Everything we ordered was very good! There were no many diners while we were there so cannot comment on how the service would be if it were busy. The manager/owner waited the table, we were not rushed. He was very courteous and helpful. Definitely recommend to those that want to have good Indian cuisine without the fanfare and crowds.
This place is a gem! First time at Papadam....it was delicious. The waiter made some recommendations on appetizers, steering us away from the usual samosa choice and I am glad we listened. The Hyderabadi eggplant dish I had was amazing. Again not a standard dish and I'm glad I ventured into unknown territory. The staff was very helpful and on top of everything. If you like Indian food or want to try it for the first time...give Papadam a look.
It's always a pleasure to go to Papadam, the owners are very friendly and always welcoming! The food is exquisite too!
Great food! The nicest people! Some unusual dishes -- everything the seven of us tried was a winner.
Papadam is the best Indian cuisine my daughters and I have had the opportunity to eat. We had the chance to go in for dinner this evening and not only were the owners and staff warm and welcoming, they gave excellent food suggestions. In fact, we let one of the owners pick our complete meal for us and ALL selections were amazing! A great atmosphere with the combination of wonderful food and genuinely fantastic people you can not go wrong.
Nothing but great things to say about Papadam and I suggest everyone take the opportunity to let them tailor your dinner for the night - you won't be disappointed.
While Papadam's dishes are, without question, delectable, the portion size is often somewhat stingy, especially when juxtaposed to the amount of delicious sauce served with most items. This can detract from the value, but not the quality of the service or the manner in which your taste buds are energized. The fresh breads are very special and tasting many types is worthwhile. This is an enjoyable evening. A particularly nice aspect of this small eatery is if you have not eaten enough, the kitchen fulfills your additional orders expeditiously. Eat, be happy!
Our usual restaurant closed and we were trying to find another. Papadum has delicious authentic Indian food and we will definitely be back often! The home made mango mousse was delicious. they deliver too! The owners were there and were taking orders and serving customers. Very welcoming people.
I LOVE this restaurant!!! It is in my neighborhood and had walked by it several times thinking one day I would go. Well when friend suggested dinner I made this the opportunity to go and try this restaurant. And they did not disappoint. We ordered a bottle of Chilean wine which was perfect for the meal. When we ordered appetizers, the owner came over and asked if she could suggest some. She suggested Hari Bari Tikki and Lasuni Gobi, both not traditional dishes. They were out of this world and both vegetarian. We both then ordered dinner; I ordered Hyderabadi Baghare Baigan (I am a vegan) and my friend ordered Griller Tilapia in Tandoori Oven. My friend said the Tilapia was out of this world, it was light, seasoned just enough, and surprisingly is seemed like it was fried because it has a crispness to it, but it was in fact grilled and broiled, a chef specialty. The service was friendly, and attentive and the restaurant was cozy, not noisy at all. I would suggest it highly to anyone who like Indian food.
Great food, subtle flavors and gracious service led by the kindness of Ajay and his staff leaving you wanting to come back for more. There just are not that many really, really good local Indian restaurants on the UES, but, finally, there is Papadam. I'll be back!!
The ambience is warm and the owners very nice and accommodating. The food was delicious and plentiful. Also, even though it isn't a kid restaurant my young children really like the food. The wait staff was efficient and very nice.
Wonderful service, delicious food, and cozy atmosphere.
This restaurant made Christmas dinner very special.
We dined at Papadam on Christmas Eve. As someone who has lived in India for many years, I can say that this is the best Indian food I've experienced in NYC. Everything was carefully prepared with the freshest ingredients and spices, a true delight for the palate. And the menu has a wonderful diversity of dishes, from Goan fish curry to the aromatic dishes of northern Kashmir. The owners could not have been more charming and friendly, and took a personal interest in all of their guests. We felt as if we had been transported to a dinner among close friends in New Delhi, which certainly lit up our holiday! Will definitely return.
the food was delicious. the service was great. the owner recommended dishes we should try, which were very tasty. overall it was a great dinner and the restaurant was very nice, clean and quiet.
I highly recommend it if you want GOOD INDIAN FOOD!
What a wonderful restaurant. Some of the best Indian food I've had in the City. And the service was first rate. The restaurant was rather empty on a weekday evening - must be mainly takeout. Give this restaurant a try. You will not be disappointed.
Have been here multiple times, each time food is wonderful and the service is even better. This is a husband-wife run restaurant, and they truly care about their guests. The atmosphere feels higher-end (white table clothes, dark mood lighting), but still comfortable. The wine list is not notable. But, the food selection is excellent, delicious, and nicely presented. There could be a few more pieces in some of the chicken dishes like the tikka masala and saag, but it's so yummy. Don't hesitate to go here!
Everything was great for our party of seven. The food is superb, fresh, well-spiced and authentic. The server was excellent, with attentive but not hovering service. We enjoyed everything from appetizers to dessert. We'll go back soon!
I came back within a week, that should say enough. this is now a staple of mine when I come to the Met Art for a day, I'll walk over and enjoy some great Indian food. Look forward to the Indian Art Exhibit in October so I can swing by again!
being indian myself, I take particular pride in giving my stamp of approval for an Indian restaurant. This place has friendly staff and great authentic Indian food. it is not too heavy, but definitely stays true to the cuisine
I have a few favorite Indian restaurants in the NY Metro area, but had not been out for Indian on the Upper East until this week. So after a bit of exploring on OpenTable and Yelp, I made reservations and Papadam, and was very happy with the results.
It was just dinner for two, and we were both fasting from meat, so I can only comment on a few vegetarian appetizers and entrees. All were quite good. Spicy (as requested) but not too much, tasty, and generous servings.
As far as the ambience, the restaurant is small and family run. We felt very welcome from the moment we arrived until we left, and I really felt like we were eating at somebody's home.
I look forward to visiting again.