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Nirvana

4.4
376 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Indian
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  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Spicy
  • Great for Lunch
There is that dimension where there is neither earth, nor water, nor fire, nor wind; neither dimension of the infinitude of space, nor dimension of the infinitude of consciousness, nor dimension of nothingness, nor dimension of neither perception nor non-perception; neither this world, nor the next world, nor sun, nor moon. And there, I say, there is neither coming, nor going, nor stasis; neither passing away nor arising; without stance, without foundation, without support. -Buddha, on Nirvana

Nirvana is not a heavenly abode that one goes to. Nirvana is a mindset that one exists in. So whether it's the department break for lunch or dinner for two; whether it's a hunger for curry or a thirst for lassi; whether you dine in, or take away, our food assures that you take away the peace of mind that comes with only the perfect blend of spices, at the perfect Nirvana.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Indian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(212) 983-0000
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Jeevan
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Private party facilities
Weddings, sweet sixteen parties, graduation, luncheons, baby/bridal showers, birthday parties, holiday parties, and more, can all take place on-site at the restaurant.
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Private party contact
Anil: (212) 983-0000
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between East 39th and 40th Streets
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
What 376 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.3
service
4.1
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3.9
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3.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Favorite for some time. Disappointing this time. Spiciness requested was not correct.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We love coming to Nirvana when we are in NYC. This time, a late bus got us to town with only 30 minutes for dinner before we had to leave for a play on Broadway. Nirvana was great about shifting our reservation, then providing dinner with enough time for us to enjoy it and get to our play on time. They were also terrific about dealing with my dietary restrictions. The food is always good. The service is outstanding. It's also great value, a very reasonable price for very good quality.

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4.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Generous portions. Very attentive service. Food could be spicier.

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Great wine flights and food.

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Food was great. Service was great and friendly

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4.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Sat downstairs because they were having a party upstairs. Not used to being squashed when eating here but all was good
Food is always fresh and delicious. Service was fine although our regular servers must have been working the party. Enjoyed the meal. Will certainly return

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3.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Lento il servizio
Buona cucina indiana
Attenzione quando vi chiedono la gradazione di piccante!!!

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4.0Dined on December 23, 2017

Authentic Indian cuisine located in the Midtown East/Grand Central area. My husband ordered the tandoori chicken & i had the lamb korma....both were delicious & the chicken was very moist :) We also had 2 orders of the keema naan which was very good with a side of raita. I would recommend Nirvana for good, authentic Indian food.

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3.0Dined on December 20, 2017

All the Vegiterian curry were made very poorly. Lots of water than quality ingredients. Not so special for Indian food.

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2017

Great meal and atmosphere

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4.0Dined on December 1, 2017

Service is accommodating and waiters couldn’t be nicer but can be spotty Food is outstanding. One of my favorite Indian restaurants. I was so happy to see their reopening 10 years ago from their Central Pk West days It’s the best in nyc.

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4.0Dined on November 22, 2017

A very lovely dining experience. Food was outstanding and a nice departure from all the steakhouses around Grand Central Station.
Would go again, no questions asked.

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3.0Dined on October 25, 2017

We didn’t eat here.

We left at 7:30, after waiting thirty minutes for our 7pm reservation. A private party had booked upstairs, leaving available only the few tables downstairs.

Why three stars? On the positive side, the host and hostess seemed genuinely concerned with the situation and comped our bar drinks. On the negative side, another couple was seated ahead of us after we had been promised “the next table.” I also found interesting the fact that Open Table showed the availability of reservations at 7:30, the time we left when Nirvana was unable to seat us.

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5.0Dined on October 2, 2017

I love this Resturant. When I am in town for work I always dine at Nirvana!! Great food! Great ambiance!

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5.0Dined on September 2, 2017

Food and service were both excellent! There was no wait and they gave us a great table by the window.

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5.0Dined on August 29, 2017

Was impressed with interesting vegetarian menu and overall ambiance.

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2017

We love Indian food, and Nirvana was probably the best we've ever had in NYC. From the creative cocktails to the welcoming staff, everything at Nirvana surpassed our expectations. Be prepared for spicier than you think for "medium spicy" items. The Chana (split pea) side dish was surprisingly hot! Go to Nirvana with an empty stomach--you'll want to try a little of everything. Highly recommend.

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4.0Dined on August 19, 2017

Was very tasty and enjoyed the meal. The tandoori chicken was very good. Could have cut it off the bone with a spoon.

Would go again.

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3.0Dined on August 19, 2017

Appetizers were okay, but the lamb saag, lamb korma, and other entrees were quite bland

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2017

Great food with a nice ambiance. Variety of food was very good!

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2017

Muy buena opción para comer comida india en NYC. Volveremos!

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2017

Visited for the first time whilst on holiday. Great find and would definitely recommend as the food was delicious and very reasonably priced.

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2017

As always, dinner here is a great experience. Tables are far enough apart so that you can have a conversation without whispering so that the people at the next table can't hear you. The service and food is wonderful and you never feel rushed. Great for spending time with friends you haven't seen in a while.

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4.0Dined on July 2, 2017

Consistently delicious food, friendly staff
Food cooked and seasoned perfectly

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2017

This is a great place. I come for lunches once a month. Always found this place great.
It's value for money.
It's very trendy for an Indian restaurant.
The service is very good. Staff friendly.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2017

Service was excellent and friendly and the food was delicious. We ordered spicy and we got spicy. Not always the case in an Indian restaurant when you are a white guy. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2017

Always reliable. Delicious dishes. Very friendly waitstaff
Would highly recommend to family and friends

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2017

I have a meal here most weeks, and am never disappointed. The food is consistently great, service warm and always friendly. I feel special every time, and will continue to return whenever possible.
Best Indian restaurant I know.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2017

Have been coming here for a long time .. amazing experience most of the time .. the service staff are helpful, polite with the right balance of service .. six stars for them

Food at the last visit was not at level of previously experienced; perhaps the chef was out, but definitely of lesser quality in execution ... past experiences served perfectly cooked and seasoned meats and seafood at the right sized portions .. my recent experience had me on undercooked and no flavor scallops, dull chicken (tasted more like frozen chicken breast out of the microwave and buried in tasty I must say sauce)

Regardless ... great place with one bad execution .. I will of course revisit ... hopefully the regular chef will be back

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3.0Dined on April 21, 2017

Usually suspicious about places serving buffet at lunch time. The suspicion was warranted. There are so many great Indian places in the area. Nans are good.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2017

I love taking my daughter here for Indian, particularly since the chef understands the word "mild" unlike many Indian restaurants in NYC!

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2017

Good restaurant. The service could have been better and the restaurant was a little worn on the inside.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2017

Excellent food. Quick and friendly service. Very satisfied.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2017

Awesome - I go there very regularly and am never disappointed.
Really good from all perspectives.

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2017

The service was very friendly and quick.
Good Indian food. Nice vegetarian selection. I had the Malai mushroom with lemon rice. Awesome.

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3.0Dined on January 30, 2017

Run-of-the-mill Indian food. The lunch buffet was decent.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2017

Food was delicious. Service was excellent. Ambiance was quiet enough for conversation without having to shout. Definitely will return.

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5.0Dined on January 10, 2017

Always great, really is. I eat there regularly.

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2.0Dined on December 30, 2016

Welcome and service was good but food was tasteless , we tried to feed ourselves on frenchfries and ketchup after not being able to eat and upon ordering
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No french fries and ketchup as last resort on this restaurant - they say its an Indian restaurant not serving these

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2016

The food was excellent all around but everyone who works there is just of the kindest nature and just makes dinner that much nicer.

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