About Dhaba

Dhaba serves authentic North Indian food and kababs from the tandoor. Offerings also include an array of curries from the "British Curry House" setting that will satisfy a variety of curry cravings. The restaurant is open late with a limited choice menu to cater to late night cravings.

108 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10016
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Indian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 3:00pm - 11:00pm; Late Night Menu: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00pm - 2:00am

Cross Street:
Between East 27th and 28th Streets

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 679-1284

Website:
http://www.dhabanyc.com/

Catering:
Please inquire for details.

Executive Chef:
Shiva Natarajan

Private Party Facilities:
Outdoor and indoor spaces are available for up to 25 people.

Additional:
Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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Dhaba Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

3.7

ambience

3.6

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

77% would recommend it to a friend

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Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Good for a Date (4)
Vegan (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Spicy (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Cozy (2)
Healthy (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Business Meals (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
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Romantic (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

The staff was attentive and well meaning but didn't handle drinks very well. The food arrived quickly and was delicious.

Peter G

Tags: Vegan, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Good idea the buffet for a quick and cheap lunch.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The heater was not working n it killed t entire experience for me in this freezing cold. You should not shut t restaurant till basic amenities are fixed.

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

While the food and service was above average, we went on a cold night and the place was freezing. It's a very busy restaurant and the front door(s) are often open. The crowd of people packed inside from the cold didn't help our experience, and I got bumped a few times while eating. Due to it's popularity, I can only imagine that the place has a much better feel in better weather. It's probably also very good for carry-out!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Bad experience

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

My family of 6 had a reservation for Christmas at 3PM at Dhaba. This reservation was confirmed twice by Open Table. When we arrived, we were told by the hostess that she had no record of our reservation and they had no room for us. When I explained the confirmation from Open Table she just shook her head. Then she went on to direct us to go with an individual who had a restaurant two doors down the street stating that it had the 'exact same food'. Since we had two children with us (age 6 and 4), we needed seating so we went to this alternative. This restaurant was virtually empty. We continued to persist on the fact that we had a confirmed reservation at Dhaba and and showed the second restaurant individual our confirmation. He went back to Dhaba and came back and again said they have no record of our reservation. By this time, we decided to leave this situation and concluded that that is the end of Dhaba for us.
I have never had a problem with the Open Table reservation service and have used it for many years. Needless to say, this was a very disappointing experience.
PS: The food/ambience ratings, etc are required for posting. As you read, we did not eat at Dhaba.

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·Dined on December 15, 2017

Our 3rd visit - always very good food - always a bit loud - always friendly service. The service however, is sometimes compromised by the server's inability to pay attention to what we say. Each time we've either had a dish we didn't order, or this time around, didn't get one of the appetizers we ordered. Place busy enough that we decided to let it go - it didn't get on the bill, so we know the server didn't pay attention. He just chatted away while we tried to order. The food you DO get - always excellent!

Tags: Fun
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·Dined on December 14, 2017

Great food and service, authentic curry and lovely garlic naan.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Food quality has really gone down hill. Our paneer was flavorless. Also, the wait staff are really unresponsive. We had to ask for items multiple times. Finally, really hard to have a conversation in this cramped space.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

In terms of food, the best traditional Indian in Manhattan! Superior meat preparation techniques keep the tandoori chicken juicy, the goat meat in your korma falls off the bone and melts in your mouth. Rice however does not come with curry as they do in most establishments. Strangely, they do when you order for delivery. Something they'll need to fix unless they want people to stop coming in and instead order in instead.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Dhaba is always bustling and delicious. The Creamy pepper chicken and the aloo paratha are always my favorites. Also don't skip the spicy cashews as an app! They are amazing. Drinks are large and well priced.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Food was great—large portions, so if you’re with a group, order fewer dishes than the number of people. Great for vegetarians and their non-vegetarian friends!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Vegan, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Food was tasty and authentic. Service was not great but we also had a large party (7 people). It was also very loud (Sunday evening) so difficult to speak with others in the group, but we had a great time and would certainly come back.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Vegan, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Delicious, authentic Indian food for a reasonable price.

Tags: Casual, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Dhaba's food is wonderful and the place is clearly popular.
However, would appreciate if staff didn't hover after placing bill on table. Annoying when you are still drinking your beer and the place is admittedly rather full but there's no one waiting.
A different type of music would be good. It's very noisy there so when they play whatever techno-y music all you can hear is the high-frequency tss-tss-tss over the crowd and it's not conducive to dining. Go a bit more melodic.

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 17, 2017

I had such high expectations. Unfortunately, there was something really off about the food. The somosas, raita and the chicken didn’t taste good at all. There are too many options for me to go back there.

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·Dined on November 15, 2017

We wound up having to leave to go eat somewhere else. Even though our reservation was accepted for 2:45pm, when we arrived we were told that the lunch buffet was ending at 3pm and it was already broken down. Strange that this wasn’t communicated to me beforehand or been shown a reservation blackout time or something. This was for a business lunch and it was quite awkward having to scramble in the cold to relocate & find another place to entertain my guest!

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great food! Plenty of vegetarian options as well as good, tender meat (especially the lamb).

Tags: Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Organic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Great food! New to the neighborhood and I will be back again! Thank you!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

They did well considering how packed they were for Diwali. We've gone when it's less crowded and had an even better experience. This is a good place and generally really solid.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Consistently good food service decor
Pretty empty so quiet for once which was lovely
Flavors are delicious.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Decent food but slow and disappointing service. Better options in the area.

Tags: Fun, Casual
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·Dined on October 11, 2017

We were searching for a great veg friendly restaurant and this one kept coming up on google as highly recommended. Don't let the staged web photos fool you. It's very small, crowded, and extremely loud. My husband could hear about 1/2 of what I said. People around us seemed fine to just yell at each other to be heard, but that's not our style. The food and service were good, and it had nice aesthetics.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2017

One curry dish can be shared by two. I am not calling it huge, but very voluminous. Waiter waits on our table spilled curry dish and I got spot on my shirt and my company got some source on his pants, etc... He did not report to his manager,,, that's why service got low score.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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·Dined on September 28, 2017

The mushrooms were out of this world. It's gets a bit loud in there, but my friends and I had a fun evening and plenty of conversation despite that.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Come here if you want to take on a unique set of Indian cuisines that I've not found in other places and that were well worth trying out. I came with an Indian national who had the low-down on what was unique and tasty, and we took it to the extreme.

A fantastic night. Easy to have conversations. Food was superb.

Will definitely come back.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

I'm a huge fan of Dhaba; have been for years. The food is fabulous and they now have an extended beer and wine list (and even cocktails!); however the best way to enjoy this food for me is with a nice large Kingfisher beer. The noise level is a bit high as the acoustics are not great in here so you will need to raise your voice a bit to be heard (have a second Kingfisher, it will help). The service could be warmer, but it is very efficient. Stand out dishes include Chicken Kali Mirch, Butter or Vindaloo; Shrimp Saag (pay extra for your shrimp to be done in the tandoor, I forgot this time) and any one of their breads.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Went on a Monday night with out of town family for a get-together. The place quickly filled up and the staff was still patient and understanding with our noisy family group order. The food is delicious, well-spiced and perfectly prepared.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Wonderful food and efficient service. Wanted to order a dish to take out for my sick boyfriend and was asked to place the order online. Quirky but not a big deal in the end.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual
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·Dined on August 21, 2017

A very authentic curry house
Good food and service

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Attentive service. Food portions were good and flavors were on point. Restaurant was very noisy when at full capcacity.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Food was Great service was not as well as the level of noise was incredibly high. Table was rocking and a long faced server tried to fix it and gave the impression that we are annoying him with a request for a steady table. I would suggest only for take way as food was good.

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·Dined on August 9, 2017

Average Indian food. Our family of 5 visited New York for vacation. We wanted to eat good Indian food since we thought NYC would have that. Dhaba was okay. Nothing special and prices were high or probably at NYC standards . I'll not return or recommend it to my friends. We are from Colorado and often travel to California. Maybe we're spoiled by the resturants there.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 2, 2017

I think this was the best Indian food I've ever eaten. Fantastic!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Soo loud. Food delicious. Cant have a conversation. Service very good

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Love it here every time

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Great food and good size portions. Service goes from rushed to inattentive as it can get chaotic in the restaurant. Naan is the best I have ever had.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Good place for a relaxed meal. buffet selection was good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Food is always delicious! Great service! A favorite when in the area.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Local Ingredients
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 (Indiana)·Dined on June 22, 2017

I went with my daughter and son-in-law who love Indian food and eat it often. We all thought it was excellent.

Tags: Authentic
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