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.

152 E 46th Street
New York, NY 10017
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Indian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am-4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday, Sunday: 4:00pm-10:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm-11:00pm

Cross Street:
Between 3rd & Lexington

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 681-4500

Website:
http://www.darbarny.com/

Catering:
We cater for all functions; birthdays, graduations, sweet sixteen, engagement, wedding etc. of any size

Parking Details:
There is a parking garage just opposite us and street parking is also available

Public Transit:
Grand Central

Executive Chef:
Apu Gomez

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wine

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Details
Sun 5:00PM - 9:00PM

Mon - Fri 5:00PM - 6:00PM 9:00PM - 9:30PM

Sat 6:30PM - 9:00PM

Private Dining

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

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.1

ambience

3.8

value

4.0

Noise

Quiet

82% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Authentic (3)
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Spicy (3)
Good for Groups (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Vegan (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Business Meals (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Good for a Date (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Healthy (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Romantic (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Comfort Food (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Warm welcome, friendly staff and very good food

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

The food was ok. I’ve had better crab cakes. The lamb curry was a bit bland. Portions are small. The staff could be more attentive. I had to ask to have my glass refilled with water. Overall a pleasant experience but I do think it could have been better.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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 food!
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

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Wonderful experience so happy to always be greeted by chris. Never had a bad meal here and so reasonable. I had reservations at 5:00 and was suppose to get 1,000 points but got a 100.
Ka

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 9, 2018

This was my first time at Dabar and it was great. Food was well spiced and tasty. The noise was high that night , but is was outside and was a jackhammer and not the fault of Dabar.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Spicy, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Vegan, Comfort Food
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Phenomenal food and service!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

My first Indian cuisine experience. The food was delicious and the wait staff was very attentive.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Birthday dinner

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Attention to every detail. Impeccable service. Fantastic meal. Will return on my next trip to NY.

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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 11, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Dublin)·Dined on December 9, 2017

This Indian restaurant on E46 Street is well worth a visit. The authentic Indian dishes are very well cooked and presented. Thety even have Sula wines! I would not hesitate in recommending it to someone looking for an Indian meal in nice surroundings.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Spicy, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Consistently good. Have been coming for years.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Healthy, Spicy, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Vegan, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 20, 2017

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.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

We were celebrating a family birthday. Service was great and they did a wonderful job with the dessert. Food was excellent. Great sauces. Goat curry was a hit. Try the rosemary naan for a change up. Rice pudding too.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Excellent food and service. The staff is friendly and extremely accommodating to any and all requests. I have eaten at Indian restaurants all over the world, the cuisine at Debar is authentic and flavorful.

Tags: Happy Hour, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Wonderful service, tasty food, quiet. Will be back!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Unbelievable!!!
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.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 15, 2017

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

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.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Ambiance is one small step above Curry Hill. Food was mediocre at best. Left the ordering to my three Indian friends all of whom reacted very negatively to most of the food. We were all hoping for a lot better.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 2017

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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Not the best or the worst Indian restaurant you'll ever visit. Service was slow but not bad. Good was just 'ok'.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Delicious and quiet

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Good basic Indian cuisine in midtown Manhattan. Nothing exotic and will be pleasing even to the most unadventurous patron so a good solid choice if you desire Indian food with a diverse menu, Indian beers and a reasonable tariff.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Cuisine is good but that evening somehow service was very slow.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Service was extremely slow and inattentive, prices were more expensive than on website

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Went here after med school graduation with friends and family - had a group of 18 people, and they were able to accommodate with no issues. Plus they had good food.

Tags: Authentic, Casual
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Great experience! Very attentive servers and the dishes we had were great! I am very picky with Indian food and the chicken korma was the best I've had! The lemon rice was also great!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 27, 2017

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?

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Food always great. Easy for a quick tasty dinner.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Quiet Conversation
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 (Miami)·Dined on May 21, 2017

The food was very slow in coming, it took 45 mins for soups and over an hour for the main meal, with no explanation. It took so long my husband left before the main meal and went back to the hotel, he was so tired and could not wait any longer

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Good Indian food with many choices

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 7, 2017

The prices listed on the open table app menu do not reflect the prices of the entrees in the restaurant- this was misleading and upsetting. Otherwise, the food was great

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Authentic, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 25, 2017

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.
Giraffey

Tags: Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 25, 2017

Excellent! Great food and impeccable service. We were all delighted.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Tapas, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options
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