Dafni Greek Taverna

4.3
2399 Reviews
$30 and under
Greek

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Pre/post Theatre
Casual
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.
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DianeN
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

So glad this neighborhood gem survived the pandemic.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Place was clean, good food, reasonable prices for NYC. Quiet. We had a good time and we did not feel rushed as well.

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vipTomB
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Not sure what happened to the recent reviewer who complained that portions had gotten smaller and service bad. We had a feast for two last night from 4 appetizers. The service was attentive and friendly - stopped by for brief chats and empty plates never sat for long on the table. They poured our wine for us. By the way, the wine list is very affordable with some nice choices. The real problem with portions is saving room for the baklava, which is a must. This remains a great undiscovered resource for pre-theater.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I have been going to this restaurant many many years, and yesterday was very disappointing. The entries were smaller then usual and the quality of food did not meet the usual standards. The service was absolutely slow, I had to ask to order, ask for a drink basically ask for everything there was no “service”, not to mention dinner took very very long from start to finish. Most importantly I had made a reservation weeks prior with specific directions for my husbands 40th birthday, I even called the day before to make sure that they had a happy birthday desert for him but unfortunately it did not happen. After the overall experience, I didn’t expect it to with everything else not being great. It is sad to say, but I’ve been a loyal customer for years and I think that was my last time coming here. Very sad.

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vipVictorG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

No decafe coffee or tea; no herbal tea. No deserts that were not swimming in carbs or sugar, two of the four were in honey. Not good for a diabetic or someone on the way to one of the news show with no intermission!

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Deebay
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dafni is our pre-theater go to restaurant. They have never failed me: food is excellent; price is right; and they recognize that people need to be in and out to make their Broadway curtains. Love this place!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre-theater dinner. Very close to all the shows in theater district. Delicious Greek cuisine. Balkava for desert was fantastic. Best Greek meal we have ever had!

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lynne
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad to be back here post covid and that you were still open. ONe of my favorite places before a show. Vegetarian and always have options.

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vipGothamGastro
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Don't be fooled by the skanky Port Authority street scene - this is some of the best Greek food we've had in NYC, even better than the Greek Restaurants we've eaten at in Astoria!

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LynneS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Both of our chicken dishes were bland. Positive side was that service was fast and it was easy to get a reservation.

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vipJohnps
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On a short trip to New York we happened upon this restaurant. It was the last Greek food we have had in a long time.

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vipMosieSays
Seattle
120 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Impossibly fluffy top layer on moussaka, dressed with a beautiful and tasty olive oil slurry. Just enough lemon on the roasted potatoes. Moist chicken souvlaki. We'll be back!

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vipMichaelS
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great service and food. Great spot for Pre-theater dining.

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StevenP
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was delicious. Price was very reasonable. We went at an off-hour, but as we were finishing, the place was filling up - sign of a neighborhood gem!

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vipMJ88
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Visited for lunch prior to seeing a show. We dined just after opening and it was a very quiet sitting. I was told by a family member who stayed later that more diners rolled in after 3:00 p.m., which makes sense for the neighborhood (Theater District). The (I’m assuming) owner was a very nice, very friendly gentleman. We all enjoyed our meals very much, though I was disappointed that the vegetarian moussaka was still in the oven and would not be ready in time for me to enjoy at the time we dined at the restaurant. Regardless, the grilled shrimp pita sandwich I opted for was very fresh and tasty. I wouldn’t choose the Greek fries again, personally, but others seemed to enjoy them. The highlight of the meal was the baklava, which was the absolute best baklava I’ve ever tasted. This sentiment was shared by others at the table. I would visit again just for the baklava (and the exceptional service).

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Skipper
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The restaurant was very quaint and quiet. The waitress was very attentive and kind. The food was decent.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made reservations for an early dinner before the Springsteen on Broadway show however there were plenty of seating available at the time. The service was wonderful and the food was delicious and very affordable for being in Midtown.

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vipZorayaG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience2

The restaurant was completely empty and the food was not that great.

Dafni Greek Taverna
Responded on July 2, 2021

Thank you for your comments, your opinion is very valuable to us, and I am sorry for your experience you had. The empty of course we can not do anything because the COVID-19 has left no industry untouched, and the restaurant industry was effected really bad, although we are trying really hard to bring it back. But it will be very important for us if you please let us know what it was you didn't like, to be able to correct it, especially because everything we are cooking is very fresh daily.

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vipmss29
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very glad to be able to finish our day on west 42nd street with a meal at Dafni Greek Tavern. The food was excellent, the service was fantastic. We are looking forward to our next visit.

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Palafo
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and value, surprising for midtown

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vipMitchS
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is a hidden gem. The food is excellent and the value is tremendous.

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StaceyP
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. The servers were very nice. Clean restaurant. Will definitely go back when I return to the city.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Good covid protocols, very good service.

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vipclairey
New York Area
133 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

A warm welcoming staff awaits. The menu is varied and the is quite tasty. Brunch is an enjoyable dining experience and service is attentive and commendable.

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Nancy211
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great midtown and theater area restaurant. Varied menu of authentic Greek dishes with something for everyone at appealing prices. Crowded and a bit noisy until theater patrons leave then much more relaxed. Staff is attentive and accommodating. We’ve eaten here three times and always enjoyed the experience.

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vipMLSNYC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service, everything fresh, delicious with generous portions. They know how to handle a pre-theater crowd.

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chackie
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Great food and service. If you love Greek food, Dafni is a wonderful find and is a very convenient location to the Theatre District. Great place.

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vipLawrencek
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Delicious food, with a great selection.
Wonderful service, good value

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AlanP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FOOD WAS GREAT, SERVICE WAS PROMPT AND COURTEOUS. REASONABLE PRICES, GREAT VALUE FOR THE MONEY. NICE DECOR. FOOD WAS GREAT, SERVICE WAS PROMPT AND COURTEOUS. REASONABLE PRICES, GREAT VALUE FOR THE MONEY. NICE DECOR.FOOD WAS GREAT, SERVICE WAS PROMPT AND COURTEOUS. REASONABLE PRICES, GREAT VALUE FOR THE MONEY. NICE DECOR.

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Amandeep
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good Ambience, Not expensive, service is little slow if you are coming for a Lunch on a weekday you expect things to serve little quickly

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vipFloridadiner
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The service awful and the food worse. They could care less. Went pre-theater and food was awful.

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JohnE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was worried that because of the location, the food would be par and over priced. It was a great meal and service was quick. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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vipCTfoodie
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We've been coming here for years. This is our go-to restaurant when seeing a show. Food is delicious, service is spot on. A perennial favorite.

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Luv2eat
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Everything went so smoothly and dinner was delicious

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Jolanta76
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food2service3ambience2

I have been to Greece and I love their food, but my experience at the tavern was disappointing. Food was served cold and the octopus had to be grilled on dirty, burned grill. It was not good at all.

The main dish, sea bass was tasty but served cold. The vegetable that was served with it was not seasoned at all. WILL not go back.

Dessert, traditional Greek walnut cake... had a potential, but it was defiantly not fresh, served straight from a refrigerator, way too cold. And it came with the whip cream from the can.. really Greece people serve it this way??? Overall, very disappointing.

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vipGaleJ
London
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience4

We have been eating at this restaurant for many years. Love their daily soups and fresh fish. However, this visit was one of the worst experiences we have had at any restaurant. After ordering our usual favorites, we waited more than an hour for our food. Other patrons came, were served and left; we sat. We did complain. It did not speed up the service. Our order was our usual. The food, when it came, was delicious. The management barely apologized, made no effort to compensate us as other establishments do. We were surprised at that.

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vipJoePA
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited Dafni to celebrate my wife's birthday. Excellent Greek dishes! Fantastic service and experience! We will return.

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DeborahM
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fast service and good food. Excellent value

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vipDesigner1001
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

I was so disappointed in the food. The salad was terrible, the lemon soup was enjoyed by my family, the shrimp ok and the gyro was passable. Out of the 5 of us who ate there we were all disappointed and would never recommend the restaurant. Much better Greek style restaurants in the theater district.
The server was lovely and the food come on time.

FAQs

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

Dafni Greek Taverna is rated 4.3 stars by 2399 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.