Dawat

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816 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Indian

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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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4.2
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4.0
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vipLarry
Los Angeles
53 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a wonderful Indian dinner!

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vipEatwell
New York Area
87 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and professional service. Certainly a great meal.

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vipRobert
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good Indian food. The special dinner gives a good variety and is a huge portion.

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vipTomB
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Dawat is in transition. The wait staff is all new and the bar was closed with no liquor license yet. Flowers on the table were dead. The food was the same as always and the menu was the same as it has been for years, which is good. So it is not as if it is a brand new restaurant, just a new staff who need to work out some kinks. Hopefully it soon will be back to the 5-star status we were used to over the years.

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stuarts
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Possibly the best Indian food I have tasted from all around the world. So tasty, service was excellent and very attentive. Not the cheapest menu (going for a curry in the UK is often looked at as a cheaper option) but we were looking for good food and nice restaurant which is exactly what we got - the lamb chops were to die for.

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MayaR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

I booked this place based on the online rating. We walked in the place, sat down for 20-25 mins ... they guy comes to take order for food ... we were like no one has come to the table for a drink order ... he dropped out of the sky and said okay .. I will take the drink order then... we ordered this non veg platter with was $34 and came with a dal that had no salt or taste and a naan or two and a tiny portion of meat. Nothing we ordered was good ... I would not waste my money at this restaurant again ... the don’t even deserve one star. Horrible experience overall

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AlanB
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Food was very bland,lacked flavour,all four dishes were different but tasted similar.

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vipYankeeHeart
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Service was horrendous. Slow except when removing plates with food still upon them. Shabby, too many diners seated in one area, will never return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food. Good price.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

As usual we had a great time, delicious food, very good service, and a very nice atmosphere. The lamb chops were outstanding as well as the mushroom naan and the spicy corn. Try the okra, one of the best that I have had!

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viphappyeater
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The quality of food is not what it used to be and selection is smaller. Room looks very tired and staff lacks enthusiasm. Just a shadow of what it was.

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vipanville3
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Comically poor service. I started out angry, but then it was literally funny. Everything that could have gone wrong, went wrong. It was the longest 1-course meal of my life.

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AlfredoS
Key West
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

i dinned there many years ago. the food is still very good. the place could use a little maintenance to keep as nice looking is it once was.

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AngelaV
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was great

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food served by friendly attentive staff

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vipKris
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did the chef's tasting menu and it was wonderful

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Indian food in New York!

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vipEatwell
New York Area
87 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy the food and professional, friendly service.

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vipNYIAH
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Dawat has gone downhill. The decor is very dingy and the restaurant is quite dated and tired. Menu is straight from the 1980s and the whole establishment is very worn down — needs a new coat of paint; someone needs to upgrade the shabby looking ceiling vents and install new lights; and give the place a refresh. Food is decent value for money but we won’t be coming back.

Also - the place needs massively better ventilation. The days when you go into an Indian restaurant and are hit with the smell of Indian food, and then leave with your clothes and hair smelling of Indian food, should be over

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LeaAnnB
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beat Indian food

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vipCAD1954
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful lunch specials - plenty of food for the price. Will return!

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vipam10280
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very good food and friendly service. I've had better Naan bread but overall the food was very good.

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vipMoirasteffenkushner157w57
Adelaide / SA
12 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

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Thunderbear
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dawat is one of our "go-to" restaurants on the East Side. At Dawat we can have delicious food and be in an ambience conducive to conversation. The staff is always friendly, attentive and knowledgeable regarding our choices. Of course, we will go back again and yet again.

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WinnyJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Indian restaurant in NYC, lovely service as well.

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vipJaneSLC
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Too hot. Ac didn’t seem to be working. Food seemed a little more bland than usual. Maybe it was just the heat.

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vipchimp
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was delicious...the best Indian food that we have had..The service was excellent..our every request was granted with pleasure (more sauces). We have dined there whenever our family visits from
the West Coast and Dawat is on their bucket list.

DB
vipDianaB
Cincinnati
101 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food
Been going for years
BUT the bus man needs to back off. Felt like he was stalking us. As soon as we finished our last bite with each course it was like he was preying on us.
Hurried up so we could leave.

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LindaL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Lovely raan, speciality lamb dish. Expert service, upscale ambiance.

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viphappymember
New York Area
135 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dawat has always been great. Good food and good service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
90 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place

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williamh
New England
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Used to love this place and have eaten here many times - requested a table n the front room in my reservation, yet despite the request and an empty front we wound up in the back room with a server who spoke at a whisper, couldn’t manage a smile and then were summarily dumped and abandoned, waiting forever to pay out. Worst of all, my beloved Tandoori Prawns were no longer on the menu - what used to be served tableside in a hot skillet now just comes lukewarm n a fixed plate. Very disappointed.

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AnthonyB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

One of the better Indian restaurants I have ever eaten at - the food is delicious, served at the preferred level of "heat" and prepared within a reasonable time of putting in the order.
I look forward to my next visit.

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authorNY
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We thought that Dawat had seen a bit of decline in quality over the past five years.
The cut of lamb for my curry was coarse and stringy.
The maitre de was fine; the waiter a bit odd.

Dr. Lester

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was great as usual! I love Dawat! Very good food, great wine and excellent service!

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statbabe
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Food uneven. The smoked eggplant and spicy shrimp were great. Other stuff like potato cake and okra appetizer not so.

Service was bad. Forgot my drink, bill was incorrect. All forgivable but we felt like no one was paying attention to us most of the time. Not busy at the time so no excuse.

Better Indian places to go to.

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Mibabf
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It is always good, with very nice service and honest food.

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GCHINO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Seafood was regular, fish too soft no consistently ...
Rice, Bread(s) & Eggplant allways very good ...

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vipLarry
Los Angeles
54 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best Indian food I’ve had in a long time. Can’t wait to return.

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StephenW
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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