1 Darbar

4.3
549 reviews
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$30 and under
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Indian
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.

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

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New York Area
57 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Very good food and pleasant place. Service is OK but could stand improvement.

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S
Calgary
35 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great little place, we were the last table of the night so the service was all about us! Great food would highly recommend the chicken tikka

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food. Good service. Nice setting and decor.

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PF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was very good. Service was poor. We were put upstairs and it was as if the staff forgot about us. I had to ask to see the manager to complain about the long wait time for the entrees to be served and then the service improved. Would not go back.

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m
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our go-to restaurant near Grand Central Station. The food is delicious (try the tandoori lamb chops along with lemon rice and raita), the service friendly, the atmosphere casual but refined. It's always a treat to have dinner here, but now I'm thinking, why not make this a weekly occurrence?

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Pathetic food and service!

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PZ
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

food and personnel were outstanding; bar was not adequately stocked.

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G
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service. We are always greeted by Chris the manager who not only remembers us but what we order. He treats us with respect and hospitality.
The owner is wonderful and came over to greet us personally.
I love the food and staff. Chris is beyond a manager.
Kathleen

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LW
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We wanted Indian food before a Broadway show - Darbar was unknown to us but conveniently located so we gave it a try . We were not disappointed. Immediate searing, great service, interesting menu, and delicious food.

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D
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent as always. Usually get the saag paneer (spinach and cheese) but switched it up and got the shrimp with spinach and it was fantastic! My favorite Indian restaurant in NYC and I’ll be back.

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DA
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

Food was good, not much else was so only two stars. The obnoxious loud rap/techno music is hard to understand. We asked for it to be turned off or down, but no luck. I had to beg for a drink refill. Service would be one star. I would come back for the food. Making things worse at the end of our meal we noticed one of our glasses was cracked with a jagged piece of glass. Hopefully they improve their service...

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MJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

First time visiting Darbar's, we came from out of town (Toronto) for a vacation. Portions were very large and we probably ordered too much food, however, the quality was amazing and the price was fair value. Nice ambiance upstairs and also quiet enough to have a good conversation with my girlfriend.

Would highly recommend restaurant

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h
New York Area
121 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and great food. Flavorful large portions. Highly recommend!!!

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d
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The staff was very accommodating to our large party with kids! Service was fast, and the food was phenomenal.

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B
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose Darbar because one in our party was a vegetarian and I love Indian food.
They had some excellent ideas and made our goat dish extra spicy.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Indian food in NYC!

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NY
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We wanted to do a low-key Thanksgiving lunch, and we picked Darbar. The food was great, the service was very good, and we could chat without having to shout (not sure if that was because it was less crowded because of Thanksgiving). Would definitely go back for non-holiday meals, though!

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DM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent. Service was very friendly, although a little slow. Overall, it was a wonderful experience and we’ll definitely be back.

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d
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Decent Indian food, tasty but not a standout. Lunch buffet had an extensive selection and was a great value at $15 per person, including fresh bread. Definitely had more flavorful Indian food in the 20s-30s in Murray Hill, or higher up in the 50s. For proximity to Grand Central and value of the meal, all in all not a bad choice. Glad we made a reservation for lunch as there was a line out the door throughout our meal.

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M
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are now regulars at 1 Darbar - all perfect, food and service!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner!

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H
Miami
55 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Darbar is a great spot for tasty, well-seasoned Indian cuisine. The chicken vindaloo is outstanding -- on the hot side for those who prefer milder tastes -- but it's just the way I like it. My dining companion had the butter chicken and was highly pleased with that. The vegetable samosa appetizer is flavorful and moist. We shared garlic naan and aloo paratha, both of which came fresh, hot, and delicious. Bar cocktails are reasonably potent. The service is efficient and unobtrusive. The décor isn't fancy or beautiful, but the atmosphere is pleasant and the low noise level is conducive to conversation.

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MG
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Ambiance is not that great, as almost every Indian restaurant is. The samosas are nothing special, the biryani is really good, as well as the chicken tikka masala. Staff is not very prepared, we finished our appetizers and after 10 minutes, they still did not clear our table.

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M
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit to 1 Darbar was exceptional.; food and service perfect. We will now be regular dinners.

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SV
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great service. Will definitely be back.

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OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a jem

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff, authentic curries. Lived up to expectations

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G
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual chris the manager welcomed my friend and I with royalty. He serves the delicious meal with pride and graciousness. Always a smile with super super service e. The restaurant is a gem but without Chris the atmosphere would not be the same.
Thank you for delicious food and perfect service with chris Kathleen abbott

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M
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite Indian spot in the city. The service is always excellent and food delicious!

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G
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is always delicious. You can’t go wrong here. I recommend CHICHEN tikka and aloo goobi and lamb chops. The manager Chris is remarkable and does a fantastic job of remembering his customers down to the wins they order. Chris makes this restaurant ! And the food
Kathleen

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AA
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

While the portions were small, the food was very good. Our only complaint was that the service was a little slow.

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ED
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The food had decent flavor and the menu options were creative. However, all else was underwhelming including the fact that the food clearly sat for quite a while before it came to us.

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DK
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Met up with friends for dinner. Convenient location, good food, and helpful wait staff.

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SA
New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal with very friendly and attentive servers. We will be back!

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SM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

very surprising that such a well known restaurant had such bad food. ?sheek kabob ...lamb very dry. bread not warm. service mediocre. wine large portion but so.so. will not be back again

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SM
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Darbar is a great option for a business meal owing to the immediate availability of food, quite environment and vicinity to the UN. The broad range of food options is also important to ensure that, in case the group is more culturally diverse, everybody can find something to eat.

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PG
Frankfurt Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

good food, could invest in better ambiente, facilities

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Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was delicious and service fairly attentive without being overly clinging. They brought us a free dessert tasting after dinner which was nice.

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SE
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The restaurant was pleasant to be in, but the food was extremely mediocre.

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D
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been going to Darbar for many years. Consistently excellent service and food at a very reasonable price. One of my favorite places in New York!

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