Dafni Greek Taverna

★★★★★
Dafni Taverna, conveniently located in the heart of Times Square and the theatre district, provides a dining experience reminiscent of a small village in Greece. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, from the beamed ceiling to the wood plank floor, from the exposed brick wall to the soft Greek music playing in the background. Chef Thomas Xanthopoulos brings years of experience at some of the most renowned Greek restaurants in Manhattan, including sixteen years at Periyali. The management team includes George Andriotis, with close to thirty years ownership experience in American and Mediterranean restaurants in Manhattan and Long Island. Antonis Antoniadis has over twenty years of experience in some of the city�s popular Greek restaurants.
  • 325 W 42nd St

    New York, NY 10036

    Map & Directions
  • 212-315-1010

About Dafni Greek Taverna

Hours
LUNCH Mon-Sun: 11:00am-3:45pm DINNER Mon-Thu: 4:00pm-11:00pm Fri-Sat: 4:00pm-12:00am Sunday: 4:00pm-10:00pm

Food

Food
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The chicken was dry, overcooked and bland. The shrimp was tough, overcooked and bland. The food overall was very disappointing. However, what makes this one of the worst dining experiences in NYC was the service. The waiter was

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★★★★★

The chicken was dry, overcooked and bland. The shrimp was tough, overcooked and bland. The food overall was very disappointing. However, what makes this one of the worst dining experiences in NYC was the service. The waiter was

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The food was out of this world, prepared perfectly and quickly but they had no problem if you just wanted to sit and savor the surroundings either. The price was also so reasonable that it took me by surprise as to the beautiful preparation, presentation and the generous portions that you received.

The staff were simply wonderful, never rushed you, were thoughtful and truly liked each other so everyone smiled and helped everyone else. Each seemed to have the same purpose -- do everything they could to make their guests feel like family. The person who greeted me, a lovely woman with an amazing smile and even more enchanting personality remembered my calling that morning to see if there was a "table for one on Valentine's Day." No matter what the situation, none of the staff ever missed a beat or a chance to help with a wine or dish selection or just taking a moment to make the guest feel like they were the only person in the room. Simply no games and no pretense.

I travel to NYC quite often and travel on business all over the U.S. and Europe. I have never had grilled octopus as good as that prepared at Dafni and will go back again and again just for that. In fact, after my first visit, I went back two evenings later to enjoy one last great meal before heading home. Coming back that second time was like I had been coming for years. I could not believe the staff even remembered me. Some stopped by just to say hello and welcome back, and again being alone was able to watch them interact with other guests. Whether you are a table of one or bringing all your friends and family this is the place that works hard to make it a special night to remember.

I highly recommend it and cannot wait to get back into Manhattan and do it again!

2
★★★★★

The food was out of this world, prepared perfectly and quickly but they had no problem if you just wanted to sit and savor the surroundings either. The price was also so reasonable that it took me by surprise as to the beautiful preparation, presentation and the generous portions that you received.

The staff were simply wonderful, never rushed you, were thoughtful and truly liked each other so everyone smiled and helped everyone else. Each seemed to have the same purpose -- do everything they could to make their guests feel like family. The person who greeted me, a lovely woman with an amazing smile and even more enchanting personality remembered my calling that morning to see if there was a "table for one on Valentine's Day." No matter what the situation, none of the staff ever missed a beat or a chance to help with a wine or dish selection or just taking a moment to make the guest feel like they were the only person in the room. Simply no games and no pretense.

I travel to NYC quite often and travel on business all over the U.S. and Europe. I have never had grilled octopus as good as that prepared at Dafni and will go back again and again just for that. In fact, after my first visit, I went back two evenings later to enjoy one last great meal before heading home. Coming back that second time was like I had been coming for years. I could not believe the staff even remembered me. Some stopped by just to say hello and welcome back, and again being alone was able to watch them interact with other guests. Whether you are a table of one or bringing all your friends and family this is the place that works hard to make it a special night to remember.

I highly recommend it and cannot wait to get back into Manhattan and do it again!

Pros: The best food, great wine list and service is impeccable

Cons: None

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A friend just called asking whether I knew any good Greek restaurants near where she was, and I just sent her over to Dafni--so I thought I'd finally write a review! I stumbled across the restauarant several months ago before catching a movie nearby with a friend. My friend is super-picky but looked at the menu and figured it would do--he ended up loving it! Since then we've been back many times. The various spreads and the grape leaves are fantastic, and the other appetizers are good too. I look forward to trying more things on the menu. I did try a lamb special once, but it was just cooked with lemon--personally I think lamb needs much stronger spices than that since otherwise it has an offputting smell. So I wasn't a big fan of that dish, but otherwise my experience has been good. The staff is great, very warm & attentive, and the atmosphere is intimate & cozy. Highly recommend checking the place out!

2
★★★★☆

A friend just called asking whether I knew any good Greek restaurants near where she was, and I just sent her over to Dafni--so I thought I'd finally write a review! I stumbled across the restauarant several months ago before catching a movie nearby with a friend. My friend is super-picky but looked at the menu and figured it would do--he ended up loving it! Since then we've been back many times. The various spreads and the grape leaves are fantastic, and the other appetizers are good too. I look forward to trying more things on the menu. I did try a lamb special once, but it was just cooked with lemon--personally I think lamb needs much stronger spices than that since otherwise it has an offputting smell. So I wasn't a big fan of that dish, but otherwise my experience has been good. The staff is great, very warm & attentive, and the atmosphere is intimate & cozy. Highly recommend checking the place out!

Pros: ambiance, friendly staff, try the spreads

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I have been to Dafni many, many times. I have been there both for lunch and for dinner. The menu has such a variety that you would never be disappointed. I just love all the greek appetizers - just like you find in Greece. I have tried just about everyting on the menu and have quite a few favorites. My meal wouldn't be complete without the Melizanosalata - eggplant spreas and Piperies - roasted peppers with feta or Giganted - baked beans with tomato sauce. The grilled meat dishes are so tender and cooked with just the right spices cooked to perfection. The fish is always very fresh and also cooked to perfection! Whenever I do have room for dessert I ways get the galaktoboureko. Not only do I love the food but the staff is very friendly and the ambiance is outstanding. Try it, trust me, you will love it as much as I do - you won't be disappointed.

2
★★★★★

I have been to Dafni many, many times. I have been there both for lunch and for dinner. The menu has such a variety that you would never be disappointed. I just love all the greek appetizers - just like you find in Greece. I have tried just about everyting on the menu and have quite a few favorites. My meal wouldn't be complete without the Melizanosalata - eggplant spreas and Piperies - roasted peppers with feta or Giganted - baked beans with tomato sauce. The grilled meat dishes are so tender and cooked with just the right spices cooked to perfection. The fish is always very fresh and also cooked to perfection! Whenever I do have room for dessert I ways get the galaktoboureko. Not only do I love the food but the staff is very friendly and the ambiance is outstanding. Try it, trust me, you will love it as much as I do - you won't be disappointed.

Pros: Greatest greek food in the NY area!!

Cons: None as far as I can say

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I've tried many different dishes at the restaurant and have not been disappointed with any of them. From the charcoal grill I've had the souvlaki which was cooked just right and the portion was substanial. For a side dish I got the potatoes which were seasoned to perfection. As an appetizer I have ordered the grilled octopus which was very tender and tasty.
If you like desserts they are all very good but the one dessert that stands out for me is their rice pudding......OMG!!! I never liked rice pudding before until I tried Dafni's. I'm a fan forever.
I have sent many of my friends to the restaurant and they all have been very pleased as well. So try it you won't be disappointed!!

2
★★★★★

I've tried many different dishes at the restaurant and have not been disappointed with any of them. From the charcoal grill I've had the souvlaki which was cooked just right and the portion was substanial. For a side dish I got the potatoes which were seasoned to perfection. As an appetizer I have ordered the grilled octopus which was very tender and tasty.
If you like desserts they are all very good but the one dessert that stands out for me is their rice pudding......OMG!!! I never liked rice pudding before until I tried Dafni's. I'm a fan forever.
I have sent many of my friends to the restaurant and they all have been very pleased as well. So try it you won't be disappointed!!

Pros: The Whole dining experience is wonderful!

Cons: There aren't any cons as far as I'm concerned!

 

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