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About 1 Darbar
Reviewers and patrons consistently give high marks to this cozy, bi-level restaurant & lounge. Highly Zagat rated, 1 Darbar is a superb choice for Indian food with great ambiance and service. A lavish $10.95 lunch buffet with new and delicious dishes served everyday. Dinner from $10 and up. We look forward to seeing you soon.
New York, NY 10017
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am-4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday, Sunday: 4:00pm-10:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm-11:00pm
Between 3rd & Lexington
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We cater for all functions; birthdays, graduations, sweet sixteen, engagement, wedding etc. of any size
There is a parking garage just opposite us and street parking is also available
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wine
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Darbar can accommodate all your special event needs.
1 Darbar Ratings and Reviews
Only reason not giving 5 stars is plain boring decor
Sat upstairs in a long narrow room. Large party with buffet was just leaving and food remained way too long. Server cleaning up was popping food into his mouth. Gross
Manager was friendly as was server when he finally came over to us
Had to wait too long to even have water poured for us. Got my wine pronto though!
Here’s the good news
The pappadam was really good
The vegetable dishes were delicious
Would like to see more vegetables in the korma sauce
I’ll go back because the food was so delicious
Our family of four went here for a late dinner on the occasion of our daughter's birthday. We ordered four different items and shared bites with each other, and all of the plates were delicious. It is fine Indian cuisine but not too pricey. Our daughter is a vegetarian and she had plenty of options. I would definitely return here for lunch or dinner.
Food was great. There were 4 of us, we had veggie samosas and onion banjis for appetizers. They were both fantastic. Cooked to order. There was only a small bit of pompom sauce, but it was flavorful. The four entrees (2 veggie and 2 meat) were exceptional. We had lamb rogan josh, chicken madras curry house special, bombay aloo (spicy but greatI and vegetable korma. The naan serving were small but tasty. The mango ice cream and rice pudding (neither too sweet) were excellent. Will go back again.
Darbar is absolutely delicious!! The staff was so friendly, attentive, and helpful. The food is outstanding!!! Perfectly seasoned, authentic, spicy without being overwhelming, and quite fresh. I loved that they had unique things on the menu like salmon tikka masala (try it!! it's heavenly) and these onion fritter-like things that are similar to vegetable pakora, but are even better.
Darbar's greatest asset is its proximity to Grand Central. It is extremely convenient as a place to meet friends on the way back home via Metro North. Our food was good but I was not comfortable with the appearance of the restaurant. It was not very clean and that always makes me suspicious of the food.
We expected a bit more after seeing all of the great reviews. It's a simple, good Indian spot. Zero ambiance, fair to mid-level service. The food is solid - very good Indian, but nothing to write home about. They did have a great bottle of wine (amidst a really bad wine list) that we splurged on, which made the meal very nice.
Have been there couple of times for dinner and wanted to try their lunch buffet. Wow for $14.95, you just cannot go wrong. Service as always was impeccable. I tried out Fish, couple of chicken dishes ,some vegetables, got fresh Naan on the table.OMG, I ate too much.
Ambiance was depressing and looked like it needed to be updated. Service was perfunctory and rushed. Felt like waiters were not really very interested in what they were doing. The food was adequate but just average. There are far better Indian restaurants in this area to go to.
Darbar's crummy service never fails to amaze me: it's like the waitstaff is actively trying to lose business. Consistently rude. I made a reservation for 6 people at 2 p.m. (yes, 2 hours before the buffet is scheduled to end) and we were taken upstairs where the servers explained they'd have to reheat the food. We offered to carry plates up from the downstairs buffet but they refused to let us. Turned on the sterno pots under the cold food in the upstairs buffet instead. Then literally dismantled all of the other tables upstairs as we began to eat. I'm talking about folding tables being passed between my table and the food. The best part is that this happened to me the LAST time I came to Darbar's -- also not during peak lunch hour but hardly before the restaurant was to close. Shame on me for going back for reheated curry and remarkably terrible service.
They have a fantastic Indian buffet at lunch during the week. It is all-you-can-eat for an incredibly low price and the food is delicious with lots of choices. My friend and I went on the late side (2:30), and the restaurant was not crowded and we were able to sit and talk and enjoy the wonderful food without being rushed. Highly recommended for Indian-food lovers like us.
I would not recommend this restaurant. The wait staff attended to the larger groups even though we were seated first. They also did not know anything about the ingredients in the food as one person in my party of three had gluten allergies- they kept makig suggesstions of things to try but knew nothing about the food at all. Quite a let down after reading the reviews.
I ordered vegetarian curry with a hint of yogurt, which was really tasty. Mu aunt ordered garden salad and Indian garlic bread. Both were come in a good portion and delicious. Overall is good! However, I did not get +1000 bonus points. Could anyone tell me why?
Great place for a get-together with global travelers craving for tasty, authentic Indian food at the Special Event. Tandoori chicken was a great appetizer with Kingfisher Beer. Shrimp, vegetarian dishes, and the variety of Indian breads was exactly what we were looking for. Highly recommended.
One of my favorite restaurants. I'm going there tonight. The manager chris treats people like kings and queens. In fact i don't want to go anywhere else, I'm going back tonight. The quality of the food is tremendous. I always bring some home. On top of all it's reasonable.
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