1 Darbar

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$30 and under
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Indian

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Reviewers and patrons consistently give high marks to this cozy, bi-level restaurant & lounge. Highly Zagat rated, 1 Darbar is a superb choice for Indian food with great ambiance and service. A lavish $10.95 lunch buffet with new and delicious dishes served everyday. Dinner from $10 and up. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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What 585 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was an unexpectedly found gem!! We booked this place last minute and were absolutely delighted with everything- the ambiance, the service, and of course the food!! We ordered cheese and tomato naan, chicken tikka masala, lamb chops and aloo Palak, every bite was delicious, I would recommend this place to anyone.

p
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

well, they told me my party hadn't arrived but they were waiting upstairs. then it was cold upstairs so we moved downstairs. our soups were good but I felt the chana shaag was smoky-burnt tasting. we liked the other entrees. we didn't like either dessert. the room is not particularly pleasant.

ZR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Terrible food. Probably the worst Indian food I've had. Ordered a chicken/potato dish. There were no vegetable in the dish. When inquired, waiter responded "its mixed into the sauce." Terrible lie as I've had this dish several places before. Lamb dish did NOT taste like lamb. Pretty sure it was beef. Pricey for what it is. Terrible experience.

MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sit upstairs for a very quiet private experience. Order the crispy okra for an appetizer I had never tasted before. I comes in a nest of papadum & looks as wonderful as it tastes. All the dishes were excellent as were the pickles. The service is very attentive. Can't wait to go back, thank you.

A
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience1

The food(buffet) was cold and not tasteful at all.

K
Miami
33 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

This is a very lovely Indian restaurant with table cloths and a little bit of an upscale atmosphere. Food is very good too! Service was great.

m
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

the banquet is always fabulous and at lunch time- it is actually one of the fastest way to get lunch. They give you a great array of items to choose from for the price. perfect for 2 or more people

C
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The food was delicious. The service could have been a little bit better. I would most likely go back again.

SP
London
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Restaurant was cosy. Ordered okra crunch, lamb briyani and eggplant bharta. Food was delicious and wait time short.

CM
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service
Great location
I went with a friend and she loved it too
We will come back

CB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Flavorful food
Fast and pleasant service
Good value for money

A
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

My family has been coming here for years and every time I sit down to enjoy dinner, I am never disappointed. The food is flavorful and I am yet to find another Indian spot in NY/NJ that has put a smile on my face such as Darbar.
I would recommend this place to friends.

SR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Honestly one of the best restaurant experiences ever. Super Friendly and attentive service. Most flavorful meal ever. The three of us enjoyed every one of our food choices which is rare. Fine for vegetarians and carnivores alike. Pricing Fixe menu offered tremendous choice and even substitutions! Incredible value for NYC.

I rarely write reviews but really want to help the Open Table community discover this gem of a restaurant. If you are near Grand Central this is a very quick walk.

NO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall2Food5Service2Ambience3

Excellent food.
Very slow service.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

The food was delicious! Everything we had! The garlic naan, onion fritters, and chicken tikka masala. I would definitely recommend and go back! The waiters were very friendly and nice.

PU
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Food was tasty, could have been hotter and refilled buffet trays quicker. Service was pretty poor not attentive to patron. Overall I would return great value for your money!

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

It’s a nice place. I feel like customer service “at the door” could of been better. But regardless it’s nice and quiet. Drinks are really good and I’d highly recommend their garlic cheesy bread.

B
Denver
97 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Fun place-lot of menu choices. Very tasty onion fritters, excellent okra. Everything was great.

MR
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best cod fish brandade interpretation I ever had out of Portugal or Brazil, where they are a must as appetizers
Sea bass broiled to perfection in a delicate
vegetable sauce
I will sure be back
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i
New York Area
73 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Went on Saturday night around 8 pm. and relatively quiet. Seated promptly and ordered drinks. We then placed orders for 2 appetizers and 2 entrees. Well, only 1 appetizer came as there seemed to be some confusion with this order. Rectified quickly. Both were good-Samosas and one of their specials. The entrees were delicious-Lamb Korma and Shrimp Bhuna. Nice, and simple presentation.
We tried to order the Indian ice cream-they were out and then went for Mango ice cream-also not available. they brought a complimentary mango mousse-nice touch but why don't they at least have one ice cream on a Saturday night?
Anyway, pleasant and easy meal. Again, Entrees were excellent.

MA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience3

First they didn't split the bill onto two credit cards when we asked. Then they double charged me. The hassle with the credit card company makes this place not worth going to.

R
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

The food is good. It took a long time to arrive. My naan was cold by the time it arrived with my main course.

CC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Food was decently good - appreciated that rice wasn't extra! Ambiance could've been better, at around 7 it was dead quiet and no music was playing, and the waiters were hovering waiting for us to order. Would suggest having a physical happy hour menu as well as they stated they had one but it wasn't on the menu.

H
New York Area
235 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

Darbar used to be better. All dishes were way too spicy even though we specified « mild ».

u
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

wow.. the service was better than the food. Please don't get me wrong the food was incredible but they took care us from the moment we walk thru the door. The waiters gave us excellent food recommendations. Their suggestions hit that food spot. Great service and amazing food. We will be back. Highly recommended !!!!

BT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Yummy Indian appetizers and main courses and bread.

GA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Nice Indian restaurant. Food was too spicy (was supposed to be "medium") for us.

SB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went on Valentine's Day. At first glance when I walked in I thought the place wasn't going to be as nice as it seemed on the website but it was just fine. The food and service was great. I am guessing, the manager, came over and gave me a rose to give my lady friend, which I thought was really, really nice. He also had a great sense of humor. I would definitely go back.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Food was excellent. Best Indian food I've ever had. Service was a bit slow but still a great overall experience. Highly recommended

LL
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good food, good service. Had a little mix up with darbar and darbar grill but the meal and service was great

M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was very quiet and comfortable. The food was excellent. The portions more than enough. My friend and I had plenty of food left over.

RK
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience2

I ordered items from House Specility and they werent even close to be called good.

SC
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed the food and service for the buffet, very nice. Mike the owner aims to please.
Great dining room upstairs with plenty of space!

CG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was very flavorful and everything I ate was amazing! The staff was friendly and very attentive😊

H
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday celebration- Broadway matinee with dinner in Indian restaurant - restaurant week in NYC
Mulligatawny soup was creamy and tasty - okra Crunch was excellent as was the Gobi Manchurian - Salmon tikka masala was good - the Rohan Josh was excellent- we were offered Kulfi for dessert. It was not on the restaurant week menu. We accepted and we’re glad we did. It was rich & creamy & delicious. We will definitely come back when in the neighborhood. Just wish they would add 1947 beer to their menu.

LF
New England
33 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Well done basic Indian food, competent service, very reasonable prices, classic ambiance - recommended

V
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience2

Very good food and pleasant place. Service is OK but could stand improvement.

S
Calgary
45 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great little place, we were the last table of the night so the service was all about us! Great food would highly recommend the chicken tikka

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good food. Good service. Nice setting and decor.

PF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

Food was very good. Service was poor. We were put upstairs and it was as if the staff forgot about us. I had to ask to see the manager to complain about the long wait time for the entrees to be served and then the service improved. Would not go back.

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