Dawat
Dawat

Dawat

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Phone: 2123557555x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday –Thursday: 11:30am - 2:45pm, Friday – Saturday: 11:30am - 2:45pm; Dinner: Monday – Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:45pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:15pm, Sunday: 5:30pm – 10:45pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Executive Chef: Madhur Jaffrey
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Full Bar, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 2nd and 3rd Ave.
  • Public Transit: 4,5,6,N,R lines – Lexington stop.
    E,F lines – Lexington stop
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Dawat
Dawat is a fine north Indian restaurant that also serves a couple of south Indian dishes as well. Located in Midtown East, Dawat is one of Manhattan’s finest Indian restaurants
that serves an eclectic array of interesting dishes.
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Dawat reviews from OpenTable diners
38 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (13)fit for foodies (12)good for groups (9)great for lunch (8)special occasion (4)romantic (3)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • consistently excellent
    dehillerinVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Tried and true! We return again and again for a varied menu and a fine kitchen.
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    great for lunch
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  • High-quality Indian food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I've eaten here a half-dozen times and am always impressed with the quality and the variety of the food. Often, Indian food can come from a hole-in-the-wall restaurant that is crammed and loud. Though the decor is dated, it is a classier experience, and even has some very good wines for pairing.
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  • our favorite indian rest in nyc
    dca1125VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We've been coming for 20+ years and love the place............and I don't have to shower off the aroma of spices in my hair when I get home
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • ehhh....its whatever
    zmunnieVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    My bf and i were visiting from WI. We googled and yelped indian options. This came up. We went...it was hot outside and it was as if the restaurant didnt want to pay for AC! 2nd, the male servers were not very attentive to me as a female, but to my bf they answered all his inquires. 3rd, the rice was $8!!! Literally costs them 50 cents to buy/make. Thats outrageous. Waiter didnt even tell us rice wasn't included! The wet rag to "wash" hands after left a dank stench on our hands.
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  • I love Dawat!
    SailChicagoVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I am so happy that this place is around the corner from our relatives in NYC. The chef's special dishes are great. They are able to accommodate us every time - vegetarian kids who need their food on the milder side, kosher husband, and me - the omnivore. The thali is a great option when you just can't decide what to order. They will spice up or down for you. And the tandoori lamb is incredible - I was a little reluctant to try it because I prefer my lamb cooked to rare, but it was incredibly tender and flavorful - it's on my list to order again!
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Disappointing
    KSIBVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We have eaten many times at Dawat over the past 10 years, and in the past have always been pleased. This time was our first visit in several years, and the food was not as we had remembered it. It was not "bad," but different, even strange, as if there had been a change in the chef and thus in the recipes.
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  • superb dining experience
    Scoobyathh
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We have enjoyed dining at Dawat many times. The finest Indian food we have ever had...I also recommend the coconut ice cream!!!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistently excellent
    dehillerinVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Reliable and faithful to its founder's broad knowledge and skill. Always a pleasure! How long has Dawat been in business? Long enough to have slipped (and fallen) more than once. But it has avoided this and retains its stature among the city's Indian establishments.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • our favorite indian rest in nyc
    dca1125VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Food, staff, decor and attitude is best for Indian in NY. We've been clients for more than 20 years and keep coming back
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slightly disappointing
    asch
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I have been eating at Dawat for many years and while the prices were a bit higher than other Indian restaurants, the food and ambiance were worth the extra cost. This last dinner was not as good as it has been in the past. Food was just ok and a bit disappointing
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    good for groups
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  • Punjabi Richness Reins through
    ChippyVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Food was excellent - some of the best Indian food we've ever had. Waiters are friendly and very forward.. They will keep pouring and pouring the beers until you scream uncle.. Yes, they are aggressive, upselling items on the menu.. The first minute we arrived and sat down we had agreed to sparking water, a mango lassi for my son and a chicken kabob appetizer.. All in all they had good intentions and we were well taken care of.. Take it in stride and enjoy the experience it's the way things are done in India..
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Indian Food in Town
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    The attentive staff recommends and keeps bringing terrific Indian Food. Just try it.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • Generally, a neighborhood gem
    LouiseVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Delicious food, pleasant discreet service, no rush . . . these have been the characteristics my friend and I have become accustomed to at Dawat. On this last occasion, however, everything seemed a bit off causing us to wonder if management had changed. It has given us so much pleasure for so many years, I think it's worth another try because. . .when it's good, it's absolutely great!
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    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Very Accommodating
    PRHost
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    This is one of our favorite places and the food is consistently great. Perhaps the best Indian cuisine. Also pleased with the help from maître d' Vicky and his response to a special seating request from a last minute guest.
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    good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Its a little too stuffy and formal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    I like the food, but having waiters hanging out around you constantly taking plates off of the table is annoying. Also, the food that is supposed to be spicy wasn't.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Favorite
    NYDinerVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    The food is fresh and tasty. The service is attentive but not intrusive.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Classic Indian Food
    Jafleming3
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Perennially excellent over many, many years , this time was no different, except my lamb chunks had big pieces of gristle and the dessert (rashmali) had a slight off-taste.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Innovative food, lovely ambience
    Aimee
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Dawat's menu had the classic Indian dishes you'd hope to see, as well as innovative dishes I'd never seen (but were delicious!), and a wide array of options and extensive list of specials. We very much enjoyed the wonderful service, thoughtful recommendations, the sweet corner booth table they gave us, and the quiet, elegant atmosphere. I highly recommend Dawat!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 411 reviews are from the Dawat reviews archive.
  • A reliable favorite
    NYDinerVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Dawat is a reliable place to go for a business lunch. The food is very good at a reasonable price. The service is attentive and the ambiance is conducive to a business lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Reservation for One
    Rwings
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    This is one of the few NYC restaurants that will take a reservation for one in the early dinner hour of a Saturday night. While I have dined here quite a few times over the past 10 years, this experience, while good, was not as good as I had remembered. My lamb appetizer was tender and flavorful, but my shrimp dish was overcooked and while it had a bit of heat, the rest of the spice mixture in the sauce was one-note and bland. I could barely smell or taste the lemon in the lemon rice. Most Indian restaurants include plain steamed basmati rice with entrees, but here even that was a la carte, requiring an extra charge. I'll look for another restaurant that takes a reservation for one next time.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Decent Indian
    ReginaReads
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Having been to Dawat many years ago on a trip to NYC, we decided to go back again on our latest visit. The dining room was occupied by about 10 tables. Since it was Mother's Day, it is possible that most of the crowds were there early. There was a special dinner menu as well as the regular fare. My husband ordered the special that was a full course splay for about $35. I had the lamb vindiloo and an order of raita and samosas to start. The samosas were a bit disappointing in that the wrapper was tough, almost like they had been reheated in a microwave instead of being made fresh. The vindiloo was adequately spicy, the lamb tender. The spinach soup that came with the special was a bit thin, but he enjoyed the rest of the dinner.
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    special occasion
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  • Indian at Another Level
    Len321
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    You wouldn't call Dawat hip, or a hot spot. It feels established, even a touch old, like its neighborhood. And when the food comes, it looks like the Indian food you know -- no showy nouvelle cuisine pirouettes. But then you bite in and realize that you're in the hands of people who are at the top of their field. The sauces have a richness of flavor that is truly striking, that you just don't get in standard Indian fare. Particular stand-outs: Bhuni Gobi (Cauliflower); Chicken Tikka Masala (better than you've ever had it) and Kashmiri-style chicken Korma (with an incredible cinammon flavor that creeps up on you.) Oh and the tables are spaced far apart. You can actually hear each other! How old-fashioned! What a treat!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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  • Excellent Northern Indian food
    LordJeffrey2
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Far from being a curry joint, this elegant East Sider offers some of the best Indian food I have eaten outside of London and India itself. The staff is attentive and helpful without hovering. The portions are relatively small, and the prices are not, but they are well worth it.
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    Romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still got it !
    MarksView
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Madhur Jeffrey's classic restaurant maintains it extensive menu and quality as it has for decades.
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    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A reliable favorite
    NYDinerVIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Lunch with business associates or just alone to unwind is always a pleasurable break from the work day. The service is welcoming and efficient and the food never fails to please. I always feel both satisfied and reinvigorated after having a midday break at this neighborhood favorite.
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    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Experiences
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    I brought in a group of people (6) from spain two of whom had never had Indian food before. Dawat provided a good introduction. Thank you
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Best Indian food I've had in NYC
    Joe1
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Both the standards and the less often encountered Fos were delicious, service fine but not excessive nor too "friendly" Atmosphere ok but not special Will certainly return often
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A delicious quiet meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Lovely presentation of delectable Indian food with confident service in a quiet atmosphere. Reasonable prices. We talked after the meal for several hours without being rushed out on a Saturday night.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A taste of India
    Pamp
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Extensive menu with excellent descriptions-- very helpful to someone who doesn't often eat Indian food. Service was excellent.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dawat, New York City
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/3/2014
    I booked a table for 2 whilst on holiday in New York for my boyfriends birthday. After getting off the subway it did take us a couple of minutes to find but what a find it was! The food is incredible and even before you order there are these amazing cumin studded poppadoms on the table with a spicey dip. You can see the chef making them through the glass window into the kitchen. Now I am vegetarian and quite fussy as I don't enjoy spicey food and they accomodate for everythijg! I had a wonderful dish of paneer in a mild (they ask how hot you would like your food) creamy tomato sauce and my boyfriend had chicken jalfrezi 2hich he said was delicious. I would highly recommend this place to everyone, even if you aren't crazy about curry.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Delicious and Great Service
    Meg503
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    We ate at Dawat pre-theater. There were no other diners in the restaurant when we arrived, but the staff made us feel really welcome, but not in an overbearing way. They helped us select drinks. We ate the vegetarian thali sampler and it was so amazing. Such great flavors and a good amount of spice. It was also fun watching the tandoori cook in the glassed in room while we waited for our food. Overall, a great experience!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • pretty good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    The food was great. Good service. You have to pay for every single thing thou rice entree even the bread was separate. But all worth it. Chikin tika was my favoriteee
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Used to be a great Indian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    Used to be a great Indian restaurant, now just ok.
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  • Go-to Indian after work
    pizza4me
    Dined on 1/13/2014
    If you have a craving for Indian food and work in Midtown -- Dawat is always a safe, consistent bet.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Dawat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    The food is delicious and the service is very warm and friendly. The staff makes you feel at home and like family.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Fussy eaters
    Scotsman
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    This was our first experience of an Indian restaurant in New York and we had researched the venue well! We were not disappointed. Great food and excellent service. 2 of our party were vegetarian both the vegetarian and non veg meals were delightful. Thank you we enjoyed our visit to Dawat and will be back next year.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Christmas Lunch with Dawat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    I tried the 3 course lunch option when I visited Dawat on Christmas Day. Very reasonably priced restaurant.The staff was polite and attentive without hovering. The dishes were flavorful and the portions were generous. The chicken chettinad, black dal, pullao (rice) and saag paneer (spinach with squares homemade cheese) of were some of the best I've eaten. The staff packed up all the remaining food so that I could enjoy the leftovers another day.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable Indian
    tywo
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Some dishes are great; others just ok. Previous likes turned out mediocre. specials are to be tried. But a lovely Christmas Eve dinner filled with a mature crowd - a warm place on a cold night.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best lamb ever!
    Newlywed
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Large portions, tasty mulligatawny soup, lamb on the mixed grill was the best I've ever had-so tender, amazing flavor.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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  • Still a JOY after all these years-
    dehillerinVIP
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    DAWAT is a standby, but by no means ho-hum. Reliable AND fresh and delicious. THere's a lunch special, and we had a quiet time on the Saturday after THanksgiving when the city is stuffed with shoppers, students on break, and everyone else. What a joy!
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    great for lunch
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