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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

92% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (50)
Casual (30)
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Neighborhood Gem (21)
Good Vegetarian Options (13)
Quick Bite (13)
Healthy (12)
Great for Lunch (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Good for Groups (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Good for a Date (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Fun (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Cozy (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Special Occasion (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Business Meals (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Disabled Access (4)
People Watching (3)
Romantic (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Vegan (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

always reliable for good food and wine, generous portions at fair prices, and the staff is affable.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Only for a quick meal pre-theater; otherwise nothing great.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Reasonably priced, decent potions ( not too big but still had enough to take some home ) and excellent service.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 17, 2017

My only comment is that we told the server we'd like to wait a little while before ordering coffee and dessert. He left and came back in about fifteen minutes, and just plopped the check on our table. We took the hint and left. Other than that strange occurrence, we had an enjoyable meal. (Their tzatziki is delicious.)

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Decent Greek food, fresh ingredients, quick service, not too crowded or noisy, in theater district. Staff was very attentive.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

We thought the food was delicious and also looked beautiful on the plate. We enjoyed everything thing we had. The service was very friendly and very nice ambiance. We highly recommend.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Best lamb gyro ever!!! Spanakopita was yummy. Good portions.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on October 5, 2017

The Greek dips at Dafni's were terrific and the kitchen did a great job of preparing the dishes intime for us to eat and make our show.

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Not fancy, but very good Greek dishes = especially grape leaves, grilled shrimp, moussaka. Convenient to 42nd St. theaters.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on October 4, 2017

This place is amazing . Everything is fresh and delicious

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 3, 2017

THE FOOD WAS NOT AS GOOD AS LAST TIME, BUT PERHAPS IT WAS JUST THIS ONE NIGHT. I WILL HAVE TO TRY AGAIN

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Disabled Access
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Wonderful dining experience in the heart of midtown. Great for pre-theater.

Tags: Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The food was superb. Although a bit on the loud side, the restaurant was very nice. Service slacked a bit when they got busy, but we weren't ignored or waiting too long. Very clean inside and bright. Very reasonably priced with nice sized portions.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Disabled Access, Authentic, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

I am Greek and I have to say the worst Greek food I ever had. The octopus was tough, the zucchini fritters looked like they were old, filled with breading and tasteless
and the gyro dry. Desserts were passable. Asked for Greek coffee and was told machine was broken. Will never go back.

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Couldn't be any better... greek top wines and authentic food - less oily than in Greece... just perfect

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Good theater restaurant

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