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Dhaba

4.2
600 reviews
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$30 and under
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Indian
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  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Authentic
  • Casual
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
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Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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What 600 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.3
food
3.9
service
3.6
ambience
3.8
value
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71% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined 6 days ago

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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3.0Dined on March 19, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

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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3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

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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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

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

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2.0Dined on March 10, 2018

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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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on February 19, 2018

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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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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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1.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

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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3.0Dined on January 26, 2018

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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4.0Dined on January 26, 2018

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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2.0Dined on January 26, 2018

The waiters rushed us out. It was busy, but we were literally still finishing our food when we got the check. It was a 25 minutes dinner

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4.0Dined on January 24, 2018

Delicious more interesting offerings than you typical indian fare, I especially enjoyed the mumbai appetizer offerings.

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3.0Dined on January 23, 2018

too pricey for the quality. I use to go to Dhaba often a few years ago I recently returned after a few years abroad and was shocked to see the rise in prices. Also, it is unbelievable that they are charging $6 for rice on the side in addition to the price of the curries.

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4.0Dined on January 22, 2018

Great variety of food. Good service and no rush to finish eating.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Oh my goodness this is the best Indian food!!! Have been to many Indian restaurants and this one is top notch. The quality of the food is authentic!

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4.0Dined on January 14, 2018

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

Peter G

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4.0Dined on January 3, 2018

Good idea the buffet for a quick and cheap lunch.

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3.0Dined on December 27, 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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2.0Dined on December 27, 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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1.0Dined on December 27, 2017

Bad experience

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1.0Dined 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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1.0Dined on December 24, 2017

The service here was AWFUL. We made a reservation for Christmas Eve. We showed up and the restaurant was packed. The hostess didn't care AT ALL that we had a reservation - it didn't seem like they used the reservation system at all, to be honest. Not sure why they even bother taking reservations if they're not going to acknowledge them at all (note: perhaps OpenTable should revisit whether they should be listed on this website at all).

There were countless children running around the restaurant and the tables were set pretty close together, so we were constantly getting bumped in the elbow and having our table shoved. I'm not sure why their parents weren't keeping them in check, but it definitely wasn't fun to be subject to.

The food was mediocre, so there wasn't really a saving grace.

Super disappointed. Won't return.

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4.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on December 14, 2017

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

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2.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on December 2, 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.

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4.0Dined on November 24, 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!

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on November 17, 2017

Delicious, authentic Indian food for a reasonable price.

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4.0Dined 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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2.0Dined on November 16, 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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1.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on October 28, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on October 26, 2017

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

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