Dhaba

4.4
625 reviews
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$30 and under
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Indian
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Indian
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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
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Phone number
(212) 679-1284
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Shiva Natarajan
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Private party facilities
Outdoor and indoor spaces are available for up to 25 people.
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Catering
Please inquire for details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between East 27th and 28th Streets
Additional
Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 625 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.1
service
3.8
ambience
4.1
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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EL
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

As I organize a bi-weekly Munch group (Combination of M for meeting and (l)unch) for my camera club, we were pleasantly surprised with this meal. We arrived at Noon for the buffet. We noticed east Asians which attests to the authenticity of the food. Both nan bread and onion fritters were brought to our table while we were at the serving station. The offerings were well presented, fresh, with meat and vegetarian offerings and 2 types of rice. Condiments such as mango chutney, yogurt, green sauce, and others were available near the plates. Several members of our group had an optional tea at the end of the meal along with the dessert, Gulab Jamun. All seven of our group have high praises for this restaurant and we will be coming often.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

The lunch buffet was decent. The presentation could use a ton of help as it looked like lunch room slop. The taste was decent. Being an Indian I am picky about my Indian food and this was ok but far from the best I have had.

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RE
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good and great value lunch buffet. Regular menu provides more varied options of well executed Indian food. Try the fried okra even if you aren't a fan of okra and one of the many steaming casseroles. It fits well with the Curry Hill vibe - not as fancy as it's white table cloth sister restaurant Chola on East 58th Street but with the same attention to quality and with authentic dishes.

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J
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food and good service. We especially enjoyed the chicken biryani and ground lamb dish!

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New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

The noise level was excruciating. We would probably think twice about going back Although we thoroughly enjoyed the food.

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L
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The lamb chunks in the lamb korma were overcooked and a bit dry. My friend's vegetarian meal was not quite satisfying--- the mullagatawny soup was cream based which is not the authentic version. Also her vegetarian appetizer of aloo tikka chaat tasted sour; the potato patties in that dish were ok. The Indian tea given at the end of the meal was nice and felt good since the place was rather chilly. Overall, a bit pricey for average food but perhaps other choices would be better-the menu is quite large.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gran relación beneficio costo en un sitio con mucha personalidad y gran atmósfera. Gracias!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 1

The food was all very greasy without any semblance of fresh or clean
I would not recommend

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R
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Boring food and presentation.
Courteous but slow service.

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Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Excellent food. Authentic Punjabi food with dishes that can't be found in most other restaurants. Service good except maybe too prompt. Never thought I'd say service is too fast but the severs kept coming to take away plates once my friend put the last bite in his mouth before he even finished his bite. Overall good service. Bathroom needs a rehaul.

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ER
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food is delicious. The menu has changed since I last visited a few years ago but same quality dishes. I was a bit disappointed in the mango margarita which I remember to have been more smooth and less icy.

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L
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 1

This used to be our go to Indian place for some curry and samosas. We haven’t been in about a year, but we’re excited to be coming back. We ordered the samosas, lamb keema appetizer, and a korma. The samosas and keema were okay, even good, but where things fell apart was the curry. One of the things I used to love about Dhaba was the curry, the complex fragrant, delicious curry to be mopped up with naan and rice. What we got was flavorless goop. I don’t think we will be coming back.

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f
Miami
42 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Shaba must mean chaos in Hindi

Sat down ordered food. Ordered beer. Ordered naan
Food came
They where out if Indian beer
Food came
No bread finally naan arrived after we finished eating
They charged me for 2 beers. Only had one
You can tell who is a server who is a manager. Who is a busboy
WOW WOW

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LP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was fantastic and the service was superb. The staff was very attentive and offered menu suggestions. I'll be excited to go back and try more delicious, authentic Indian dishes!

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Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food and excellent service. We enjoyed it very much!

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Delicious! Bathroom could use an update.

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m
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Very disappointed with the food and ambiance; This was our first visit to the restaurant. The curry for the paneer masala tasted generic (very sweet). The ac vent was leaking water droplets where I was eated. Service was good. Will not recommend this restaurant to anyone. Avoid.

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F
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

The waiter who took my order got it wrong, I order lamb vindaloo and got shrimp instead, the manager was very pushy in trying to get me to accept the shrimp vindaloo when I clearly wanted lamb vindaloo. Eventually they gave in and got me what I ordered. All the time I can’t understand half of what the staff is saying because their english is so poor. Just basic communication is a hassle to ask for dessert menue I end up getting regular menue after I already dined. I have to repeat myself multiple times and the staff can’t seem to get it right.

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PK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I've come here many times for lunch and dinner and tonight was really bad. The fish curry was salty (unpalatable) and the chicken tikka masala was watery and bland. I complained and my party of five received a complimentary kheer (rice pudding) which had a generous cardamom spill. I am going to look at other dining options - Dhaba has fallen in quality and taste. Very sad.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent staff!!!

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JH
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing curry options with some interesting context on the menu- "curry" was actually used by the British in Colonial India to mean anything with "spicy gravy". I went with a few friends one who is of Indian descent who recommended this restaurant- he loves the Madras Curry and we did too! (Also, I'm vegan and there were lots of options that we vegan, vegetarian, as well as animal options.) Great place- will be back.

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BM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing food! Be sure to make reservation! This place is sooooo delicious!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place! They just need more space and an entryway for when there is a wait.

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A
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

I do love this place , the food is amazing and drinks as well however I had bad experience with the service , we just sat there and the waiter was pushing us to order as soon as possible. I felt annoyed because how can I enjoy my dinner with someone is on us ? So I enjoyed the food but not the service . I understand that it was a busy night but as a business man , I know that every customer should be tried equal . Please next time do not push people to eat fast just because u want the table for the next customer .

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L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent food, great service

Busy during lunch...but worth the time

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S
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

I have been to many restaurants but the overall buffet lunch is not worth it.
Maybe it’s just that there are better restaurants in New Jersey ( where I am from) but if you have expectations for your lunch in New York City you will be disappointed. Lamb/mutton was real good (that’s all). Peace.

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AY
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

It was a cold day so the restaurant was cold. food was good

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LH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and nice service. Excellent biryani, and I've had a lot of biryani. Also the mango lassi is to die for and comes in cute Mason Jars. Highly recommended!

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r
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Dhaba is well-regarded for it's lunch buffet, but it's worth putting on your list for dinner as well. The service is exellent, our food was good but not exceptional: the samosas have a rich smoky flavor and the minced eggplant was nice, but the spinach patty appetizer was a disappointment and I've had better tikka masala. Overall, a solid choice.

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D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Some of the best Indian food in the City. The ambiance is worn and dated but the food is fantastic.

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L
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 1

What a horrible meal. Tasteless chicken tikka, average Sekt kabob, overly sweet mulligatawny, bland naan and tough samosas. I wished I had gone back to Dawat instead.

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London
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Out of this world Indian food! Delicious albeit slightly pricey. Would come again!

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MD
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food & service! Special cocktails were watery & unfavorable - stick with beer or wine!

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BO
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food is always excellent here. However, I thought the service was not great. They brought out the Nan too early (before the appetizer was served, so it was not hot when we were ready to eat). They ended up bringing out a second Nan (that we did not order) with the appetizer and still charged us for both.

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CH
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Nice place for both veg and non-veg Indian cuisine. Small compact place, so it was a little noisy, but good for groups. The food was very good and dishes are meant to be shared.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Had a 7:15 reservation and they kicked us at out at 7:40 because "the table had another reservation waiting." Totally ruined the experience. They were extremely rude.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Flavorful and well presented food. Waiter was super friendly. Great wines available by the glass.

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DI
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Interesting menu items from the food cart menu in addition to mopre traditional items. Food was slightly more spicy than normal, which was nice. Overall a very good choice for India food in Manhattan's Little India.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Nice atmosphere, seems popular, service was attentive and friendly. The food was disappointing. Mediocre at best. It is difficult to find Indian food that wasn't obviously made several hours earlier and scooped up from a vat. I had Rogan Josh and the meat had obviously been microwaved, and was flavorless. My companion had a spinach dish and was told it would not be soupy-creamy, and it was bland, muddy, soupy and creamy. The search for decent Indian continues...

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Yummy food. A bit too crowded, though, and it wasn't fun to have the table by the door on a cold night. Still, cheerful and fun, and the service was pretty good, too.

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