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Dafni Greek Taverna

4.1
4.1
2457 Reviews
$30 and under
Greek
Dafni Taverna, conveniently located in the heart of Times Square and the theatre district, provides a dining experience reminiscent of a small village in Greece. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, from the beamed ceiling to the wood plank floor, from the exposed brick wall to the soft Greek music playing in the background. Guests enjoy the hospitality and fine home cooking that the country is famous for. The restaurant serves authentic Greek cuisine, prepared simply and deliciously, using only the freshest and purest ingredients. The menu starts with a large selection of hot and cold meze, and an array of classic salads, as well as a few innovations. Entrees include many of the traditional dishes, a selection of charcoal-grilled meats and fish, and a few intriguing additions, such as grilled quail on a bed of spinach, and braised lamb shank with hilopites (a type of pasta). Delicious, homemade baklava, galaktoboureko and rice pudding are prepared fresh daily in our kitchen.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Greek, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:30 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 315-1010

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Dafni Greek Taverna is available to cater any of your events, from private to corporate. Contact us for more details and have our fresh Greek food in your home or office today!

  • Neighborhood

    Theater District / Times Square

  • Cross street

    8th Avenue

  • Parking details

    There are many garages around the Times Square area to choose from.

  • Public transit

    Times Square NQRW, 123, S, close to Port Authority ACE.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,457 people are saying

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4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. AI

    AdrianI

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    It was closed for good so I’m not sure how you got reservations there
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Show up after having receiving a confirmation text and they are closed. No sign on door, nothing.
  3. P

    Pumpkin

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The restaurant was closed. Very disappointing that OpenTable's database is not as up to date as it needs to be.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    CLOSED - please take this off your site as an option!
  5. SM

    SusanM

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    PLACE IS CLOSED AND YOU ACCEPTED OUR RESERVATION!!
  6. DS

    DenvilleSr

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    1.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    This restaurant was closed when we arrived on time for our reservation. Why is Open Table taking reservations for a restaurant that is closed? We had to "dine" at a sandwich place in Manhattan so we could make the curtain at a theater. OPEN TABLE? NEVER AGAIN.
  7. DR

    DeanR

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The restaurant is permanently closed
  8. DG

    DeeG

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Very good food n close to theater
  9. BM

    BarbaraM

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Food and service excellent Only criticism is noisy when busy and no outdoor dining
  10. LS

    LauraS

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Staff was very nice. Food was basic Greek. Very close too theatre district so useful for pre-theatre dinner.
  11. KM

    KarenM

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We needed a place near the theater and Dafni was perfectly located. We had a 5:45 reservation and our server made sure our food arrived quickly but we ate comfortably and were on time for a 7:00 curtain time. My chicken was perfectly cooked and delicious. We will surely return.
  12. CM

    CathyM

    Tampa

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The service and food were good. I had spanakopita and my companion had pork kebob. Pork was tender and tasty, served with rice and a salad. Prices are reasonable.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was fabulous
  14. B

    Betty

    Austin

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    We dined an early lunch, so the place was quiet. Staff was great and accommodated my allergy to gluten. Lamb chops were delicious! More traditional Greek fare was only okay. Restaurant and bathrooms were clean. All in all a nice experience.
  15. SC

    SueC

    New York Area

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal, quiet place in the theater district. Great lunch choices. Service was very good. This is my new pre-matinee place!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So excited to return to Dafni Greek Taverna, and it was just as fantastic as we remembered!! The food is excellent, lovely atmosphere, great service and friendly staff. Do not miss this hidden gem!! Can’t wait to go back!!
  17. s

    smcalli2

    New England

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious authentic Greek food at very reasonable prices.
  18. l

    letsplaygolf

    West Palm Beach

    52 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Arrived for ax5:00 reservation and seated promptly Ordered and food was delivered promptly Portion size was good My wife had spanakopita and it was well prepared The octopus appetizer was sufficient for dinner with a side of Greek fries
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Seemed short staffed, only one server who missed to bring some items. Flies kept coming around.
  20. S

    Shari

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This restaurant closed with no notice. We had a reservation through OpenTable that was confirmed the day prior to our reservation time. When we arrived, the doors were shuttered.
  21. JG

    JamesGottesman

    Seattle

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food great. Service good. Friendly. Close to theaters.
  22. k

    kppm

    New York Area

    191 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    191 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Very Good service (constant refilling of water glasses)... A Nice selection of food (hot & cold starters, and many main courses. Wine a little high for 42nd Street. Do make reservation prior to theatre for this popular place.
  23. SB

    StevenB

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Good foot, good service
  24. CR

    ClaudiaR

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent appetizers. I had a Greek salad with shrimp that was delicious.
  25. L

    Luvgoodfood

    New York Area

    69 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Haven't been to Dafni's for almost 3 years so was nice to be there again. My meal was just as delicious as I remembered Dafni's food to be. Service just as friendly too. I wish them well and hope the summer will bring the crowds back.
  26. TE

    TEDYBARE

    New York Area

    152 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    152 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    food was excellent and very fresh and service was excellent. I would recommend this restaurant before a Broadway show
  27. GF

    G00dF00d4u

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Very charming little neighborhood place. There was a group of men that made the place louder than it may normally be as they were all shouting over one another. Tried a glass of the Pinot Noir and it was surprisingly good for Greek wine! The food and service were good. I suppose it’s personal preference but the tzatziki was a dill sauce, not the authentic garlicky cucumber yogurt that I’ve had at other Greek restaurants. Overall it was good and I would go back.
  28. s

    susanb

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    This was a regular stop for us before covid and our first time back. The food is still great, and the prices are still reasonable. Yes, they are a bit shorthanded on wait staff, but who isn't? Great location for pre-theater or for getting together for dinner and a glass of wine.
  29. KP

    KarenP

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time here but not the last! Appetizers, entrees, n desserts were absolutely delicious! Excellent service too and reasonable prices. One of my new NYC favorites!
  30. AO

    AnnaO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect for pre-theater. Get there at 5, and you will enjoy top-notch Greek food in a low-noise environment. Starting at 6:30, the place fills up. Food still great, but more noise.
  31. m

    maven

    New York Area

    34 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Decent Greek food but not at all outstanding. Moussaka mediocre, salads good, fish very good but served whole rather than filleted (some people prefer that but I don't). Prices are low for the theater district. Ambience OK. Very full and noisy the night we were there. Might return because of the price and availability on a night when I haven't been able to get a reservation elsewhere.
  32. s

    sunshine

    New York Area

    558 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    558 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Always consistent in its food and wines. Just wish there was a way to muffle sound. This particular time it was exceptionally loud which interfered with our full enjoyment of our meal. And it seems we always have to look for waitstaff when we need them.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Very nice service and food better than expected.
  34. BF

    BeverlyF

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    One of my go to places when I’m in that area. Food is delicious, the service is excellent, the ambience is warm and friendly. Prices are fairly reasonable as well. I would recommend this place for sure. It’s lovely.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We saw a matinee show and had a 5:30 dinner reservation. We arrived very early at 5:00 and the Manager was very friendly and had no problem seating us early . I privately mentioned to the Manager that it was my husband’s birthday and could he please have our waiter put a candle on a dessert that I will order at the end of the meal. The appies and entrees were delicious and filling so none of the 4 of us wanted dessert . The bill arrived and we paid . The original friendly tall ,very professional Manager realized we were leaving . I saw him hit his head and must have told the waiter of my original candle on a dessert request . The waiter delivered a delicious piece of chocolate cake with a candle and sang Happy Birthday. WOW !!!!! That is Service of Excellence and really made our night . I walked over to the Manager and thanked him and told him how everything was just perfect . We will be back . Delicious food and excellent service !!!!!
  36. NY

    NYDiner

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, reasonable quantities and prices, nice staff. Good location for theatre. I’ll go back.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely ambience, consistently good food
  38. c

    cropseypod

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always go to Dafni when we go to the theatre or Madison Square Garden. The food is delicious, the restaurant is easy to get to with public transportation. My whole family loves it!
  39. FT

    FrankT

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Quick meal before flying home.
  40. f

    foodlover

    New England

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Excellent food. Both quality and amount were superior. Service appeared to be provided by whichever server’s attention one could hail. It wasn’t bad, just not attentive.

FAQs

Dafni Greek Taverna offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 315-1010.

Dafni Greek Taverna is rated 4.1 stars by 2457 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    8th Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Theater District / Times Square

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:30 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Greek, Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There are many garages around the Times Square area to choose from.

  • Public transit

    Times Square NQRW, 123, S, close to Port Authority ACE.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 315-1010

  • Catering

    Dafni Greek Taverna is available to cater any of your events, from private to corporate. Contact us for more details and have our fresh Greek food in your home or office today!

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