Dawat

4.3
777 reviews
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Dawat is a fine north Indian restaurant that also serves a couple of south Indian dishes as well. Located in Midtown East, Dawat is one of Manhattan’s finest Indian restaurants
that serves an eclectic array of interesting dishes.
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SW
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dawat is a beautiful place. When we want to remember the subtlety and courtesy of India, we go to Dawat for dinner. it is a simple, refined environment, fantastic, creative food with many new things each time, along with Madjur Jaffrey's unique regular items.

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M
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I wouldn't recommend Dawat to a friend only because there are now so many other Indian restaurants that offer a comparable or better dining experience.
We had lunch here at 1:30 and the large restaurant was empty but for one other table. It is still a lovely wide open space but is very, very dark. Since there was virtually nobody else there, the service was excellent, albeit frosty.
Both my friend and I ordered simply. We shared vegetable samosas which were delicious and then each of us had tandoori chicken. Both servings were over cooked and needed a sauce to dilute the dryness. The rice was fine. All & all a disappointment.

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EM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! Staff was attentive and food was outstanding. Wonderful to have a meal and conversation with a colleague.

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FM
Washington DC
87 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The weather was bad, so the restaurant was quiet. We ordered starters of samosas and a shrimp dish, which had a lovely sauce. We thought that that dish would be a nice entree,if it came with rice or bread to go with the sauce, but as a starter it felt incomplete. One of our main dishes was very good...the baked eggplant with tamarind sauce. The other, a vegetable stew was disappointing because rather than be full of chunks of veggies, it was mostly all sauce with a few small pieces of veggie thrown in. The sauce was nice, but not special, and unless you poured it over rice it was better eaten with a spoon than fork. The bread was very good and we used that to dip in the sauce. Overall a nice meal but we will make different choices next time.

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DN
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very delicious food and great service. Nice and quiet

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D
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

When we want to eat Indian in Manhattan we always try to choose Dawat. The food is wonderful and the bread is fabulous. This time, we celebrated my son't 30th birthday there. I can highly recommend the vegetarian dishes and I chose the special dinner with veggie dishes so I could have many types of dishes. It was wonderful!

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d
Miami
72 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Dawat and think of it as our neighborhood Indian restaurant. Food is terrific. Dale and one of our friends always orders for the table so I have no idea what I'm eating but everything is terrific and I don't have to wash my hair when I get home as there are no cooking odors in the dining room. It's rarely noisy.

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D
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In a city as busy as New York, it is a pleasure to find a restaurant where one can hear conversation with a friend while enjoying delicious food.

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V
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dawat is the best Indian Restaurant on the Upper East Side.

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MW
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A favorite restaurant of ours for years. It never disappoints. Make certain to try the specials.

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M
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Attentive, professional staff.
Our meal was excellent and the host was very helpful when we asked for recommendations.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been going to this restaurant for years, and I was never disappointed. This place offers the more sophisticated version of Indian food, while the price is very reasonable for Manhattan.
The ambiance is welcoming, attractive and unpretentious, the service is impeccable, and the various dishes are delicious. I always take friends and visitors to this place, and they all adopt it as a place to go to.
I highly recommend this restaurant.

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DF
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Went there with high expectations. We spent $80 for dinner for two, which included one appetizer, one veg dish, 2 nan, 1 beverage and 1 veg biryani. The quality of food was like very basic corner restaurant, no need to spend that amount of money. All furniture is ages old. Ambiance was average and dull.

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JG
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We sat next to the open kitchen and watched the chef prepare the food. It was entrancing. The food was as usual excellent. The breads (we only had naan and pouri this time) were better than most other Indian restaurants. The spinach samosas were exceptional.

A very fine dining experience for 4 adults and 2 children - we all had a fine experience.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Nothing like Dawat for Indian food!!! It is always delicious, cocktails are great and creative and the service is good and very corteous... I'd go back any day of the week 😃

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JH
Adelaide / SA
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

30th Anniversary

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KS
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dawat is a classic. We have been coming here since 1992, but hadn't been here in several years. It's still as delicious as ever. Standouts were the chicken tikka nan, vindaloo, chicken biryani and shrimp curry. The tandoori vegetables were also a nice surprise. Mulligatawny was good, but not as good as Coriander in White Plains. I would skip the papadums next time--they were ordinary. Service was attentive.

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OT
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Nothing compared to the old Dawat restaurant from the past.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious ! Quality food and excellent service
Highly recommend

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

It was a disappointing experience all around.
Food was mediocre, waiters not attentive.
Brought the bill before we were not done!!

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CJ
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Some creative recipes, good service. Spinach fritters were a little disappointing, bland.

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D
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time! Enjoyed the food and ambience. Our waiter VIKAS was very good, very attentive. Thank you!

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J
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

One of the signature dishes is a whole fish prepared Tandoori style. It was the most boring piece of fish. The muligatwny soup was puréed. Both dishes were hard to consume so I didn’t. Highly overrated overall.

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JH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We were visiting NYC, and treated my wife's step-mother to an authentic Indian dinner. She had lived in India and Pakistan, and was delighted with the variety and the authenticity of the dishes. I cook recipes from Madhur Jaffrey's books, and this was about my sixth visit. It was a bit boisterous around our table, as there was a large party with kids celebrating something at the next table, but we all enjoyed the meal. Whenever I come to NYC, I always go for the Cornish Game Hen in Green Chillies, and request it authentically spiced (pretty hot!)

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GE
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Celebrating my sister

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B
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Horrible Service! Good way too spicy

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FM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We were first at the restaurant for a 5:30 p.m. reservation and needed to leave by 6:45 for the theater. The food was exceptionally well prepared and the service suited out schedule. The restaurant was quiet although we can't say how it is when full of diners. We know great food although we are not foodies. Dawat deserves your business.

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c
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

At lunch apart from one other table the place was empty. It became apparent when the food was served, that no one wanted to eat there for good reason. The half warmed up offerings were tasteless and not worth eating.

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OT
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Very disappointing food, indifferent service. No wonder it’s empty at lunch time.

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NZ
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Reservation was easy to do and we were having friends with us. Tried tasting menu, separately ordered for drinks and green tea. Yum!

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JD
Nashville
21 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Indian restaurant in New York.

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D
Philadelphia
70 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food + beverages! The serving staff was wonderful & brought out a dessert with a candle for my mother's birthday. Great place for a special occasion.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was very good but service was not at all elegant for a place which is supposed to be one of the top 12-15 in NYC for Indian food; plus it has 'haute' in its name. Doesn't live up to it.
The place was surprisingly not full for a late Saturday evening since we had settled for this as 3rd-4th choice that evening. Not sure why. Maybe the late hour explained the rather basic service attitude.

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P
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Madhur Jaffrey so getting to go to her restaurant was amazing! We got saag paneer and chicken tikka masala and both were so good! The naan and the rice were great too but you have to order the rice! I had a really good glass of rose while I was there as well! I made a reservation for a Saturday night, but it's not neccessary! Mindy Kaling said this is her favorite indian restaurant in NYC!

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M
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went to lunch with 2 friends. All of say we will be back soon as we had a very tasty lunch with very good service. The lunch specials are a great bargain. It may be more crowded at dinner but was pretty empty for us as we went for a 1:30 lunch. My friends eat out a lot and can be "difficult" but both were very pleased. If you are in the Bloomingdale's area, I recommend you eat here as it is a much better value than most of the area's restaurants. But--be sure to ask for the lunch special menu as it might not otherwise be offered.

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NY
New York Area
249 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This was business dinner with one guest from India. Vegan options were available and the food was good.

The noise level was low allowing a comfortable ambiance for a business event.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food not as good previous few times. Service slow.

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EM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Terrific lunch special with many options, delicious food

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n
New York Area
90 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I went to Dawat for years,but not in the last year..it declined in food significantly..that was my last time

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G
London
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fine menu, conceived by Madhur Jaffrey, a pioneering voice of Indian food...warm service, and dishes one can find no where else in New York.

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