Awadh

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559 reviews
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Awadh, once a princely state, is among the most ancient of Hindu regions. The enchanting history of this land of the Nawabs, kings known for their refined and extravagant lifestyles, is recognized through the richness of its cuisine. Here at Awadh, we bring you these bold flavors that balance elements of spice, intensity and acidity.

Awadh is Gaurav Anand’s latest endeavor, following Bhatti Indian Grill (Murray Hill) and Moti Mahal Delux (Upper East Side). With Awadh, we present a culmination of culinary finesse of the finest food from India’s sacred and historic land. We hope to create experiences and memories through flavors as you explore meats, vegetables, seafood, kebabs, curries and breads that will leave a lasting impression on your palate.

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Daily 5:00PM - 6:00PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Not the usual Indian menu. The food is very tasty.

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CG
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant. Food was excellent, the service equally as good as the food. Great inventive Indian menu. Some of the dishes had that famous Indian "spiceyness" - it was good!

Peaceful ambiance, could talk with the people I was with.

I will be back.

Soon.

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C
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a small birthday celebration for three old friends, one of whom is vegan. I asked for a quiet table for conversation, and--although the restaurant was becoming busy-- they found an excellent table for us. The service was similarly thoughtful and professional, and the cooking is on a par with many of the best Indian restaurants in the city. (Our vegan friend was also very happy!) An excellent evening!

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SL
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

What a pleasant surprise! The food was delicious!
We will be back again!

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R
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This modest-sized spot (seating in the bar area on the first floor, plus an upstairs room) offers a wide array of Indian dishes, some of which I've not seen elsewhere. They're also accommodating: for instance, although the menu didn't list saag paneer, they were willing to make it at our request. Judging from the steady stream of bicycle delivery people (we were seated near the front door), they do a significant take-out business in addition to eat-in. Like most spots in Manhattan, the dining area is small and tight, but the ambience is a good couple of steps above the norm for Indian restaurants.

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Y
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Tasty food! Loved the cauliflower appetizer. The okra maindish was excellent. Will definitely go back.

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AL
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was spot on from beginning to end once past the unimpressive entrance and decor. Service was attentive but not rushed. Even the initial papadum and accompanying sauces tasted great with wine. Entrees of five spice vegetables and tiwali were outstanding. Garlic naan was warm and tasty. Want to return with more friends to try more dishes next time.

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TC
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Sunday early dinner. Excellent food

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AA
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is not your typical India restaurant, with many, inexpensive varieties of curry... This is seriously good (foodie good!), sophisticated food. The best Indian food by far!

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KF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Evey time we come to NYC we make it a must visit destination. Once again exceeded all expectations. The broccoli in saffron sauce is hands down the winning dish. Don’t go without having the broccoli.

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KD
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was ok. Unavailability of items from menu card. Food quality wasn’t really great

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s
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There are lots of Indian restaurants on the UWS but Awadh stands out as being truly exceptional - the food is really wonderful and beautiful setting

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V
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Lousy food full of salt. Don’t eat here. Had Chana masala (ok), lamb saag (hella salty), cauliflower app (gloppy and sickly sweet), paneer dumplings in grossly sweet creamy sauce for entree. Overall really bad food.

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P
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food. Relaxing ambience. Will definitely return

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Outstanding unusual Indian dishes. Low key yet elegant atmosphere

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C
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was excellent as usual, but we never did seem to have a waiter who was serving us. We had to flag down passing staff to get attention to order drinks, appetizers and entrees. Maybe this was because we were seated downstairs rather than on the second floor. Highly unusual based on my previous experiences at this restaurant.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is above average Northern Indian food, with beautifully designed contemporary decor and attentive, sincere service. I’m so happy it’s in my neighborhood, but it is worth a detour.

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B
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Never disappoints. Food is always delicious and staff is always friendly and helpful

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MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious subtle authentic food. The lunch special is especially not to be missed. Terrific iand iendly management as well

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SC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

One of the best Indian restaurants in the city in an attractive setting with excellent service.

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A
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have eaten here many times. The food never disappoints. It’s quieter than many NY restaurants. All my guests are always pleased. Especially love the appetizer selection.

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BE
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The service was so great but the food was too salty for us

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C
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently good food! Love the cauliflower appetizer, stuffed mushrooms and the chicken tikka masala entre, delicious!

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AD
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Indian fare. Chicken Biryani is made in true Hyderabadi dum style ..Eggplant was outstanding as were all the dishes ..Nice place upstairs with a little less noise to have a decent conversations and still enjoy the meal..Kudos to the chef here--stellar quality and culinary excellence. Service was first class.. I am a food entrepreneur and a bit of an aficionado of desi cuisines and Awadh rises to the top of my ranking !

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The downstairs, where we were seated, doesn't have much in terms of atmosphere. But the food is amazing and great service.

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KD
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reservation known and table ready. Sat upstairs which was great, room to sit and not on top of other guests. The service was great and not rushed, food delicious. Great time.

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u
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Awadh is consistently the best Indian food on the UWS. It may be a tad more pricey than some of the more traditional Indian options, but the quality makes up for it. The food is excellent.

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F
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A neighborhood gem. Always a delicious meal with thoughtful service. Some unusual dishes that are spiced beautifully. I sometimes think their portions have gotten smaller but it has not stopped me from eating there.

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OR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the better Indian options in NY - the biryani is particularly good as well as the tarka daal. Very pleasant and helpful staff - seats somewhat uncomfortable. Worth the trip to the upper west side.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!

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AS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best UWS restaurants. Northern Indian food -- excellently prepared and served.
I was a guest of the reviewer's nickname that appears below.

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A
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I often attend shows at Symphony Space and look for new restaurants to try in the area. Awadh was a perfect place to meet friends pre concert. The service and the food is excellent. I look forward to going back and bringing my son who recently moved into the neighborhood.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic across the board - food and service couldn’t be better!

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f
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tasty, classic Indian food. Pleasant, helpful service. Good for pre dinner meal if seeing performance/event at Symphony Space.

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J
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is my second visit to Adwah and I am extremely impressed with the food and service. The food is amazing. Pleasant decor but much quieter than most UWS spots. All the grilled dishes are moist, not dry. Definitely recommend several appetizers. Chicken with pepper and pomegranite. The grilled shrimp. Cauliflower. (Mushrooms were disappointing and we did not care for their meat patties). Sag lamb was delicious; and fish fillets were excellent. Goat was flavorful but more bones than meat. We had lemon rice and of course, naan. Desserts are a bit less exciting but good and different. Indian desserts are always quite sweet. We enjoyed the round dumplings in honey and the Adwar bread pudding. Lovely selection of teas. We will be back!

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l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Fabulous food in an accommodating environment. Just got back from India and found the food here just as authentic!

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MM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Overpriced, mediocre food and clueless service. Horrible wines overpriced with vintage substitutions such as a 2016 for a 2013 (without them even mentioning it while ordering). Many wines and food items unavailable even at 7pm when we went there on 11/8. Untrained wait staff. Mediocre food, generally laden with sugar. Even the kulfi (ice cream like dessert) had ice in it. Generally a substandard restaurant. They can do so much better if they actually cared.

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f
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We have been here a number of times. This time we sat upstairs which was great because we prefer the lighting up there. Service is very attentive. Food is quite consistently good. This time our chicken was a little chewy for our taste but everything else was great. Order the samosas, the lobster dish, spinach and lentil patties, and the sauteed cauliflower is a favorite! It did get a little noisy upstairs due to a large group or revelers in the room, and when I got home I realized all my clothes smelled like a grill. Minimal issues, though when compared with the food and the service.

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MS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

I Was really letdown. I heard a lot about the chef. But the food was average. The waiters were not helpful or welcoming. And the bartender was uninterested in making anything special.

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JD
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Indian food and a great value for New York city!

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