This Michelin-starred Hudson street eatery feels vaguely palace-like, with a dining room spanning over 10,000 sq feet, towering glass windows, and a spiral staircase. But beyond the granite-topped bar and the small-army-sized wait staff, Tamarind's Indian cuisine is the real draw. The selection of available small plates is vast and eclectic, offering inventive, complex takes on classic Indian dishes -- think spicy potato cakes with pomegranate and mint chutney, or rice-crepe-wrapped duck with ginger and masala. The creative spread of entrees is equally multi-layered, and each plate is accompanied by warm roti or basmati rice (there is a full menu devoted exclusively to rice and Indian bread variations). The flights of house-made chutney are certainly worth sampling and to drink, the bar will serve anything from a pepper-ginger martini, to a perfect mango lassi.