2 Darbar Grill
2 Darbar Grill

2 Darbar Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.darbargrillny.com/
  • Phone: 2127514600
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Executive Chef: Simon Gomes
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Beautiful Private Party room available which accomadates upto 50 people.
  • Private Party Contact: mike 2126814500

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 3rd and Lexington Avenues
  • Public Transit: E & V trains to 53rd Street and 4, 5 & 6 trains to 59th Street.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from 2 Darbar Grill
2 Darbar Grill is a superb choice for Indian food with great ambiance and service.
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2 Darbar Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
31 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (12)neighborhood gem (11)good for groups (6)romantic (4)late-night find (4)great for lunch (3)kid-friendly (2)special occasion (2)great for brunch (2)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Excellent as always
    SJR1VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I always get the same thing, Shrimp Vindaloo, since I like spicy food and it never disappoints. My friend gets Lamb Karma, it's simply "good Karma" as she says and she's Buddhist so she knows Karma! Tender and not overcooked. The fried Okra appetizer is good to split for 2 and is prepared with tomatoes and onions and is nice before the main course. Admittedly, the restaurant isn't much to look at on the inside but I'd rather have better food and sacrifice on the ambiance. The location on E 46th St is a little nicer on the inside, if that's important to you, but the food is the same. Service is always attentive and the prices are reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No redeeming quality
    partyof5VIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    There was confusion about my reservation and someone other than the host finally seated us. We ordered a mild mulligatawny soup for my daughter and it came out very spicy. No apologies or taking it back for another. There was a strong odor perhaps of the grill that permeated the air, which made the atmosphere unpleasant. The food was not anything special and in fact the shrimp vindaloo was unusually red in color and the legs of the shrimp were still on the body. The service was just okay. We hardly ate any of our food and declined having it packed up to take home. I never do that. Finally, when they gave us the bill, they already included gratuity for a party of 5. We are never going back there again.
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  • Good Indian food
    JenniferVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Dependably high quality food. The service was a bit rushed though-the server asked us twice if he could clear our plates even though we were still eating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable midtown Indian Food
    foodiekarmaVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This place is usually a quiet dining experience, but the din from a table of foreigners was nearly unbearable, and I had to complain to the management. Also the signature eggplant dish seemed not as good as I remember, masked over with too much heat. The food is usually consistent, and the service attentive.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good quick service
    otrs
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Prompt service, good food... menu selection provided some good variety. More heart-healthy options may be helpful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great date place
    CRazeIrish
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I love this place took my wife there she never had Indian food before she loved it as did I.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent, excellent value
    JudyJudyVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I have gone here in the past for their wonderful buffet brunch. I have also gone here several times for dinner. I recently had lamb chops in a tomato like sauce and garlic nan. Both were excellent. My friend had rice biriyani. Everything here is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Concierge Opinion
    NoquisiVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Love the naan bread! I could have ordered some to go, but didn't. Had the chicken tikki with the basamati rice. It was delicious! The staff seemed a bit somber but were nice. The ambiance was quiet and nice (we had an early dinner around 5 or 6pm). I was able to hold a conversation without an excess of surrounding noise. I definitely plan to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Comida indiana de qualidade
    jj2j
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    No Darbar o serviço é o destaque, desde o primeiro atendimento até a saída todos foram muito simpáticos, e, além disso, extremamente atenciosos e dispostos a esclarecer a respeito de ingredientes dos pratos do cardápio, facilitando a escolha. A comida é muito bem elaborada e saborosa. O arroz com limão é delicioso, próprio para acompanhar qualquer dos pratos com camarão. O único ponto baixo fica para o expresso, que mais se assemelha a café coado, e, portanto, não vale a pena pedir. De resto nossa experiência global no Darbar foi excelente. Em outra oportunidade pensamos retornar a este agradável restaurante.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing Service
    Roodal
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Food was great but the was better! Tandoori Chicken and Naan is a must. The chicken and spinach soup had a luxurious velvet texture and tasted heavenly! Will be returning
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DaveVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Very good food. I recommend this place for dinner.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.5
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 176 reviews are from the 2 Darbar Grill reviews archive.
  • Big surprise
    DoubleffsVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Chose this restaurant because it was near the theater. When we walked in, it was empty and no one came to the table to take a drink order. The martins we're fabulous and so was the meal we ordered. Chicken tikka, which is usually overlooked, was perfectly spiced and juicy and ditto for the shrimp biryani. The tandoori vegetables we're wonderful too. We will return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food and lots of it!
    xylia1225
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    All of the food was absolutely delicious, with nice big portions!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OK for the price
    CharlesVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    The food was alright, but clearly not noteworthy. Prices were reasonable but there are other dinner choices for my money.
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  • Second Rate, at Best
    GuidoVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    While I haven't been to Darbar for awhile because I found better Indian restaurants in NY, eating at 2 Darbar Grill convinced me I made the right choice. The food (excepting a very tasty scallops started) was so tired and tasteless, as if fresh spices and herbs weren't the core of good Indian food. The service wasn't much better and the decor at the same level, so I see no reason to bother when NY has so many better options.
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  • Decent Indian food, great service
    SomeoneSomewhereVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    The attentive service far outstripped the food, which was okay but not great. The goat was tougher than it needed to be (I've had goat before), with small parts of bones left in, suggesting a too-fast job with a cleaver. The chicken tikka masala was good, but no better than can be had for half the price on E. 6th St.
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  • Delicious Indian Food
    Deelite
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    I had my Dinner Club meet for dinner at 2 Darbar Grill. My group grw from 5 originally to last minute 7 people. 2 Darbar were wonderful in accommodating us and sat us at a bigger table in the back under a beautiful stain glass skylight. The restaurant is very lovely and the staff was great. Even better was the food. Everyone loved what they ordered and our club had a great night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great, flavorful Indian food
    Evan
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    The food was flavorful, the service very attentive. If you like Indian food, and like it with the "right" levels of aroma, spice, heat - Darbar Grill is a great choice. Recommend highly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dinner after work
    loverestaurantsVIP
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    Rich, well-seasoned Mawligattany, tasty accompaniment relishes for samosas, elegant Tandoori salmon, delicious vegetable korma. My friend and I are fish eating vegetarians and we had a wonderful meal here. The lights are low and the atmosphere is calm. A perfect dinner after work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great sauces for the papadams
    Early
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    I enjoy Indian food very much and as it was my first time, I had the sampling menu - $38 for dinner. It was correct but not special in any way. The breads (papadams and naan) and the sauces that came with the papadams were the highlights. The restaurant itself felt tired and warn. It appeared that the team was going through the motions. The soup was oily, the samosa's bland. The mango mousse was so-so. The main, salmon tikka, was ok but again not up to the billing. The restaurant was inconsistent with the ratings given on this web site. For me this is the first time that has happened.
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  • Thumbs up on food, down on music
    SippingsisterVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Fun cocktails, great service, very good mulligatawny soup, curries and fish dishes. Yes, I would definitely go again. Only downside -- the muzak. There was really cheezy elevator music coming over the speakers. (Herb Alpert's "This guy's in love with you" sticks in my mind) but like elevator music everywhere - eventually you can tune it out.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely dining experience
    Sherry
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    The service and food were superior. Our server was very helpful with recommendations and other waitstaff were readily available to bring drinks and clear plates. Some of the best Indian food I've ever eaten.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and excellent service
    BrianVIP
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    I was in NYC for work and looked for a restaurant close to my hotel. Darbar 2 had good reviews and so I decided to give them a try. I was really impressed by the quality and quantity of the food... it was a great value but also very good. I ordered one of the dishes that indicated (by the icon of three red peppers) it was very spicy. I have a high tolerance for spice, but the dish was very spicy for me. I liked the place so much that I came back the next day for the lunch buffet. Everything was really good and very flavorful. I also liked the fact that the waiters were very attentive. I had at least 3 different people filling my water glass and checking in on me. Great place!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very decent meal
    mjr2nyc
    Dined on 1/13/2014
    Decent Indian food -- not spectacular, but prices were reasonable. Almost too many guys waiting on us, over-pouring wine, it was a bit confusing. But we had a good meal (4 of us) and didn't have to shout at each other. I will go again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A very Nice expérience
    Marieluc
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We choose this restaurant because it was in the 10th best indian. It was absolutely a good choice! The only thing, we were sitting in front of the bar...next time we Will sit in the back!! We had the PASSAGE TO INDIAN, a 4 plates with a lot of choice. We had lamb, chicken marsala, Wow!!!!!! Don't hesitate and go to that place to have à beautiful expérience!!!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good not great Indian
    HappycoupleVIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    The food was pretty good but the ambiance was lacking. The service was okay
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  • Indian hospitality
    CranberriesVIP
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    A warm and inviting atmosphere, attentive wait staff, and beautifully prepared and presented food. Every dish was delicious.
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  • The staff was friendly and
    luv2eat
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    The staff was friendly and accomodating. We will comeback.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was the best Indian restaurant
    forfoodVIP
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    This was the best Indian restaurant I ever tried. I was amazed with the service. The way staff serves you is unbelievable. They bring the hot service plates and wipe them before they put them in front of you (which should be a normal practice in every restaurant). Totally a place to try. Can not wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Indian at it's best
    BuddyVIP
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    This meal was absolutely delicious. Everything we ordered ranked among the best Indian dishes we've eaten. We had chicken and lamb and the Garlic Nann was incredible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We will be back!
    BethVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    Great Indian food, thoughtfully prepared and beautifully served. For something off the beaten track, this restaurant is a find. Service was impeccable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Innovatively Delicious!
    FoodiefusionistaVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    I have been coming for the last 2 years: Darbar Grill is consistently fresh and delicious with professional service. Each time I try a new vegetarian dish and it continues to add to my repertoire of Indian food. Keep up the good work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ok
    nany
    Dined on 10/31/2013
    Overall experience was good. Nice decoration. Wonderful service. Food was not very impressive, but still good food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good indian food
    jpfitVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    overall quite good, the place is small but food is well prepared with a touch of creativity which is not usual in indian restaurants. Service is ok, waiters are nice and kind but kind of slow. good option if you like indian
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, great service
    fnankivell
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Food was delicious and authentic, staff was welcoming and service was great...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dabar Grill
    BLS1
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    Fine restaurant for a very good meal with a friend when you want to talk and be treated well by staff.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Well above average!
    Ray884VIP
    Dined on 10/9/2013
    Not your typical Indian place. Excellent food, fresh flavors, well prepared.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet and Delicious
    love2veg
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    My parents were in town visiting this weekend and Darbar was the perfect fix for their first night here: conveniently close to their hotel, delicious food, and quiet ambience--all necessities after a long day of traveling. Our waiter, Harsh, was very attentive. I was the only vegan out of the group and Harsh made sure not to forget. As our food was served he realized that the rice had dairy in it and immediately offered whole wheat roti as a supplement. Harsh was able to make great recommendations based on what each of us said we were in the mood for. If you're looking for a good, low-key Indian dinner with friends or family Darbar Grill is a good option in Midtown East.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Darbar does it
    Afoodie
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    We enjoyed this restaurant very much.the food was wonderful. It started out a bit rocky,they had a very large table with noisy children, so they weren't seating in the back of the restaurant, they were very apologetic for it. As soon as that group left the atmosphere was lovely .mixed drinks are not their strong suite, I'd stick to straight or wines. Again they made it right. We met the chef and he sent us a special desert. The scallop appetizer was wonderful, the lamb dises were delicious,the staff was very nice. Very reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Indian Food I've had
    GigiVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    I took my husband for his birthday weekend to NYC and found this restaurant on Open Table. My expectations were exceeded by both the food and service. Everything that we got was delicious. The staff were attentive and nice. The price was also very affordable for the excellent food that you got. I will tell everyone I know who likes Indian food about this place when they visit NYC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.