Nirvana

4.1
415 reviews
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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.
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JV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent though it was bit dark
Service was also great and chef was good enough to come and serve

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

Furniture was very old and falling apart, there were flies in the restaurant, and the ambiance was weird and unappealing

f
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food!
Our waiter George was fantastic. Very attentive and knowledgeable

S
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food taste at nirvana was excellent. We had a wide variety of dishes and all were delicious

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Read great reviews and decided to stop on our way through Albany. So worth it!!! The spicy dosa was HUGE and came with delicious flavorful accompaniments. I'm a vegetarian and ordered the Vegetable Vindaloo - it was my max level of spice and so good (if you don't love spicy, this is not for you! Lol) My husband got the Fish Curry and loved it. Fish cooked perfectly. The Rosemary Naan was yummy too. Highly recommend this restaurant, wish we lived closer to go again!!

AF
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great wines, great food and great atmosphere. A real gem on in then northern suburbs.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food.

MB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Staff was rude. They give you sparkling water at the beginning but don’t fall for it because they will charge you eight dollars.

NI
London
9 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Premium Indian cuisine. Good quality if not particularly fancy. Overall, very good food and experience.

D
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch buffet!

s
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice find on our conference trip to DC; food was quite good as was the service. Quiet place too.

JK
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nirvana was an amazing restaurant. I highly recommend it. Great food, great service.

S
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was excellent. Very authentic. Wine service was mediocre at best. My test for Indian restaurants is: how good is the bathroom? This one, like most Indian restaurants, failed miserably - designed poorly and maintained poorly

JL
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

More lighting on the Stairs is needed. It's really dark when going up and down. (Especially going down the narrow stairs.

C
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was what I would have expected, but the service was subpar. Our waitress barely paid attention to us and was judgy about our food choices. There was elevator music playing on the whole time. And the manager was pushy

JP
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of midtown's best restaurant values! Great food, great service at a great price. What more could anyone want for a quick lunch in midtown? I consider myself a regular and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys good Indian cuisine!

LF
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always a pleasure to dine at the Nirvana. The service and food is always great!

s
New York Area
548 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 2

Food was so oversalted. So disappointing.

NY
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

The food was at beast, certainly sub-par. Ambiance was generally lifeless, with scant diners in the restaurant.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Samosas!

Great service!

5 Stars!

A++++++++

CT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not only were the cocktails good but the food was exceptional. Dishes served and spiced accordingly - it was such good food.

BK
Dublin
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and lovely friendly staff who were happy to advise us on the menu.

DL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 1

Good food. Excellent service. You have to walk 1 flight up to restaurant and 1 flight down steep dark stairs to get to the bathroom which was gross!

BC
London
24 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

On hols in NYC, came across this place. Very nice. Good authentic curry.

DI
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We visit each time we come to NYC.

This is both approachable and very nice.

The entry through the bar is deceiving. It betrays how nice the restaurant upstairs is.

MH
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great neighborhood gem. The food is VERY good, the service is excellent. The staff knows the menu well and are helpful with dietary requests and needs. Highly recommend.

RA
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here before but never during the week so was surprised to find they offer a wonderful buffet at lunchtime. As always, excellent service and great food.

B
Memphis
40 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice dinner with my wife and a friend. We had many different dishes, all good and some, outstanding. We will return.

MB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nirvana was outstanding! Great soup, appetizers, main dishes. Great service as well.

SZ
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The mild menu was to spicy. Friendly service, good food.

s
New York Area
548 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food. Great service. Dominic always gives great service. All the food is delicious. We have always had great dinners here.

b
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service

TG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We were seated right away which was great - but there were only a handful of people there anyway. We asked for the dishes to be made mild - one was so spicy that we could not even finish it and it was our favorite. Service was slow and the waiter did not come back to check on us - my husband had to call him over for the check.

A
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Yummy food and great service! Chana sang, lamb and samosas are delicious!

AJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

After doing a lot of research and being disappointing with several new hot spots, a friend pointed me to Nirvana. I went for lunch and there was a buffet, which i initially dismissed. However, the waiter strongly suggested that we went for the buffet, and so we did. Well.. for a very moderate price (around $15), i had the best meal of my NYC stay and after hundreds of dollars spent in fancy new places. If you want to get true and absolutely delicious Indian food, you must go to Nirvana.

FT
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nirvana has become a "must" for dinner each time I visit NYC. Originally discovered by chance as I was walking in the neighborhood near my hotel, it has proven to have consistently excellent food and service. The menu is extensive and includes meat, seafood, and vegetarian options. I once sampled the lunchtime buffet, which was also very good and quite affordable. I have come here with groups of six or seven, or just with one friend at a time. A friend who is Indian has also pronounced Nirvana's food as very good, so it gets special marks from someone in the know. Even in NYC, known for its superb dining options, Nirvana stands out.

LC
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Food was passable, cost fair. Tables up steep steps, so this if steps are a problem for you, be warned. Acoustics difficult so that while we were largely alone in the dining area, we could not hear each other well. Very dimly lit.
I would pass on this restaurant in the future.

s
New York Area
548 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Consistently good service and excellent food

SG
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second dining experience at Nirvana---and I loved it even more than the last time. I can't stress enough how wonderful the food is. I can not wait to go back.

m
Savannah
57 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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

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