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Dawat

4.1
4.1
771 Reviews
$31 to $50
Indian
Dawat is a fine north Indian restaurant that also serves a couple of south Indian dishes as well. Located in Midtown East, Dawat is one of Manhattan’s finest Indian restaurants
that serves an eclectic array of interesting dishes.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Indian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Monday –Thursday: 11:30am - 2:30pm, Friday – Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday – Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:30pm – 10:00pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 355-7555

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Madhur Jaffrey

  • Neighborhood

    Midtown East

  • Cross street

    2nd and 3rd Ave.

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    4,5,6,N,R lines – Lexington stop.<br />E,F lines – Lexington stop

  • Additional

    Banquet, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access

What 771 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. L

    Larry

    Los Angeles

    59 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had a wonderful Indian dinner!
  2. E

    Eatwell

    New York Area

    131 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    131 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and professional service. Certainly a great meal.
  3. R

    Robert

    New York Area

    79 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Good Indian food. The special dinner gives a good variety and is a huge portion.
  4. TB

    TomB

    New York Area

    60 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2020

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Dawat is in transition. The wait staff is all new and the bar was closed with no liquor license yet. Flowers on the table were dead. The food was the same as always and the menu was the same as it has been for years, which is good. So it is not as if it is a brand new restaurant, just a new staff who need to work out some kinks. Hopefully it soon will be back to the 5-star status we were used to over the years.
  5. s

    stuarts

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Possibly the best Indian food I have tasted from all around the world. So tasty, service was excellent and very attentive. Not the cheapest menu (going for a curry in the UK is often looked at as a cheaper option) but we were looking for good food and nice restaurant which is exactly what we got - the lamb chops were to die for.
  6. MR

    MayaR

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    I booked this place based on the online rating. We walked in the place, sat down for 20-25 mins ... they guy comes to take order for food ... we were like no one has come to the table for a drink order ... he dropped out of the sky and said okay .. I will take the drink order then... we ordered this non veg platter with was $34 and came with a dal that had no salt or taste and a naan or two and a tiny portion of meat. Nothing we ordered was good ... I would not waste my money at this restaurant again ... the don’t even deserve one star. Horrible experience overall
  7. AB

    AlanB

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2019

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Food was very bland,lacked flavour,all four dishes were different but tasted similar.
  8. YH

    YankeeHeart

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2019

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    Service was horrendous. Slow except when removing plates with food still upon them. Shabby, too many diners seated in one area, will never return.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food. Good price.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    As usual we had a great time, delicious food, very good service, and a very nice atmosphere. The lamb chops were outstanding as well as the mushroom naan and the spicy corn. Try the okra, one of the best that I have had!
  11. h

    happyeater

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    The quality of food is not what it used to be and selection is smaller. Room looks very tired and staff lacks enthusiasm. Just a shadow of what it was.
  12. a

    anville3

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2019

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Comically poor service. I started out angry, but then it was literally funny. Everything that could have gone wrong, went wrong. It was the longest 1-course meal of my life.
  13. AS

    AlfredoS

    Key West

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    i dinned there many years ago. the food is still very good. the place could use a little maintenance to keep as nice looking is it once was.
  14. AV

    AngelaV

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was great
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food served by friendly attentive staff
  16. K

    Kris

    New York Area

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We did the chef's tasting menu and it was wonderful
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Indian food in New York!
  18. E

    Eatwell

    New York Area

    131 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    131 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoy the food and professional, friendly service.
  19. NY

    NYIAH

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2019

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Dawat has gone downhill. The decor is very dingy and the restaurant is quite dated and tired. Menu is straight from the 1980s and the whole establishment is very worn down — needs a new coat of paint; someone needs to upgrade the shabby looking ceiling vents and install new lights; and give the place a refresh. Food is decent value for money but we won’t be coming back. Also - the place needs massively better ventilation. The days when you go into an Indian restaurant and are hit with the smell of Indian food, and then leave with your clothes and hair smelling of Indian food, should be over
  20. LA

    LeaAnnB

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beat Indian food
  21. CD

    ChristinaD

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful lunch specials - plenty of food for the price. Will return!
  22. a

    am10280

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Very good food and friendly service. I've had better Naan bread but overall the food was very good.
  23. M

    Moirasteffenkushner157w57

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service!
  24. T

    Thunderbear

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dawat is one of our "go-to" restaurants on the East Side. At Dawat we can have delicious food and be in an ambience conducive to conversation. The staff is always friendly, attentive and knowledgeable regarding our choices. Of course, we will go back again and yet again.
  25. WJ

    WinnyJ

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Indian restaurant in NYC, lovely service as well.
  26. JS

    JaneSLC

    Salt Lake City

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2019

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    Too hot. Ac didn’t seem to be working. Food seemed a little more bland than usual. Maybe it was just the heat.
  27. c

    chimp

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food was delicious...the best Indian food that we have had..The service was excellent..our every request was granted with pleasure (more sauces). We have dined there whenever our family visits from the West Coast and Dawat is on their bucket list.
  28. DB

    DianaB

    Cincinnati

    180 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    180 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food Been going for years BUT the bus man needs to back off. Felt like he was stalking us. As soon as we finished our last bite with each course it was like he was preying on us. Hurried up so we could leave.
  29. LL

    LindaL

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Lovely raan, speciality lamb dish. Expert service, upscale ambiance.
  30. h

    happymember

    New York Area

    139 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    139 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dawat has always been great. Good food and good service.
  31. B

    Bobby

    Key West

    132 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    132 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place
  32. w

    williamh

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2019

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Used to love this place and have eaten here many times - requested a table n the front room in my reservation, yet despite the request and an empty front we wound up in the back room with a server who spoke at a whisper, couldn’t manage a smile and then were summarily dumped and abandoned, waiting forever to pay out. Worst of all, my beloved Tandoori Prawns were no longer on the menu - what used to be served tableside in a hot skillet now just comes lukewarm n a fixed plate. Very disappointed.
  33. AB

    AnthonyB

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2019

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    One of the better Indian restaurants I have ever eaten at - the food is delicious, served at the preferred level of "heat" and prepared within a reasonable time of putting in the order. I look forward to my next visit.
  34. NY

    authorNY

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We thought that Dawat had seen a bit of decline in quality over the past five years. The cut of lamb for my curry was coarse and stringy. The maitre de was fine; the waiter a bit odd. Dr. Lester
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    It was great as usual! I love Dawat! Very good food, great wine and excellent service!
  36. s

    statbabe

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2019

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Food uneven. The smoked eggplant and spicy shrimp were great. Other stuff like potato cake and okra appetizer not so. Service was bad. Forgot my drink, bill was incorrect. All forgivable but we felt like no one was paying attention to us most of the time. Not busy at the time so no excuse. Better Indian places to go to.
  37. M

    Mibabf

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    It is always good, with very nice service and honest food.
  38. GC

    GCHINO

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Seafood was regular, fish too soft no consistently ... Rice, Bread(s) & Eggplant allways very good ...
  39. L

    Larry

    Los Angeles

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was the best Indian food I’ve had in a long time. Can’t wait to return.
  40. SW

    StephenW

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dawat is a beautiful place. When we want to remember the subtlety and courtesy of India, we go to Dawat for dinner. it is a simple, refined environment, fantastic, creative food with many new things each time, along with Madjur Jaffrey's unique regular items.

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Dawat is rated 4.1 stars by 771 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    2nd and 3rd Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    Midtown East

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Monday –Thursday: 11:30am - 2:30pm, Friday – Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday – Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:30pm – 10:00pm

  • Cuisines

    Indian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    4,5,6,N,R lines – Lexington stop.E,F lines – Lexington stop

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Madhur Jaffrey

  • Additional

    Banquet, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access

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