Dagon

4.6
367 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Chef Partner Ari Bokovza, most recently of Claudette, and who is of Israeli heritage, feels that the Mezze, and small plates selections are the soul of the restaurant with items such as Sasso Chicken Liver with mustard seeds, date syrup, crispy shallot and baharat; Roasted Beets with horseradish yogurt, fried chickpeas, and crispy beef tongue; Charred Eggplant with buttermilk vinaigrette, tomato jam, and shabazi bread crumbs, and Shishbarak: Lebanese mushroom filled dumplings, with warm yogurt, pine nuts, and spicy herb sauce. Kubaneh, and Jerusalem Bagel are homemade, and there is a section of creative salads and entrees including Levantine “Caesar” with tahini anchovy dressing, parmesan, fried chick peas, toasted sesame, and anchovy tempura; Harissa BBQ Chicken with potato sumac puree, local greens, and Whole Roasted Branzino cooked over charcoal, with preserved lemon butter, and celery root.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 367 people are saying
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KenJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We had a reservation for 5:00 pm on a Monday night. Predictably, only one other table both inside and outside of this large restaurant was occupied. We were shown to the absolutely worst table in the entire restaurant. Hands down. No other occupied table and we had a reservation. When I requested another the table, the hostess was so rude and so hostile, that I was inclined to leave the restaurant. We selected a comfortable table for two and were served by an attentive waiter and attended to by considerate staff, all of whom seemed to care that we were enjoying our food!
The food was tasty, the presentation was lovely, and the bread was exceptional! The drinks were good, as well. My husband had the specialty gin and tonic cocktail--a refreshing version of our old standby.
But our experience was tainted by our initial greeting and incomprehensible treatment. I watched as other twosomes throughout the evening were seated at less than desirable locations repeatedly while many nice tables for two remained unoccupied.
I will not return nor recommend Dagon. I cannot in good conscience given the more accommodating restaurants in our neighborhood that should be supported. The restaurant is not a good value, but, again, the food was tasty and the presentation lovely. You can decide!

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vipfourdiamonds
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and different twist on Israeli cuisine. High quality food, fun vibe, but just a little too noisy. Will definitely come back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Understaffed and overbooked

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debbieg
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was outstanding. Cant wait to go back. The service was great too.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wish the falafel sandwich was on the menu!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience3

The price point is a little high. We had Israeli breakfast which was delish. Second time there- both times service was subpar. Waiting 15 minutes at table before acknowledged or had water brought to us. Have to remind or ask for refills. Breads are great. Beautiful place. Wish I loved it.

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vipLaetitiaD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and cocktails. Great service. A little loud but it brings you away from the UWS.

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vipCookieCrumbles
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Second visit. Amazing food. Helpful service.

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vipAR39
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fabulous food, great service. Inside is nicer/more atmospheric than outside.

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CNYC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Our first visit and wanted to love it. Seated inside and noise level was very high—hard to talk across the table. Food was delicious and inventive. Busy evening and service was a bit slow but staff tried hard. Would go back and recommend it to others but only for outside where it was much quieter.

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vipFoodieNYC
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Incredible food in every regard: Fresh, inventive, perfectly prepared. Every dish was jaw-droppingly good and this is not the place to forego the insane bread that comes with labneh. At $22, two scallops seems chintzy, but it was a knockout dish. The mushroom dumplings are melt in your mouth. The fatoosh salad is a winner, but beware-- it has the dreaded cilantro-- I asked as it says "fresh herbs" (it's the only one I cannot tolerate). They left it off when I asked. We also had the lamb and the delicious cauliflower. Service was excellent. Too full for dessert. Highly recommended.

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vipfoodfaceMarin
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience3

I visited the highly touted Dagon and have mixed feelings about it. The food was quite good, but from a hospitality standpoint I was not impressed. When two out of 4 of us arrived first, we were asked to stand by the bar even though the dining room was sparsely filled. We declined. When seated, I asked about the mezze offerings and was given a terse and not at all friendly response from the server. Then when we tried to order mezze, we were told that we had to order the entire meal at one time. It was my Birthday and I was looking forward to a leisurely dinner, while cognizant that there were time constraints which I understand, and thought it not unreasonable to peruse the menu (the place was new to us) while munching on mezze which are already prepared and could come out fast. The place is overly bright, which makes it feel a bit like a cafeteria. It's also fairly expensive, so given my mixed experience, it's unlikely that I'll be returning.

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stanleya
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Excellent food & drink at very fair prices BUT noise level inside leaves one's ears ringing, and service, though attentive and polite, seemed hurried, as though kitchen was about to close (it was only 7:15) and we felt a bit rushed. Weather permitting, I'd prefer dining outside here.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very nice! Good food!
Good ambiance and well decorated.
Just, prices are to high depending the quantity…
$14 a small dessert.. $22 for a little small plate.

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vipSindiK
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We were underwhelmed. Some dishes were great, others were ordinary. The service was very slow. Loved the chicken liver mouse and the shishbarak. The whipped eggplant, Moroccan carrots and cauliflower were just ok. We ordered the tuna crudo and when the waitress brought it to the table, she said they are out of tuna and used salmon. She said the chef never told her about the switch. It was good, just minuscule. I ordered a glass of wine when they brought our 2nd courses out but we were practically finished when I told the server to cancel the wine. She said the bar was slammed. Didn’t look like it. Not sure I will return.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for a date night!

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AlanaT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Food was DELICIOUS! However, service left a lot to be desired. When we arrived, the hostess shared thst she had given away our table. It was 12:01pm for a 12pm reservation. She then tried to convince us to sit indoors, despite having intentionally made an outdoor reservation a week before hand as we were celebrating a Birthday. We continued to wait, and were finally seated 45 minutes after our reservation. Took a long time to have our order taken and the waiter seemed to be very confused. Drinks came out after Mezzes had arrived. One diner, waited nearly 30 minutes for her coffee.

Food was excellent and a wonderful atmosphere! Will return but hope that service is much much better!!

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vipuwseats
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

A great addition to the Upper West Side. The food is excellent and varied, too many good choices!! The kitchen was slow, but our server kept us posted and was most apologetic. The biggest problem, if the noise level. It is difficult to carry on a conversation and much of the time I found myself having to yell to make myself heard.

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MashaK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was great. But don't order passion fruit bellini.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome all around

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MicheleF
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely amazing flavors and very welcoming staff!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything

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vipGSS1
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little too noisy for my liking, but the food is FANTASTIC!!

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vipYumm
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Introduced my tenth group of friends to Dagon on this trip. As usual, it was a HIT!! Chef never misses.
Shishbarak and cauliflower reigns! New salmon and the original lamb were favorites . And the pastry chef of the night was encouraged by our server to produce a five star rendition of Silan. I’ve had some good results, some not good results and until tonight’s perfect presentation, only one Perfect Silan. Now I’ve had TWO!!! It takes a skilled hand to arrange the Ingredients to create the magic. We were charmed!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The food was only OK.

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addictedtofood
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The BEST restaurant! We loved everything we tried!! Highly recommend all the breads and dips and cauliflower and mushroom dumplings 🤩 also our waiter Eduardo was great! Also the halvah ice cream was beyond!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great first try at Dagon. Food was great -ate too much because the breads were too delicious. I’ll definitely be back to sit at the bar especially. It was unreasonably loud and we couldn’t keep conversation going across the table. I hope they find a way to manage the noise.

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vipPaulaS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Hostess was haughty and officious. She made us wait to be seated even though we had a reservation and there were plenty of empty tables.

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vipFoodie129
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cocktails very imaginative with Mediterranean twist on classics. Potent and yummy. 😊
Loved the cod with vegetable tagine.

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vipJZ74
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was beyond delicious. We over ordered but finished most everything. Waiter’s recommendations were spot on. Something for everyone - meat eaters or not.

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Blueberry
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Food and service good. A bit pricey for the portions. Very noisy inside, hard to relax and have a conversation with companions.

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Anonymous5
New England
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic. Would highly recommend. Great options for all types of eaters and all was delicious

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spw128
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful experience at Dagon. The service was outstanding, from the wait person who was friendly, helpful, and delivered food in a timely manner to the manager, who accommodated our request to be moved to a more distant table due to Covid concerns, to the kind people who constantly refilled our water glasses, cleared our dishes between courses, etc. This is customer service that is often lacking in many restaurants. The outside patio accomodated lots of guests, was comfortable, and a great spot for people watching on Broadway!

Most importantly, the food was wonderful---inventive twists on standard Middle-Eastern decisions. We loved the three mezes, two small plates, and caesar salad we ordered. Portions were plentiful and the bread incredible!!! I ordered the labneh cheesecake to eat on our drive back to Massachusetts. It was the tastiest cheesecake I've ever eaten. Prices were very reasonable and we can't wait to return on our next trip to NYC!

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vipsabim
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was great! Will definitely come back here. My only two complaints: we had a brunch reservation for indoors, but when we got there the weather was nice and there were plenty of empty tables outside and we asked if we could sit outside. But hostess would not budge...a take it or leave it attitude -didn't like that. Second complaint: the food came too quickly! Was hot and delicious! Next time, will order coffee/mimosas first, and then place food afterwards, once we've had a chance to enjoy our drinks!

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vipCookieCrumbles
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of a kind menu items, expertly, uniquely and creatively prepared. Still swooning!

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vippattyn
Tahoe
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, fun and lively atmosphere! It’s the restaurant we’ve needed in this neighborhood!

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DorothyC
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Disappointed in second meal at Dagon. Two of 4 diners had the lamb, the most expensive entree($41). It was lamb’s neck and very fatty, stringy, and difficult to eat. Although it appeared they left a lot, each said they had extracted all of the edible meat. On the plus side, we enjoyed the Israeli salad, BBQ chicken, and cod, as well as flourless chocolate cake and cheesecake. Inside is unbearably loud, so we chose to eat outside, which even though it was on a busy Broadway sidewalk was quieter.

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vipRenee
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tasty food. Good service. Beautiful place.

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vipCecile1971
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic addition to the UWS. Delicious food and great energy!

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vipJulieG
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was truly outstanding. I loved every bite. I also thought they did a great job on making the place festive. The only challenge I had was the volume. It was hard to hear my dinner guest. But if that's the vibe you want, then come one, come all.

FAQs

Dagon offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 873-2466.

Dagon is rated 4.6 stars by 367 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.