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About Dafni Greek Taverna

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.

325 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Greek, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:45pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
8th Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 315-1010

Website:
http://www.dafnitaverna.com/

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!

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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Dafni Greek Taverna Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

4.2

ambience

3.7

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (47)
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Comfort Food (15)
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Good for a Date (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Good for Groups (10)
Great for Lunch (9)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Fun (7)
Healthy (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Cozy (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Business Meals (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Romantic (3)
Seasonal (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Hot Spot (2)
People Watching (2)
Tapas (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Local Ingredients (1)
Spicy (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

The food is good but nothing to write home about. The portions are on the smaller side. On a Saturday night it was packed and a little noisy. Our waitress was fantastic; knew every item both food and wine. She elevated what would otherwise have been an unremarkable meal.

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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

We chose Dafni because it was close to the theater we were going to afterward, and because it had such an extensive menu. We decided to get appetizers and salad so we wouldn't sleep through the show later. The portions were generous (the wine, too). We particularly enjoyed the Greek salad, the saganaki and the the spanokopeita. The service was among the best I've seen in New York. We would definitely go back if we're in the neighborhood.

Tags: Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Disabled Access, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Very good traditional Greek dinner. Close to theaters. We will go back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Good variety of Mediterranean food; large portions, nicely prepared & severed. Convenient to theater district with less noise and better service. Wait staff is very accommodating.

Tags: Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Our always great experience at Dafni is personified by Aslihan. Her smile and love of her job greets you from the moment you enter. The care she takes with each order makes you feel you are the only customer--even when your party is a crowd!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

All food was very good. Suggest asking waiter questions if you are not aware of Greek dishes. Waiter was very helpfull.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great food! Conveniently located in Times Square! Would recommend eating here anytime!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Meat over cooked and items described on menu left out.
I ate at this restaurant at least ten times before but not in ten last four at five months and I was very disappointed this time.
I would not recommend any dish with meat although on my last visit the fish was over cooked

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Great food at a reasonable price. Service was excellent. Casual neighborhood ambiance.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2018

This was our first time here and it's close to the theatre district so if you are needing a local bite, this is a good choice. Their food was delicious, staff was very nice and the prices were totally reasonable ranging from $10-30 dishes.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The wait staff were friendly, attentive, but not intrusive. The atmosphere was pre-performance busy and our waiter was full of grace and warmth.

Tags: Seasonal
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great pre-theater spot, right across the street from Port Authority. Greek food is the best this side of Astoria, service is very fast and very friendly.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We went early 5:30 before a play. By 6 it was full. You really need reservations. That’s because the food is so delicious. I’ve been before and usually get the mousaka. But my companions had the fish (plaki) and said it was outstanding. The restaurant is in a crowded unappealing location but it’s like an oasis in the Times Square/ Port Authority chaos.

Tags: Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Authentic, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Great service.

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·Dined on December 18, 2017

Great food. Best in theater district. Good Greek wine. Quick, friendly service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Starting with the warm pita served as soon as we sat, the food was incredibly tasty, well presented, and generous. Service was very attentive, yet we did not feel rushed at all. Only downside was the galatobouriko dessert which was also very tasty and authentic, BUT was microwaved to warm it up, which just ruined the texture of the phyllo dough.

Still, we will definitely return.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 13, 2017

The food was heavy handed, overcooked and bland. The zucchini fritters were doughy and tasteless, the chicken breast with capers, dry and the accompanying peas in tomato sauce, inedible. The lamb shank was a very decent sized piece of meat and flavorful, according to my husband but the pasta that came with it was cold and overcooked. All in all, a disappointing experience but for the location which was only a few doors from the theater.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Good Food, the servings were good size and I was able to take some home to eat for later. Good service and I will definently be back, great location in the heart of the city.

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Casual, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

This is the perfect pre-theater restaurant. Food is always good, service is quick and it's within a couple blocks of most theaters. My "go to" when I need to eat on 42nd street!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

The food was good but nothing to rave about. The waiter was fine but not all that forthcoming about recommendations.
It worked fine for a quick, casual meal before the theater.

Tags: Quick Bite
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

the Greek salad with additional shrimps and the gyro were both tasty

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Food was good, but great.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Would not go back

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·Dined on November 20, 2017

Great food, excellent service, very clean an cozy,will be back soon!

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Excellent food and a pleasant atmosphere. One of our favorites.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The Moussaka was superb as was the salad. However, when I went to pay the bill I found that my wallet was missing and a very kind gentleman at the next table picked up the tab for me and my friend. I have no idea where it was lost but the restaurant was lovely and the service just fine. I would definitely return.

Michele Plietz

Tags: Good for Groups, Healthy, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Fabulous meal with the family prior to seeing a show down the street. Cozy, brick ambiance and food was delicious. Not too noisy which was a plus. Fast service so no need to make reservation too early for pre-theater dining. Staff was friendly and helpful. My teen and preteen enjoyed it. Would go again!

Tags: Tapas, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Spicy, Good for a Date, Romantic, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

My husband and I had dinner here on Friday evening before the theater. It was quiet when we arrived but by the time we left there was not a seat to be had. The food was delicious! I had red snapper and he had shrimp and we shared a Greek salad. The food was fresh and the portion sizes were excellent. The service was good. It was a bit noisy but it would not stop me from coming here again.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Food and service were very good--they had us out within an hour including drink, appetizers, and entree. Even had time for coffee except that the restaurant was very warm on this chilly evening so we were too overheated to have coffee or tea. The temperature in the restaurant was the one thing that could be improved. Highly recommend for pretheater.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Really enjoyed our post theater meal here. Very close to 42nd st theaters. Ordered the appetizer of three spreads with warm pita, grilled octopus and moussaka which came with a nice Greek salad. All were really delicious. Surprised that there was no Reisling on the white wine list but other than that, would highly recommend.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Dafni is ideally suited and located for a pre-theater or movie meal because the service is very attentive and the food is served very quickly. It has a very moderately priced menu with vegetarian choices and traditional kabobs and other Greek cuisine staples. The food is tasty but not exceptional.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 1, 2017

The service was great and the food was good but not extraordinary. I might return if I were in the area, but I don't think I would go out of my way given all of the choices in the city. My sister really enjoyed the lamb skewer, but my chicken souvlaki was overcooked and dry. If we had more time, I would have sent it back. We were disappointed there was no hummus on the menu; the server recommended a fava bean appetizer that she said was similar, but it lacked flavor. The beet salad was interesting and decent, but I would not order it again. The restaurant is small and tables are quite close, so I did not care for the overall ambiance. The dinner was appropriately priced and a good value.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Authentic, Healthy, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2017

This is a terrific Greek restaurant - great food, attentive service, great value. Will definitely return.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Pre-theatre haven
If you have theatre tickets on or close to West 42nd Street, this is an immaculate, well-managed haven for dinner. The food is plain but well presented, and the service is excellent. We had spanakopita to start--it could have been hotter, but the portion was generous, and the filling and pastry were good--followed by very plain chicken with rice that was helped by the addition of the tableside olive oil. The Cabernet was good and reasonably priced, and without any perceptible rush, everything was kept moving so that we had no concern about finishing before curtain time.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The Dolma, Sizzled Sausage and Feta Cheese apps were wonderful; we loved the sizzled Shrimp entree and the salads; where do they get those really really fresh tomatoes?

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Food and service are always excellent! The fish is especially good!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

My family and friends have come here a number of times when we need to be in the area. We have never been disappointed with our food choices. It is great!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Casual, Great for Lunch, Authentic
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great spot to go before the theater! We had a greek salad with gyro meet and the lamb shank, both were DELICIOUS! Great service and prices!!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Always delicious and great service. I love going there. I feel at home.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Very nice. We forgot to check in (with our reservation) but were seated right away. Tables are a little crowded.

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