Dafni Greek Taverna
Dafni Greek Taverna

Dafni Greek Taverna

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.dafnitaverna.com/
  • Phone: 2123151010
  • 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: Mediterranean, Greek
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreek
Dafni Greek Taverna reviews from OpenTable diners
187 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (106)great for lunch (54)good for groups (42)fit for foodies (42)great for brunch (18)kid-friendly (18)special occasion (16)romantic (12)late-night find (10)notable wine list (7)hot spot (3)scenic view (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • BonnieVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Our first but not last time at Dafni. Two of us had Greek salad, gigante beans and grilled octopus, another had grilled vegetables: all were excellent. Unfamiliar with Greek wine, we asked for advice and were rewarded with an excellent wine chosen in response to questions the waiter asked us about what kind of wine we like. All in all, a wonderful experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect for pre-theater
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Dafni knows how to serve food on time and well prepared. Perfect if you are going across the street to Horizons Playhouse or the Signature Theater. Not many other options in the area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • indifferent
    KarenNYCVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great location for theater row, but food is just okay and the noise level very high
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    IT was so noisy that we could not hear ourselves think much less talk!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • gretchenVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    always reliably wonderful, at great value.... only drawback is noise at dinner.... tho that doesn't bother everyone!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth a visit
    Jay5466VIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Our second time dining at this nicely located Times Square/Theater District restaurant. Menu is exactly what you would expect for a Greek restaurant. Portions are plentyful and nicely presented. Everything we ordered was full of flavor properly cooked. Service was good as is the atmosphere here. We will return when going for a pre-theater meal.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ordinary Greek Food
    Bigortho
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    MEH - there are better greek restaurants in the neighborhood.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing Greek Restaurant
    Marguerite
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Based on Open Table reviews, a friend and I decided to try this restaurant because we both like Greek food. At first, things seemed promising as we ordered an appetizer of beets with garlic speed, which was good. I ordered chicken souvlaki as my main course. I like chicken to be fully cooked, but this was beyond dry. The restaurant was super noisy - not at all conducive to carrying on a conversation. Worst of all, we felt rushed, with the waitress trying to clear plates before we were done, even though the restaurant was not crowded. I've eaten at many Greek (and Middle Eastern) restaurants. Unfortunately, this restaurant did not live up to my expectations.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Spot before a show
    Oshland
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    This was my second visit to Dafni. The food and service are excellent. It was a bit noisy, but it was busy on a Thurs night before a Bdway show. I would go back!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for Pre-Theater Bite
    BizTraveler
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Convenient location and not a typical Times Square theme or chain restaurant. Some of our dishes were great, some not so much. Fair prices and convenient location.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent experience
    Gera0117
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Very very good experience overall. Great service, food, ambience... Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rgskolVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Food was quite good - both salads and various fish dishes we had. An excellent option in a neighborhood with very few choices for good food.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect pre-theatre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    The perfect place for a pre-theatre lunch or dinner is Dafne, a delightful Greek restaurant in an unlikely location, in the middle of a non-descript block of 42nd street, opposite the bus station. You leave all that behind when you step inside-- it's lovely, the staff is attentive and warn. Have a nice glass of Greek wine. The food is delicious and very reasonably priced. Try the melitzanosalata and the grilled shrimp.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Gem in the Theatre District
    mdh1
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Amazing Greek food in the theatre district - prices are so reasonable and the portions are very large. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a nice restaurant with cheap prices in the times square area. We will probably go back to this restaurant whenever we are in New York!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    GofNY
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great food, reasonably priced, and located in the middle of it all!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • saladeater
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The food and service was very good. Everything was very fresh and tasty. Would definitely return and recommend it to my friends.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Family dinner at Dafni's
    George
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I took my family of 5 to Dafni before an 8:00pm show on 8/23/14. I made the reservation a couple of days in advance – The initial reasons for picking this particular restaurant was proximity to the theater, it had good reviews, and the pricing looked reasonable. We were presently surprised with this place. The atmosphere was perfect, the food and appetizers were delicious, and the service was excellent. Although they got a bit busy toward the end and it looked like they were short handed. Overall, everyone in my family agreed that I made an excellent choice. We had a great time! We will go back next time we visit NYC (we are from the WDC area).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Food! Great atmosphere.
    TravelinJoeVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This was some of the best Greek food I have had outside of Greece. Very authentic, large menu selection. Definitely a must if visiting NYC, just make sure you make a reservation.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Consistent
    jerryfVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Been here many times. The good and service always excellent. Had the Greek salad. Ask for the mustard dressing. So delicious and so big! Entree was my favorite, the whole lavroki fish filet with the lemon rosemary potatoes, and the escarole. It's grilled to perfection!!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty but loud
    Rlxx
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Excellent food, good service. Quite noisy (from conversations) at weekday brunch - probably because high ceiling doesn't absorb sound well enough .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastico
    2Foodies
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    On our first trip to New York, my daughter found this restaurant online. What a fantastic choice she made. The food was delicious, the atmosphere was spectacular. Spanakopita is a must. Definitely a place we will return to. We already recommended the place to our friends who were in New York.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ver good dinner
    DMSGOBLUEVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The octopus was excellent. A very large appetizer portion, tender and perfectly charred. One if my favorite foods done really well. A reasonable and delicious ore theatre restaurant
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We were glad that they offered vegetarian choices. The service was quick and efficient.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My favorite NYC restaurant
    TrippingMA
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We always plan a dinner here whenever we're in NYC. Really good Greek food, and very inexpensive for a NYC restaurant. Always great staff too. Only problem is the room acoustics makes it rather noisy, even with a small number of diners.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place in Theater District
    lirav3351
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Sought a restaurant convenient to second stage theater and found Dafni. The food was outstanding and the service excellent. It's a short walk to theaters.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just perfect
    Palmbreez
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    What a wonderful pre-matinee lunch we had on Wednesday. The food was beyond our expectations. The only problem was deciding what to get. The beet app with the creamy garlic purée is something I'd go out of my way to have again. Our waitress was lovely and serviced us excellently. She suggested the Greek beer which was a perfect compliment to the meal. Location was perfect and overall Dafni will surely see us again and again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Neighborhood Surprise
    RojasNYC
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Very nice to find this type of place in a neighborhood more well known for immense, flashy restaurants. Solid food, good and knowledgeable servers. Nice atmosphere. Would absolutely dine there again when in the Times Square area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful food and service
    MAS2013VIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Wonderful food and great service, warm environment
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice find
    James
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food at dafni is very good. It has a warm mellow atmosphere with wonderful service. Everything is very good, just skip dessert
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Place
    Joyfuldiner
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I love this place. Have never had a bad meal. My favorite is the salad with dill.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic find
    Bappo
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Dafni is such a great find in a neighborhood usually associated with bad overpriced food and tourist traps. Totally attentive service and wonderful fresh food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dafni is a great value.
    Blit
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Located centrally to most of the theater district and just across from the Port Authority Terminal, one would expect a fine dining establishment to be somewhat pricey, but that is not the case here. Our server was good (attentive, knowledgeable and not pushy) and the dishes we sampled were tasty. I recommend ordering tapis style to partake in the many delicious appetizers as well as main entrees.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Pre Theatre on west 42nd st
    Artnut
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Very nice atmosphere with medium priced varied menu. Perfect dinner location amidst fast food chains when going Theatre Row or Times Square shows
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fresh food in times square
    sobepsychVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    good greek food in the very bustling congested area of nyc. quiet inside. good food. could use a few more inventive dishes
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Pre-Theatre Dinner
    DinerfromCT
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Have enjoyed several lunches and dinners at Dafni usually pre or post-theatre. The food is consistently very good and reasonably-priced. The gyro sandwich is a favorite and even the fries are excellent. There was a little confusion with our order on my last visit, and I was impressed that the waiter brought us a dessert compliments of the house.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It's the food!
    jerryfVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Our regular Greek restaurant. We've tried others, but we like what we eat here the best. The grilled lavraki is the best. Huge portion with roasted lemon potatos and escarole. A big Greek salad with mustard dressing, easily shared. On other occasions we've had the lamb kabob and the shrimp over rice, also excellent. Not a pretty place, but not ugly either. We come to eat, and there is plenty that is great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service
    Pilypily
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Really good Greek food, beautiful and friendly place, we tried their beer and liked it very much too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great staff and service
    apr24
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    No matter how busy this restaurant is, the service/staff is always excellent
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • location location location
    Gogo
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I picked this place because I have always seen it from my jitney bus to NJ. Boy was I surprised when it was a really good place. I cannot wait to go back. :-) Great place to grab a bite then a bus!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food but Noisy & Crowded
    jdlkVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I've been coming here for a while. The food is wonderful with large portions and attentive wait staff and nice wines. I never feel rushed. Unfortunately as more people have discovered this "neighborhood gem" it has become increasingly crowded with people packed into small tables (I was there recently at 6pm on a Tuesday & it was jammed!)--and extremely noisy. I tend to leave with a strained voice from trying to make myself heard by my dining companion. It was a lot nicer before it was "discovered". However it's so convenient and so good I'll probably keep going.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic