Awadh

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$31 to $50
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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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife & I dined at Awadh and the food here is easily the best when it comes to Indian cuisine in NY city. Outside of India itself, we have always believed the best Indian food was in London and this place compared to the best that London has to offer. The manager here - a chap named Samir Bakshi - is hospitality personified ! He made us feel welcome and was always ready with recommendations & suggestions. The service & the food - from appetizers to desserts - are a class apart !!

S
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Food was incredibly spicy. We ordered Tandoori chicken and grilled lamb chops. Both were covered with an unbearably hot coating. Even Arita w mint was too hot. Disappointed. Has been here before and had a better experience. Waiters were very accommodating and brought us another Raina without mint which was fine. Also substituted a Lola in basmati rice for the one that was too spicy. Have never had spicy tandoori chicken like this. Ordered it to be safe

NJ
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food in a small environment right for catching up with a friend.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. I can’t wait to go back.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We meet friends and had a wonderful evening. 3 of us had the shrimp curry and one the chicken saag.

All agreed everything was delicious, service was friendly and professional. Our reservation was meet with no wait. Could not recommend this place more. This was my fourth visit and each one was terrific.

JW
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

A very good casual restaurant. There are two floors and we sat downstairs where there is a bar and seating on each side of the restaurant. It was fine. Many people were going upstairs and I checked it out. Also looked fine but I liked it downstairs.
The food was very good. We had the cauliflower appetizer which was excellent. The fried Okra was very good and the lamb cigars just ok.
For the mains we had lamb shank which was excellent and the coconut Shrimp which was also excellent. (The shrimp was too spicy hot for me but my kids didn’t think so).
Overall, we would definitely return.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food with a friendly and attentive staff. Awadh is our go-to restaurant for Thanksgiving - and for everyday dining. Great all-around.

WT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful service, and a very fine Biryani. It's been quite a while since I was last here--too long. Awadh is a very fine experience. I won't wait so long again before the next time.

O
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Innovative fresh food. Always a pleasure. Hard to imagine what could make it better except if they stopped innovating . . . Maybe prewarm the plates?

U
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Our go to place. Staff are pleasant and accommodating

PD
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our first visit to this Upper West Side Indian. Near Symphony Space, which is a real plus. Service was excellent and discreet. the menu is more limited than most local Indian restaurants, which might be a good thing because more attention can be paid to the dishes individually. Regarding our two dishes, a chicken dish was excellent and with the right level of spice. A lamb Biryani was tasty and also well seasoned, however, the lamb could have been trimmed better; we had to cut off some fat and gristle. There were also fewer bread choices that one has come to expect, but enough to make a selection. We will certainly be back.

A
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we were a party of 6. the waiter was terrific (though they put an automatic 20% tip)
food was fabulous. I have been to India. this was definitely interesting and authentic.
absolutely want to come back again and again.

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Great food but service was lacking and they up charge you for everything - including the rice and chutney appetizer that normally come with your dishes

EL
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

really slow service but to wait 20 min to have any order taken, then over 1 hour for appetizers to arrive is not acceptable. Usually we are rushed. the food made up for the bad service but no apologies were made not any accommodation..

FK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food has fantastic taste --- superb! Service was great. At one point, it became a little smoky in the restaurant and my eyes began to water -- but worth it for the food.

SH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at Awadh was very pleasant. The food and the service were excellent and we look forward to another dinner at Awadh!

AB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food! We definitely didn't all get exactly what we ordered, it was too hard to hear the server, but everything was delicious regardless!

RU
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is just fabulous and the wait staff really cares!

l
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service as usual. Authentic Indian cuisine is verified by the restaurant’s patrons...many ethnic south Asians eating and having a good time.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Made a reservation seeking to sit by the window on the first floor. When we arrived, window seating was not available. Someone was going to take us to the banquet...then someone else said take them upstairs. I said no.. my reservation was for the lower floor.

Food was rushed, no attention in replenishing our bottled water...just mediocre service unfortunately.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Indian restaurant I have tried in NYC. Great flavor and fresh ingredients.

EM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Everything was perfect, except the pace. From getting water to get our food, everything took for ever! The staff were all so nice and polite but timeliness isn’t their strength. The food was delicious, the space is really nice and the staff are polite and accommodating. I will be back.

Y
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A delicious meal...lovely service. I love this place.

OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The food as always delicious, but they've been discovered and need more staff to provide the attentive service we are used to.

AM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Try for an upstairs table as it is roomier and a bit quieter.

LL
London
13 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Food was underwhelming, quantities were small, price was high. All round disappointing 👎🏻

OT
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food

b
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Atmosphere was good. However, we were early. As we were leaving, which was about 6:30, and the restaurant was filing up, it started to get noisy.

IA
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Experience was very disappointing. Not a destination venue. Parking is on the street & very difficult to find spaces. Garage is several blocks away. Contemporary bi-level restaurant. Choose upper level as lower bar level is exceptionally noisy and chilly. The food could be good but on the night we were there, it was inconsistent. The kitchen workers and servers were tired having had no break between serving a party of 70 earlier and the commencement of dinner.
The service was poor. and very slow. The wait between courses was very long causing us to inquire when our food would be served several times. When it finally appeared, he food appeared, it seemed like it had been hastily dropped on the serving dishes just to get it out. We ordered two appetizers - fried okra sticks (interesting} & sweet potatoes and pineapple (unusual & quite good). Two vegetable dishes -mixed vegetables & whole baby eggplant were good. Problems arose with the mains: we ordered lamb chops medium rare and 1/2 Tandoori chicken supposed to include white and dark meat on the bone. We were initially served three shriveled & dry over-cooked chops, They were rejected. We were served two leg and thigh (dark pieces ) but no white pieces. This too was rejected. The replacement dishes were not much better. The chops were slathered in sauce and while rare, they were inedible. The replaced chicken was a piece of dark meat and a part of the breast not on the bone as promised. While the chops charge was ultimately removed from the bill, we surely did not get value for the money spent.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my husband’s birthday and the staff was very accommodating and even surprised him with dessert.
The food was incredible. I don’t think I could eat Indian anywhere else now!

c
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The always good choice for Indian food on UWS, if not in NYC. Original, creative yet familiar.
Service a bit slow but the food is excellent and reasonable.

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for dinner on my birthday. Little skeptical as in most Indian restaurants food has become rich and spicier instead of genuine aroma, taste and flavor!!! To my surprise, Awadh still maintained the authenticity. Loved the food and taste. Well balanced spices and herbs. I prefer this one over others in midtown!!! Must try!!!

KW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Most delicious Indian food around. Pretty noisy, expensive, and portions are not huge, but worth it!!

d
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. A lovely place to eat on the UWS

LF
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful Indian restaurant. Many different and delicious dishes you won't find at other Indian eateries. Enjoy!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great taste. Wonderful presentation. True Indian flavors. Best Indian meal I have had (better than anyplace in Singapore or London)

M
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Awadh is a very fine Indian restaurant with an interesting and somewhat atypical menu, consistently well prepared. The service has improved over the years and is now much closer to the level of the food quality, which is usually excellent. The setting is attractive and comfortable, and the wine list is well chosen and reasonable.

P
Tahoe
21 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unusual cuisine from the Awadh region. Colorful, aromatically spiced, fresh and beautifully presented.

LL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Loved each thing we ordered, and everything was high quality, fresh, and authentic. I hope to be back soon. :)

UW
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed a great meal at Awadh. The NALI KI NIHARI and the KHAAS KORMA were particularly good. Our server was attentive to our needs, as well, without hovering about. A fine place.

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