This time we'll be going to Tamba Indian Grill and Bar, a fine Indian place in Murray Hill. They have both vegetarian and meat dishes. A menu is here.
A $5 deposit is required to RSVP, which will be refunded in cash at the event, 10 minutes after it starts. No-shows and latecomers forfeit their deposit. If you change your RSVP to "no" more than 24 hours before the event, you will receive a refund electronically.
Note that if you are on the wait list and a spot opens up, you will not be automatically promoted to a "Yes" RSVP. You will have to pay your $5 deposit to become a "Yes" when a spot opens up, so be vigilant.
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