Dawat

★★★★☆
  • 210 E 58th St

    New York, NY 10022

    Cross street: nr. Third Ave.

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  • 212-355-7555

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Dawat is a beautiful restaurant with generally impeccable service (exception in a minute), however the food is no better or worse than your average Indian place, and the prices are astronomical. We went during restaurant week, and even with the special paid $50 per person for vegetarian food! Seriously, you may want to go just to laugh at the prices... $5 for a small bowl of plain Basmati rice with no saffron!!! Also, while we were trying to finish our wine after dinner the manager came up and asked us to please move to the bar- very rude! Apparently we were lingering too long in their fine establishment! Overall, I won't go back- just too expensive.

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★★★☆☆

Dawat is a beautiful restaurant with generally impeccable service (exception in a minute), however the food is no better or worse than your average Indian place, and the prices are astronomical. We went during restaurant week, and even with the special paid $50 per person for vegetarian food! Seriously, you may want to go just to laugh at the prices... $5 for a small bowl of plain Basmati rice with no saffron!!! Also, while we were trying to finish our wine after dinner the manager came up and asked us to please move to the bar- very rude! Apparently we were lingering too long in their fine establishment! Overall, I won't go back- just too expensive.

Pros: Pleasant atmosphere, Comfortable

Cons: , Limited dessert menu, Samosas are small!

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New to Manhattan and having problems finding kickass chicken tikka masala and seekh kabobs. I ordered takeout from this place. So far, this is the best I've had. The seekh kabobs are seasoned well. The chicken tikka masala is very good. The raita is awesome; kind of tangy too. The restaurant was very lively and full for a Wednesday night. I definitely will be back to dine in. Kind of on the expensive side, but what do you expect for midtown??

2
★★★★☆

New to Manhattan and having problems finding kickass chicken tikka masala and seekh kabobs. I ordered takeout from this place. So far, this is the best I've had. The seekh kabobs are seasoned well. The chicken tikka masala is very good. The raita is awesome; kind of tangy too. The restaurant was very lively and full for a Wednesday night. I definitely will be back to dine in. Kind of on the expensive side, but what do you expect for midtown??

Pros: Good Seekh kabobs

Cons: Pricey

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My parents were visiting from India, so I took them to New York's best rated Indian restaurant. Amongst others, we ordered two completely different dishes, one chicken and one shrimp, from different parts of India, and they arrived with the exact same sauce. There are so many better Indian restaurants than Dawat!

1
★★★☆☆

My parents were visiting from India, so I took them to New York's best rated Indian restaurant. Amongst others, we ordered two completely different dishes, one chicken and one shrimp, from different parts of India, and they arrived with the exact same sauce. There are so many better Indian restaurants than Dawat!

Pros: Ambience

Cons: Price, Lack of variety

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The food and service at Dawat is great.I have had a brief tenure in India and in the short period I was there I fell in love with Indian Cuisine.The food at Dawat is amongst the best I have had.The service staff is polite, gracious and well informed.Over all a great place to savour Indian cuisine.

2
★★★★★

The food and service at Dawat is great.I have had a brief tenure in India and in the short period I was there I fell in love with Indian Cuisine.The food at Dawat is amongst the best I have had.The service staff is polite, gracious and well informed.Over all a great place to savour Indian cuisine.

Pros: Jaffreys special, knowledgeable staff

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The food is good, but the service is cloying and pushy. The waiters try their hardest to sell you the most expensive option on the menu. In light of the price, you will absolutely be happier somewhere else. Even Chola next door is better. If you are looking for an elegant atmosphere try Tamarind and if you are looking for just really good food in a fun/hip atmosphere, try Mirchi. Don't go here - so overrated!

1
★★★☆☆

The food is good, but the service is cloying and pushy. The waiters try their hardest to sell you the most expensive option on the menu. In light of the price, you will absolutely be happier somewhere else. Even Chola next door is better. If you are looking for an elegant atmosphere try Tamarind and if you are looking for just really good food in a fun/hip atmosphere, try Mirchi. Don't go here - so overrated!

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Food was nothing I expected it to be.\nTaking a clue from Tamarind and Amma, I thought Dawat would be similar.\nNada!\nOld school and old food and service that would have been tolerable if the food was good.

1
★★★☆☆

Food was nothing I expected it to be.\nTaking a clue from Tamarind and Amma, I thought Dawat would be similar.\nNada!\nOld school and old food and service that would have been tolerable if the food was good.

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I have been going to Dawat for the past four years. In a city where Indian food is polarized betweeen dives in Littel India and upper price disappointments, Dawat is the consistent and tasteful frontrunner. The waiters are attentive, and will accomodate diet requierements and taste preferences. The food is consistently high quality. I strenuously disagree with the reviewer KASSIM. Dawat is worthy of an initial visit as well as repeated ones.

2
★★★★★

I have been going to Dawat for the past four years. In a city where Indian food is polarized betweeen dives in Littel India and upper price disappointments, Dawat is the consistent and tasteful frontrunner. The waiters are attentive, and will accomodate diet requierements and taste preferences. The food is consistently high quality. I strenuously disagree with the reviewer KASSIM. Dawat is worthy of an initial visit as well as repeated ones.

Pros: consistency, quality, accomodation

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Returning to New York after 2 years, I once again went to Dawat at midtown. This bustling Indian restaurant is still pleasing. The food was marvelous, service was outstanding. Before I leave town, I will not leave without dining at Dawat.

2
★★★★★

Returning to New York after 2 years, I once again went to Dawat at midtown. This bustling Indian restaurant is still pleasing. The food was marvelous, service was outstanding. Before I leave town, I will not leave without dining at Dawat.

Pros: food, service

Cons: I can't think of any!

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Though the food was reasonably good, the decore decent and the ambiance inviting, I would have to state very strongly that this place is over-rated. The value isn't that good for the money, and one of the waiters not only aggressively pushed a wine that I didn't want but also insisted I change my choice to a more expensive wine. This sort of behaviour is not only embarrasing but also insulting. I for one do not plan to go back, there are many other places in Manhattan that have just as good food if not better, at the same prices with much better service.

1
★★☆☆☆

Though the food was reasonably good, the decore decent and the ambiance inviting, I would have to state very strongly that this place is over-rated. The value isn't that good for the money, and one of the waiters not only aggressively pushed a wine that I didn't want but also insisted I change my choice to a more expensive wine. This sort of behaviour is not only embarrasing but also insulting. I for one do not plan to go back, there are many other places in Manhattan that have just as good food if not better, at the same prices with much better service.

Pros: food, decor

Cons: service, price, food too buttery

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The food was delicious at Dawat. I feel it's one of the better Indian places in Manhattan. However, the prices for these dishes are INSANE, relative to other Indian places! Even though I enjoyed my experience, I don't think I would go back.

1
★★★☆☆

The food was delicious at Dawat. I feel it's one of the better Indian places in Manhattan. However, the prices for these dishes are INSANE, relative to other Indian places! Even though I enjoyed my experience, I don't think I would go back.

Pros: food

Cons: price

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Last night, I treated my mother to a dinner at Dawat for her birthday. My mother, who loves Indian cusine, said that the dishes at Dawat were probably the best she had tasted. We both agreed that the lamb chops cooked in the tandoor were best we had ever tasted. As for the service, the waiter was very informative about some of the exoctic dishes. Friendly ambiance and ample wine list. Overall, amazing dining experience.

2
★★★★★

Last night, I treated my mother to a dinner at Dawat for her birthday. My mother, who loves Indian cusine, said that the dishes at Dawat were probably the best she had tasted. We both agreed that the lamb chops cooked in the tandoor were best we had ever tasted. As for the service, the waiter was very informative about some of the exoctic dishes. Friendly ambiance and ample wine list. Overall, amazing dining experience.

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My boyfriend and I came here for Valentine's Day and were pretty disappointed. The food was really nice, but not good enough to justify the price or the crummy service. In their defense, they were definitely very busy, but not only did we have to wait an absurdly long time for each course, but they left out two of the items which were supposed to be included with the second course. The final blow was when the waiter brought us the check before we had even finished dessert--never mind that the only reason we were taking a long time to finish the meal was because of the extreme delay in the service of our food. I would have expected much better from a restaurant with Dawat's reputation, even on a busy night.

1
★★☆☆☆

My boyfriend and I came here for Valentine's Day and were pretty disappointed. The food was really nice, but not good enough to justify the price or the crummy service. In their defense, they were definitely very busy, but not only did we have to wait an absurdly long time for each course, but they left out two of the items which were supposed to be included with the second course. The final blow was when the waiter brought us the check before we had even finished dessert--never mind that the only reason we were taking a long time to finish the meal was because of the extreme delay in the service of our food. I would have expected much better from a restaurant with Dawat's reputation, even on a busy night.

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Although dinner for 4 (4 beers, 2 drinks, 3 apps, 4 entrees, 3 coffees and one dessert) hit $220, Id still go back. Real estate in this neck of the woods is no doubt expensive. The food was all excellent save the dessert, Kheer, was very weak. Steamed in banana leaves with coriander and other spices salmon was excellent and a huge piece. Chicken saag was also very good and a nice portion. Shrimp in a coconut sauce was delicious and a good sized potion. Cornish hen was said to be very good too. Apps were veg pakora, aloo tikyas and shrimp (I forget the prep) were all excellent and arrived at the table within 10 minutes of ordering. Onion kulcha and tandoori roti were both amongst the best Ive ever had.\nBut as I said, at $220 for 4, I feel it was a bit overpriced.

2
★★★★☆

Although dinner for 4 (4 beers, 2 drinks, 3 apps, 4 entrees, 3 coffees and one dessert) hit $220, Id still go back. Real estate in this neck of the woods is no doubt expensive. The food was all excellent save the dessert, Kheer, was very weak. Steamed in banana leaves with coriander and other spices salmon was excellent and a huge piece. Chicken saag was also very good and a nice portion. Shrimp in a coconut sauce was delicious and a good sized potion. Cornish hen was said to be very good too. Apps were veg pakora, aloo tikyas and shrimp (I forget the prep) were all excellent and arrived at the table within 10 minutes of ordering. Onion kulcha and tandoori roti were both amongst the best Ive ever had.\nBut as I said, at $220 for 4, I feel it was a bit overpriced.

Pros: not loud, not pushy

Cons: expensive

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Dawat is one of the finer dining experiences I have had in a long time. The food and service are both top-notch. I don't think there's much more to say than that.

2
★★★★★

Dawat is one of the finer dining experiences I have had in a long time. The food and service are both top-notch. I don't think there's much more to say than that.

Pros: Top-notch food, Top-notch service, Comfortable atmospher

Cons: A tad pricey

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Everytime I have been to Dawat the food has been superb. The chef's specialties are just that and I recommend ordering them. The Chicken Tikka Masala is delicious and so are the scallops. The service is also outstanding! I have been to a lot of Indian restaurants and this one ranks in my top three. The combination of the service and the food and the courteous waiters make this whole experience a must for Indian food lovers.

2
★★★★☆

Everytime I have been to Dawat the food has been superb. The chef's specialties are just that and I recommend ordering them. The Chicken Tikka Masala is delicious and so are the scallops. The service is also outstanding! I have been to a lot of Indian restaurants and this one ranks in my top three. The combination of the service and the food and the courteous waiters make this whole experience a must for Indian food lovers.

Pros: service, food

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I dined at Dawat a couple of weeks ago, and I thought the wait staff was very professional. It is an over-priced restaurant, but you pay for the excellent service and food. I felt like I was in Bombay's highend restaurant again.

2
★★★★★

I dined at Dawat a couple of weeks ago, and I thought the wait staff was very professional. It is an over-priced restaurant, but you pay for the excellent service and food. I felt like I was in Bombay's highend restaurant again.

Pros: Excellent Service

Cons: Expensive

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The food is exceptional and very tasty and even though they do take-out, it is quite an experience to dine-in! A must-do and very reasonable.

2
★★★★☆

The food is exceptional and very tasty and even though they do take-out, it is quite an experience to dine-in! A must-do and very reasonable.

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Eating at Dawat has is always a treat to the senses . It is an elegant restaurant and never disappoints in serving up flavorful indian specialties that you will not find anywhere else. The portions are huge for a restaurant in this price range. For the meat eaters out there, try the lambchops or the Raan. Just writing this makes me hungry!

2
★★★★★

Eating at Dawat has is always a treat to the senses . It is an elegant restaurant and never disappoints in serving up flavorful indian specialties that you will not find anywhere else. The portions are huge for a restaurant in this price range. For the meat eaters out there, try the lambchops or the Raan. Just writing this makes me hungry!

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Dawat means invitation to feast and for those in search of arguably the best Indian food in New York, this is the place to make your reservation. The elegant establishment, which has chef/cookbook author/TV personality Madhur Jaffrey as…

 

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