Nirvana
Nirvana

Nirvana

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.nirvanany.com/
  • Phone: 2129830000
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Executive Chef: Chef Jeevan
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Weddings, sweet sixteen parties, graduation, luncheons, baby/bridal showers, birthday parties, holiday parties, and more, can all take place on-site at the restaurant.
  • Private Party Contact: Anil 2129830000

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between East 39th and 40th Streets
  • Parking: No
A word from Nirvana
There is that dimension where there is neither earth, nor water, nor fire, nor wind; neither dimension of the infinitude of space, nor dimension of the infinitude of consciousness, nor dimension of nothingness, nor dimension of neither perception nor non-perception; neither this world, nor the next world, nor sun, nor moon. And there, I say, there is neither coming, nor going, nor stasis; neither passing away nor arising; without stance, without foundation, without support. -Buddha, on Nirvana

Nirvana is not a heavenly abode that one goes to. Nirvana is a mindset that one exists in. So whether it's the department break for lunch or dinner for two; whether it's a hunger for curry or a thirst for lassi; whether you dine in, or take away, our food assures that you take away the peace of mind that comes with only the perfect blend of spices, at the perfect Nirvana.
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Nirvana reviews from OpenTable diners
20 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (6)neighborhood gem (4)great for lunch (3)romantic (3)special occasion (2)scenic view (1)good for groups (1)late-night find (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Liked it all right but...
    PhpfVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Having read the reviews, I thought the food would be even better. Some dishes disappointed (the lamb); most were pretty good. I would go again as the service was very good but I have had better in London!
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Indian
    barL
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Went to dinner with a friend. Nice quiet upstairs dining room - quite lovely. Service was wonderful. Shared Gobi Manchurian and Calamari Bhajiya. Both were very good. For the main course we went with Lamb Vindaloo, which was very hot (and I like hot) and had too much vinegar. Overall I would definately go again.
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  • More upscale take on Indian dining
    DariaMVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I dined twice in this restaurant and both of the times the food was excellent. I love Inidian cuisine and this restaurant offers a great variation of different dishes particularly Vegetarian options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding dining
    deb19VIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Great food, many choices, and very good service. Their naan is to die for (particularly the Peshwari)! We thoroughly enjoyed our meal here and will definitely come back when we visit NYC again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Food and Services
    hitesh50
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Very Accommodating for special food or service needs....
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nirvana Indian
    bizzylizzy
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Came here for a late dinner on Saturday night. Ordered several dishes to share.. Tandoori shrimp were amazing! All the food had great depth of flavor, not shy on the spice. Really good authentic indian food.. Would definitely dine here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No way
    noBratings
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    We did not go in as the restaurant has a B rating.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Very good
    TEGO
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    The ambiance is very nice...nicer than we expected. The food was very good, too.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.5
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 231 reviews are from the Nirvana reviews archive.
  • Upscale Indian Joint
    JohnGVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Nirvana was just the right place for a reunion of a few School friends reuniting after 3 decades at this Indian restaurant with a diverse Menu - from Vegetarian delicacies to tasty Lamb to Seafood favorites. While we were seated on the 2nd Floor - a little spacious with optimal service; not overbearing, just right for our reunion. The prices were commensurate with the quality of food for a Manhattan restaurant. While it was our first time, I would dine here again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CHEAP BUSINESS MOVES!
    scumbags
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    HORRIBLE BUSINESS PRACTICE! The waiter took 10+ mins to come to our table, and they have a bottle of sparkling water on the table. They intentionally place the bottle in a way so you can't see the label of the bottle. They way they place the bottle, it seems its just regular water, until you crack it open, and the waiters come flying. This is a very cheap, dirty, unfair business practice.
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  • Fantastic.
    rexewing
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    I've been here twice and have to say that this is some of the best Indian food that I have had in the city. The service is great, we were seated immediately both times, and the food is fresh and delicious. They had a better wine list than any other Indian restaurant that I have visited, which was a nice surprise.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • too dark
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    special food but i'd ask the lighting to be a bit more bright
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  • Excellent option for vegeterians.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Excellent option for vegeterians. Quiet ambience. Excellent food. Tried their grilled vegetables, okra something and adraki gobi-all excellent. Service could be faster and more attentive, but I am nitpicking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • reliable neighborhood staple
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    I go here often for a nice dinner before I head home on MetroNorth. The wait staff is very friendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good in all areas
    CharlesVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    We found this restaurant while on vacation in New York using reviews, and it was close to our hotel so we decided to give it a try. We were pleased with it, although I must stipulate that I've only had Indian food a handful of times, so it's not an area of expertise. The decor was fine, nothing special but nice enough. The food was tasty, though mine wasn't as spicy as they told me it would be (not that that was a bad thing - it still tasted very good). The portions were HUGE and we definitely could have just split one entree and had a bit of rice and bread and such; I came nowhere near to finishing my meal. Most importantly to me, the prices were reasonable and the service was EXCELLENT - I'd definitely recommend it.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fair/Good
    RobWVIP
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    Tough to be good when you are serving buffet style food. The atmosphere was good and the food was OK.
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  • Thumbs way up!
    FromBC
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    First time in New York and we sought to have Indian food. Being Indian, we have high expectations when we eat out. In order to be considered good, the food has to be way better than Mama's homecooking! Nirvana surpassed our expectations and (sorry Mama) it was better...way better...than homecooking!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Food
    srk49VIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Food Service and Decor all great. Love this place!!
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  • Good service, quiet place.
    Foodie
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    The service was very good and the evening we went it was very quiet. Bar downstairs was empty but looks like it would be fun. The food was good but not the best I have ever had. Typically when I get chicken tikka marsala and lamb vindaloo the meat is falling apart in the sauce so it seems creamier. This was good but was more chunks of meat in the sauce as if it needed to cook a few more hours to become what I'm used to. It was good but I think it needed a little more flavor.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food
    reviewVIP
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    the staff was very friendly and helpful. The ambiance was fantastic. Food pretty good, but I thought the chef uesd much to much salt in our chicken tandoori dish otherwise the food was good. We mentioned this to the waiter and he offered us dessert free of charge which I thought was very sweet and professional
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  • Lunch Buffet - great
    RF13VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Went for weekday lunch buffet. Good options, vegetarian and non-veg (chicken, goat). Plenty of food, and get as much naan as you want. Service was good, kept making sure we had everything we needed. Quality of food was very good; and staff kept making sure buffet was clean, full and fresh. Chicken tikka masala was good, not the most flavorful I've had; chicken tikka was great; other vegetarian dishes were really good too. Definitely recommend, and definitely going back.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food and service
    JasonD
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    We started off with Vegetable Samosas, my wife had the Chicken Tikka Masala, and I had the Nalli Gosht (braised lamb shank). All was great. If you like lamb the Nalli Gosht is fantastic. The service was good, but was a bit disjointed as it seemed that the server kept changing. I would visit again when back in NYC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good choice in midtown
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    Went with a friend who was visiting from London. Had never been to Nirvana before and was happy with my choice. There is a lot of interesting choices just not the usual Saag paneer and chicken tikka masala. The service was very good and the ambiance upstairs was very good to talk and enjoy your food. The decor is quite nice. The food was mixed. Some dishes were very good, others just ok. Please skip the Casatta... better to stick to Indian desserts. Overall, one of the better Indian restaurants around.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our Go To Indian in the Area
    srk49VIP
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    Walking distance from our apartment. We always go to Nirvana for the most delicious food. We get the samosa, chicken korma, chicken tandoori (so deliciously spiced). Roti is good. Aloo matar is good. Didn't get the amuse bouche this time, wonder why. The complimentary dessert was good. The wine selection is good. The service is good. The food is good. Would recommend when in the area.
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  • Review
    PumpkinpieVIP
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    The restaurant is on the second floor; do not get thrown by their bar which takes most of the first floor. The design aesthetic on the second floor was surprisingly nice, given the bar scene below. The food was good overall and the service was friendly and attentive for the most part. My biggest disappointment was that I had requested that my dish be mild and instead, it came fully spiced and essentially inedible.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent restaurant. Great
    PGMac
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Excellent restaurant. Great service and food is terrific. We are vegetarian, and all entrees were excellent
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    fit for foodies
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  • Authenticity and Ambience
    PalatePete
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Our NYE dinner could not have been better! Quiet, cozy, warm and inviting with superb service and wonderful food. The staff is especially gracious and George made sure we were happy and taken care of. We make this a regular stop when passing through NY. A definite gem without the hype, just true value and perennial satisfaction.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for an indian food fix!
    TravelerVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Good for an indian food fix! Portions are big so good to order light...
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  • Authentic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    I was surprised to eat this authentic Indian food (starters and as apmain courses lamb Saag and rabbit). Even the interior is respectable for an Indian restaurant and offers an industrial charm with its naked walls and hig ceilings. The portions are huge and I recommend to be cautious with the amount of starters (max 1 per 2 persons). Also, take the food mild or medium max. I chose the spicy version, but contrary to India where the food is simmering in the hot sauce, here they simply add more chilly that ruins the taste. Last but not least, the prices are very reasonable for the choice that we had.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gem of Indian Restaurant near
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    Gem of Indian Restaurant near Grand Central Station. Clean, pleasant, attentive service, dining room upstairs is quiet and soothing. Bar on first floor is fun scene as young professionals pile in after work. Food is well prepared, with reasonable choices.
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    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, excellent value
    TerryD
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    Nirvana has been consistenly terrific over the years, the food is always fresh and very tasty. You can tell by the clientele that it is also authentic. My only minor cavil is that the furniture is starting to look shabby. But, overall, I would highly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Indian in Midtown
    srk49VIP
    Dined on 11/3/2013
    Our go to place for wonderful Indian fare. The food and service are excellent. We try to go once a week if at all possible.
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    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Indian through and through
    PeteVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    Nirvana was just what we were looking for in a neighborhood restaurant in the Murray Hill area. Traditional Indian dishes are served in a quiet and traditional setting. Food was good if not spectacular and the service was timely and efficient.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    LKDC
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    Great food at reasonable prices. Lamb Vindaloo was spicy and tender, fabulous garlic naan. Baby eggplant in s wonderful creamy sauce. Will return when in NYC again.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Reliable
    srk49VIP
    Dined on 10/7/2013
    Always reliable and delicious Indian fare. Seasoned perfectly. Fresh ingredients. Helpful, friendly, professional staff. Love this place.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Food and Service
    srk49VIP
    Dined on 10/2/2013
    The food is fantastic here. The service is warm and professional.
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  • Good Service, Solid Indian Food
    CA2NY
    Dined on 10/1/2013
    Nice place, great service, solid food. Vindaloo was on target.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Was just OK, got 1000 points...
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2013
    I'm not an expert in Indian cuisine. I felt this place was OK, a bit in the middle ground compared to my previous Indian dining experiences. Service was good, starting with the hostest at the lower level and continuing with the staff upstairs. The upstairs table where we were seated seemed to be located in a spot that had a funny odor but I couldn't figure it out and did not request a table change. My chicken tikka masala was not interesting. Her lamb Vindoo was the same. Naan was fine. We finished the Naan and most of the rice. Didn't finish our plates. Quiet sunday night, OK Indian food, and 1000 open table points (ahhh now you know!...).
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  • Delightful
    tribecadwellerVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    The service was outstanding and the food was packed with wonderful flavors. I will definitely return to this gem.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd time around
    Homerleo
    Dined on 9/9/2013
    Food did not disappoint. Background music strange..jazz?
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.