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Dhaba Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.highwaydhaba.com
  • Phone: (212) 679-1284
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 3:00pm - 11:00pm; Late Night Menu: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00pm - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Executive Chef: Shiva Natarajan
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Please inquire for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Outdoor and indoor spaces are available for up to 25 people.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between East 27th and 28th Streets
  • Parking: No
A word from Dhaba
Dhaba serves authentic North Indian food and kababs from the tandoor. Offerings also include an array of curries from the "British Curry House" setting that will satisfy a variety of curry cravings. The restaurant is open late with a limited choice menu to cater to late night cravings.
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Diner Reviews
  • "We had a lovely combination of curry and cocktails, very nice. Around the corner is a massage place to have a great foot rub after you're done to relax and help the food go down ;-) Ask the manager / waiter."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "This restaurant should not have a license. The food was disgusting - all cheap without substance. We ordered the curried goat (which is a cheap meat to start with), but the curry only used the goat's spine! We found a little grizzle but NO real meat! We left without finishing our dinner."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Although the food is not bad the service is atrocious. We ordered the lamb kebabs and were served chicken kebabs. When we pointed this out to the server he refused to acknowledge the mix up and instead said the chicken kebabs were in fact the lamb kebab and we must br mistaken. After poking at our food for a couple minutes he acknowledged that we were served chicken but he still didn't change our order and instead blamed the kitchen stating they serve what they want. They then charged us for the lamb, not the chicken, which was more than double the price of the chicken. Will not be going back..."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Had booked for 4 people. Arrived at 8:30. Had to wait 20 minutes even after booking on open table. It would be better to call the place first."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "The food was fantastic! I thoroughly enjoyed my meal and would return to Dhaba again! One thing I liked especially is that even though it was very busy, the servers did not try to rush us out - we received proper service throughout. They allowed us to tell them when we were ready to leave. I loved that about our dining experience!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The food, for the price and location, is pretty good, tasty even; the service, however, leaves much to be desired. It is slow, non-attentive, and virtually non-existent after you've ordered. It wasn't that great prior to ordering, but even worse after the fact; it's a shame because the food is actually very good."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Dhaba came highly recommended by a friend and it did not disappoint. The food was fabulous; flavorful and plentiful. The service was absolutely terrific; the waitstaff provided recommendations and the chef personally ensured we were ready to receive our freshly prepared meal as ordered. Dhaba will definitely be on our restaurant agenda when we return to NYC. It is a gem!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Had a fabulous meal there. Food was great and service excellent. Would definitely go again"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The food at Dhaba is consistently great. This is our go to Indian restaurant in the city. We will be back again the next time we need our indian fix. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The food was delicious! A modern atmosphere, but energetic and appeared popular. Try the cauliflower appetizer!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Chose it because it was full of Indian people in this area with MANY choices... Very happy I did! Food was great and ambiance relaxed but lively "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "My previous experiences at Dhaba were the lunch buffet(which is a great deal) and delivery. At dinner, the place is LOUD! Everyone in the restaurant was shouting to be heard over the loud, and unnecessary, techno music that was blasting out of the speakers. As the place was busy, service was slow (as opposed to lunch, when it was very attentive). We had to stand and wave our check to get it picked up, and even then it took a few attempts. In all fairness, I may be outside the target demographic for the dinner scene at Dhaba (I'm 55), as no one else seemed bothered by the noise. I will continue to enjoy the lunch buffet, and to have them deliver, but will probably not be an in-person dinner guest again anytime soon."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "The food is excellent. The prices are very reasonable. The specialty cocktails are fun. The servers are attentive. It is not fancy or stiff. It IS young, casual, fun, boisterous, slightly modern and hip. You won't have tons of space since they pack in the customers. Just know what you getting - a loud, packed place with superb food. My wife and I really enjoy this place. We stumbled across it initially and continue to return."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The noise level was unbearable, i could not hear the person sitting directly across from me. The food was good not great and the service was very rushed. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The food is truly outstanding, and they actually believe you when you say you want "Indian Hot!" However, the music is thumping and far too loud for the space. Why do restaurants always try to clubs? We're there to eat and have a conversation, not dance!"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "We ate here on a Saturday evening and while the food was nice, I wished we had chosen a different spot. The noise level was ear splitting -- a table of rowdy( drunk?) college kids were acting like it was a private party and yelling back and forth. That wasn't the restaurant's fault, but the music got progressively louder until my friend and I were shouting at each other to have a conversation. Maybe we'll be back for lunch."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Best place to dine. Must try the pani puri, And the Punjab the murg. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Food is very good but didn't like the way drinks were made. Also it was too noisy...."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "With a myriad of great restaurants of all food types, we were very lucky to find Dhaba. My husband and I love Indian food and found a quaint little place in the East Village on a previous visit, but Dhaba was superb. The staff was polite and efficient and we couldn't have had a better dining experience."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Will nvr go back! The food was not good. The service was bad. It took forever for food to arrive."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The food was great at this place and as a Brit I especially appreciated the British Curry list at the end of the menu. BUT the music was so LOUD it pretty much ruined the experience. Unless I go with someone I don't want to communicate with over dinner, I won't be repeating the experience, which is a shame, because it was the best Indian food I have had in NYC."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "All the favorites prepared with nuanced differences, the biryani and lamb chops with ginger were our favorites, also, limited, but perfectly balanced beer and ale selection."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The food was amazing, the service was really speedy, the cocktails were strong, and can I just reiterate how good the food was. Want to return very soon."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "This is the second time I've been to Dhaba. Each time has been amazing! The food and drinks were delicious and the service staff and the manager was so helpful and serviceable! The manager even showed me and my friend the way to the 6 train after we finished our dinner. He went above and beyond!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "I don't understand why OpenTable refuses to put more than "Energetic" for a restaurant where you have to SCREAM!!!! at your fellow diners to have a normal conversation? The place is fine, it's good Indian food, probably the better of the places in Curry Hill, but, seriously, in winter, the place is ice cold (Dhaba owners, SPEND SOME MONEY AND FIX YOUR FRONT ENTRANCE!!!) and all-year-round, it's just so noisy you can't hear ANYONE you're with. I shy away from going there when anyone suggests it. Whenever you try to make a reservation using OpenTable, it NEVER shows as having a reservation open, yet, call the place directly, and you get a reservation for the time you want?? NOISY NOISY NOISY. DO NOT GO THERE FOR A QUIET MEAL."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Great location, modern and clean and fun atmosphere. Food is always delicious."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Excellent Indian food and service at a reasonable price. Try cauliflower app and chile chicken. Space is crowded and noisey."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Required phone flashlight to view menu. Inattentive service. Had to ask to be served first cocktail."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "When your waiter has to bring you a flashlight so you can read the menu, it's too dark. We also had to scream to hear each other. The food was good, the cosmos only passable. We ate here exactly one year ago and the place has lost something."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "One of the best curries in Manhattan. Unfortunately, too noisy."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "I have personally made this Indian restaurant my favorite in the NYC area whenever I visit. It is my absolute go-to! Each dish that I have had is full of favor- the aroma of the food is beautiful and the presentation is great. Service is always timely and with a willingness to meet customer's needs. I would definitely recommend this spot to others!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Our first visit to Dhaba. Arrived at 9 to find the place jammed and very lively (no surprise) and our table ready (yay, as it was the only open table in the restaurant). Crowd lessened fairly steadily from then. When we left a bit after 11, we were two of very few folks left. No matter. Service was very good when the place was jammed and when it was nearly empty: fast even when jammed, and gracious even when they must have been anxious to be rid of us. Food was uniformly very good, reasonably inventive. Portions are larger than they look, so be careful. The tables are close together, not offensively so but resulting in lots of noise when the place is full. Lighting is very dim: one needs a flashlight to look at the menu."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "I went to Dhaba on a Sunday afternoon for a friend's birthday. They offer the buffet at this time which is great because you can try many different options. The food was excellent and had a ton of flavor. They also bring naan and chick tandoori to the table. The service was pretty good but I didn't order anything extra and just drank water. Will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "Excellent food and service - highly recommend the malai kofta (my fav Indian dish of the moment). The ambience however was a slightly difficult to contend with: restaurant was so dimly lit that I could barely read the menu, and as the night progressed the music got louder and louder. Highly recommend you go with people you know well (and don't mind yelling at to hear); probably not the greatest for a first date or other situation when you want to hear the person you're eating with :)"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "After reading hundreds of reviews for indian restaurants i just picked Dhaba because i read a review that said it had the best chicken tikka masala. Sold (for me). Atmosphere is loud and busy but fun. Chicken tikka masala really was delish! As was everything else we ordered: samosas naan chicken korma and jack and gingers ;). Super fast delivery of foods ( we were rushing to catch a show ) but if we had time to stay wouldn't have felt rushed at all. I would most definitely return and recommend!!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Love Dhaba. Totally consistent for years, my go to spot in Curry Hill. Real heat when you want it and yummy flavors. Always look forward to coming here. Just did a group of 8 and they did a great job."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Poor service and un-amazing indian food. Lots of other options that are less expensive and better on the same block."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "Eaten at Dhaba many times for dinner, where I mostly eat from the front of the menu - the little goodies. The lunch buffet was terrific yesterday with 5 people - 3 of whom had never been there. We all loved it. The buffet is terrific, great bread and other appetizers brought to the table. One of my fav restaurants in NYC."
    Dined on 12/9/2013
  • "Good food--but much too loud. Great if you like Techno Bollywood Hip Hop. Not relaxing. Next time, i'll order in."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Took my girlfriend out for dinner here, she loved the food and the ambience. The slow Bollywood music was decent, it set the mood just right. Overall nice place, I was happy that she was happy. Would like to come back here for sure."
    Dined on 12/7/2013