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About Nirvana

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.

346 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10001
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Indian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Between East 39th and 40th Streets

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 983-0000

Website:
http://www.nirvanany.com/

Executive Chef:
Chef Jeevan

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.

Private Party Contact:
Anil: (212) 983-0000

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Nirvana Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.1

value

4.1

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Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

Quiet Conversation (5)
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Bar Seating (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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Great Beer (1)
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Great for Lunch (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 2, 2017

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

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Spicy, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 2, 2017

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

Tags: Authentic, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Was impressed with interesting vegetarian menu and overall ambiance.

Tags: Vegan, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 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.

Tags: Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on August 20, 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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Spicy
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

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

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 5, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 29, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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.

Tags: Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Vegan
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Consistently delicious food, friendly staff
Food cooked and seasoned perfectly

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Spicy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 3, 2017

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

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vip
 (New England)·Dined 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.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined 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!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 11, 2017

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

Tags: Spicy, Romantic, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Excellent food. Quick and friendly service. Very satisfied.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 22, 2017

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Caribbean)·Dined on January 30, 2017

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

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 10, 2017

Always great, really is. I eat there regularly.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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

Tags: Vegan
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2016

The waiters could have been more helpful in choosing from the many choices since it was our first visit to this restaurant. It also took awhile for the food to arrive. Happily we were not in a rush, but a bit hungry. The food was good though, not too spicy and very flavorful.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 18, 2016

Food was delicious, server was attentive. Enjoyed the entire experience

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2016

Warm and cosy ambiance, delicious spicy food, friendly service

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Comfort Food, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2016

A pleasant place but the food is mediocre. The sauces were thin and of no discernible flavor; the chicken was overcooked.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2016

The food & staff was absolutely deluxe. Nothing to add.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 28, 2016

Terrific, authentic Indian cuisine in a great location just a couple of blocks from Grand Central. Reasonable prices don't hurt.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 28, 2016

Delicious Indian food. Service was super slow but the food was worth the wait, authentic Indian flavors.

Tags: Spicy, Casual, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2016

Excellent. Although lamb tikka masala is not on the menu, they happily made it. It was delicious!

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 25, 2016

Wonderful place! A favorite when I'm in NYC.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 20, 2016

Hospitable place for a weekend lunch with a friend. Food was very good and service was excellent.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 13, 2016

Found it on Trip Advisor and went there on a sunday night. The entrance looks a bit sketchy and the restaurant decor is nothing special. When the food came it was clear that these guys were only focusing on the taste. The chicken tikka was the best I ever had. It was succulent and tasty and I highly recommend it. The butter chicken is not on the menu but if you ask them, they'd be happy to prepare you a delicious one. We just ordered a bunch of stuff to share, including chicken, fish and veggies and were very pleased with all of them. The friendly staff is also a big bonus.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2016

This was my first time at Nirvana and I wanted to try it out since it is so close to work. The food was very good and the portions were a good size along with reasonable prices for Manhattan. The wait staff was attentive but not overcrowding. I will definitely come back again.

Tags: Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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