Dafni Greek Taverna

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$30 and under
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Dafni Taverna, conveniently located in the heart of Times Square and the theatre district, provides a dining experience reminiscent of a small village in Greece. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, from the beamed ceiling to the wood plank floor, from the exposed brick wall to the soft Greek music playing in the background. Guests enjoy the hospitality and fine home cooking that the country is famous for. The restaurant serves authentic Greek cuisine, prepared simply and deliciously, using only the freshest and purest ingredients. The menu starts with a large selection of hot and cold meze, and an array of classic salads, as well as a few innovations. Entrees include many of the traditional dishes, a selection of charcoal-grilled meats and fish, and a few intriguing additions, such as grilled quail on a bed of spinach, and braised lamb shank with hilopites (a type of pasta). Delicious, homemade baklava, galaktoboureko and rice pudding are prepared fresh daily in our kitchen.
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L
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

As always, reliable pre-theater restaurant!!

h
New York Area
118 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Came in, seated immediately and were served in a timely fashion, as we had theater tickets. Great restaurant. Fresh salad and delicious fish, warmed pita bread, wonderful meal

s
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

As reliable and reasonable as one can find in the theater district

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was excellent. The staff was very pleasant and attentive. I would return for another meal.

CB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

For the proximity to Times Square, I couldn't have expected better. Great food, decent prices, excellent service. Would definitely go back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great selection of classic Greek dishes. Lamb shank was outstanding. Ambiance was great. We really appreciated that there was room between the tables and it wasn't too noisy to carry a conversation unlike most of the restaurants in NYC.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Theater outing!!!

NT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent overall experience! Great environment for a family, or business casual dinner! AMAZING food - greek cuisine at its best!

MZ
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Terrible rainy day outside. Nice and comfy in this restaurant
Service not rushed and on target
Soup hit the spot, followed by delicious grilled octopus and a tasty Greek Salad
Recommend this restaurant

d
New York Area
156 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Convenient Greek restaurant for pre-theater dining if you're going to a show at the American Airlines Theater. Restaurant was full and our service was a little slow, but we still made it to the theater with time to spare. Food was variable. I had the grilled shrimp and they were very good. The combination rice/spinach that came with it (I don't remember the Greek name) was excellent. One member of our party had the Greek salad with calamari and was disappointed with it. The other member had the seafood brochette and liked the shrimp but not the scallops. We shared a combo appetizer of three spreads and three small dolma. It was good but not up to some other Greek restaurants.

m
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

A good pre or post dinner destination on 42nd. This was a last minute change for us due to our other reservation being canceled. We were not disappointed and so glad they could accommodate us. Great staff and very good traditional Greek dishes.

JX
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

The service her was quite good. The food was not the best Greek food I've ever eaten but it was quite good. The close proximity to the theaters is a major plus if you're going to see a show and want good Greek food.

JM
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

It was decent food but nothing extraordinary. The pitas were charred in a nice way but not warm and a little soggy which was surprising. Service was good though. It is good value for what you get and a solid inexpensive pre theatre meal.

IW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Lackluster food. Just simple basic, dull presentation. Everything was just ok. Disappointing after seeing a 4• rating.

F
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Very happy to find a decent restaurant close to American Airlines theater on 42nd St. - it seemed that everyone in the restaurant was going to see The Rose Tattoo. Reviews had commented on how noisy the restaurant is and that is true. But the food was fine (the Mediterranean burger looked the best but no complaints about any dish - most had salads with salmon or shrimp added) and I enjoyed the traditional Greek soup.

A
Atlantic City
17 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The place was small and cute the lemon soup was delicious the food was tasty

LR
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Our shrimp was a little rubbery in texture, but the sauces were delicious. Place is also noisy. Good value and nice decor.

TD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a wonderful dinner! Food and service were superb!

P
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Delicious food, only complaint is that we had to continually flag down our waitress. She forgot our bread, water, etc.

F
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent service! Great tapas for lunch!
We enjoyed our time here.

D
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

Asked for the chicken souvlaki and it was really bad, I would not recommend this restaurant at all

M
Atlanta
72 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

This is the second time we’ve eaten at this restaurant. We ate here in 2017 on a visit to New York and decided that a return visit was warranted based on our prior experience.

This time of the restaurant was very busy and very loud, in particular the table next to us. We enjoyed our appetizers of grilled octopus (highly recommend) and domaldes. My wife had the gyro plate — tender and tasty while I opted for the moussaka. The moussaka has a good flavor but was over done and relatively thin. The bechamel sauce on top thought was excellent. The dish was accompanied by a Greek salad that was fresh and crispy with a good dressing and very decent feta.

Our server was attentive both in taking our order and checking on us. Overall a decent experience.

s
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food, well prepared, a nice place to meet up with friends. Convenient to theaters and the Javits Center.

RH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have had dinner here before. This is a perfect location for dinner before a show. The excellent menu has something for everyone. An extensive menu of fresh fish and meat and poultry dishes and lighter fare offers something for every appetite and taste. I had the red snapper and my wife had the seafood brochette. The snapper was perfectly prepared, served at my request, filleted with potatoes. The seafood brochettes was also perfectly prepared and with potatoes. Both dishes were nicely plated and presented. Not to leave out a note on the service, from entering the restaurant, to being seated and served, all was top notch. And, I cannot leave out yah at all was for a very reasonable price. So. For your next dinner in the theatre district area, consider choosing Dafni Greek Taverna; you will be glad you did!

S
Chicago
98 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Yummy Greek food excellent service
Will add to my return to New York restaurants

r
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Quiet, hidden gem , delicious salads and spinach pie

KK
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I met some friends for brunch at Dafni. We came shortly after opening, and the place was empty. We had a lovely table, attentive service, and delicious food - all without the deafening noise that is the hallmark of a NYC dining experience. By the time we left, the restaurant was full, but the noise level was still conducive to civil conversation. I will be back, and soon.

CC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Never disappoints us! We look forward to eating there each time we come to New York!

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great place to go before a show

P
New York Area
179 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service!

b
New York Area
108 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

A very convenient place to go for a meal when going to one of the theaters between 9th and 10th avenues. The grilled octopus is particularly good, the atmosphere is very casual and easy.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was excellent. Best Greek salad dressing ever

SS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent! All the dishes we ordered were fabulous. Truly.

o
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

The bifteki were very good. The gyros was ok. The souvlaki were terrible flavorless pieces of dry pork. Very disappointing. We let the waitress know, but she didn't offer any solution. First and last visit for us.

OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal. Every was just like Greece. We came to NYC on vacation from Chicago but are natives of Greece. We will be back!

N
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

I am usuAlly very happy with this restaurant but this week the food was awful. Overlooked and unseasoned. Guess the chef was on vacation!

HL
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This location was close to work so easy to get in and out before the crowds. The food was very good and seasoned much like we find in Greece. If you need a "Greek" fix this is the place!

C
Philadelphia
59 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Dafni Greek Taverna was a refreshing surprise to find during our visit to Times Square NYC and very closed to the Westin Hotel. We ate Tapas style and finished up with baby lamb chops that were cooked to perfection. The Greek wine was excellent and compimented the entire meal. Look forward to returning next time I'm in NYC.

KT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Well - very easy to rate. This was my/ours 2nd visit at the restaurant. Very delicious food - and especially great Greek wines!! the best Greek experience out off Greece. Nice place - even in the middle of NYC. I do recommend this little restaurant to people visiting Manhattan.

AM
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent moderately-priced restaurant in the Theater District. Chef is good at making lamb and salmon medium-rare even though most Greeks prefer them well-done.