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Dawat

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815 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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Menu

Starters

  • Aloo Tikkyas with Red Peshawari Chutney*$8.00

    The best curry leaf-flavored potato cakes you will ever eat, served with a special red pepper chutney with almonds and dill

    • Vegetable Samosa$8.00

      Spicy seasoned potatoes and peas wrapped in light pastry

      • Keema Samosa$9.00

        Spicy seasoned minced lamb wrapped in light pastry

        • Onion Fritters A.K.A. Onion Pakora$8.00

          Crisp light, chickpea flour batter dipped onion fritters

          • Sakarkandi Chaat$8.00

            A tangy and sweet chaat made with sweet potatoes mingled in chaat masala, chillies and lime juice

            • Baghari Jhinga*$14.00

              Succulent shrimp, flavored with garlic, mustard seeds and curry leaves

              • Fish Koliwada$14.00

                Chick pea flour batter dipped, popular in the North western parts of India. One among the favorite in the starters

                • Hyderabadi "Lamb Pathar" Kebab*$14.00

                  Spicy seasoned thin slices of lamb browned on a very hot griddle. An excellent starter

                  • Chicken Tikka Naan$9.00

                    An all-time favorite. Fresh from the oven- Naan bread stuffed with seasoned chicken that has also been roasted in the same oven

                    Madhur's Snack Cart

                    • Bhel Poori*$8.00

                      A melange of assorted crisps and noodles, smothered in sweet, sour, and spicy chutneys

                      • Dahi Aloo Poori*$8.00

                        A mouth watering mixture of crisps, potatoes and chick peas in yogurt and tamarind sauces

                        Soups & Salad

                        • Ginger Cauliflower Soup$8.00

                          A silken pureed spicy ginger flavored soup

                          • Muligatawny Soup$8.00

                            A spicy favorite of Anglo-India, made with split peas, vegetables and chicken

                            • Dawat Kachumber Salad$9.00

                              Mixed greens, cucumber, tomato, salad topped with sliced almonds & raisins along with chef`s special dressing

                              Tandoor (Clay) Oven Favorites

                              • Ginger Tikka Kebab$22.00

                                Juicy chunks of boneless chicken marinated and cooked in tandoor with a prominent ginger flavor

                                • Chicken Reshmi Kebab$22.00

                                  Mildly spiced skewered minced chicken rolls

                                  • Chicken 'Malai' Kebab$22.00

                                    Succulent cubes of boneless chicken marinated in yogurt & ginger toasted in clay oven-tandoor

                                    • Lamb Seekh Kebab$22.00

                                      Minced lamb with aromatic herbs wrapped around a skewer and roasted in tandoor-clay oven

                                      • Barrah Kebab$26.00

                                        Cubes of boneless lamb, marinated leisurely with spices and grilled golden

                                        • Tandoori Panner Tikka$22.00

                                          Home made cottage cheese marinated in herbs and mild spices

                                          • Tandoori Shrimp$30.00

                                            King-size shrimp marinated in mild spices

                                            • 'Chilean Sea Bass' Fish Tikka$34.00

                                              Chunks of chilean sea bass fish, marinated in an aromatic herb mixture

                                              • Whole Tandoori Fish*$30.00

                                                Whole seasonal fish marinated in yogurt and flavored with dill-like carom seeds before it is roasted

                                                • Tandoori Chicken$16.00

                                                  Chicken marinated in yogurt and mild spices

                                                  • Chicken Tikka$22.00

                                                    Boneless chunks of chicken marinated in yogurt and mild spices

                                                    • Murgh Jehangiri$22.00

                                                      Chicken pieces marinated in yogurt with lavish bastings of chilli-coriander

                                                      • Raan$32.00

                                                        A whole, small tender leg of lamb braised with ginger and whole spices, then roasted in the tandoor oven until it is crisp outside and meltingly tender inside

                                                        Seafood

                                                        • Lobster Shehnaz*$34.00

                                                          Chef's special marinade of Lobster cooked with Shitake Mushroom, Cipollini onion and folded into a delicious sauce

                                                          • Kerala-Style Konju Pappaas*$30.00

                                                            Shrimp in a coconut sauce, flavored with aromatic curry leaves and smoked tamarind

                                                            • Shrimp Caldin*$30.00

                                                              Succulent Shrimp with a green coriander, chilli in a coconut sauce-a Goan specialty. We suggest you eat it with our lemon rice

                                                              • Shrimp Curry with Roasted Spices$30.00

                                                                A delicious shrimp curry which is both rich & aromatic. We suggest you eat with our lemon basmati rice

                                                                • Fish Malai$28.00

                                                                  Fish Curry mingled with onion, bay leaf, coconut milk and spices

                                                                  • Goan Fish Curry$28.00

                                                                    A traditional fish curry from Goa (south western part of India) like most of the Goan food, this dish is red hot & delicious. Especially for spice lovers!

                                                                    Lamb & Goat Dishes

                                                                    • Kashmiri Rogan josh*$24.00

                                                                      Succulent pieces of baby goat (with bone) or Lamb, in a cardamom flavored sauce

                                                                      • Kofta Masala*$22.00

                                                                        Delicately spiced mince lamb roundals, spiced with ginger and garlic, folded in gravy of onions, tomatoes, and fresh cilantro

                                                                        • Lamb Vindaloo$24.00

                                                                          Lamb and potato in a hot, tangy sauce

                                                                          • Palak Gosht$24.00

                                                                            Cubes of lamb delicately blended in spinach puree

                                                                            • Lamb Curry$24.00

                                                                              A classic dish from northern India & amongst the most popular of all curries

                                                                              Special Dinners

                                                                              • Dawat Special Dinner$34.00

                                                                                A soup, Tandoori Chicken, Seekh Kebab, Chicken Malai Kebab, Palak Gosht, a Vegetable, Naan and Vegetable Pulau Rice

                                                                                • Tandoori Mixed Grill$34.00

                                                                                  Tandoori Shrimp, Lamb Chop, Tandoori Chicken, Chicken Malai Kebab and Naan. Served with Pulau Rice and Dal Makhani

                                                                                  • Seafood Special$38.00

                                                                                    Assortment of Lobster, Shrimp, Scallops and Fish. Served with Lemon Rice, Naan and Cucumber Raita

                                                                                    • Vegetarian Thali$30.00

                                                                                      Palak Paneer, Farasvi Bhaji, Gobi Aloo, Yellow Dal, Pulao Rice, Poori breads, chutneys & relishes

                                                                                      Chicken Dishes

                                                                                      • Chicken Palak$22.00

                                                                                        Chicken pieces smothered in a spicy spinach puree

                                                                                        • Chicken Makhani$22.00

                                                                                          Chicken pieces roasted in clay oven and then folded into a creamy tomato sauce

                                                                                          • Chicken Tikka Masala$22.00

                                                                                            Chunks of chicken roasted in a clay oven and then folded Into a mildly spiced tomato sauce

                                                                                            • Kashmiri-Style Dhaniwal Korma*$22.00

                                                                                              Chicken pieces cooked in a mild sauce of yogurt and fresh green coriander

                                                                                              • Chicken Chettinad$22.00

                                                                                                A flavorful spicy chicken dish made from coconut milk, fennel seeds, pepper corn, coriander cumin and cardamom. A South Indian Specialty

                                                                                                • Cornish Hen with Green Chilies*$22.00

                                                                                                  A very hot specialty of Kerala's Baghdadi Jews. This dish is flavored with spicy green chilies and sour tamarind. From Madhur-Jeffrey's personal recipes and unique to Dawat

                                                                                                  • Home-Style Chicken Curry$22.00

                                                                                                    All-time favorite chicken, fresh ginger, onion & tomato gravy

                                                                                                    • Chicken Vindaloo$22.00

                                                                                                      Chicken and potato in a hot, rangy sauce

                                                                                                      • Chicken Jal Frazie$22.00

                                                                                                        Marinated chicken, sauteed with tomato, onion, Bell peppers

                                                                                                        Rice Specialties

                                                                                                        • Steamed Basmati Rice$8.00

                                                                                                          Naturally aromatic long grain rice brought to you from the foothills of the Himalayas

                                                                                                          • Lemon Rice$8.00

                                                                                                            Very aromatic rice perfumed with the juice and rind of lemons, curry leaves and mustard seeds

                                                                                                            • Pulau Rice$9.00

                                                                                                              Baked casserole of rice and green peas, mixed with nuts and raisins

                                                                                                              • Spanish Garlic Rice$9.00

                                                                                                                Sauteed spinach combined with aroma of garlic into basmati rice makes a delicious dish

                                                                                                                Biryanis

                                                                                                                Baked casserole of basmati rice richly flavored with saffron

                                                                                                                • Biryanis

                                                                                                                  • Veg.$16.00
                                                                                                                  • Lamb/Goat$24.00
                                                                                                                  • Chicken$22.00
                                                                                                                  • Shrimp$26.00

                                                                                                                Breads

                                                                                                                • Onion and Black Pepper Kulcha$8.00

                                                                                                                  Crisp, pizza-like flat bread from the tandoor oven, filled with caramelized onions and dusted with coarse black pepper

                                                                                                                  • Keema Naan$8.00

                                                                                                                    A naan stuffed with minced lamb and baked in a clay oven

                                                                                                                    • Naan E-Dawat$8.00

                                                                                                                      A rich flat bread stuffed with nuts and dried fruit and baked in a clay oven

                                                                                                                      • Rosemary Naan$8.00

                                                                                                                        A special naan bread from the tandoor flavored with rosemary

                                                                                                                        • Naan$5.00

                                                                                                                          Light, flat bread made from dough of superfine flour and baked in a clay oven

                                                                                                                          • Garlic Naan$6.00

                                                                                                                            A special naan bread from the tandoor flavored with garlic

                                                                                                                            • Tandoori Roti$5.00

                                                                                                                              Whole wheat bread baked in a clay oven

                                                                                                                              • Pudina Paratha$6.00

                                                                                                                                Whole-wheat layered bread topped with mint leaves

                                                                                                                                • Ajwain Paratha$6.00

                                                                                                                                  Whole-wheat layered bread topped with aromatic carom seeds

                                                                                                                                  • Poori$6.00

                                                                                                                                    Whole-wheat puffed bread, deep fried

                                                                                                                                    Accompaniments

                                                                                                                                    • Papadum$2.00

                                                                                                                                      Light, airy lentil wafer

                                                                                                                                      • Timatar Raita$5.00

                                                                                                                                        Yogurt with tomato and mint

                                                                                                                                        • Kheera Raita$5.00

                                                                                                                                          Yogurt and grated cucumber

                                                                                                                                          • Boondi Raita$5.00

                                                                                                                                            Yogurt with tiny chick pea flour dumplings

                                                                                                                                            Vegetarian Specialties

                                                                                                                                            • Palmer Makhani$18.00

                                                                                                                                              Fresh home-made cheese, folded into creamy tomato sauce

                                                                                                                                              • Mattar Paneer$18.00

                                                                                                                                                Fresh home-made cheese cubes cooked with green peas

                                                                                                                                                • Palak Paneer$18.00

                                                                                                                                                  Fresh home-made cheese cubes in a delicately spiced spinach puree

                                                                                                                                                  • Kadhai Paneer$18.00

                                                                                                                                                    Fresh home-made cheese cubes sauteed with bell pepper and tomato

                                                                                                                                                    • Malai Kofta$18.00

                                                                                                                                                      Mixed vegetable croquette in a savory sauce

                                                                                                                                                      • Vegetable Jal Frazie$18.00

                                                                                                                                                        Mixed vegetables with cottage cheese, mildly spiced

                                                                                                                                                        • Sauteed Shiitake Mushrooms$18.00

                                                                                                                                                          We flavor our mushrooms with fresh curry leaves and green coriander

                                                                                                                                                          • Sindhi Karhi*$16.00

                                                                                                                                                            A specialty of the community of Western India, this vegetarian stew is made with chickpea flour and vegetables and seasoned with tamarind and fenugreek seeds. This home favorite is best eaten with plain basmati rice

                                                                                                                                                            • Sarson Ka Saag$18.00

                                                                                                                                                              Fresh mustard greens & spinach cooked in a Punjabi village style

                                                                                                                                                              • Bhindi Masala$18.00

                                                                                                                                                                Okra blended with browned onion and dried mango

                                                                                                                                                                • Zeera Aloo*$16.00

                                                                                                                                                                  Potatoes flavored with whole and ground cumin seeds. An all-time favorite of our staff and friends

                                                                                                                                                                  • Smoked Eggplant Bharta*$16.00

                                                                                                                                                                    Roasted puréed eggplant, ginger, onions, tomatoes & fresh coriander

                                                                                                                                                                    • Baked Eggplant*$16.00

                                                                                                                                                                      Thin slices of eggplant coated with a mild sweet and sour tamarind sauce and baked

                                                                                                                                                                      • Lasooni Matar Methi Malai$18.00

                                                                                                                                                                        Rich pureed veggie that is made from fenugreek leaves, green peas and garlic

                                                                                                                                                                        • Maharashtrian-Style Farasvi Bhaji*$18.00

                                                                                                                                                                          Green beans cooked with freshly grated coconut

                                                                                                                                                                          • Tindora$18.00

                                                                                                                                                                            Lightly spiced dry vegetable made with Ivy Gourd and Potatoes. It is healthy, homey and delicious

                                                                                                                                                                            • Bhuni Gobhi$18.00

                                                                                                                                                                              Cauliflower stir-fried with ginger and cumin seeds

                                                                                                                                                                              • Channa Masala$18.00

                                                                                                                                                                                Chick pea preparation which can be prepared as mild or as hot as you like it

                                                                                                                                                                                • Dal Makhani$14.00

                                                                                                                                                                                  Slow-simmered matpe beans and red kidney beans, sautéed with tomatoes, ginger, cumin and onion

                                                                                                                                                                                  • Yellow Dal$14.00

                                                                                                                                                                                    Yellow split lentils sautéed with onions, ginger and spices. Perhaps the most popular North Indian daal

                                                                                                                                                                                    Last updated: February 11, 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                    What 815 people are saying

                                                                                                                                                                                    Overall ratings and reviews

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                                                                                                                                                                                    89% of people would recommend it to a friend

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Larry

                                                                                                                                                                                      Los Angeles

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on January 28, 2020

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                                                                                                                                                                                      We had a wonderful Indian dinner!

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Eatwell

                                                                                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                      90 reviews

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                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                      90 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on January 27, 2020

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Excellent food and professional service. Certainly a great meal.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Robert

                                                                                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                      62 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                      4.0

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on January 18, 2020

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                      TomB

                                                                                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                      50 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                      3.0

                                                                                                                                                                                      50 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on January 3, 2020

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                                                                                                                                                                                      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

                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on December 31, 2019

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                                                                                                                                                                                      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

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on December 25, 2019

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                                                                                                                                                                                      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

                                                                                                                                                                                      1.0

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on December 17, 2019

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                      YankeeHeart

                                                                                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                      5 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                      2.0

                                                                                                                                                                                      5 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on December 17, 2019

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

                                                                                                                                                                                    9. OT

                                                                                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on December 15, 2019

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Excellent food. Good price.

                                                                                                                                                                                    10. OT

                                                                                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                      San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                      10 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                      4.0

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on December 15, 2019

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                                                                                                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                                                                                      happyeater

                                                                                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                      30 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                      3.0

                                                                                                                                                                                      30 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on December 8, 2019

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                                                                                                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                                                                                      anville3

                                                                                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                      2.0

                                                                                                                                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on December 6, 2019

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                                                                                                                                                                                      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

                                                                                                                                                                                      4.0

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on December 1, 2019

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                                                                                                                                                                                      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

                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on November 29, 2019

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                                                                                                                                                                                      The food was great

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                                                                                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                      32 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                      32 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on November 17, 2019

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Excellent food served by friendly attentive staff

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Kris

                                                                                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                      30 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                      30 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on November 16, 2019

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

                                                                                                                                                                                    17. OT

                                                                                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                      St. Louis

                                                                                                                                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on November 5, 2019

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Best Indian food in New York!

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Eatwell

                                                                                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                      90 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                      90 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on November 1, 2019

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                                                                                                                                                                                      We enjoy the food and professional, friendly service.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      NYIAH

                                                                                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                      14 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                      2.0

                                                                                                                                                                                      14 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on October 11, 2019

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                                                                                                                                                                                      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

                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on October 6, 2019

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Beat Indian food

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                                                                                                                                                                                      ChristinaD

                                                                                                                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                                      9 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                      4.0

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on September 26, 2019

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                      am10280

                                                                                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                      9 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                      9 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on August 30, 2019

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Moirasteffenkushner157w57

                                                                                                                                                                                      Adelaide

                                                                                                                                                                                      13 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                      13 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on August 17, 2019

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Excellent food and service!

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Thunderbear

                                                                                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                                    25. WJ

                                                                                                                                                                                      WinnyJ

                                                                                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on August 1, 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                      Best Indian restaurant in NYC, lovely service as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                    26. JS

                                                                                                                                                                                      JaneSLC

                                                                                                                                                                                      Salt Lake City

                                                                                                                                                                                      5 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                      3.0

                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                                    27. c

                                                                                                                                                                                      chimp

                                                                                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                      20 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                                    28. DB

                                                                                                                                                                                      DianaB

                                                                                                                                                                                      Cincinnati

                                                                                                                                                                                      144 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                      144 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                    29. LL

                                                                                                                                                                                      LindaL

                                                                                                                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on May 31, 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                      overall4food5service5ambience5

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

                                                                                                                                                                                    30. h

                                                                                                                                                                                      happymember

                                                                                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                      135 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                      135 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on May 30, 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                                                                                                                                                    31. J

                                                                                                                                                                                      Joes

                                                                                                                                                                                      Miami

                                                                                                                                                                                      102 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                      102 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on May 13, 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                      Love this place

                                                                                                                                                                                    32. w

                                                                                                                                                                                      williamh

                                                                                                                                                                                      New England

                                                                                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                      3.0

                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                                    33. AB

                                                                                                                                                                                      AnthonyB

                                                                                                                                                                                      Toronto

                                                                                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                                    34. NY

                                                                                                                                                                                      authorNY

                                                                                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                      3.0

                                                                                                                                                                                      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

                                                                                                                                                                                    35. OT

                                                                                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                      San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                      10 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                      10 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on April 13, 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                      overall4food4service5ambience4

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

                                                                                                                                                                                    36. s

                                                                                                                                                                                      statbabe

                                                                                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                      13 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                      3.0

                                                                                                                                                                                      13 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on April 13, 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                    37. M

                                                                                                                                                                                      Mibabf

                                                                                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                      27 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                      27 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on April 12, 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                      overall4food4service5ambience4

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

                                                                                                                                                                                    38. GC

                                                                                                                                                                                      GCHINO

                                                                                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                      3.0

                                                                                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on April 6, 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                      overall3food3service4ambience3

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

                                                                                                                                                                                    39. L

                                                                                                                                                                                      Larry

                                                                                                                                                                                      Los Angeles

                                                                                                                                                                                      56 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                      56 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                    40. SW

                                                                                                                                                                                      StephenW

                                                                                                                                                                                      New England

                                                                                                                                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on March 16, 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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