Vatan Indian Restaurant
Vatan Indian Restaurant

Vatan Indian Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.vatanny.com/
  • Phone: 2126895666
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner Only: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm Closed on Mondays
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian / Vegan, Indian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We can accommodate parties of up to 40 guests. Please call the private party contact.
  • Private Party Contact: . 2126895666

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 29th Street and Third Avenue
  • Public Transit: 6 train to 28th Street.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking available as well as local parking lots.
A word from Vatan Indian Restaurant
Patrons will experience delicious vegetarian Indian cuisine when they dine Vatan Indian restaurant. This New York Indian restaurant's menu is very simple and delicious, serving vegetarian dishes made from only the freshest ingredients. Whether you dine on the first or second floor, this NYC vegetarian Indian restaurant offers a fun, relaxing atmosphere in which to enjoy a prix fix menu with dishes like spicy chickpeas, samosas stuffed with ground vegetables and peas and chilled mango soup. Vatan Indian Restaurant offers a prix fixe dinner menu. The entire experience is made to replicate a typical Gujurati dinner feast. At this Manhattan Indian vegetarian restaurant, you can expect friendly hospitality along with unique vegetarian cuisine. Come visit Vatan Indian Restaurant today.
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Vatan Indian Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
74 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (39)fit for foodies (38)special occasion (28)romantic (21)kid-friendly (18)neighborhood gem (11)scenic view (4)late-night find (4)great for brunch (2)great for outdoor dining (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Love it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Very good experience - great food, quiet ambiance and we were able to have a decent time.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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  • Best Thali
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    One of the best India meals I had outside of India. Not your regular chicken tika masala.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still doing well after 2 decades
    Gopal
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I have been a regular visitor to VATAN since the mid-late 1990s. The menu remains the same as do some of the staff. Fixed Price, 4 course dinner, starting with appetizers and ending with a cup of Indian tea. Reservations are definitely recommended.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great ambiance and food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Heaven for vegetarians.. Is slightly expensive but def worth for special occasions ..
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    yogiken
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Excellent fixed course Indian thali meal with appetizers, main course and desert. Very easy for those new to Indian cuisine. Also, extra for the asking. All of our Indian friends felt that this was the most authentic Indian restaurant they had been to in the US. All vegetarian.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Clean
    LuvVatanGreatfabulous1
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Vatan is a great vegetarian restaurant, Clean, nice, always Good.I travel the world and I always try to get to Vatan.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A good get together
    Gumby
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Three couples linked old college ties met for dinner on a Friday evening and had the fixed price meal. We enjoyed the food and hospitality very much and everyone was pleased - which is not always easy to do. I will go back.
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    good for groups
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  • Vatan
    wnpveronaVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Excellent variety of very tasty vegetarian Indian food. Have been to Vatan many times and it is always consistent and good.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Fab! Minor gripe about fixed menu
    Deevictuals
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Vatan has various good aspects; right from a very warm greeting to unique ambiance. Taste of food was great as well. However there shouldn't be a fixed menu or there should be an option of 2 appetizers and 2 subzis etc. Most people cannot eat 6+ appetizers and 4+ subzis. I hate to see food wasted when homeless ppl outside are starving.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    Kumar
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This is our third time there and the food was amazing as usual! We enjoyed the food and the time and would go there again. Knowing Indian food as we are Indians the food is very authentic and excellent!
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bad, sweet food - overpriced
    loveindianvegetarian
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Small portions, slow service, everything is sweet .. grossly overpriced
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  • Pleasant Birthday Party
    Satisfying
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Pros: Knowledgeable waitress Delicious, fresh-prepared food Good service Different spicy options Gluten-free options Spoons available as eating utensils All you can eat Clean bathroom Cons: Main course is not spicy A little chaotic with each person's food order No music at background
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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  • Different ambience!
    annapoorna
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    It was nice to have dinner in a restaurant where one could have a conversation at the table. Spacious, with a different ambience. Food was good- especially the appetizers! The main course was okay-although the waiters did not come during the time we were eating to ask if we needed anything. So even if we wanted seconds on some items, there was nobody. Also it is quite uncomfortable to remove your shoes and try to get into the booth to be seated! Not a good design--especially for people with leg problems and ladies who are dressed for an occasion!Overall a good dining experience.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very inorganic
    Inorganic
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    A whole lot of food ingredients used were inorganic and plastic like artificial favors and ingredients in mango pulp; very greasy purees and other dishes that bulks up one's appetite; and if one were any so sensitive to food quality - you can sense the cutting of corners in all their dishes and offerings - meaningfully, just about every one of them.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    the 3 stars are just for the appetizers and dessert, the only good thing about the main course was the aam ras.....everything else was blah
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sumptuous Dinner
    dinner4veggies
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    This place is a must go for foodies as it will blow their mind with vegetarian food assortment. Worth the money and an awesome experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Delicious
    spectacular
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    It's not my first time eating here and it will not be my last. I love this place. Everyone is just amazingly polite and caring. I did notice the price went up but I'm ok with it for now.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good experience!
    DomiiDoo1130
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Had lots of fun with my boyfriend for our first time. I loved it.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Indian/Vegetarian Dining
    photobrian
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Vatan is a wonderful Indian vegetarian restaurant. Once you walk in, you don't have to think about anything. "Any allergies?" "Do you prefer mild, medium, or hot?" "Any vegans?" The pace of dining is comfortable. as the food is brought to your table, each dish is described. Seconds are available on anything that you want. Great food. Great ambiance. Great service. Vatan will always be a "go to" for us.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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  • good food
    ssku
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    set three course vegetarian menu. Fresh and tasty. The decor definitely needs updating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • used to be much better
    foodie
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We have been to this restaurant a few times and we came not only for tHe food but also for the experience. The waiters used to have beautiful outfits and were so entertaining. Both is not the case anymore. Less than average food compared to before.
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    special occasion
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  • Thali just like in india!
    ManhattanVillager
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    The only thing you get to choose is spiciness level here. It's a fantastic step into authentic Indian fare. Vegetarian, but you'll never miss the meat! After a month in India, this place is the only spot in New York that gets it right.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    Kumar
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    It was a fantastic experience! The ambience was excellent and the food was really good and authentic. We would go there again. The customized the food to the spiciness of our party (and one of us eats very spicy and they made it like that). The service was excellent and we would recommend it to everyone. We are from India and know the difference between authentic and more Americanized food and this one was authentic.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Prashant
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    My wife and I have been regulars at this restaurant for 10+ years - needless to say we love the food here - it's amazing that they have managed to keep the quality and taste consistent for this long. It is a challenge to finish the quantity of food served - the variety is what we love - 6 different appetizers, 4 vegetables, fresh bread, two kinds of rice, dessert and tea.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lousy Service
    Lousy
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Came to celebrate my son's 10th Birthday party, the team did not put in a single effort to make it special for the boy, instead they were rushing us out as my infant was a bit making mess on the table. The waitress even asked my 10 year old to clean up the table for her. This is ridiculous, lousy service for the price paid. Food was ok, but when requested the waitress to pack a bit of rice left over for the baby, she refused to do so. This was quite unexpected.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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  • Fun Dining Experience
    Ganesh1922
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    I love to take friends to Vatan who have not experienced it before. The atmosphere and seating is fun and the "indian village" setting a little exotic. The food is delicious and varied, and the waitresses make a nice presentation. The only complaint is that, if you don't take advantage of seconds, I see no reason why you cannot take home some of what you don't finish. Otherwise a nice place to come for a unique occasion and be careful not to overstuff yourself!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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  • Sometimes disappointing...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We have been to Vatan a few times and have found that the appetizer round is usually very good but the main course is often a let down. We are always excited to go there on our trips to NY but given that its $30 per head and that we are not always satisfied, we will be skipping it atleast in the short term.
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    good for groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Vegetarian
    goodvegetarian
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    If you want to experience a great authentic Indian vegetarian food, this is the restaurant to go to. It has a typical Indian village decor and the service is fast and good. It is place for all you can eat fixed price 3 course services. Check it out!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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  • A nice place to dine!!
    MakJ
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Vatan has been a great place to introduce to non-Indian friends to Authentic Indian (Gujarati) food!
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    fit for foodies
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  • Best Gujarati Food in NYC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    I cannot say enough about the food here. I cleaned up each of the dishes and even had space for seconds. Absolutely delicious and I am positive that I will bring my family and friends back here multiple times in the future.
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    good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very spicy food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Even after asking the waiter for very mild food...the food was so hot I could only eat one thing. The place looks nice but the way the food is served is more like a cafeteria then a restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience!
    MakJ
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    The restaurant has it's charm and the food is excellent, very authentic Gujarati cusisine. I had my colleague from Honolulu, who also really enjoyed the food! We will return back next time the hawaiin group comes over to New York.
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    good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 42 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 494 reviews are from the Vatan Indian Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Vegetarian need not be healthy
    Number618VIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Very different from the vegetarian fare in the usual Indian restaurants in NYC. As a non vegetarian I thought the dishes were insubstantial and too oddly spiced. Most things are fried or have unpleasant textures. There are liquids that are filled with reflux unfriendly spices. The restaurant's food is proof that vegetarian does not have to be healthy. I like Indian food in general but I'll stay clear of this one.
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  • Come hungry
    atb20
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Some of the best Indian food in the city. The appetizers are amazing. And I love that you don't have to make any decisions. They just start bringing you your meal. Yummy!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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  • Outstanding Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Vatan is an authentic representation of Gujarathi food and Indian dining with the right village ambience in NYC. What more can one ask for? Large amounts of food for a fixed price .... people who have large appetites can truly get their bang for the buck.
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    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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  • Starters!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    The starters were outstanding!!! The service and ambience was amazing too!! The main course was sad!! We requested for "Indian spicy" and we got something on the other end of the spectrum!!! The puris were not hot! Vegetables were bland. Desert was awesome!
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    good for groups, special occasion
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  • nice folks, nice room, meh food
    BeenThereEtThat
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Great indian decor and charming, polite service distinguish an otherwise pedestrian veggie meal
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  • amazing
    trac
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    the food is incredible. you will want to go there very hungry and pace yourself. its a place for a special meal.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • unique place great food
    Nomnom
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Vatan has such a unique vibe and the food is delicious! definitely coming back!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Gujarati Food Outside My House
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    VATAN was the best place I have ever ate at when wanting to enjoy the savory flavors of Gujarat, India. Though we eat Gujarati food daily, it was great to have a different style, taste & presentation of foods which are not typically eaten at home from Gujarat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.