TULSI Is Divine In Any Language


ADDRESS: 211 East 46th Street

Between 2nd & 3rd Avenues

New York, NY 10017

Reservations: 212-888-0820


OVERVIEW: Tulsi is a high-end Indian dining destination in midtown Manhattan, serving lunch and dinner as well as innovative bar bites in a relaxed, modern setting. The 55-seat restaurant and bar showcases authentic regional Indian cuisine prepared by chef/co-owner Hemant Mathur and his culinary team. “Tulsi” means divine basil and is pronounced TOOL-see.

CUISINE: Regional Indian

EXECUTIVE CHEF: tulsi chefChef and tandoor master Hemant Mathur has been internationally recognized as one of the leading Indian chefs in New York and beyond. In 2004, he and Suvir Saran opened Dévi, located in the city’s Flatiron District, where Mathur reigned in the kitchen for six years. Prior to Dévi, he was the opening co-chef at Amma in 2003, the executive chef at Diwan Grill in 2002, and worked under the late Raji Jallepalli to open Tamarind in 2000.

CHEF DE CUISINE: Dhandu Ram, formerly the chef at Yuva, who first worked with Chef Mathur at the famed Bukhara Restaurant in New Delhi. He was also the chef at Bukhara Grill in New York.

PASTRY CHEF: Surbhi Sahni, who created the ethereal Mango Cheesecake and other Indian-inspired desserts at Dévi. She was the pastry chef at Amma; developed the concept and menu for the Tea Room at Tamarind; and worked in the pastry kitchens at davidburke&donatella, Picholine and Between the Bread.

GENERAL MANAGER: Sandeep Solomon, formerly the general manager at Dévi, who has over 15 years of front-of-the-house experience at such New York restaurants as Geoffrey Zakarian’s Town; Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Spice Market and Mercer Kitchen; and Terrance Brennan’s Artisanal.

Consulting Mixologist: & Beverage Manager: Nirupama Srivastava

Architect: Kamal Patel & Associates

Photos by Melissa Hom


Dinner: Monday to Saturday, 5:30 to 10:30 pm; Sunday, 5:00 to 10:00 pm
Lunch: Monday to Saturday, Noon to 3 pm
Bar: Nightly, from 5 pm

Reservations can be made by calling 212-888-0820, or on OpenTable


$12 during lunch and dinner hours (maximum of 4 hours)
Parking lots at 127 East 46th Street and 135 East 47th Street
(both between 3rd and Lexington Aves.)


Tel: 212-888-0820 | Fax: 212-888-0827


THE LOOK IS A KNOCKOUT, Combining Subtle Colors and Clean Lines:

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This 2,000-square-foot venue, with a bar/lounge area that seats 14 and a dining arena that seats 55 people, is modern yet gives a cultural nod to traditional Indian motifs – designed for comfort, relaxation and the enjoyment of food, drinks and conversation. Hues of green based on its basil namesake, beige and brown are part of the subtle but striking interior created by a balance of art and artifacts, lighting and the use of wood, stainless steel, glass and porcelain tiles. Extra allure is created by a Fosted Glass Picture Window Etched with Sanskrit Sloka Sayings.There is Shamiana Seating Designed with Modern Touches and a Tableside Chaat Trolley.No other Indian restaurant in New York offers such elegance and refinement in which to enjoy superlative cuisine.Tulsi_Dining Room_Shamiana-horizontal-lowerres

Tulsi features distinctive regional Indian cuisine created by Chef Hemant Mathur, critically acclaimed for his clean, distinct flavors and a master of tandoor cooking – from savory street food and breads to tantalizing vegetable specialties and fragrant curries, to signature tandoor-grilled meats and seafood.

Guests may also enjoy a seven-course Chef’s Tasting Menu (also a Chef’s Vegetarian Tasting Menu) and bar snacks, as well as a thoughtful list of spice-friendly wines and handcrafted cocktails.


The a la carte Menu Includes:

Bar Snacks – Tulsi Tandoori Aloo; Shrimp Kati Roll; Crispy Cod Bites

Starters – Street Cart Chaats, served tableside; Walnut Chicken Roti Roll; Trio of Momos

Seafood Entrees – Tandoori Prawns; Parsi Fish of the Day; Semolina Crusted Monkfish

Meat Entrees – Goat Rogan Josh; Duck Moilee; Tandoori Wild Boar Chops; 12-Spice Chicken Curry

Vegetable Entrees – Stuffed Baby Eggplant; Roasted Pesto Portobello Mushroom

Sides – Tulsi’s Dal, Butter Paneer, Kulcha, Parantha, Family Naan

Desserts – Ginger Panna Cotta; Eggless Pistachio Cake; Banana Pitha

Shrimp & Crab Stuffed Pappadum (Below)

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Seven-Course Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian Chef’s Tasting Menus

Chef Hemant Mathur’s seven-course tasting menus (omnivore and vegetarian options). The Chef’s Tasting Menus are available at dinner nightly. Price is $65 per person; $95 with wine pairings. For reservations, please call 212-888-0820 or book online at OpenTable.com.

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Our table of four chose two tasting dinners (one omnivore and one vegetarian). Each allows a choice of entree and dessert, but the entire table is obliged to do the tasting, for purposes of pacing. This technique is highly suggested so that  guests can sample the full range of the kitchen’s prowress.

While every morsel was sheer perfection we urge you not to miss Gobi Takatin | Sautéed cauliflower, bell peppers, tomatoes, cilantro from the a la cart menu, a    cauliflower creation bound together with the secret ingredient of catsup that is worthy of a visit to Tulsi  on its own merit. Other must-haves from the main menu include Parsi Fish of the Day | Steamed in banana leaves, with coconut, cilantro & sesame paste, a succulent Duck Moilee | Coconut-curry leaf sauce, South Indian potatoes, and okra chips and the lovely Street Cart Chaats | Savory regional snacks.

Tasting menu standouts included a remarkable Pumpkin Ginger Soup with Fenugreek and Onion Seeds; Calamari Chaat with red onion, tomato, cilantro and chaat masala and the subtle Hyderabadi Fish Murtabak, a casserole, layered with seafood, cilantro, green chilies and parmesan.

Roasted Pesto Portobello Mushroom, stuffed with Paneer-cheese in tomato-fenugreek sauce and Achari Tofu, marinated in mustard pickle and tandoor-grilled were balanced winners from the vegetarian options.

While Tandoori Wild Boar Chops were outstanding, Goat Dum Biryani, baked with rice, ginger, garlic, cardamom, mace and saffron and encased in Indian bread that is broken open tableside is as dramatic as it is delicious..


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All desserts are the best you will sample in any NY Indian restaurant: Favorites include BLACK CARDAMOM CHOCOLATE TORTE,  PISTACHIO CAKE (Pictured Below) and  BANANA PITHA Banana fritters, caramel sauce, salty pecans, and butter-crunch ice cream.Tulsi_PistachioCake0U7G4679

There is a beautifully selected wine list, as well as a terrific paring by the glass, thanks to Beverage Manager: Nirupama Srivastava. Price points are fair and there are bargains to be found. If you ever though Indian food required sweet wines, think again. The house has a fine mixologist, if you want a perfect martini or some inventive house crafted cocktails.Service is smooth and attentive and the room is impeccably managed by General Manager: Sonny Solomon.

If you are seeking out fine dining that is affordable. glamorous and exotic, you needn’t be an Indian food aficionado to appreciate Tulsi. Here is global Indian cuisine at its finest. The experience is elegant; prices are affordable and to repeat a point:Tulsi is divine in any language. It is already stealing the show from its competitors and Chef Hemant Mathur is a master of his craft. Make your reservations soon. You won’t be sorry.

The Walman Report Award: One of New York’s Great Restaurants: A Major



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imagoeasterEaster is perhaps one of the most anticipated events in the Eternal City. From the procession on Good Friday to the Pope’s Easter Sunday mass at St. Peter’s Basilica, the holiday excitement runs throughout the city. This year, the Hotel Hassler Roma is offering a special Roman pasqua (Easter) for guests looking for an extraordinary Easter in Rome. The package includes:

  • Three nights in luxury accommodations
  • Daily buffet breakfast at the Hassler’s Salone Eva 
  • Special Easter Sunday Brunch created by Chef Francesco Apreda at the Hassler’s panoramic Michelin-starred Imàgo restaurant
  • Spumante (Italian sparkling wine) and two bottles of mineral water upon arrival
  • Easter surprise from the hotel’s pastry chef
  • Sauna and steam bath

Guests may also relax with an optional massage in-room or at the hotel’s Amorvero SPA (at additional charge). 
Priced from €1,800 to €2,100 (approximately US$2,430 to US$2,840) based on double occupancy, the package is valid for arrivals on April 22 or 23, 2011.
To know more about Hotel Hassler Roma, visit www.hotelhasslerroma.com.

Set atop the Spanish Steps and featuring a panoramic view of the entire city, Hotel Hassler Roma, owned and managed by Roberto E. Wirth, has been Rome’s five-star lodging of choice for the world’s elite for more than a century. Each of the 95 rooms (of which 13 are suites) are individually designed and adorned in authentic Italian accents. Highlights include the Michelin-starred panoramic restaurant, Imàgo, and the neighboring, Hassler-owned Il Palazzetto (www.ilpalazzettoroma.com), a charming 16-century, five-story palazzo that offers a restaurant and wine bar with panoramic terraces and four guest rooms


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Paris Commune is launching a series of special Red Rooster Dinners

West Village favorite Paris Commune is launching a series of special Red Rooster Dinners, to be held in their private downstairs Rouge Wine Bar, for diners to experience.  Each dinner will present a specially crafted menu and the first Red Rooster dinner, to be held on Wednesday, March 2 at 7pm, will highlight the flavors and versatility of Ostrich.

For $60 per person (plus tax/tip), a four-course prix fixe (including an amuse) will offer dishes, like an Ostrich and Wild Mushroom Consommé with a skewered Ostrich meatball, green herb aioli and bourbon-rosemary foam. For dessert, there’s an Ostrich Egg Crème Brulée with Elderflower and roasted pear.  And for $100 (plus tax/tip), diners can experience this menu with wine pairings—wines TBD.  These wine pairings will also be available a la carte.

Seating is extremely limited, so those interested should call Hugo Uys at Paris Commune, 212-929-0509, to reserve their seat ASAP.  For those who don’t get a seat, Paris Commune offers a grilled ostrich entrée on their standard dinner menu to enjoy and more Red Rooster Dinners are on their way—stay tuned!


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99 Bank Street


Paris Commune is located at 99 Bank Street in the heart of Manhattan’s West Village, and is open for dinner Sunday through Thursday from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM and on Friday and Saturday from 6:00 PM to midnight. Paris Commune serves brunch and lunch seven days a week, starting at 10:00 AM on weekends and 11:00 AM on weekdays, until 3:00PM. For more information on private parties, catering options, and reservations, please call 212-929-0509 or visit http://www.pariscommune.com/.


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Grecante Grechetto dei Colli Martani DOC

Chardonnay, as I’m sure you know, is one of the most popular wine grape varieties worldwide because it’s grown all over the world. On the other hand, some varietals can grow only in specific and particular locations due to the special and unique surrounding environment and terroir.

Let’s take Grechetto, an Italian wine grape of Greek origins, for example. Planted throughout the region of Umbria, Italy, this grape is most known for the production of Grecante in the DOC area (Denominazione d’Origine Controllata) Colli Martani.

During the Renaissance, the mayor of Montefalco used to send a bottle of Grecante as a precious gift to princes and important clergymen. Arnaldo Caprai winery is keeping this long tradition alive by producing Grecante Grechetto dei Colli Martani DOC.

Made with 100% Grechetto, it has a fruity aroma with nice delicate floral notes as well. This wine is especially refreshing for the Spring/Summer season. It’s great with appetizers and salad topped with chicken or fish. Also, it pairs well with seafood and poultry dishes.

The suggested retail price of $19.99 makes Grecante Grechetto an affordable but unique alternative to Chardonnay.


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Rodney Strong Alexander Valley Single Vineyard Cabernets Rule

2007 Rockaway Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valleyrockway

The First in a trio of single vineyard wines, from Rodney Strong Alexander Valley Single Vineyards, the 2007 Rockaway Cabernet Sauvignon is priced at $75 and worth every cent. We found it equal to top growth Bordeaux and comparable to the best Cabernets that California produces. Give them a few more years in the bottle and lots of air after opening and you will be rewarded with a blissful wine experience

Established 1994, Rockaway is planted mostly to cabernet sauvignon and merlot, but includes all five of the classic Bordeaux varieties. Rising up to an elevation of 750 feet, the land generally slopes northeast and southwest, with soils comprised of gravelly clay subsoil over fractured sandstone. This well-drained, low pH earth tends to encourage the production of small-berried clusters, ideal for making a bold, concentrated cabernet sauvignon with juicy red and black fruit character, and an elegantly round and seductive mid-palate


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2007 Brothers Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley is the second gem in this collection. A dash of Cabernet Franc (2%) enhances its complex balance and structure.

In the hills to the east of the small town of Cloverdale, Brother’s Ridge spans 141 acres, nearly all planted to cabernet sauvignon, with smaller amounts of merlot and cabernet franc. It’s on well-drained loam underlain by sandstone, shale, and ancient greenstone. Its elevations, approaching 1,000 feet, and its primarily western aspect perfectly situate the vines to capture the full warmth and light of the afternoon sun, ripening cabernet well into the chocolate and black fruit profile, with exceptional richness

And the third in this trio is coming soon. Look out world!


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Beautiful and beguiling, sultry with a touch of coyish kink, young vocalist Maude Maggart, who first captivated Oak Room audiences six years ago with her “transformative interpretations” of the Great American Songbook, returns with a new show exploring varieties of romantic experience.

Proving once again that when it comes to voice, size doesn’t matter. Maggart’s vocal instrument makes up for low decibels with a unique vocal quality, filled with unexpected emotional nuances an an uncanny rapport with her audience.
Sporting a new hairdo and an eye-catching red gown, cut low in the back, the evening begins with a playful riff on Irving Berlin’s “Everybody’s Doin It.” Ms.Maggart continues with such Sinatra classics as “The Lady Is A Tramp,” “The Best is Yet To Come” and “I Wished On The Moon” (recorded by Sinatra with lyrics by Algonquin Round Table doyenne Dorothy Parker). Two by Stephen Sondheim, “More” and “Everybody Says Don’t,”come off with a contrast of humor and humility. But neither can match the poignancy of an exquisite rendition of Sondheim’s “Anyone Can Whistle” which is withheld till much later in the program.

The mood shifts to the 20s, an iconic era for Maude, “A New Kind of Man with a New Kind of Love for Me” and shuttles to the most subtle rendition of Cole Porter’s “Down In The Depths” we’ve encounted in many years.

Maude is beautifully accompanied on piano by John Boswell. The Oak Room does it again. Great value, ever improving food and service, and an array of acts that never disappoint. Maude Maggart is a delight. Don’t miss her.

Shows—from February 15th to March 12th–are Tuesday through Thursday at 8:30 and Friday and Saturday at 8:30 and 11, with dinner seating at 7 and drinks seating at 8. There is a $50 cover charge per person plus either a $30 food and beverage minimum or a $60 prix fixe dinner. Reservations: 212 419 9331 or bmcgurn@algonquinhotel.com

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BEST OF 2010!




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Four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein and six-time Emmy Award nominee Jeffrey Tambor are the new stars of the Tony Award-winning revival of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES.  Tambor and Fierstein begin performances tomorrow night at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street). 

Also joining the cast tomorrow night are Mike McShane as M. Dindon/M. Renaud and Tony Award-winner Wilson Jermaine Heredia (Rent) as Jacob.

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES features music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and book by Harvey Fierstein, based on the play by Jean Poiret.  This production is choreographed by Lynne Page and directed by Terry Johnson, who won a 2010 Tony Award for his direction. 

Harvey Fierstein (Albin and Author) is a four-time Tony Award and Drama Desk Award-winning writer and actor.  His plays include Torch Song Trilogy, A Catered Affair, Legs Diamond and Spookhouse.  He won the Humanitas Award for his HBO animated special, “The Sissy Duckling,” which is also available as a children’s book.  His acting film and TV credits include Mrs. Doubtfire, Independence Day, “Nurse Jackie,” “Cheers”.  On Broadway he’s starred in Hairspray, Fiddler on the Roof, Torch Song Trilogy and Safe Sex.   Mr. Fierstein was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2008.  When asked to take over the role of Zaza he’d written back in 1982 he said, “Be careful what you do in your youth. It may come back to bite you in the end!” He dedicates his performance to all the ZAZAs who have come before him.

Jeffrey Tambor (Georges) made his New York theatre debut in Sly Fox, with George C. Scott, appeared in Measure For Measure (NY Shakespeare Festival), and returned to Broadway in 2005 with Glengarry Glen Ross (Tony for Best Revival of a Play, Drama Desk for Outstanding Ensemble). His film career spans And Justice For All, Meet Joe Black, Pollock, The Hangover and Tangled. His television credits include “The Larry Sanders Show,” “Arrested Development,” “Max Headroom and Entourage.”

Mike McShane (M. Dindon/M. Renaud). “Whose Line is it Anyway UK,” “ER” and “Seinfeld.” Mike has performed on the West End in Little Shop of Horrors and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Films include Prince of Thieves, Office Space, Tom & Huck and Big Trouble.  He is a member of the Antaeus Theater Company.

Wilson Jermaine Heredia (Jacob). Broadway/West End: Rent, (1996 Tony Award Best Featured Actor in a Musical, 1999 Olivier Nomination). Film: Rent 2005 (Critics Choice Award Nomination), Descent, Flawless, Girl From The Naked Eye, I Am Bad, Nailed (Producer), Johnny Was, Went to Coney Island On A Mission From God, Imurders. Television: “Without A Trace,” “Medium,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “Spin City.”

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES made Tony Awards history last year as the first show to ever win the Tony Award three times for best production. The classic musical comedy won six Tony Awards in 1984, including Best Musical. A Broadway revival won two 2005 Tony Awards including the Best Revival of a Musical prize. LA CAGE won three 2010 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Director of a Musical (Terry Johnson).  
LA CAGE is also the winner of three Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Revival of a Musical and Outstanding Costume Design (Matthew Wright), four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Outstanding Revival of a Musical, Outstanding Director of a Musical (Terry Johnson) and Outstanding Costume Design (Matthew Wright) and the Drama League Award for Distinguished Revival of a Musical.

The production has also been cited as one of the Top 10 productions of 2010 by The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, NY1 and Time Out New York.

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES stars Harvey Fierstein as Albin, Jeffrey Tambor as Georges; Mike McShane as M. Dindon/M. Renaud; Alyce Beasley as Mme. Dindon/Mme. Renaud; Chris Hoch as Francis; Elena Shaddow as Anne; A.J. Shively as Jean-Michel; Christine Andreas as Jacqueline; Wilson Jermaine Heredia as Jacob; Heather Lindell as Colette; Michael Lowney as Etienne and Bruce Winant as Tabarro.  

Also starring as the notorious and dangerous Cagelles are Matt Anctil as Angelique, Nicholas Cunningham as Hanna, Sean Patrick Doyle as Chantal, Yurel Echezarreta as Phaedra, Logan Keslar as Bitelle and Terry Lavell as Mercedes.   The production also features Christophe Caballero, Todd Lattimore, Dale Hensley, Caitlin Mundth and Cheryl Stern.  

Georges (Jeffrey Tambor) is the suave owner of a glitzy drag club on the French Riviera. Partnered romantically with his high-strung star performer, Albin (Harvey Fierstein), the pair live a charmed life—until Georges’ son announces his engagement to the daughter of a conservative right-wing politician who’s coming to dinner.

Nicholas Cunningham is appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association. The producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance to this production.

PS Classics, the label dedicated to the heritage of Broadway and American popular song, released the New Broadway Cast Recording for LA CAGE AUX FOLLES on September 28. The recording is produced by PS Classics co-founder Tommy KraskerPS Classics co-founder Philip Chaffin serves as Executive Producer. 

The original production of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES was one of Broadway’s biggest hits of the 1980s.  It opened August 21, 1983 at the Palace Theatre, where it played for over four years and 1,761 performances.  The show won six Tony Awards in 1984, including Best Musical, Best Score (Jerry Herman) and Best Book (Harvey Fierstein).       

The new production of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES played from November 23, 2007 to March 8, 2008 at the Menier Chocolate Factory, earning across the board raves and moving to the West End’s Playhouse Theatre on October 30, 2008, where it was nominated for seven 2009 Olivier Awards, winning for Best Musical Revival and Best Actor in a Musical for Douglas Hodge and won the 2009 Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Best Musical.   The Broadway production opened at the Longacre Theatre on April 18, 2010. 

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES features set design by Tim Shortall, costume design by Matthew Wright, lighting design by Nick Richings, sound design by Jonathan Deans and wig and makeup design by Richard Mawbey.   Musical supervision, orchestrations and dance arrangements are by Jason Carr.  Musical director is Todd Ellison. 

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, David Babani, Fran and Barry Weissler and Edwin W. Schloss, Bartner/Tulchin, Broadway Across America, Matthew Mitchell, Raise the Roof 4 Richard Winkler/Bensinger Taylor/Laudenslager Bergère, Arlene Scanlan/John O’Boyle, Independent Presenters Network, Olympus Theatricals, Allen Spivak, Jerry Frankel/Bat-Barry Productions, Nederlander Presentations, Inc/Harvey Weinstein. 

Tickets ($140.00- $39.50; Premium $251.50; Table Seating $251.50) are on sale through Telecharge.com at 212-239-6200, online at www.telecharge.com/lacage and at the Longacre Theatre box office (220 West 48th Street).  Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00 PM, with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2:30 PM, Sunday at 3:00 PM. 

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Veritas Reopens With Chef Sam Hazen’s World Class Cooking to Complement A World-Class Wine Cellar

In vino veritas is a Latin phrase that translates, “in wine [there is the] truth.” In today’s New York City, Veritas, is an esteemed Manhattan wine-restaurant, that has reopened, with a fresh new approach, under the watchful eye of new owner and Executive Chef Sam Hazen, (Below)veritas ChefSamHazen

All Photo Credits: Mr.. Geert Teuwen

Address: 43 E. 20th St., between Broadway and Park Ave. S.
New York, NY, 10003
Telephone: (212) 353-3700
Website:  http://www.veritas-nyc.com
Email: info@veritas-nyc.com
Cuisine: Contemporary American
Executive Chef & Owner: Sam Hazen
Chef de Cuisine: Alexander Williamson (Compass, Morimoto, Gramercy Tavern) 
Pastry Chef: Emily Wallendjack
General Manager: Aaron Zebrook
Head Sommelier: Rubén Sanz Ramiro
Sommelier: Alexandria Cubbage
Partners: Park B. Smith (Founding Partner), Arthur Aidala, Esq.
Hours: 5 PM – 12 AM Monday – Saturday
Closed on Sunday
Number of Seats: Dining Room: 50
Bar: 10 bar stools – Communal table of 10
Wine List: Over 3,000 selections
Number of Bottles: 75,000
Design Firm: crème design (2010)


 The Warm, Inviting Dining Room, Below.

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After an 11 year run, Veritas the Faberge-dining spot with its wine-centered menu closed. Recently reopened and reinvented by owner and Executive Chef Sam Hazen, Veritas serves classy, contemporary American fare, with just enough bells and whistles to wow the most jaded foodie and has replaced the expensive prix fixe format with an affordable à la carte and bar menu. Veritas’ unparalleled wine cellar, boasting more than 3,000 selections (and 75,000 bottles), is accompanied by a rotating market selection of wines under $100.

With Veritas, Chef Hazen is returning to his roots and doing the kind of cooking he enjoys, in an intimate, elegant setting. Chef Hazen’s background includes such iconic restaurants as La Côte Basque and London’s Michelin three-star Le Gavroche, as well as critically acclaimed Cascabel and The Quilted Giraffe, among others. Hazen is more recently known for two of the biggest restaurant successes in the country: Tao New York and Tao Las Vegas.

Redesigned by crème design (Garces Trading Company, Rayuela, Komegashi), Veritas has been reconceived as a warm, elegant and inviting space. The restaurant features off-white brick and chalkboard-black walls accented with cork patchwork created by Julien Gardair A hallway connecting the lively front bar and the intimate dining room is framed with walls of wine bottles, giving guests the impression of entering a cellar. Other elements include a communal table in the bar area, espresso-colored wood tables and softly lit pendant lights. Park B. Smith, the restaurant’s founder and partner will continue to make his extraordinary
wine collection available for Veritas’ reserve list.

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Veritas offers beautifully prepared, accessible food incorporating such top notch, quality ingredients as Vermont Creamery butter, tea from Serendipitea (including a Veritas blend), coffee from Kobricks, and bread from Sullivan Bakery. In the kitchen are local produce from Union Square Greenmarket, meat from Debragga & Spitler and Niman Ranch.

Whereas most restaurants design their wine lists to pair with the food, Chef Hazen was inspired by Veritas’ cellar when he created the new menu.

A gift from the kitchen, barely sautéed foie gras on house-made brioche French toast in a delicate pickled ligonberrie sauce was worthy of New York’s finest restaurant kitchens, With it we enjoyed a clever play on the classic :French 75,” here incorporating gin, rather than brandy.

Starters portions are generous and exceptional. You may want to order two, followed by a main plate (if your hungry), as we did, accompanied by wines, from the excellent wine-by-the-glass list, and selected by the terrific  Sommelier Rubén Sanz. By all means start with Chilled Oyster Escabeche with Candied Lemon, Tomato and Cilantro . Served on thick rounds of fresh lemon, each oyster is pristinely fresh and the sauce is light and accommodating. A Spanish white was clean and delicious as its companion. (Benito Santos, Albariño,‘Igrexario de Saiar’).

Another must is a blend of Jonah crab and Venezuela blue crabmeat, in a magical mix of lemon jam, black olives and peppadew peppers. This dish shows chef Hazen’s deft hand in seasoning, an art so many newer chefs have yet to master. A Craggy Range, Sauvignon Blanc, ‘Te Muna’  New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc was a perfect friend.

 veritas Ocean and Land The Ocean & Land, (Shown Above), features a brioche-crusted lobster draped over roasted bone marrow and has a richness that pairs exceptionally well with a medium-bodied Burgundy: (A marriage made in wine/food  heaven). We were impressed with a Bernard Morey, Chassagne-Montrachet: focused and well balanced, it’s buttery finish was a perfect companion to the lobster/marrow union.

Beef In Transition showcases three different cuts, textures and cooking techniques: classic beef tartar, peppered sirloin with Cognac mustard, and short rib sliders. It is a splendid trio of mouthwatering  tidbits, lovely to look at and exhibits chef Hazen’s contemporary style at its best. It lends itself to a full-bodied Châteauneuf-du-Pape. If available, we also loved a delightful blend from Tuscany of 50% Sangiovese and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Beef In Transition (Above)

IF Stuffed Squid is a special, you’ll enjoy the balance of sweet and tart that perfectly match an aromatic, dry Riesling, The deceptively simple and decidedly delectable Belle Rouge Chicken with Potato Leek Cake proves that less is more and works beautifully with a sturdy white, medium red, rose or sparkler. We adored an elegant Priorat Vall Llach ‘Embruix’  from the house’s excellent collection.

veritas Belle Rouge ChickenThe Amazing Belle Rouge Chicken, Above,

Our favorite main course was the incredible  Maple-Brined Wooly Pig, with Charred Tomato, and Wilted Butter Lettuce, where rare pork contrasted crispy neck meat , A fine Chateau de Pez Saint-Estephe was a perfect fit.

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Farmers’ Market Tasting / Inspired by Union Square Greenmarket For Vegetable Lovers

At the bar, a selection of wine-friendly small plates and bar snacks are on hand, such as Duck Fat Fries, Chicken Livers, a decadent pâté made with Belle Rouge chicken livers and served with pickled Cipollini onions, and a Veritas Steak Tartare.
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Veritas cheese selection & Honeycomb, Marcona Almonds, Nut Fruit Bread, Accompanied By Dessert Wines
By The Glass or Bottle

Pastry Chef Emily Wallendjack (Nougatine, Pierre Hermé, Cookshop) prepares seasonal desserts that mirror Chef Hazen’s comforting classics including an Heirloom Apple Crisp with cinnamon and crème fraîche ice cream, and a Goat’s Milk Panna Cotta with Port-glazed figs and local honey. Cookies & Hot Chocolate with House Made Marshmallows are the best in town.

veritas apple crumbleHeirloom Apple Crisp  (Above)


Working with Veritas’ world-famous wine cellar, Head Sommelier Rubén Sanz Ramiro (The Monday Room, Public, The Fat Duck, )  organizes special wine dinners with producers, centered around vertical tastings, or as an opportunity to open outstanding magnums.
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Head Sommelier Rubén Sanz  (Above)

To complement the wine list,  a cocktail menu of classic libations and a small selection of local beers, amaros, cognacs and grappas are also available.

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Veritas accommodates 10 guests at the bar (and 10 more at the bar’s communal table); 50 in the dining room.

Always one of New York’s most unique restaurants, thanks to Mr.Hazen’s noteworthy kitchen, an awesome wine selection and some of the most benevolent and polished service in town, Veritas is better than ever and receives The Walman Report’s highest award for fine dining: A Major.


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