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Darbar on 46th

Indian$21 - $30
152 East 46th Street, New York, NY 10017

Restaurant Information

Darbar Indian restaurant with its prime location in the heart of midtown Manhattan on 46th between Lexington and 3rd is a superb choice for authentic Indian cuisine coupled with upscale, yet quaint, ambiance. The upstairs features a quieter area that caters well to dates and couples. The downstairs offers a full bar and additional seating with more energy.

The Menu at Darbar
The menu features traditional korma, masala, and tandoori preparations. The kitchen also experiments with trans-ethnic fusion dishes producing items that dazzle and delight that you won’t find on typical Indian restaurant menus. Some popular dinner entrees include Chicken Tikka Masala for $16, Lamb or Goat Korma for $18, and Malai Chicken Kebab for $16. Darbar features an extensive vegetarian menu, several Biryani rice specialties, and 10 different Naan breads from which to choose.

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3.9
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Darbar Grill
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2014-11-23
a lavish lunch buffet at great price. "all you can eat" is a favorite activity that adds excitement to every work day. the lunch buffet offers popular foods ranging from vegetarian to seafood, salads and desserts... truly a friendly restaurant that offers healthy lunch
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Ayaz Khan
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2015-02-11
I m from india, Nice name darbar:-)
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Tasha Wells
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2015-12-16
Went on Tuesday evening. Food was delicious and sevice was excellent!
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David Marshall
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2016-02-07
Indian foodie here. This is my favorite North Indian restaurant for dinner in Manhattan. Great food, great service (ask for Chris) and great atmosphere (if you ask to be seated upstairs). Vegetable dishes are exquisite.
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blue4me43
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2016-02-07
I have been here many many times. We really enjoyed our dinner. Service was great. Especially the garlic naan, Rice and okra vegetables. Thanks again and see you next time.
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JR Zuhlke
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2015-11-26
11:30am to 4:00pm lunch buffet seven days a week equals awesome!!! Plenty of vegetarian options.
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john beaumont
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2014-11-29
Food was ok but expensive, small portions. I ordered a vindaloo I would say I got a Samber not a vindaloo even my wife could eat it. Place could do with an upgrade & it was freezing cold, had to keep my coat on. If you have low expectations you won't be disappointed.
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Peter Yong
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2009-05-05
Food was good, service was great and pleasant experience. I personally thought the Garlic naan was over priced, good taste at least. Lamb was done well and the eggplant was also delicious. Rice was good as usual. I've been there many times for lunch (great selection and price) so I would recommend for both lunch or dinner.
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Ameya Bhakay
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2009-03-09
The food here is really nice! I would highly recommend a dish... Garlic Shrimp with gravy... This was just so delicious! The service is nice, and food, no doubts is wonderful! Highly recommended
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William Everich
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2015-06-05
Decent lunch buffet daily.
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John Paul O'Loughlin
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2016-04-15
Phenomenal food, service and atmosphere. I will be coming back as soon as I can.
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steve kline
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2016-05-22
Great Indian food! Great service, clean and neat. Delicately layered flavors from the curry, to the vindaloo, to the ice cream and cappuccino! Recommend to everyone.
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mohitbest07
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2016-06-06
I had a very nice experience at Darbar. All the staff were very nice. We had to rush in there because we had a booking of The Rock Observatory at 9.30 PM and after walking from 50th St we had to walk and reach at 46th St, and then have dinner and return back. The staff understood our concern and planned everything very quick. First time in my life i saw someone took orders so quickly and brought back the delicious food. We had Paneer pasanda, jeer rice (he gave complimentary), Tandoori roti, Garlic Naan and Dal makhani..awesome mouth watering food. Hats off to service and understanding our concern.
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Chris Anglin
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2016-04-08
From the time we entered to the moment we left we were waited on quickly. I started with lassie mango and it was excellent. My main meal was the chef's specialty with chicken while my wife had tiki marsala. Both were very enjoyable. The spices were perfect! Afterwards, we were treated to rice pudding and were blown away by how good it was. Thank you for a great evening meal.
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balakishore reddy
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2016-07-14
Too costly but good food
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Adolfo Winciaspet
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2016-11-18
Best meal ever. From the drinks, to the service and food. Enjoy!
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Wai Fong
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2016-11-20
Middling at best. Came here for the lunch buffet a few times and the food is always a bit on the cold side.
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Smita Rangesh
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2016-07-29
We went for dinner on 28/07. The service was excellent - the food was average. Very very spicy food was served to us first time round and when we spoke to the waiter they replaced it immediately. They even gave us extra roti and Gulab Jamuns on the house but that doesn't compensate for the average tasting food. The restaurant can do with more authentic tasting vegetarian dishes !
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Andrew Hammond
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2016-12-04
Great food (especially the Chicken Tikka Masala, Chicken Saagwala, Meat Samosas, and Biryani), nice and chill atmosphere, and efficient and friendly service.
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Subramanian Raman
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2016-12-20
Great food, good service
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fernando babilonia
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2016-12-28
My go to Indian lunch buffet. Reasonably priced food is always tasty and the naan keeps flowing. I would go more often but my productivity after so much food is often not so great.
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Vishak Gopalan
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2016-12-26
Good food although the place isn't very big so seating is limited
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lily shah
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2017-01-17
We didn't visit the place but ordered a delivery instead. The paneer was hard as rock and the food arrived dry and too mild. Not the Indian food you would expect. My advice : Don't go.
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Sreshtha Sen
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2017-01-13
Excellent food, very authentic. Gave me kheer on the house because I was homesick. A plus service.
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Cory Minton
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2017-01-29
Great service. Food is so authentic and just stand out delicious. The chef is Bangaladeshi and kills it. We came here twice in a week while visiting NYC...it was that good.
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Twelve Spanka
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2017-01-28
Authentic Eating Buffet Style. We came at 11:15.. Glad we did by 11:30 opening time, there was no seats available. Our water was not the most friendlyest..but another waiter stepped it up and made the experience an excellent one.. Its always the little things...4 stars..
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don99i
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2017-02-13
Good food , but could have been much better considering they say they are authentic Indian restaurant.Price is little on higher side.
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Natalia shamrakov
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2017-02-17
I was always reluctant to try Indian food from what proved to be a misconception that Indian food is spicy and greasy. I was greeted by owner himself very humble and polite person and based on my preferences suggested and also tailor made few dishes from me such accommodating service was so unforgettable experience that one can't forget.food was super delicious and now it's my favorite cuisine.
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Chef John Dass
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2017-02-17
Amazing is the Only word to describe this place..Being a chef myself I can tell the carnival of flavors this place has to offer to one's taste buds. it just surprises me how light I felt after a heavy looking meal, preparations were non greasy and yet so rich in flavor and texture.
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Ravi Kannabiran
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2017-03-03
If you are looking for "slim but good Indian food" near Grand Central, Manhattan, New York.. this is the place! Darbar - as the name says it, the courtyard of Kings and here Customer is the King. Take out (~ 10 bucks) or Dine in - Both options are great. My only complaint is they get overcrowded on Fridays, but hey, call and make a reservation and you can cut the line. Try the dahi kadi (chick pea balls soaked in spicy yogurt), Keema Naan (Bread stuffed with minced lamb), Okra Crunch, Crab Cake, Sweet Desserts. Chicken is good but their Lamb is the best. You have lots of veggie options too. Don't be afraid of the "Indian Spice"; It is mild here but you can upscale it; Ask for Jolly Chris or Smart Akaash, they can guide you through all options in just 1 minute. Ambience is ok on the 1st floor, but if you care to climb up to 2nd floor, it is still pretty. There is mini bar, with Bombay Sapphire Gin:) But you can order salt/mango lassi too. Give it a try when you are in midtown next time. Your tummy won't be disappointed:)
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Sean C
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2017-03-15
One of the better lunch buffets. Noticeable flavors. Nice little chat bar selections.
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Ivan Collins
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2017-03-23
I'm in NYC twice a year and I make a trip or two to Darbar on every visit. The restaurant offers a nice detour from NYC's tendency towards high prices and excessive showmanship catering to tourists. They offer an authentic and stylish ambiance, fantastic menu, and servers that don't always suggest the highest priced items. Entrees always seem bigger than I'd expect and I usually leave spending less than $30-$40 per person and we order wine and apps. The owner is nice and always around keeping a eye on the floor and kitchen. There's something about that hands on approach that let's you know they appreciate their customers and staff which is a sign of a well run business.
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Alison Deane
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2017-03-23
My favorite Indian restaurant. Food is consistently delicious and high quality. Service is excellent.
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Devon Perry
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2017-03-30
Delicious food, perfect amount of spice, even a complimentary dessert from our lovely server Chris. Will definitely return and recommend!
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Erin Manuel
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2017-04-21
My husband and I just had our first dinner in NYC at Darbar. The food was delicious! & the service was great. I really enjoyed my pomegranate martini too!
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Raju Penmetsa
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2017-04-21
Ordered food for a team event from here, food tastes great and was delivered on time, customer service was exceptional, the owner of this place helped me in picking the best items on their menu. Will definitely recommend this place to all.
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Alfred Lam
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2017-04-30
Consistent, fresh, delicious. Everything on the menu is really solid, but the goat korma is the best I've ever had in the city.
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Ernest Lam
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2017-04-30
Amazing curries of all kinds from goat korma to Goan fish curry. This is the go to place for any Indian food cravings!!
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alex chino
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2017-05-18
The Restaurant is so good , good service is given , good food is given ,friendly nature of the staff , nice place
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Grace Galicia
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2017-05-20
Tonight, four of us feasted on our favorites: chicken tandoori (2 orders), saag paneer (2 orders), eggplant korma, 1 garlic naan and 1 plain naan. We like dining here because the quality has not changed in several years and it is always nice to see the friendly faces of Chris and Akas. Chicken tandoori is never dry and always perfectly seasoned. Chris suggested the rose lassi and I'm glad we tried it. I think I like rose lassi more than mango lassi. Thank you for delivering consistently good food, service and value. We'll see you soon!
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smriti deka
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2017-05-27
The buffet is very filling and every dish has a good quality in terms of taste and best part being the buffet is open until 4PM , which isn't the case in most of the restaurants!
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Pavan Josyula
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2017-06-04
Nestled in a quiet corner of a busy town is this little gem! The food was amazing!
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Kathleen Reichert
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2017-06-18
Excellent Food! Every dish is delicious. Service is outstanding. Best Indian food in the city. Michael and his staff will take great care of you.
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Justin Fabrikant
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2017-06-20
My wife and I hired Darbar to cater our wedding, and we could not have been happier! We wanted a delicious dinner buffet, passed hours d'ourves at cocktail hour, and bar staff for 140 people. Some guests had dietary restrictions, ranging from vegan to kosher-lite (no mixing of meat&dairy, etc.), and Darbar's team was amazing at accommodating us. We were a little nervous about how our guests would react to Indian food. It's our favorite, but neither we nor our families are Indian, and some of them come from less adventurous gastronomical backgrounds. We had no need to worry. Everyone loved it! We received so many compliments on the food, and of course, we loved it too. Our wedding was very DIY, at a warehouse venue with no kitchen (sink only). Darbar handled all our flatware and silverware rentals and did a great job setting up and breaking everything down quickly and professionally. The lack of a kitchen did not daunt their catering team at all. Did I mention the food was great? It was great!!
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Quan Love
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2017-06-28
This is our 3rd visit to Darbar, The food is always great, delicious and very fresh. People are very polite, Chris our waiter is the best.. Darbar has Great indian food.
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Matthew Yung
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2017-07-20
My wife and I stumbled upon Darbar and thank goodness we did. We didn't have much time to eat since we were heading to an off Broadway show that evening and were nervous if we had time for a sit down dinner. We are thrilled we did. We didn't order a huge meal, but what we ordered was fabulous! We were shocked to receive a complimentary dessert before we left too. A huge thank you to the owner for a great evening.
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Chetan Pabrekar
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2017-07-28
I have been to this restaurant several times in last 7 years. It's one of the best Indian restaurants in Manhattan. The food is very delicious and the quality of service is nice too.
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Annie Oh
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2017-08-08
I went for lunch one day for their 15 lunch buffet deal. I was really surprised that it was as good as it was. They had a good variety of different choices and all them was delicious!!
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Beni Hahitti
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2017-09-14
So happy I found this place. Very convenient location for me and the food was to die for. The waiter pointed me in a direction I didn't know existed. Everything was so flavorful and fresh (Loved the Naan), I'll be coming back here for sure.
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Paula D
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2017-09-18
Very good Indian food. Portions could be a little bit bigger and a little bit more curry sauce in curry vegetables. But taste is very good.
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Katherine Jaskot
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2017-10-23
Exceptional. The food is delicious and the presentation of the lunch buffet is clean, organized and fresh. Darbar is a wonderful choice for Indian cuisine in the midtown area.
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Kevin wells
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2017-11-10
Entrees have decent portions at a slightly premium price (~$18 entree), and the chicken vindaloo was spicy and left my mouth pleasantly burning and my lips tingling. The garlic naan was crispy and seasoned well, but the rice was underwhelming and the portion was very small. Altogether the food was pretty good, the staff was friendly and attentive, and the decor was pleasant.
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Edson Segovia
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2017-12-03
Best Indian restaurant by far. The food is delicious and the staff are super friendly. Prices are very reasonable as well as the portions. Totally recommend it.
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Alexandra Reese
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2017-12-06
Darbar is absolutely delicious!! The staff was so friendly, attentive, and helpful. The food is outstanding!!! Perfectly seasoned, authentic, spicy without being overwhelming, and quite fresh. I loved that they had unique things on the menu like salmon tikka masala (try it!! it's heavenly) and these onion fritter-like things that are similar to vegetable pakora, but are even better. From someone who eats Indian food ~6x/month, this was some of the best Indian food I've ever had! Thank you :)
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Fayezin Islam
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2017-12-06
Very good Indian fine dining restaurant. I usually take my colleagues there and they love this place
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