shes a size 0. The beggars purse and the sweet and sour chicken rahitis were also very good. The eggplant side dish was also very good. It was a great evening that ended bad when someone stole my umbrella...damn thieves. overall a good rain soaking experience

Pros: sauces, and chutneys

Cons: drinks were horrible, chairs from ikea

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Went to Bombay Talkie with four girlfriends... one of whom arrived late so we lost our rez. Not to worry though, we had some delicious cocktails at the bar and eventually got a table. Food was delicious and light - it's nice to be able to go out to eat and not feel like a blimp afterwards! I really liked the clay oven chicken. The Bollywood theme is unique and fun, as are the creative cocktails. I will definitely be back, sooner rather than later I hope!

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★★★★★

Went to Bombay Talkie with four girlfriends... one of whom arrived late so we lost our rez. Not to worry though, we had some delicious cocktails at the bar and eventually got a table. Food was delicious and light - it's nice to be able to go out to eat and not feel like a blimp afterwards! I really liked the clay oven chicken. The Bollywood theme is unique and fun, as are the creative cocktails. I will definitely be back, sooner rather than later I hope!

Pros: Cocktails, Food, Ambience

Cons: Service

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The best Indian I have had so far. Whoever came up with the concept is a genius. I love the fact that the staff is diverse. I also love what the women wear. Everything was perfect.

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★★★★★

The best Indian I have had so far. Whoever came up with the concept is a genius. I love the fact that the staff is diverse. I also love what the women wear. Everything was perfect.

Pros: The Best Indian

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Kudos to the owner who hired the chefs, servers, designers and everyone possible to make this place so great. I can't wait for more to open all over the city. Maybe all over the country.

2
★★★★★

Kudos to the owner who hired the chefs, servers, designers and everyone possible to make this place so great. I can't wait for more to open all over the city. Maybe all over the country.

Pros: Indian Food

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First of all the food speaks for itself , is so amazing. Compare to Tabla o Evi , Bombay Talkie is beyond perfection. The Cocktails are so original , not like in other nasty restaurants having bad margaritas , or mojitos , ven in the marattime they have no clue how to make a mojito .
The DECOR IS fab, the music is so amazing.

a truly great place to eat and drink and listening to good music while been around hot looking people.
shame on the people who writes against Bombay Talkie, they just think they are some kind of king or princess, we all are custumers , so stop whining.

2
★★★★★

First of all the food speaks for itself , is so amazing. Compare to Tabla o Evi , Bombay Talkie is beyond perfection. The Cocktails are so original , not like in other nasty restaurants having bad margaritas , or mojitos , ven in the marattime they have no clue how to make a mojito .
The DECOR IS fab, the music is so amazing.

a truly great place to eat and drink and listening to good music while been around hot looking people.
shame on the people who writes against Bombay Talkie, they just think they are some kind of king or princess, we all are custumers , so stop whining.

Pros: everything

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This place has great service. I can't tell you how many managers and servers I have had to deal with in NYC. Most are obnoxious. Not here. They are professional, friendly and polite. Let us be honest. I have been to Bombay Talkie many times. I have witnessed many obnoxious people expecting five star service in a casual restaurant. If you are one of those people hoping to stick around and tale for hours, wanting a quiet setting on a fabulously busy Friday night, please stay at home. Let the rest of us enjoy how wonderful this place is

By the way, I have never seen such variety of flavors. My mouth was having a field day.

2
★★★★★

This place has great service. I can't tell you how many managers and servers I have had to deal with in NYC. Most are obnoxious. Not here. They are professional, friendly and polite. Let us be honest. I have been to Bombay Talkie many times. I have witnessed many obnoxious people expecting five star service in a casual restaurant. If you are one of those people hoping to stick around and tale for hours, wanting a quiet setting on a fabulously busy Friday night, please stay at home. Let the rest of us enjoy how wonderful this place is

By the way, I have never seen such variety of flavors. My mouth was having a field day.

Pros: Service

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this is the best place to have a party. my friends were raving about the food, music and service. i was especially pleased at how kind the owner and the manager were. they were very attentive in making sure that we had a fabulous time. we are definitely coming back!!!!!!!!!!!!

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★★★★★

this is the best place to have a party. my friends were raving about the food, music and service. i was especially pleased at how kind the owner and the manager were. they were very attentive in making sure that we had a fabulous time. we are definitely coming back!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pros: Service and Large Parties

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This place serves some of the best food in the city period, be it Indian or otherwise. I go every week. Now that it is the Fall, all the patrons that love the food are back. The place gets very busy, but let me tell you that it is worth the wait. I just wish that people just sitting at tables chatting with a glass of water looking at a bar full of people waiting would be generous enough to share in the delights. The new wine list is fabulous. This is really worth the trip to Chelsea.

2
★★★★★

This place serves some of the best food in the city period, be it Indian or otherwise. I go every week. Now that it is the Fall, all the patrons that love the food are back. The place gets very busy, but let me tell you that it is worth the wait. I just wish that people just sitting at tables chatting with a glass of water looking at a bar full of people waiting would be generous enough to share in the delights. The new wine list is fabulous. This is really worth the trip to Chelsea.

Pros: Food and Ambience

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Alright, I tried Bombay Talkie for the first time last night. My friend and I arrived around 6:30 and it was dead. We got a great seat right in the window and were given good service. The food was ok - nothing special but tasty nonetheless. However, the Beachcomber appetizer reminded us of sloppy joes...it was this mishmash of indian-spiced veggies and two SMALL biscuits. Stay away from that one. Anyway, so we finished eating, and then had dessert. We noticed it started to get really loud in the place and people were running around in the aisles - which I believe was mentioned in another review. Annoying, but not too bad. After dessert, my friend and I sat there talking for about 10 minutes. Our waiter came by twice to check on the tab and finally asked us to leave since they were so busy. We were quite offended - first of all, it's not like we had been sitting there for an hour - it was just the winding-down talk that people have after meals - a mere 10 minutes! And he certainly didn't offer us a drink at the bar - though he did suggest we squeeze our way past the 2-deep people there to PAY for our own drinks. Personally, I don't think you should antagonize customers to get more butts in your restaurant - and I can say that this restaurant has lost two potential repeat customers - especially since when we used the restroom, we noticed at least 10 empty seats upstairs!!! We will NOT be back.

1
★★★☆☆

Alright, I tried Bombay Talkie for the first time last night. My friend and I arrived around 6:30 and it was dead. We got a great seat right in the window and were given good service. The food was ok - nothing special but tasty nonetheless. However, the Beachcomber appetizer reminded us of sloppy joes...it was this mishmash of indian-spiced veggies and two SMALL biscuits. Stay away from that one. Anyway, so we finished eating, and then had dessert. We noticed it started to get really loud in the place and people were running around in the aisles - which I believe was mentioned in another review. Annoying, but not too bad. After dessert, my friend and I sat there talking for about 10 minutes. Our waiter came by twice to check on the tab and finally asked us to leave since they were so busy. We were quite offended - first of all, it's not like we had been sitting there for an hour - it was just the winding-down talk that people have after meals - a mere 10 minutes! And he certainly didn't offer us a drink at the bar - though he did suggest we squeeze our way past the 2-deep people there to PAY for our own drinks. Personally, I don't think you should antagonize customers to get more butts in your restaurant - and I can say that this restaurant has lost two potential repeat customers - especially since when we used the restroom, we noticed at least 10 empty seats upstairs!!! We will NOT be back.

Pros: decent food, cool atmosphere

Cons: rushed out the door

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Raves, raves, raves. I won't dignify the rants of a group of people that ate at the restaurant when my friend and I ate there. Only one thing I have to say is that it is a joke that they would bring up the name Jean Georges. The staff at any Jean Georges restaurant would kindly ask them never to come back. I truly hope that is what the manager said to them. Forgetting that, I want to comment on the dignity, professionalism of all the staff, from bussers, servers and managers. We go to Bombay Talkie for a fix every week. The manager is lovely to everyone. The owner is the most gracious and has picked a wonderful team. The food, wow. This is why we need that weekly fix. You will see many different views. You have to filter those that you know are offensive and personal with those that are dignified and objective. You have to try this place.

2
★★★★★

Raves, raves, raves. I won't dignify the rants of a group of people that ate at the restaurant when my friend and I ate there. Only one thing I have to say is that it is a joke that they would bring up the name Jean Georges. The staff at any Jean Georges restaurant would kindly ask them never to come back. I truly hope that is what the manager said to them. Forgetting that, I want to comment on the dignity, professionalism of all the staff, from bussers, servers and managers. We go to Bombay Talkie for a fix every week. The manager is lovely to everyone. The owner is the most gracious and has picked a wonderful team. The food, wow. This is why we need that weekly fix. You will see many different views. You have to filter those that you know are offensive and personal with those that are dignified and objective. You have to try this place.

Pros: Best Staff and Food

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First time there I was surprised by the quality of food and service but apparently it is going down. The bread was insipid, the sauces not really sophisticated and the chicken below average. In Berlin you get served that level of food in lower end Indian restaurants at a fraction of the price. The service> I haven't experienced that sort of struggle as the other guys but I think it is a sickness of NYs wannabe hip restaurants that the waitresses can't smile and be friendly.

I am sorry...

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★★☆☆☆

First time there I was surprised by the quality of food and service but apparently it is going down. The bread was insipid, the sauces not really sophisticated and the chicken below average. In Berlin you get served that level of food in lower end Indian restaurants at a fraction of the price. The service> I haven't experienced that sort of struggle as the other guys but I think it is a sickness of NYs wannabe hip restaurants that the waitresses can't smile and be friendly.

I am sorry...

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This is the worst restaurant/bar/establishment i have ever been to, and nearly ruined my friend's stay in New York. Our waitress (whose name I wont disclose as to avoid her getting fired and never hired again, anywhere) was extremely rude and didn't lift a finger to try to help the situation. 3 friends and I went to celebrate our graduation from college. Not having enough cash, my friends had to use their credit cards--instead of a smile, the manager called us "cheap." Now maybe this manager attended an unorthodox management school, but in most instances the goal is to have a customer return. Not only were we shoed out when we tried to discuss a bill dispute but we were told to never return. I will gladly never return to give this restaurant my business and am considering calling this manager's mother to tell her how poor of a job her son is doing. don't eat here.

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★☆☆☆☆

This is the worst restaurant/bar/establishment i have ever been to, and nearly ruined my friend's stay in New York. Our waitress (whose name I wont disclose as to avoid her getting fired and never hired again, anywhere) was extremely rude and didn't lift a finger to try to help the situation. 3 friends and I went to celebrate our graduation from college. Not having enough cash, my friends had to use their credit cards--instead of a smile, the manager called us "cheap." Now maybe this manager attended an unorthodox management school, but in most instances the goal is to have a customer return. Not only were we shoed out when we tried to discuss a bill dispute but we were told to never return. I will gladly never return to give this restaurant my business and am considering calling this manager's mother to tell her how poor of a job her son is doing. don't eat here.

Pros: decor

Cons: read review

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Okay. I'm young, but I know sophistication when I taste it and see it. This is really a place to be seen.

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★★★★★

Okay. I'm young, but I know sophistication when I taste it and see it. This is really a place to be seen.

Pros: Sophistication

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i am a true over of bombay talkie's food and cocktails , now with the stools at the bar i can even go for just a drink , because the cocktails are just the best. i recommend anyone to hace one , and just enjoy the amazing food they have. it just perfect.

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★★★★★

i am a true over of bombay talkie's food and cocktails , now with the stools at the bar i can even go for just a drink , because the cocktails are just the best. i recommend anyone to hace one , and just enjoy the amazing food they have. it just perfect.

Pros: food and cocktails

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Hmmm...the place is decorated really nicely in a funky way. The cocktails were a bit atrocious (mine was...

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★★★☆☆

Hmmm...the place is decorated really nicely in a funky way. The cocktails were a bit atrocious (mine was...

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Nice place, good indian food with a very chelsea atmosphere. Service is sometimes really good on nights...

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★★★★☆

Nice place, good indian food with a very chelsea atmosphere. Service is sometimes really good on nights...

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Here's another case of style triumphing over substance; Bombay Talkie is gorgeous, but the food fails to live up to the innovative decor. The interior is something of a monument to the films of Bollywood; the talkies in question play on a…

 

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