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Sunday, May 13, 2018
This is our most favorite place to dine on the West side . The food is excellent plus nice people to meet and greet you . Every person likes good food and courteous service. This place has both. Definitely worth the dining experience.
This is our go to place when seeing a show nearby. We have never been disappointed.
My drink was served and had to wait for my guest’a drink to come over ten minutes after mine came —after asking twice for it. Later a waiter came by with a drink we did not order. There was a over a half-hour wait between appetizer and main meal. I had to get up from the table and ask the top waiter where our food was as we had a certain call. When entree came it was cold. Rushed through meal to get to show. Couple next to us never got to their entree before having to leave for a show. Whole wait scene was amateur hour....food was not worth waiting for.
Really beautiful space and the food is very good. The flavors are well developed and the chef clearly cares about making sure every dish is really authentic. The service was slow for us because we were in a rush but if you're not, you probably won't notice.
I was in town to visit friends, but this was the one evening when I had a theater ticket and wanted to eat close to the theater district. Excellent choice! I wanted to try a few things, so I had the Prix Fixe menu but order more food so that I could try a few other things.
For an appetizer, I ordered Samosa and Corn & Mango Bhel. Of the two, the Samosa was the best; but I enjoyed the Bhel which I have never heard of. I would recommend either.
For main course, the Chicken Tikka Masala was outstanding, maybe the best I've ever had. The spices in the sauce are subtle and complex.
For dessert, I ordered the Sharabi Kheer (rice pudding, rum infused raisins, coconut sorbet). I'm not a big fan of rice pudding, but this was good.... and probably excellent if you like the taste and texture.
I would definitely eat here again!
Always reliable, but improved markedly since the last time we were here. We have been dining at Utsav for years, generally before going to a show at the adjacent theater. The food has always been good, and so has the service. This evening, while we didn't notice changes in the menu, our dishes were somehow more imaginatively spiced and just better than we remembered! The service, as always, was pleasant and efficient. Definitely a keeper!
We always enjoy Utsav. The food is great as is the service. Great pre-theatre place.
Delicious food, beautifully served, in a jewel box of a dining room!
Nothing went right. I understand things go wrong, but when the manager can't be bothered to come to the table after we've asked multiple times (he eventually came after 20-30 minutes), something just isn't right. Our hot appetizers came out warm/cold. Our drinks took forever to arrive. Non of the servers seemed to understand who had what dish (and not just at our table, but at several nearby ones), and our entrees took over an hour and ten minutes to arrive. The decor is tired and from the 90s or early 2000s, and there's been a lot of innovation in fine Indian dining in NY and London, but this place is stuck in the past. Overall, it was just a really bad experience. The manager gave us a discount, but that didn't feel like much since we never got the dessert from our prix fix dinner (had to get to a show). We got a total of 4 samosas, 2 scallops, 4 small shrimp, a bowl of lentils, a bowl of spinach, a piece of fish, some lamb stew, two cocktails,and two non alcoholic beverages for $155 dollars - AFTER THE DISCOUNT. This would've been $200 otherwise. Our local mom&pop Indian restaurants on the Upper East side provide better quality food, better service, and a more comfortable atmosphere for far less. My husband did press for more, and the manager offered to buy us a new meal at another time, but I just don't see the point....and keep in mind, he didn't offer that right away. He offered the smaller discount on the total bill - and we never got the dessert that we ordered...so it was hardly a discount. We shouldn't have to beg for a good experience.
Food is well worth the money. It's $38 for a price fixe dinner. Service with Queenie was great...very attentive. She remembered us from the last time we were there.
Great food with excellent service!
Sorry. I’m from Birmingham England and it is huge for Indian culture and food. Maybe my standards are too high. My starter of Lamb Boti lived up to it’s name but not it a good way and the main was bland. I don’t like to be negative but the food was some of the worst I’ve ever eaten. I cook Indian food myself and it is far nicer. The staff were nice though and the the place itself was quiet and relaxed.
Utsav has become our favorite Indian restaurant in Manhattan
The three of us enjoyed selecting foods to share, giving us a range and variety of tastes. This was the first time for me. I will definitely go back.
Took my son there for dinner, we both enjoyed it very much. We were looking for good Indian food and we found it. Service was also very good. Will be back next time I’m in NY.
Food was just ok. Tryed the lamb shank was over salted.I’ve had much better lamb at various Indian restaurants. The sauces were not what I expected. It was just acceptable as far as Indian cuisine goes. Confused about service , almost 8 different people came to our table throughout our meal . Not recommended for a business dining experience.
We've eaten here often over the years and have never been disappointed.
Amazing restaurant, food and staff. Will definitely go back.
Great service and food. The restaurant was clean and tidy, and we were served with a smile. There was no rush like most NYC restaurants. Spacious interior that wasn't crowded at all. Definitely will be back as the food was amazing.
Everyone loved their meals. I had the squash soup and cauliflower appetizer, my husband had the lamb biryani and my niece had chicken masala. The keema naan was delicious too. Portions were just right. Excellent meal.
Excellent food in a very nice setting. wonderful experience.
Great food and great service at the bar and upstairs.
a bit of confusion when we checked in as table not ready even though we had a reservation. but that was minor, our server Queenie and her team took good care of us. I had a team in from overseas and they enjoyed themselves and the food. will go back again!
Always delicious interesting fragrant food. My special favorite grilled cauliflower always a treat.
Interesting and delicious high end Indian buffet lunch with plenty of options for vegetarians. Only issue: restaurant was freezing!
Very nice restaurant close to times Square but not your typical Times Square concept restaurant. Personal service, lovely ambiance and great food. Nice bartender at the 1st floor bar, too.
Great place especially for pre-theathre. Service was great. Food and drinks came out especially fast. Our wait staff was incredible. Food was excellent, will definitely return.
The occasion was pre-theatre dining with the family....food was great, we could talk freely and hear one another, and the waiters kept track of our curtain time and had us out when we needed to leave. Excellent.
The pre-theatre menu at Utsav had very good options and we did not have to rush to have a great meal close to our Broadway show. We had eaten at this very nice Indian restaurant on several previous visits to NYC. The decor is festive and classy. Our appetizers were scallops and mustard shrimp and both were tasty. I loved my seabass with coconut curry main dish and my dining partner had a lamb dish with a tomato sauce. The meals came with shared spicy lentils, rice, naan, and a spinach dish with corn. The servings were generous and then the kulfi and the warm carrot halwa were a satisfying sweet ending.
Pretty solid overall. Service was excellent. The food was good across the board. No 'wow' factor anywhere but everything was tasty. I'd go back.
I have to admit based on the location, website and price point we were expecting a "wow." It looks like the restaurant is under Michelin consideration and they need to step it up. Lovely decor and presentation, but the food somehow just doesn't live up to expectations. We have traveled to India and are frequent diners at the small places in Edison, NJ (little India) -- places where you get wow (but definitely NOT atmosphere cheap). Utsav is very convenient to theaters, and has a prix fixe menu. We did a combo of small plates, entrees and dessert. The small plates were both excellent -- traditional samosas and a quinoa potato patty. The mains less so. The menu has a combination of traditional and different, and my husband's Baingan Bharta (eggplant) was enjoyable. I had the Shrimp Goa, which was supposed to come in a coconut sauce. It was basically Shrimp Tikka Masala, and it was overcooked. I mean to the point of tough. I've had that issue in Indian places before, but that is a rookie mistake to be sure. Short on time I did not send it back, but also did not love it. The dessert was again quite good, a traditional kheer but with coconut sorbet in the middle. The entire meal cost $150 for 3 people (tax and tip included -- no alcohol). In Edison it's usually about $65 and we have tons left over. I highly doubt we will be back.
Beautiful anbiance, great food and excellent, personalised service! We had a great time!
My favorite Indian place in NYC. Nice, large dining room, no waiting, delicious dishes and polite, attentive service.
Great Restaurant! Superb food. Acoustics poor. Music too loud. Noise level poor. Shouldn’t have to shout to other dinners in a fine establishment
Very good food and service, very convenient to theatre
Food was way too spicy even though we asked them not to make it so spicy! Cocktails were disgusting
Lunch for two included vindaloo, chicken tikka masala, rice and rosemary naan. All were very well prepared. I recommend and will repeat.
The ambience and service are good. My meal however was just ok. I initially ordered the sea bass rasa and was very disappointed. It was a tiny portion , fried, which is not noted on the menu and which I wouldn't have ordered had I known, and sitting in a large plate of some kind of creamy sauce. I had to send it back and the restaurant had no problem getting me something else. Kudos for that. I then got the lamb Rogan Josh which was better . My friend had chicken zaffrani which was also mediocre. Cauliflower appetizer Lazuni Gobi was good. I went there because I had been to a reception there a couple of years ago, and the food was terrific. So, I was very disappointed that my meal didn't live up to that experience.
Love coming here for great Indian cuisine for pre-theater dinner. Easy walk to most Broadway shows. Great service.
Utsav is conveniently located near the Theater District and is practically the only Indian restaurant in that area. It is elegantly spacious and nicely decorated, with a bar area downstairs and the main dining room upstairs. The food is a bit unusual in that the cornish game hen tandoori dish was crispy and spicier than typical. We enjoyed the fried cauliflower appetizer although it was perhaps a bit too sweet. Garlic naan was delicious as was the lamb shank. Be sure to tell the wait staff if you have tickets to a show to be sure of prompt service.