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.
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.
The buffet was mostly left unattended for long periods, with entire entrees missing.
Service was non existent, chaotic and slow.
Hostess initially seated us next to a pile of construction waste, until we requested to move.
Our dinner at Utsav was very good, better than I remembered the restaurant being the first time I went a while ago. We had some dishes we knew, and some dishes we had never had before, all were tasty. Service was excellent; definitely ask for recommendations about some of the more unusual dishes and try them. It is a bit more expensive than most Indian restaurants - the location contributes to that - but in that neighborhood Utsav is well worth the price.
While all of the dishes (cauliflower, spinach, eggplant, lamb) we ordered were delicious, the portion size for the vegetable appetizers was less than adequate. We even reordered the crispy cauliflower since it was so good but not enough was put on the plate. Our server Queenie was excellent, friendly and efficient. We were very pleased overall and satisfied for the value received. This is an excellent choice for pre-theatre fare.
We live in DC but always make a point of having a meal at Utsav when we are in NYC. The lamb vindaloo is the best I have ever had, anywhere, period. They have re-done the dining room since the last time we were here, and the decor is more modern. The seating is comfortable and the noise level such that conversation is easy. Usually easy to snag a reservation, too.
Refined Indian cuisine, gracious service -- a Theatre District winner. And if you dine after curtain time, the noise abates dramatically.
Utsav never disappoints. Food is always excellent. Can ask to modify spice level on some dishes, or just try something new! Lasuni Gobi appetizer is addictive, a good introduction. Service is attentive, seating is comfortable.
We went for the lunch buffet. The food was very good, including choice and taste. The staff was friendly and attentive. Although the place was packed (Friday lunchtime), they were prompt in service including removal of plates. The place was well decorated and very clean and comfortable. I would highly recommend.
Great food and great service. Really enjoyed our meal.
Bad value. Mediocre food flavor. EXTREMELY poor service. Almost onehour to receive food in empty restaurant ( our 4 & 2 more). We know a tourist sham when we experience one.
We love the Indian buffet lunch! Always hot, plentiful and delicious.
It was freezing- miserable experience. If your heat is broken, shut down.
Its a good buffet which is much better than some of the other buffets where they just load up on spices in the name of Indian food.
I would have loved to see more Indian desserts. Overall good food and great service.
We had a really great holiday in New York and this restaurant topped it for our last night.
The staff where great and attentive.
The surroundings are also good.
Good value for money
Typically we eat dinner here, but today we ordered lunch off the menu. The food here was average today, a bit more spicy than usual and the samosas were a bit greasy.
The service was good and the portions generous.
Very authentic tasty Indian food.
We were looking for a pre-theater dinner with vegetarian options and decided Utsav met the bill. The service was professional, prompt yet friendly. We had no trouble making our show on time. We had a stuffed eggplant dish and okra. They were both well seasoned with spices without being that "hot." I think they tame the spice level down for tourists because we like hot spicy and requested it but thought the dishes were flavorful but a little tame in the heat dept. Although the taste was good, we thought both dishes were a little on the greasy side. I know -- the okra is fried and spiced, but I've had this dish elsewhere where it was not the least bit greasy. Overall, I would recommend for a convenient, relatively well priced, tasty pre-theater dinner (particularly in this area of the city that seems to seriously lack vegetarian options),
Xmas Eve dinner with my wife. The place was heaving with masses of people queueing for tables. Thankfully we'd reserved and were seated within 10 minutes of our booked time. Enjoyed the food which was good if not exceptional. Scallops starter was the stand-out dish I tried. Would definitely go back to try other dishes on the menu.
Make reservations amazing food
Go every year Christmas and other occasions
We've been to Utsav before shows before and it did not disappoint this time. Indian cuisine at its best. The atmosphere is unpretentious. The wait staff was very attentive but doesn't rush anyone. The food is, simply put, excellent, from the appetizers to dessert. As entrees, we recommend the Nawabi prawns, and the Achari baigan for eggplant lovers. Both are quite spicy - be sure to ask your wait person about spiciness when ordering!
Absolutely delicious! Full of flavor. Will be back
Party of 4 included 2 vegetarians, delicious food for all 4 of us.
Friendly and courteous service. The food was delicious and came without much wait.
Bar service was also very good.
It was good and the food was really great
Thank you Utsav! We found you at the last minute via the Zagat app, walked through very cold weather to find you... and we couldn't have been more delighted. Honestly, I believe it was the best Indian food I've ever tasted. Lovely atmosphere and charming server. We'll be back!