Dafni Greek Taverna
Dafni Greek Taverna

Dafni Greek Taverna

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.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: 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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Dafni Greek Taverna reviews from OpenTable diners
206 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelEnergetic
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (115)great for lunch (55)fit for foodies (48)good for groups (47)special occasion (15)kid-friendly (14)great for brunch (13)late-night find (11)notable wine list (7)romantic (5)hot spot (5)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Excellent Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Great restaurant, off the beaten path. It was an intimate setting in the heart of a bustling city.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Good
    HarryVIP
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    We have been to Dafni may times, for lunch, brunch, and dinner. The food is very good, and the service is always efficient and accommodating. We recommend this to friends regularly.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food different, but interesting
    ReenaVIP
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    More noisy than comfortable. We should have ordered a round table. We all did enjoy the food and the service was terrific.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Greek For us!
    Annie
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    My husband is Greek so his opinion counts! We had lunch at Dafni with friends and everyone loved the avgolemono soup, salads, appetizers and gyros. The service was excellent and the place was crowded. Make a reservation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    A great inexpensive place for good Greek Food. The spanakopita was delicious as was as the chicken kabob.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Arrived early. Was seated at the bar where the bar tender recommended a nice wine to start the evening. He then took care of getting us seated right away. From there the service continued to be excellent. The waitress made recommendations that were spot on. Had a lovely evening that was special for my partners birthday. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK for before the theater
    enjoytime
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    This is a restaurant close to Broadway theaters and it provides reasonably priced food. The food is nothing special. Similar to some Greek diners in the City. Nonetheless, it fits the bill for a quick bite before the theater at a reasonable cost.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good enough for pre-theater
    cyblume
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    This place had a very good wait staff but the noise level is very loud &, at the end of my meal, I found pin bones in my fish. I'd come again for the convenient location to the theater but it won't be a favorite.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Find on 42nd Street!
    Cami
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Once again we had a wonderful dinner experience at Dafni Greek Taverna. The location and prices are great, especially for those visiting the Times Square area. Tables for 2, 4 or more and spaced far enough apart that it works for a quiet dinner for 2 as well as for a festive occasion for more. Friendly attentive service, delicious food, and a great choice to recommend to people looking for an affordable, welcoming restaurant close to the theater district. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mixed bag
    Foodie4life
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Felt like home cookin'. Good food but not elegant or sophisticated.....boyfriend liked the 3 assorted meat platter very much. Attentive and fast but did feel a little rushed as they brought out our meals as we were finishing up appetizers. Not sure I would go back so soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hidden Greek Gem - Theater District
    LyndaE
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Went there recently before a show on the same street. While the accoustics were a bit noisy, the quality food and service made up for it. I had the eggplant for an appetizer, which was quite tasty. For main course, had the romaine/scallion salad with grilled chicken, which was perfectly prepared and chicken quite tasty. Shared baklava for dessert and it was the best I ever tasted. My dining companion had greek salad as entree and enjoyed it as well. The portion size were quite sufficient. I hope to find another show in that area so I can dine there again. The food left a very pleasant taste in my mouth.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I like Greek food.
    Andrea
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I like the Greek food served at Dafni because I get a chance to eat vegetarian Greek food. I ate a salad with grilled figs and the figs tasted as sweet as heaven. Just right. A great touch in a salad. The grilled zucchini fritters (appetizers) were delicious and enough to share with a dining friend. This is my third time and I will return!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love Dafni
    mdt1111
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Second time there -- excellent location, near Times Square but none of the craziness. Delicious food and very nice service. Will be back!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • hsnassocVIP
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Fish was very fresh, vegetables not so much. looked like they were sitting in a big pot and just getting scooped out. Limp, soggy greens. Very loud inside but extremely convenient to theaters on 42nd street. Overall good but largely based on convenience of location.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • KingsketzVIP
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    A reasonable pre-theater choice. Probably better when you share some appetizers but we were in a hurry.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good dinner and service
    pgscmk
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Dafni's is conveniently located by the Theater district and is a standard for us when we go to a play. The food is consistently very good, with a nice selection including vegetarian options. Our waiter was very helpful with suggesting dishes and wine, and took good care of us. If you have theater tickets, tell them and they'll be attentive to making sure you get out in time. What was especially nice is that we could carry on a conversation as the restaurant, although busy, wasn't so noisy that we couldn't hear each other. Be sure to make a reservation, it gets busy.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable place, theater district
    UptownDiner
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We wandered into this place earlier this year when going to the theater around the corner.Although we did not have a reservation on a Saturday night, they did their best to get us seated in a reasonable time. The food was well prepared, not gourmet, but good, clean food. Fish done well. Prompt and friendly service. I have been there 3 times. It has good food, well priced, convenient to those theaters not far from the Port Authority. It's not a place where you want to linger for a quiet dinnerif you want a reliable place with good food at a good price before the theater this would be one of those places.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummy
    netchVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I've been to Daphni many times and the food is always fresh and tasty. On this visit, I had the best dish I've ever eaten there when the server suggested that It was a very nice dish and that I should try it instead of the grilled seafood and rice I often get, and which is usually good. I ordered grilled shrimp over spinach and rice (I forget the Greek name). Other than the little bit of work to unshell the shrimp myself, which was very easy, the meal was perfect. The shrimp were properly cooked and the rice/spinach base was exceptionally moist and tasty. A rather mundane but good salad accompanied the meal. My server was lovely and attentive and did not rush me despite the pre-theater hour. As always, I'll return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • mduffy
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Excellent variety on the menu and everything was so delicious. Great service, fair price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great find!!
    buddiesVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    We took my daughter here for her birthday, having never been to Dafni, we were skeptical....but what a great find this restaurant is. The food was wonderful, plentiful and prepared fresh and hot. We shared many different appetizers, all of us had different entrees and right thru to dessert, everything was excellent. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone without a seconds hesitation. Wish it were closer to our home in Long Island
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dafni
    Carol
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    The food and service were great! The noise level was high, but it was warm outside and the front doors were open. It was also filled to capacity at lunchtime. It is located in the theater district, which proved it to be an excellent choice to see the show, BEAUTIFUL.!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • alapiz
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Very good restaurante, not for kids. Service and food are great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New theatre district resto
    nacinom
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    If you like Greek food you'll love this place and if you don't, there are great options as you test the waters! Our server, Andres, was very attentive and friendly despite being very busy. Our food was served quickly and was great quality. All in all a really good find in the theatre district, this will be my new go-to!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Greek Gem on 42nd Street!
    Curlygirl
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    My pre-theater go to spot. Food is delicious and you'll leave with $$ in you wallet! Be sure to make a res!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • terrific
    sam123
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    All my concerns were taken care of by wonderful service. With my wife being late and a 7 pm curtain, our waitress was not only able to get the excellent food into our mouths but had the remainder it ready for us to take with us and even make the show on time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Inexpensive theater district food
    Foodyeh
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The noise level was deafening making it difficult to talk to the people at your table. The food was tasty and highly seasoned. It was okay.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SuzanneVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Great find in the theater district. Moderate priced good food with a decent wine list. A favorite. For Saturday nights make reservations days in advance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our waiter was so nice.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Told us stories about the meaning behind some of the names of the Greek cuisine. The food was delicious!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dafni
    FamilyRs
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Great location and great food. The Greek salad was wonderful as were all the other dishes ordered. Polite and friendly service and warm atmosphere. Terrific value.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • way too noisy
    UWSer
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We went there in a Friday night pre-theatre. It was so noisy we couldn't have a conversation at our table.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous Restaurant
    Winnie
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    My daughter & I visited Dafni the first night of arriving in NY. This is a real gem from the moment we stepped in the whole experience was great. Service was impeccable & the food was more than generous & mouth-wateringly delicious. Starter consisted of 3 dips with dolmades & pitta, then slow roasted lamb with rice & mixed kebab with roasted potatoes. Unfortunately both my daughter & I hit the jet lag brick wall so asked for it to be wrapped. Without making us feel guilty they very kindly did this but we would have preferred to have stayed & enjoyed the meal there. Next year we will be back & we will enjoy what is most definitely a fantastic Greek restaurant oh yes & prices are v reasonable - all in all fabulous. THANKYOU DAFNI :)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Large portions but lacked seasoning
    Sparky
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Had to wait almost 15 for reserved table. Very high noise level. Portions were very large, but both salmon and seafood specialty lacked seasoning and were rather tasteless.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Diner78
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Our waitress was particularly efficient and pleasant. The staff were helpful in accommodating my friend's walker.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Great Food in NYC
    jerryfVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The food is the story here. It's noisy, crowded (pre-theater), and not too pretty, but the food is the story. Wonderful Greek salad. Ask for the mustard dressing. The grilled fish is the best in the city! We love the Lavraki with potatoes and escarole. It's grilled and charred perfectly and cooked Greek style. The portion is huge! I also like the lamb kabobs. Desserts are great too. Service is very good. Finally, the prices are better than fair. Go there.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • iluvgreek
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The restaurant was located close to the theater district. The food and selection was very good. The waitress overheard that I was taking my daughter out for her birthday and surprised her with a slice of walnut cake with a birthday candle. It was very special and thoughtful. It really made the night special. This is my 3rd visit to Dafni's. I am never disappointed. The prices are very affordable and portions sizes are sufficient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • CabooseVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Food and service was excellent. We were not rushed, the food was served hot. and by great waitresses.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ImafoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Their food is good and prepared well. It is also tasty and served in plentiful portions. This evening I had a Greek salad with grilled chicken which was really good. My friend had the Moussaka and enjoyed it. Everyone around us looked satisfied as well. The only problem is that when this place fills up, it gets very noisy and you can hardly hear the person across the table from you. Still, I'll go back when in the area because I do like their food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Greek to Me
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Dafni is across the street from a number of small theaters and is particularly well located for pre-theater dining. It is a bit too bright and a bit too noisy, but the food is fresh and the portions ample. Service was amiable, responsive and efficient. I dined with a friend; the table was provided with warm, fresh, supple pitas and decent olive oil, and with our dinners, a light and simple salad. We shared an excellent appetizer of grilled octopus, followed by delicious entrees of moussaka and one of lamb shank; each of us had a glass of wine. That was a generous meal for two adults at a reasonable (NYC) price of $70 (plus tip).
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Greek Gem
    assante1
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Craving a Greek meal, we decided to try Dafni as it was close to the theatre district. While we became leary due to the adjactent storefronts and traffic across from Port Authority, we were pleasantly surprised by Dafni. Both the exterior and interior decor and design were clean, well maintained and subtle. We've now had dinner and lunch at this location, both exceding expectations. Warm pita with oil/vinegar to start. Highly recommend the grape leaves for appetizer. The meals were both flavorful and filling: gyro or spicy sausage sandwichs for lunch, moussaka and pasticio for dinner. None were disappointing in the least. If you want a delicious greek meal in the Times Square/Theatre District areas, you won't find better!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • If you enjoy Greek food, go here
    PatsyVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Dafni Taverna was a pleasant surprise. The outside looks dark, but it's furnished beautifully inside. We loved our food and the service was caring yet professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.