Permanently Closed - Yuva

3.9
314 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Indian

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Located near Roosevelt Island Aerial Tram, Yuva is an Indian restaurant that serves traditional Indian food with a modern twist. It has a warm and glowy ambience, with elegant seating. Its walls are decorated with symmetrical wood carvings, which gives the place a classic look. The restaurant is popular for its tandoori specials and grill. Food served at Yuva always comes in sizzling wood platters, to give them a subtle smoky taste.

Yuva has an all-day menu that serves dinner and lunch box specials. The food items include chicken, lamb, seafood and vegetarian entrées, rice, breads, tandoori specialities, desserts and beverages. Some of its popular dishes include kadhai gosht, palak paneer and tandoori shrimp. Yuva offers a 20% discount to its first customers who print the discount coupon from their website and present it with the bill.

Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Indian, Northwest
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 11:30am-4:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am-3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday 5:30pm-11:00pm, Saturday & Sunday 4:00pm-11:00pm
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Phone number
(212) 339-0090
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Dhandu Ram
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Private party facilities
Can book entire restaurant or number of seats needed.
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Private party contact
Kedar Shah: (212) 339-0090
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Catering
For all occasion
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
2nd & 3rd Ave
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Parking details
We offer discounted validated parking in a public lot.
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Public transit
4,5,6,N,R,W train @ 59th/Lexington
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Entertainment
On occasion a live sitar, tabla and guitar
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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3.9based on all time ratings
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3.9
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3.7
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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S
New York Area
109 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Live around the corner and have been going since they opened. This was the first time however in a while and we were disappointed in the service.....the few diners also seemed to have to flag down staff even for water. The manager is around but ignores looks his way, one really has to make an effort. The food is GOOD and thats important....but i wish since its not even that busy that they could smile, pay some attention and not be grumpy.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

I went here once before and the service was way better, I believe that the time of my reservation may be more on their busy side, I did not like the fact that after being seated we were told we would need to move only to be told to stay after I made a fuss. I had to ask for water and nann, we did not get to order any drinks. They were only interested in getting us out of there to accommodate a large group. It was my aunts birthday and we did not even get to enjoy dessert . The manager came by a few times giving us items as if to appease us but his initial dealings with us were not professional. The food was great and the place was lively.

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P
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Love yuva .. Food fresh.. Made to order.. Found it through Yelp have always enjoyed dawat .. But wanted to try something new, a fan of Agra and chola, but Yuva has heathy and lighter sauces .. Feels like a private chef is cooking to order ..

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MG
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Good food, service too low key

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OT
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Service was good. My friends and I like to order different entrees and share; however, 3 of us enjoy spicy and 1 does not so the server was kind enough to separate a non spicy portion of each dish so we could all still share the meal. Food was good and would definitely go again.

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r
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect as always. Yuva is a true NYC treasure.

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OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food, excellent service - I felt like I was visiting a family rather than eating at a restaurant.

There was one unusual happening I haven't seen before, there seemed to be two sittings of folks using the buffet. The restaurant was almost empty at 8.15pm, then completely full at 8.30, and almost empty again at 9.15. As the families filed on/out. It supported the authenticity that so many Indian people were in and out!

Great dining experience, I would definitely go back :)

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s
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cannot beat the lunch buffet, excellent food and the service, can highly recommend this neighborhood gem.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing and the service really great at reasonable prices. I celebrated my birthday there and had a great time.

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S
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Yuva advertises "frontier" cooking. To us, the menu looked pretty much the same as most other mainstream Indian restos. And the dishes were not unusual either. But they were very good. So this is it -- one of three good Indian restaurants on East 58th Street between 2nd and 3rd. But very well done food at very reasonable prices. Quiet and pleasant atmosphere. Can't say "don't miss" or "worth a trip". But if you are in the neighborhood, feeling like an Indian dinner -- this is a good choice.

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B
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2015
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Restaurant was empty on Monday night and even though food was made specially for us, it was not exceptional. Will not return.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good quiet place with great food for the taste buds. The service was nice, and unlike most restaurants, didn't feel rushed at all.

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JG
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We met friends for dinner after missing each other for almost a year. We were catching up and we had a fine dinner too. The food was very tasty. The service was attentive. The menu is quite broad and the wine list quite impressive for an Indian restaurant.

The introductory sauces on the table were lovely to try - each quite different. We ordered a chicken dish, two different lamb dishes and a goat dish. Each was distinctive and delicious.

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Grand Rapids
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff did an excellent job altering dishes to meet diet requirements. An all-around excellent gastronomic experience.

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New York Area
109 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2014
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The buffet is a value at 14 although one should be hungry. Seems you have to ask for naan, which is worth doing. It takes a while to get a glass of soda or a cup of tea, and it took them 3 days to acknowlege my open table reservation (credit the points). But the food is good, service not as great.

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OT
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is by far one of our favorite Indian restaurants. We have never been disappointed whenever we have dined there. I highly suggest their assorted chicken platter as an appetizer and their chicken vindaloo as the main course. Just be careful as the vindaloo dish is extremely spicy. Bon Appetit!!

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h
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was our third visit to Yuva. Food is excellent and from an extensive menu. Service and quiet ambiance also a major plus. Our favorite Indian restaurant in Manhattan.

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n
New York Area
90 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2014
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

I tried Yuva because I saw it on the list of "best in NYC" on another website. The restaurant is fine, and does offer some interesting items on the menu that you won't see at most other Indian restaurants. I would recommend it if you are in the beighborhood, but don't go out of your way.

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OT
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2014
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Despite Zagat's positive review, we were very disappointed by our dinner at Yuva. The restaurant was empty on a Saturday night at 10:00 (one other party arrived some time after we did). Appetizers were not bad- the chicken wings were enjoyable, but the cauliflower fritters were gummy with excess batter. Two entrées were overcooked (lamb and chicken), which is often an issue at Indian restuarants. The Tandoori shrimp, however, were delicious. Not enough reason to return.

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J
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2014
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

I love their different naan flavors and their curries are all excellent!

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h
Vancouver
33 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2014
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We were really excited to go to Yuva, but ended up being disappointed. It may be because we didn't order the typical Indian dishes, but expected that if Yuva was offering the dish, it should be good. The only things that were tasty was their mango lassis, samosas and the garlic naan. The butter chicken was tasteless, the saag paneer did not look appetizing, and the pakoras (if you could call them that) were hard like rocks. The saffron rice was bland. The service was excellent though. Not sure if we will come back.

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D
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was impeccable, not haughty but friendly. Great suggestions, attentive and at the same time unobtrusive. Food was excellent. I had some simle plates and they were very good. Did not try anything to adventurous.

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LM
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2014
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I made reservations at Yuva last Monday for my good friend and I to catch up over great food. It was my first time going and I loved it. I have to say that the manager is literally the best: I arrived earlier than my friend and while I waited at the bar, he offered me delicious Mango Lassi, on the house. Several, actually. Very kind and attentive to guests, indeed! The food was also very good; I ordered the Lamb Vindaloo and had no regrets. My friend and I were the only two at first, but as we sat and enjoyed ourselves into the later evening, the place filled up and was very atmospheric. Will definitely return. Thank you, Yuva!

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NY
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2014
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

A few doors east of the bustling Dawat on 58th, Yuva stood in stark contrast. I was the only diner on a Wednesday night between 6:30 and 7:00PM. It had been a few years since my last visit and it the bloom was off the rose. I used to really like Yuva with it's brightly colored condiments and creative Tandoori fare; however, this visit was disappointing at best. The Samosas were mushy and tasteless. My mixed Tandoori grill was truly mixed. The chicken dishes invoked that familiar tasty Bukhara Grill in Delhi vibe but the lamb was passed its sell by date and the shrimp was over cooked. As the meal went on it occurred to me that this was not the Yuva I once loved. Based on the lack of customer traffic I may not be the only one to know.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2014
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We were attracted to the restaurant because it said they had the Chef from Bukhara in Delhi. But the service was terrible and despite us ordering different types of dishes for a group of 6 - they all tasted the same. For the price, the ambience was not worth it - too noisy. Not recommended.

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C
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

My boyfriend & I went to Yuva to celebrate his new promotion at work. We wanted to find a spot that was more upscale than most Indian places and also offered cocktails (in addition to only the usual beer & wine fare that most Indian spots offer). Yuva hit the spot. The decor was much nicer compared to traditional Indian restaurants, white linen tablecloths, low lighting and candles. Cocktails were named and prepared with fare of the region; they were sweet and tasty but not strong enough to warrant the $10-12 price tag, IMO. Food was excellent, GREAT vegetarian selection. It came out quickly and piping hot. Servers were attentive but a little awkward in their interaction & not the most attentive w/water refills.

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LD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was excellent & we wanted a quiet place where we could talk with old friends. I'm not sure what pre-concert/theatre feels like since our rez. was for 8:45 pm - but the place was almost empty & very quiet by that time.

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Portland
70 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I had a birthday dinner here and found the food and service to be very good. We had the fried okra for appetizer - plated very nicely with a small salad. Crispy, hot, thinly sliced - I thought I hated okra - but this was delicious. Shared mains included a mixed tandoori grill (ok but not stupendous - had mostly chicken, not enough onion) very good saag paneer, and excellent chicken vindaloo. Sides of jasmine rice and onion kulcha (bread). Serving sizes are quite large. Service was a little inattentive, had to ask for an order of lassi twice. Ambiance very nice - tablecloths. Also loved the assortment of chutneys as appetizer with crispy bread . Would come again. And order less!

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P
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is one of our favorite restaurants. The food and the service never disappoints! They are also always willing to accommodate any requests.

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F
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2014
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Restaurant was good in all aspects - service and food were fine. It seems similar to other indian restaurants.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food, superior Indian restaurant.

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JV
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a pleasure - the staff is attentive and wonderful, the food is great - and novel - and the space is very comfortable and beautiful.

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H
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2013
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

on Christmas eve, the restaurant was quiet and not very full. As a result, the wait staff was incredibly attentive and went out of the way to ensure that my party of five was well cared for. The food and wine went well together and we walked away very satisfied.

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p
New York Area
114 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2013
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We were with friends and were were all treated like kings. The waitstaff heard that we had a birthday so they brought a special birthday dessert. The food was wonderful and very reasonably priced. The waitstaff couldn't do enough for us. I haven't been that well treated in a restaurant for a long time.

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Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2013
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was our first time at this restaurant and everyone in my party loved it. Every course was delicious-appetizers, entrees and desserts. The service was very attentive. We will definitely be back!

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WC
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2013
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We were drawn to Yuva by the aromatic fragrance of its kitchen filling our room at the B&B above it (Ivy Terrace B&B). The environment at Yuva was serene and the staff friendly and attentive. Our chicken tika masala was quite good and the naan was excellent. Our spinach/lamb dish went half finished. The portions were noticeably small. However, we were satisfied with our experience and will return on our next stay at the B&B.

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New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Yuva! This is my third time eating there. The food is always great. Definitely try their Dal Mahkani and order the Tandoori Paneer or Kasta Kachori as an appetizer. The dessert was great also.

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JP
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2013
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

There are several Indian restaurants in this street but the food here stands out. Service is a bit uneven but very friendly.

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OT
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our 3rd time there and it has now become our favorite Indian restaurant. The service was superb and the food delicious as always.

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J
Tampa
24 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Best Indian I have ever eaten!!!

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