Agra Restaurant

4.2
71 reviews
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Indian
Premier Indian restaurant in the Upper East Side. Come give us a try!
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D
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

i would recommend the food. However I was not happy with the cleanliness or interior condition of the restaurant. way too sketchy for me. Reminded me of a college town restaurant not NYC.

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F
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I first discovered Agra about 19 years ago when I had just moved to NY. Jack, the owner, was incredibly thoughtful and eager to please. The food, service and warm ambiance continues to this day to be engaging. I introduced my three children to this place last weekend and they also loved it!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Definitely one of my favorite restaurants.

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SS
New England
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unassuming second floor restaurant with a great menu. Waitstaff was very attentive and accommodating. Very nice and quiet and away from the hustle and bustle. Food was excellent. Vindaloo was especially hot!

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BP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The restaurant is a cozy second floor location up some perilous-looking, fluorescently-lit stairs. After you enter, the restaurant has a calm ambiance (if not terribly fancy) and low lighting. The most important thing is that the food is OUT OF SIGHT! Delight yourself with a dish and a side or two to share with a friend - it will be more than enough.

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FN
London
5 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely phenomenal, fresh, and this is great place for a date!

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C
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful and love this place!

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e
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is excellent, staff is extraordinary. This is a nice gem in the neighborhood.

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T
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful, charming restaurant with delicious authentic Indian food. A gem in the otherwise bland options in this neighborhood. Great value.

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JC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food well prepared. Friendly and knowledgeable service made for an enjoyable experience

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LC
New York Area
93 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Agra is a family-owned restaurant where you quickly feel like you're a member of the family and just happen to get great food as well. Servers are attentive and helpful. The menu is varied and the choices are abundant. Agra has been around for many years as it should have been. Had some lamb with spinach and lentils......and recently tried the calamari done in chick pea batter. Give it a try!!

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Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a most wonderful meal at this authentic charming Indian restaurant! Going back for certain.

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AS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We have been here a handful of times and I think Agra is one of the best Indian Restaurants on the Upper East Side. Great food, great service, and moderately priced.

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N
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Food and service very good. However the restaurant is located on the 2nd floor of a tenement, at the top of a very long and steep staircase. I don’t remember reading this in your description. One of my friends is infirm and we had a very arduous and nerve racking time getting him up and especially down those stairs.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Quiet, calm, friendly with very attentive service. Food prepared to your liking.

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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Dont be fooled be the steps going up which are not attractive. The restaurant is very nice and the food is great

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aside from the entrance (you pass a run-down hallway) this place is beautifully decorated. The food options were plentiful and both our vegetarian and carnivorous stomachs left happy.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place inside and out. Food is authentic, fresh and made with love. Amazing staff a true NYC gem. Hasn’t been touched since it’s original opening. A must try!

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SA
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great value, good standard Indian fare well located in an odd walk up space on on Lexington Avenue.

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T
Cleveland
9 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

My food was delicious but my daughter's was so-so. The place was very shabby! Bathroom was gross

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This plAce was good if you were in that neighborhood, otherwise it's the same food you can get st any Indian restaurant. Very nice staff.

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a
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a group of six. The waiter suggested a variety of dishes to augment the selections we had made. It was just the right amount of food -- and all delicious. Great beer. Nice atmosphere. Perfect evening.

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NY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great price and cozy, intimate atmosphere. Have been going on and off for ten years, always had a wonderful experience.

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w
New England
43 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Looked a bit seedy and drab when we entered, but food was good and service attentive. Relatively inexpensive

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K
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It is a pleasant enough place with good, unaffected Indian specialties; the staff were polite. It's up a flight of stairs, so those on walkers beqware. The bathroom is external to the restaurant, kind of youth hostel-style. But there are few good options near Hunter/the Armory, and I will return to Agra.

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PL
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

meat samosas - great
garlic naan - good
chicken tikka masala - poor and haunting us the next day.

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GC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love this place! The service is friendly and efficient. The express gratitude to their customers. Prices are very reasonable. We walk 2.5 miles to get there 🙏🏻

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had my birthday dinner at Agra recently. It's as good as I remembered when I used to come here with family in my youth.

The decor and ambiance are great for either a date night or a get-together with friends or family. The quality of the food is terrific, as this restaurant has been able to last for over 30 years. The staff are very courteous and attentive, and we never felt rushed or like we were second rate patrons.

If there are any negatives, it's that the restaurant is on a busy stretch of Lexington Ave with traffic that can be a bit loud, especially when the windows are open. But I saw this as a minor negative that didn't detract much from the overall experience and value.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

Meh. Nothing special. Staff isn't super kind or welcoming. Food is never worse than "good" but relatively inconsistent otherwise.

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GC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We eat here about every 2-3 months. The food is always excellent and the service is outstanding. We never feel rushed. I wish we lived closer so we could eat there more often. The staff is always welcoming!

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SR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Everything was mediocre. Nothing outstanding, nothing offensive.

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JV
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When we lived in midtown Manhattan, we frequented this restaurant almost weekly! We tried other Indian restaurants in the area and nothing could match the food at this establishment. Now when we return to the NYC, we always try to have dinner at Agra! Jason is always there to greet us and it's nice that he has remembered our patronage through the years. As for the food, absolutely delicious and authentic! My favorite is chicken tikka masala - no other Indian restaurant has been able to replicate the delicate and balanced flavor in this dish! We also always order the alu chana and then we venture and try a new dish. This time we tried the lamb curry which was equally delicious. We always order at least two meat dishes and one veggie, plus the rice and naan bread. The portions are sufficient; we always leave full and rarely have room for dessert. The restaurant itself is tucked away on the second floor (be careful of the unleveled stairs leading upstairs to the restaurant!) and is dimly lit unless you sit next to the windows (which we usually like to do to people watch as we dine). Jason and the staff are always courteous, welcoming, friendly and efficient. We have never had a substandard meal here and will always, always, always return!

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AB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whenever we take friends to Agra, they always end up coming back on their own. The food is authentic and eclectic, with all the subtle spicing the cuisine engenders; the service is attentive; the atmosphere is welcoming; and you can't beat the location, just about catty-corner from the F-train (and soon to be Q) stop at 63rd & Lex.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Love this place for authentic Indian food. It is a hidden gem that you wouldn't expect to have such delicious food.

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JA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

The dining area was hot and humid, as the air conditioner barely worked. It was also very dark. Food was sweater than I would have preferred, but it was decent.

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LC
New York Area
93 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food. Family owned. Reliable. See Jason....great guy!

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NY
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A neighborhood gem. Very friendly service and consistently good food.

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LC
New York Area
93 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Reliable and fun. I like the sqiud....perhaps not typically an Indian dish.

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Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Staff was amazing. Nice quiet locale with tasty food.

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PL
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Samosas (Chicken and Beef): Amazing
Naan: Good
Saag Paneer: Okay (used to be amazing - different now)

Insider tip: Don't let those creepy stairs to the second floor fool you, great food and it's a steal.

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