1 Darbar

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$30 and under
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Indian

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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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vipSaturday
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Neighborhood gem. Little hole in the wall but the food was great. Full of flavor and a good amount of heat too. Little of the beaten path but well worth the walk.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience2

Honestly food was solid (value was meh) but service was horrible. Would not recommend dining there but possibly takeout/delivery if costs we 20 - 30 percent lower.

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vipFifi
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Darbar is a gem and never disappoints. The food is first rate with many vegan options. The staff is friendly and attentive and the experience is always first rate. Great lunch buffet too.

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CarolynC
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went here to celebrate my birthday with 8 friends, and we had a wonderful time! The upstairs was spacious, we could have full conversations and actually all hear each other, the food was delicious as always, and our servers were extremely kind. Thank you, Darbar!

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KeithK
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service and venue ! The food was beyond our expectation !

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MarieCatherine
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Tres bon! Situé près de la 5e avenue et 46e rue, restaurant chouette proposant un bon choix de menu.

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vipmmheus
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

This is a pretty restaurant. Too bad the food was the worst Indian food I have ever eaten. Everything looked and tasted the same. It has almost turned me off to Indian food. I would not recommend it. Sorry.

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vipKarenB
Detroit
37 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Went on Sunday for lunch buffet. Naan was freshly made and fantastic everything else was not up to par.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food

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Tarabuses
Dublin
13 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I always visit Darbar when in NY. They must have changed chef as the main dishes were more spicy thgan before. I am not complaining as everything was delicious and up to expectations.

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vipStephanieF
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Authentic Indian food close to Grand Central Station and at very reasonable prices.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an unexpectedly found gem!! We booked this place last minute and were absolutely delighted with everything- the ambiance, the service, and of course the food!! We ordered cheese and tomato naan, chicken tikka masala, lamb chops and aloo Palak, every bite was delicious, I would recommend this place to anyone.

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vippammyjean
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

well, they told me my party hadn't arrived but they were waiting upstairs. then it was cold upstairs so we moved downstairs. our soups were good but I felt the chana shaag was smoky-burnt tasting. we liked the other entrees. we didn't like either dessert. the room is not particularly pleasant.

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ZakariaR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible food. Probably the worst Indian food I've had. Ordered a chicken/potato dish. There were no vegetable in the dish. When inquired, waiter responded "its mixed into the sauce." Terrible lie as I've had this dish several places before. Lamb dish did NOT taste like lamb. Pretty sure it was beef. Pricey for what it is. Terrible experience.

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MegS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sit upstairs for a very quiet private experience. Order the crispy okra for an appetizer I had never tasted before. I comes in a nest of papadum & looks as wonderful as it tastes. All the dishes were excellent as were the pickles. The service is very attentive. Can't wait to go back, thank you.

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vippatronA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

The food(buffet) was cold and not tasteful at all.

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vipKrischjone
Miami
33 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a very lovely Indian restaurant with table cloths and a little bit of an upscale atmosphere. Food is very good too! Service was great.

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mina
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

the banquet is always fabulous and at lunch time- it is actually one of the fastest way to get lunch. They give you a great array of items to choose from for the price. perfect for 2 or more people

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Cathy
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious. The service could have been a little bit better. I would most likely go back again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely my favorite Indian restaurant to go to when in NYC! It’s always my first stop of any trip here! The service and food are amazing and the staff always make me feel like a valued customer! It doesn’t look like much from the street but once you are inside you will see that this place is a true gem! Highly recommend!

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StephenP
London
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Restaurant was cosy. Ordered okra crunch, lamb briyani and eggplant bharta. Food was delicious and wait time short.

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CarlyM
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service
Great location
I went with a friend and she loved it too
We will come back

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vipConsueloB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Flavorful food
Fast and pleasant service
Good value for money

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Anthony
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My family has been coming here for years and every time I sit down to enjoy dinner, I am never disappointed. The food is flavorful and I am yet to find another Indian spot in NY/NJ that has put a smile on my face such as Darbar.
I would recommend this place to friends.

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vipStlbigR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honestly one of the best restaurant experiences ever. Super Friendly and attentive service. Most flavorful meal ever. The three of us enjoyed every one of our food choices which is rare. Fine for vegetarians and carnivores alike. Pricing Fixe menu offered tremendous choice and even substitutions! Incredible value for NYC.

I rarely write reviews but really want to help the Open Table community discover this gem of a restaurant. If you are near Grand Central this is a very quick walk.

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NOLA1
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall2food5service2ambience3

Excellent food.
Very slow service.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The food was delicious! Everything we had! The garlic naan, onion fritters, and chicken tikka masala. I would definitely recommend and go back! The waiters were very friendly and nice.

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PhaeU
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was tasty, could have been hotter and refilled buffet trays quicker. Service was pretty poor not attentive to patron. Overall I would return great value for your money!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

It’s a nice place. I feel like customer service “at the door” could of been better. But regardless it’s nice and quiet. Drinks are really good and I’d highly recommend their garlic cheesy bread.

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vipBigdaddy
Denver
114 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fun place-lot of menu choices. Very tasty onion fritters, excellent okra. Everything was great.

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MarcioR
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best cod fish brandade interpretation I ever had out of Portugal or Brazil, where they are a must as appetizers
Sea bass broiled to perfection in a delicate
vegetable sauce
I will sure be back
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vipiluv2eat
New York Area
77 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Went on Saturday night around 8 pm. and relatively quiet. Seated promptly and ordered drinks. We then placed orders for 2 appetizers and 2 entrees. Well, only 1 appetizer came as there seemed to be some confusion with this order. Rectified quickly. Both were good-Samosas and one of their specials. The entrees were delicious-Lamb Korma and Shrimp Bhuna. Nice, and simple presentation.
We tried to order the Indian ice cream-they were out and then went for Mango ice cream-also not available. they brought a complimentary mango mousse-nice touch but why don't they at least have one ice cream on a Saturday night?
Anyway, pleasant and easy meal. Again, Entrees were excellent.

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vipMarcA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

First they didn't split the bill onto two credit cards when we asked. Then they double charged me. The hassle with the credit card company makes this place not worth going to.

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vipRobert
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food is good. It took a long time to arrive. My naan was cold by the time it arrived with my main course.

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ClarenceC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was decently good - appreciated that rice wasn't extra! Ambiance could've been better, at around 7 it was dead quiet and no music was playing, and the waiters were hovering waiting for us to order. Would suggest having a physical happy hour menu as well as they stated they had one but it wasn't on the menu.

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vipHarp28
New York Area
241 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Darbar used to be better. All dishes were way too spicy even though we specified « mild ».

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vipundaunted
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wow.. the service was better than the food. Please don't get me wrong the food was incredible but they took care us from the moment we walk thru the door. The waiters gave us excellent food recommendations. Their suggestions hit that food spot. Great service and amazing food. We will be back. Highly recommended !!!!

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BetsyT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Yummy Indian appetizers and main courses and bread.

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GaiA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Nice Indian restaurant. Food was too spicy (was supposed to be "medium") for us.

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StevenB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went on Valentine's Day. At first glance when I walked in I thought the place wasn't going to be as nice as it seemed on the website but it was just fine. The food and service was great. I am guessing, the manager, came over and gave me a rose to give my lady friend, which I thought was really, really nice. He also had a great sense of humor. I would definitely go back.

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