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1 Darbar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.darbarny.com
  • Phone: (212) 681-4500
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am-4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday, Sunday: 4:00pm-10:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm-11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Executive Chef: Apu Gomez
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: We cater for all functions; birthdays, graduations, sweet sixteen, engagement, wedding etc. of any size
  • Private Party Facilities: Private and semi-private available
  • Private Party Contact: Mike (212) 681-4500

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 3rd & Lexington
  • Public Transit: Grand Central
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is a parking garage just opposite us and street parking is also available
A word from 1 Darbar
Reviewers and patrons consistently give high marks to this cozy, bi-level restaurant & lounge. Highly Zagat rated, 1 Darbar is a superb choice for Indian food with great ambiance and service. A lavish $10.95 lunch buffet with new and delicious dishes served everyday. Dinner from $10 and up. We look forward to seeing you soon.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "This is an awesome local Indian restaurant. My girlfriend and I recently became really interested in Indian food and we were not disappointed at Darbar. The service was amazing and the food was also on point. We ordered chicken tikka masala and it was the right texture and thickness. Some other places make it really watery, but it was not the case at Darbar. I would definitely recommend it if you're looking for a neighborhood gem."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Was quite good for the purpose intended - quick dinner before the movie. Authentic Indian flavors but the chicken was overcooked and dry unlike the goat meat that was much better."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I don't recommend this place the cost of food and service were not good. There are much better place in the city."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Intimate atomsphere. Nice wine list, fabulous food!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "If you want a white cloth service, then this is the place"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Steadily good food and service. We keep coming back."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Darbar is a go to place for me! I brought an out of town guest and we both enjoyed the meal!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Went here with some work colleagues.. Good good and service..recommended"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Excellent meal, lamb Rogan Josh in particular. Great service and value for money. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We initially looked up this restaurant as we wanted something different and we honestly have been disappointed in most Indian restaurants we have been to recently. The location was relatively easy to find and upon arriving they seated us upstairs right away. The food was okay and while it did taste good what weighs down on the overall rating of the food was the price. We felt that for what we paying we should have gotten a lot more. We understand it is NY however, we would expect that spending roughly $100 would fill us up and not have us looking for another meal shortly after."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Ate hear before seeing a play in the Theater District. The food was filling and burned some of it off walking to the theater. Good: -1000 point RSVP on OpenTable.com -Samosa appetizers (2 per order) -Cheese & Garlin Naan was yummy -Chicken Vindaloo -Shrimp Curry was great -Palek Paneer -Good Lunch buffet price/value -Service was great (the waiter plates your food initially) -Decor and detail in the restaurant/bar are tasteful yet elegant Bad: -Prepare to pay midtown prices for the food, $100+ night for two people -Update the online menu to show all the choices "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "the naan were especially good here (prob because of the extra oil, but nevermind that...). had the lamb vindaloo, cauliflower korma, and chicken tiki masala and all were great. the vindaloo was a little different from others I have had, not bad, just different. everything else was great, service was fantastic"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "The chicken soup (CHICKEN PALAK SORBA) was out of this world. Everything was great and the prices were pretty moderate for NY."
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "We stayed in Midtown for our Easter weekend vacation and picked this place from many via Open Table options for Indian food. We were very pleased with everything including the menu, service, atmosphere and taste. We appreciated that the server dished out the initial serving on our plates. It made us feel special. Keep in mind that everything was definitely on the spicy side, even my son's tandoori chicken and they didn't ask for a spice level preference. We really scored with the 1,000 Open Table points as well. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We ate after 8:30 pm on a weeknight. I booked thru open table and left in the comments that it was my son's birthday and I wanted to surprise him at desert. Dinner was very very good, my son a vegetarian, also enjoyed it. I had the tandoori chicken, and it was so much --almost a whole half chicken, that I took half home. Garlic naan was very garlicky. After the meal, they surprised my son with a birthday cheesecake slice and took the time to write happy birthday on the plate, found a candle and sang HB with his name. We also had a very good corner booth table. Value for money is very good and it was a comfortable not too loud environment for getting to know someone."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The food this time was a bit different. wonder if the chef changed.."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "My wife and I truly enjoyed 1 Darbar and will return again & again! The service was excellent and food matched. Terrific place for tasty Indian food."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "Onion fritters were moist and tasty and the cauliflower appetizer the same. Mains of chicken and vegetable korma were also up to standard. Comfortable, if not opulent surroundings and pleasant steady service. Been that way for many years. Glad it hadn't changed."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Darbar provides very good food and a relatively quiet place to enjoy authentic Indian fare in Midtown east. I was there for dinner but I have also heard that the lunch scene is less quiet, but equally good for a midtown escape."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "GREAT food, great service. Nicely priced. We'll be back."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "Have been here several times when in New York. Appetizers and entrees always delicious and service is consistently good. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "If you and your loved one, or special person enjoy good, quality Indian food, this is the place to go! I decided to go with their house specialty plate, the beet root something. MAN was that a good choice! Even after I finished off the 4 beet roots (believe, that was a enough already), I ate the remaining sauce like it was a stew! Mmmmm,mmmmm! A+"
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Darbar was a lovely place for a good meal in a quiet room. I would certainly go back again, although there are several very good Indian restaurants in the neighborhood."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "Darbar is a great find in the midtown area for really EXCELLENT Indian food. The service is very good and the atmosphere is very pleasing. We will certainly go back again very soon."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "We have a favourite Indian restaurant in the UK and this more than matched it. The Lamb Bhuna was exceptional as were the Beetroot Koftas. The rack of lamb was tasty if a little dry. Wow - the mint and tomato dips for poppadoms were much more exciting than the what we get in the UK. We had a fabulous experience from start to finish with attentive yet unobtrusive service."
    Dined on 11/26/2013
  • "I really liked 1 Darbar. I love good Indian food, but I don't go for the really hot spicy stuff, and what I had here was perfect. The Chicken Korma was delicious, spiced perfectly, and very tender. The rice was perfect, and some of the best Naan bread I've ever had. Good drinks from the bar, too."
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "Food - good, but as an indian, thought it could be spiced better - definitely Americanized. The service was good and fast. We were in a hurry and they were quick as they could be without cutting corners. The space was nice and table was in a good place. For the foos however, I have to note that it was pretty overpriced. A meat dish was $18, different from and higher than online prices btw. Average is usually 13/14 - so not sure why it was so high. Otherwise - I cant really complain. If you like great service with pretty decent indian food - you should go here."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "We were staying at the Marriott Eastside and decided to give the Darbar a shot because it was close to our location. It's not the best Indian food that we've had, but it was decent for the price. We had the butter chicken and the chicken tikka masala with mango lassi. All of them were pretty good. The ambience here is really fantastic, though. I would recommend if you're not especially picky or selective about your Indian food."
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "The flavors were wonderful without a lot of hot spices. We enjoyed the specials of the restaurant, They were different and very tasty. The tandoori Lamb was great as well as the special appetizers."
    Dined on 10/24/2013
  • "I gave my name when I walked in but was told I didn't have a reservation. Odd. I showed the hostess the reservation confirmation on my cell phone and she just shrugged. It was a good thing we had an early dinner and the place was almost empty, otherwise we may not have had a table. The attitude about this was rude."
    Dined on 9/17/2013
  • "Food was not up to par and the embiance could use some updating. Staff was exceptional. Always made sure we had what we needed."
    Dined on 9/9/2013
  • "Nice quiet place in Midtown with wonderful food & great service!"
    Dined on 9/4/2013
  • "It was our last meal in NYC and wanted to try this Indian joint that was in the middle of a business district. We got about 30 minutes after they just closed out the buffet which we were not aiming for. We ended up being attended to by the owner/manager and he was very polite. We ordered Biryani and a Chicken Special and we were pleasantly surprised with the flavor and the serving. The server checked on us regularly and he even put food on our plates and made us feel like we are rich people for a moment. I am not as big of a fan with Indian food as much as my girlfriend but this restaurant was bar none very good. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone in Manhattan"
    Dined on 9/4/2013
  • "Good place for a quiet Indian dinner. Service was excellent, with receptionist paying attention as we arrived and courteous service at table."
    Dined on 8/18/2013
  • "My husband and I have eaten at 1 Darbar twice and it was a really great experience both times. The food and service are superb. The bottom floor is a bit cramped but all in all I would recommend this place without hesitation."
    Dined on 8/18/2013
  • "Excellent 4 course dinner for NYC restaurant week. Awesome service, and very tatsty food."
    Dined on 8/1/2013
  • "Great kebabs, lamb and samosas. Service was super."
    Dined on 7/28/2013
  • "Overall everything was pretty good and I would visit this place again. The food was excellent and the service was good. The only problem that I had was when I went to pay the bill. One of the servers, not the one tending to my table for night, took the check and brought it back to ask about a tip because I didn't put it on the bill since I was leaving it in cash. It was very awkward and tacky. Needless to say they lost some of the money on there tip. Other then that everything was excellent."
    Dined on 7/27/2013
  • "Being Indian, I've sampled my homeland's cuisine at various establishments around the world. Sometimes I've been please, and sometimes not. Fortunately, 1 Darbar exceeded my expectations. I won't go into detail because I'm too lazy and impatient, but I have no complaints. The food and service were great, and the price was reasonable (~$80 for 3 people)."
    Dined on 7/27/2013
  • "I have been to the restaurant many times over several years, the last being about one year ago. I was disappointed in the food this time as it just wasn't up to its prior standards. It was okay but no longer great. The service was fine. One can only assume there must have been a change in the chef/cooking staff. Unfortunately, I won't be returning to the restaurant on my next NYC visits. I shall search out better options for Indian cuisine."
    Dined on 7/26/2013