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Dafni Greek Taverna
Dafni Greek Taverna
  • Address:
    325 West 42nd Street
    New York, NY 10036
    Neighborhood:
    Theater District / Times Square
  • Cuisine:
    Greek
    Price: $30 and under

Dafni Greek Taverna Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.dafnitaverna.com
  • Email: info@dafnitaverna.com
  • Phone: (212) 315-1010
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:45pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Greek, Mediterranean
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Dafni Greek Taverna is available to cater any of your events, from private to corporate. Contact us for more details and have our fresh Greek food in your home or office today!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 8th Avenue
  • Public Transit: Times Square NQRW, 123, S, close to Port Authority ACE.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There are many garages around the Times Square area to choose from.
A word from 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. Guests enjoy the hospitality and fine home cooking that the country is famous for. The restaurant serves authentic Greek cuisine, prepared simply and deliciously, using only the freshest and purest ingredients. The menu starts with a large selection of hot and cold meze, and an array of classic salads, as well as a few innovations. Entrees include many of the traditional dishes, a selection of charcoal-grilled meats and fish, and a few intriguing additions, such as grilled quail on a bed of spinach, and braised lamb shank with hilopites (a type of pasta). Delicious, homemade baklava, galaktoboureko and rice pudding are prepared fresh daily in our kitchen.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Across from Port Authority, a convenient and great place for a pre-theater lunch. Quality is consistent and good(have been coming here for 4+ years) and never have been disappointed. Hard to pass up the Gyro sandwich and Greek fries. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Our server, Anastasio was very knowledgeable about the Greek wines and the food. He was caring, conscientious and very good at serving. Our food was absolutely delicious. We had the pickaria of fava bean, eggplant and garlic spreads and then the grilled shrimp. Everything was perfect."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Huge portions. Good food. Good service. Great location for pre theater "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "As a single Diner I have eaten at Dafni Greek Taverna on at least 4 occasions. Has always been good which is why I made a reservation on this trip to NY. This time I was disappointed by being refused a table and only offered a seat at the bar. The interchange was unpleasant and I ended up eating elsewhere and would take some convincing to return to Dafni. My ratings other than service are based on previous experiences which were very good."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Both the place and people lacked much interest, the service was reasonably efficient but lacked any warmth"
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Our confirmed Open Table reservation was not in their system but they went out of their way to get us seated. The service and food was very good and we made it to the theater with time to spare. Very reasonable prices."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Had tickets for a 7:00 play and made the reservations for 5:00. Upon arrival the table was ready and we were surprised at how empty the restaurant was. Service was excellent and portion size and food was superb. The location close to the theatre district was nice so the short walk to the show was very convenient. Within 45 minutes of our arrival, the restaurant was full to capacity. I would assume these were customers who were attending an 8:00 show start. Lucky for us our daughter who resides in Manhattan met us for dinner and she got to take home all the food from the very generous proportions."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "always a pleasure for reliable food and drink, good service, fair prices and generous portions, a winning formula."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "We stumbled upon Dafni Greek Taverna a few years ago when we decided to walk back from the Javits Center to GCT. Our first visit has turned us into regular customers. I am Greek American and grew up in a culture where the food was very much a part of the family experience. Dafni Greek Taverna helps me revisit the past in a beautiful and comfortable way. It has all of the taste and charm of a Greek dining experience and none of the pretense of a Greek midtown restaurant. The experience of eating there is an authentic one. The waitstaff welcomes you as a family member. The food offers the delicious simplicity of authentic Greek American cuisine: fresh fish, fresh vegetables, simple flavorings (lemon, oregano, olive oil). Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This Greek Taverna is always a pleasant experience with friendly service. Traditional Greek menu offers well prepared ,reasonably priced food, and the location is perfect for local off Broadway theaters."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Had dinner reservations for 6PM. Due to traffic delays, we sat down at 7PM and had theater tickets for 8PM. We were seated immediately, our orders were taken and our food was in front of us about 7 minutes later and it was delicious. We had time for dessert and coffee and still got to the theater in plenty if time. Amazing. I love bringing people to Dafni. No one is ever disappointed. Great casual restaurant in the theater district with excellent food and service."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Great food and service!! Amazingly satisfied and will be sure to visit again very soon!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Good Greek food! Nothing exceptional, but a very decent meal"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Great restaurant. Very close to Penn Station. Food was excellent but service was very slow."
    Dined on 10/30/2013
  • "Dafni serves good Greek food in a tough location. And the service is very good. We realized that we needed to leave the restaurant for the theater earlier than planned, and they got us out of there in plenty of time. The eggplant appetizer was great, bread fresh, moussaka loaded with meat and just the right amount of bechemel. Salads were really tasty. And the prices are very reasonable. It's just a great little place on one of the most depressing blocks in NY."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "What a lovely find! So glad I used Open Table or I might never have stumbled upon this lovely taverna, even though it is only a few steps off my usual route to Second Stage Theatre and the American Airlines Theatre, where we have subscriptions. We arrived a little early to an almost empty establishment. By the time we left, the place was FULL! Nice friendly vibe of tourists, locals, and neighbors. The staff was attentive, and busy. Although we had reservations, I was very impressed with how they handled an apparent group of students who arrived in a group of about 12 with no advance notice ... welcomed, seated served, voila! THE FOOD WAS VERY GOOD!! Sautéed chicken, stuffed pepper + stuffed tomatoe, were superior. We will return, soon!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "The area is only ok, and it's just outside of Times Square, but it's a great spot if you want to avoid the chains, for sure. The food was great, as was the service."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Everything was excellent. I would gladly recommend it to my friends, and would definitely return again."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Dafni is a great lunch spot if you're near Port Authority (an area with many restaurant, yet few decent choices). Food may not rank among NYC's best Greek restaurants, but it's solid and reasonably priced - good sandwich choices under $10 and entrees in the low-teens. Service was quick and efficient during lunch. Decor isn't fancy, but fine for a casual business lunch. I wouldn't make this a destination spot but, if I'm in the neighborhood, i'd go back."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "We walked into Dafni on a cold wet miserable night and were greeted by friendly staff and an incredible smell of food to come. Each of us ordered different appetizers and entrees and one was better than the next. Portion sizes were very nice compared to the usual city type. Will definately be back. Recommend highly to anyone who loves Mediterranean food."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "always a good choice before theatre. delicious food, tasty wine, generous portions and fair prices. may they keep it up!"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "We enjoyed everything about this restaurant. The appetizers were really good and everyone loved their entree. The charcoal shrimp was very good and so was the lamb shank. You need to make a reservation since it's a rather small."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We have returned to Dafni's many times. Its convenience to Second State Theater makes is a popular spot for dinner after a Sunday matinee. The food is delicious and my gyro platter was enough for a second dinner the next day. The appetizer of three dips was shared by all four of us. I have also enjoyed the lamb shank."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "THE DIPS WERE GOOD, THE GREEK SALAD WAS GOOD BUT THE GRILLED OCTOPUS WAS VERY HARD. I LOVE GRILLED OCT AND WAS VERY DISAPPOINTED. FOR GREAT GREEK FOOD YOU HAVE TO GO TO TAVERNA KYCLADES"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Right the middle of a. bustling theatre district, right before a Saturday matinee, we are lunch in this almost empty restaurant. And why almost empty? I would guess it was because of the unfriendly staff which made one feel unwelcome. Cold soup just added to the general cold atmosphere."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We had tickets to American Airlines theater and I am on crutches. Needed to find a restaurant very close. Chose Dafni as we didn't want a chain restaurants and it seem to have good reviews. It truly exceeded our expectation The fish was delicious my husband had a mixed grill an he loooved it! The food was wonderful, its pretty inside and you forget the block you are on. We Will Return!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "I loved the food! I had Chicken Souflaki with Greek fries. It was brought to the table pretty fast. The waiter was very very nice. It wasn't too busy, which I enjoyed. The prices are also very reasonable!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We have eaten at Dafni several times, as a couple and with friends. The restaurant is a very convenient distance from the theater district - especially Times Square. The grilled shrimp with spinach and rice was tasty; and the grilled salmon was very good. There is a good selection of wines. The tables are small, and the restaurant tends to be noisy if it is full."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Great place in the theater district. You can eat fairly reasonably. The portions are large and it is fun to share dishes"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Rubbery Grilled Squid. Dry Moussaka... Overcooked veggies Just all around sub-par food. The staff was nice enough, but the food was not acceptable."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Great find near Port Authority where most of the available options are fast food. Very friendly waiter who made a helpful wine recommendation. Perfect for a nice meal before heading to a concert/show."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Solid Greek restaurant with many menu at fair prices. Reasonable wine list with appropriate selections for this food. Everyone enjoyed fish, meat, and veggie selections. Good choice pre theater for far West 42nd St. area (9th Ave.)."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "After waiting 10mins to get noticed by the waiter, we sat in this noisy restaurant close to the door which brought in the cold & wind straight to our table. But when the food finally came, the octopus was perfectly grilled & the taramasalata was delicious."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "This was my first time here; it will not be my last. Good food, good service; I highly recommend it."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The food was very good. Tender lamb in kabob and good salmon. The waiter was knowledgeable. The walnut cake was great! The wait staff was efficient without being intrusive."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Conveniently located near Port Authority bus terminal, this is a great place for a pre-theater lunch, particularly if you're traveling into NYC by bus. Food is always prepared well, is affordable and service is always pleasant and efficient."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "This was the third time we'd been at Dafni's Greek Taverna in 3 weeks. The food is really nice and the service is very friendly and helpful. Our waiter, Taso, was delightful and helpful in giving us great suggestions. Unfortunately there was a party, the attendants of which didn't seem to be aware of the other diners. Noise level got a bit uncomfortable for a while. This was the only time we experienced an unpleasant noise level. The other two times it was fine. I highly recommend Dafni's for a pre or post theater dinner."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Dafni Greek Taverna is a great choice to avoid the tourist laden, overpriced Times Square fare. For appetizers, the beet salad and octopus dishes were both terrific. For the main, we shared the grilled branzini and it was cooked to perfection. Service was attentive and helpful."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Dafni is an unassuming gem tucked away in the Times Square hubbub. The wait staff was welcoming and the service efficient. We explained we had an a little over hour to make an 8:00 curtain, the waiter said he could get us to Greece and back. He did. And it was delicious, especially the grilled fish. In fact, we returned after the show for dessert."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "This is a fine place to get a decent lunch or pleasant pre-theater healthy dinner. Funky West 42nd St. location could use more of these - inexpensive, fresh fare. The Greek salads are delicious, especrially stuffed vine leaves. Where do they find these edible tomatoes in the winter? Always impressed by this! Chicken souvlaki sandwich was a little overcooked, but it was tasty and huge. Very satisfying. Would wish for some non-Greek wines on the menu, but still a good place to eat and not break the bank."
    Dined on 1/13/2014