Dawat

4.3
760 reviews
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Indian
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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Miami
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious ! Quality food and excellent service
Highly recommend

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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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Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on January 2, 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
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 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
2 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
20 reviews
Dined on December 4, 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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London
1 review
Dined on December 2, 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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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
240 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
9 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
88 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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R
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was not very tasty. It was OK. Service was good. When asked for Indian Chai, we were informed that the kitchen was closed. It was 3 PM.

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r
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I went here to meet with two friends after work. Service was impeccable and the food was quite good. Highly recommend the Biryani.

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A
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good service, excellent food and comfortable environment.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

My wife and I gave been going to this restaurant for years. Somethings changed here. The food was not very good. Lacked flavor and freshness . The service was awful. No one smiled, no one was happy. It was nit an off night it was a total change. We will not be going back. To bad it eas once a really fine dinning experience.

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GK
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Three old friends getting together! Friendly surroundings, good service, excellent food. We enjoyed ourselves very much.

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H
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Dat is very expensive! they should have a prix fix or be a little more special. Pretty restaurant. But a little tired in decor.

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W
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

The restaurant was too hot because they set the A/C too high until a later hour when more people arrived. We asked for cooler air and were told it was set as cool as it would go. NOT TRUE. They just did not want to lower it for us because it was just our table and one other table.

The food portions have also been reduced.

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BH
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Good food but a little too much salt or flavor enhancements.

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OT
Atlantic Canada
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was very good but extremely overpriced for what it was.

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JL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I just love this place. They always make great recommendations and the food is incredible. The staff is accommodating and very friendly!

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AW
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Have ate at Dawat many times. This time the food was not as good as on previous visits. My tandoori chicken was overdone/dry.

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CP
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been visiting this elegant Indian restaurant in our neighborhood for at least 10 years. We have never been disappointed. It is clean, elegant, quiet and the staff is always friendly and attentive. The food is wonderful and always delicious. We have never had anything less than an excellent meal here. I highly recommend this excellent restaurant.

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E
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. Service was exemplary. We highly recommend the restaurant.

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AO
New England
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Used to be great. Not anymore. Looked forward to sarson ka saag—was awful.

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L
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

We were the only people there. Our reservation was for 2:15 and at 2:00 they called and asked when we would be there. Green beans tasted like the freezer and were barely cooked. Meat and chicken dishes lacked meat and were mostly sauce, even if the sauces were tasty. Expensive. Won’t go again

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NM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We first went to Dawat when we were dating and later announced our engagement to our parents there 17 years ago. We then loved in various places around the country and in other countries. The place looks exactly as it did back then. Food and service is still outstanding. They do need to renovate though, it looks a bit tired.

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SH
New York Area
293 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious!!!!!

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