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
183 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (100)great for lunch (52)fit for foodies (43)good for groups (43)great for brunch (17)kid-friendly (15)special occasion (12)late-night find (12)romantic (8)notable wine list (6)hot spot (5)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    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
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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).
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Only Good Thing Close to Theater
    canuckinbklynVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The vegetables all tasted like they came from a can and the souvlaki was as tough as shoe leather. If you put your fork down for an instant someone swooped down to take your plate even if there was still food on it. All in all a very disappointing experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sunshineVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Always reliable for the food and drink, generous portions, fair prices and decent service.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love Dafni
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We have been to Dafni many times and it is consistently good - very good food - very good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Good, fresh food with interesting menu choices. Excellent service made pre-theater dining relaxing.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Danield528
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Delicious Greek food, excellent and friendly service, all the classics on the menu, perfect gyro meat, everything was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good friendly Greek
    Leomex
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Very nice service ans great food. Very good hot and cold appetizers.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dafni
    Food4thought
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Wonderful cute taverna, an oasis on a very busy part of 42nd St, right across from Port Authority bus terminal. Terrific Greek selections and wonderful service. Can be a bit noisy but overall a wonderful experience. Grilled octopus is good as anything I had in Greece. Whole grilled fish could not be any fresher or tastier. Overall A wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Greek food near Times Square
    amacinty
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I always have trouble finding a non-touristy, decently priced food near Times Square...so this place is life-saving! This place has authentic Greek food as well as Greek wines. The staff there is excellent...they even asked us if we would be attending a show so we wouldn't be late. Food came out fast.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 9/20
    TyRiley
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Went there for the second time on Saturday and the staff couldn't have been more pleasant. The food was excellent, especially the Saganaki! I will definitely be coming back with friends any time I'm in the city.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly surprised
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Being a Greek, I am always skeptical about trying a different Greek restaurant, but Dafni is certainly up there with its delicious menu. There are a lot of choices, and the food is excellent. Both my companion's and my dinners were great. The service was outstanding. The staff is very attentive and there seem to be enough of them so that your needs are quickly met. I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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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
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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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  • 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
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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
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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