Dafni Greek Taverna

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2298 reviews
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$30 and under
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Greek
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual
  • Authentic
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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h
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Great place for pre-theater. A relative bargain and the food is good and filling.

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LT
Palm Springs
14 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a great find! Delicious food so close to the Broadway theaters. I will go again.

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RP
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great authentic Greek food, wonderful staff. Perfect for a pre-show meal.

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JR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

When my wife and I dined at the Dafni Greek Taverna on July 3, we had reservations for 6 pm. We arrived a few minutes early and was seated right away. Although this was not the first time we had dined at Dafni's, it was by far the most crowded occasion. The wait staff was prompt and thorough but not intrusive. My wife ordered a Greek salad, and I ordered Chicken Souvlakia. We both agreed our food was fantastic. We inquired before leaving after dinner, about the ingredients for their Greek Salad. Our waiter was quick and most happy to answer our query. My wife and I both felt that the portions of food were very generous, and we would definitely try to dine at Dafni's again whenever we venture to NYC.

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W
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The grilled octopus was excellent!

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OT
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

The food was mixed bad and good. The fried eggplant and zucchini with garlic dip was delicious. However, the eggplant salad appetizer tasted of mustard, a taste I did not expect in this type of dish. We could not eat it. We both ordered the mixed grill - the gyro was so dry and hard. The beef patty was tasty, but undercooked and very small. The pork souvlaki was tasty, but fatty. The rice was bland. The lemon potatoes were better. The service, however, was off the charts great. That made up for the fair food, but I won't be back.

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AM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Food and service good, good value for price and location.

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r
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Dafni is convenient for pre-theater on a block that has little else. We’ve enjoyed meals here in the past but this time the meat was extremely salty. It’s also very loud.

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J
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Dafni is my go to place for a quick dinner before theater. The servers are attentive, the menu is varied enough for everyone’s taste, the food is fresh and delicious and it is well located for Many theaters.

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BS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 1

I am of Greek heritage and the food was extremely disappointing. There was nothing that remotely tasted authentic. The rice seemed like it was Minute Made. The vegetables were soggy and the meat over-cooked. So many other Greek choices nearby--avoid this tourist trap.

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G
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I took family who hadn't eaten here before and everyone was happy. For five of us we shared four appetizers, a Greek salad to start and then the main courses. The people are always friendly and the food great.

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B
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 4Ambience 2

We have been to this restaurant several times, usually when we go to a Broadway show. This time we were very disappointed. The food my husband had was not good, Lamb to tough to eat. I had Shrimp in tomato sauce with feta cheese. Total mush, shrimp tough! When it came time to pay the bill we had a issue. I had an Open Table reward money. Open Table sent me a pre-paid Master Card that I printed out and they wouldn't take it. I brought it up on my cell phone that said it was worth $10.00 but they wouldn't use it. It was the manager that refused all. I asked him for his name and he wouldn't give it. I will never go to the restaurant again, and will tell our friends not to go.

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V
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 1

Too loud couldn't wait to leave. Moussaka was inedible. Salads were good. Service was efficient and location was fine for our purpose.

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J
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food is excellent, the service is excellent, and it is a hidden gem right on 42nd St. My friends and I always enjoy dining here.

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OT
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great Greek restaurant in Times Square. Great wine selection and good food.

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LR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 4Ambience 2

very disappointed, would not recommend. The wait staff was very nice and so was the pia bread.

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NT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Dafni Greek Taverna is a welcome spot amongst all the fast food places in the theater district. It is a REAL restaurant, complete with waiter service and bathrooms!!! The food is very good and the service is fine. We will certainly return when we need a place near the theaters.

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S
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Out with friends prior to theater down the street. Meal was very good as was the service. My friend ordered pork chops that she wanted soft and not overdone. The manager came over and said she would not have to pay for them if they were not to her liking. They were not and he did take it off the bill....one chop was fair and the other was overdone. That was the only glitch. The Greek yogurt with honey and walnuts was divine for dessert.

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F
Miami
59 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Shared 2 salads with a protein....and spinach pie
Everything was delicious

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AH
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Dafni serves great food at a reasonable price. The servers are always pleasant, and the tables are always full. Reservations should be made in advance. During my most recent visit the noise level was louder than what I previously have experienced.

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G
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Pre theater dining. Everything was perfectly timed except our arrival. We had gotten stuck in traffic., but it was not a problem.

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CL
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great food at affordable prices. Conveniently located in the Theater District.

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B
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and place but verrry noisy......I have been there before and it was noisy but not like Tuesday night.

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OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really enjoyed the food. Great service

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p
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

chicken souvlaki was delicious, so were the potatoes and the tzatziki. the pickles were ok but putting them into a plastic cup was tacky. the wine was delicious as well. the greek greens side was undersalted. the pita was not good. the baklava was ok. service was fast, which is good for pre theater. great place

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BV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Delicious moussaka and very friendly service in this Reasonable Greek restaurant in the Theater District.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous food, great service! We tried so many delicious dishes and they were all excellent! Spanakopita the spinach pie, Saganaki, the fried kasseri cheese , Octopodi--grilled octupus was absolutely perfect, baby lamb chops were seasoned so well. They were gracious that our party was late because of horrible traffic, and we were lucky, because the restaurant was packed!
The service was attentive but not hovering and they have a number of greek wines that are quite lovely.
I'd go back in a flash and would highly recommend.

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j
New York Area
77 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 2

Close to theaters but food is not good. I love Greek food, it this was bland and tasteless

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BL
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I enjoyed my meal as always. Service was excellent. I ordered two appetizers and was full. The baklava was delicious.

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AF
Columbus
29 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 2

I have dietary restrictions and called the week prior to my lunch. The person with whom I spoke told me the few items I could eat. When I arrived and tried ordering what I was told I could eat, I was informed I was told incorrectly. Even though the restaurant was dead (there was only 1 other table in use), the kitchen was not willing to accommodate me. Very disappointing. I would have been happy with some steamed vegetables but everything was prepped with oil and I can't eat oil. I will NOT be returning or recommending.

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PT
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very solid overall in terms of food, service, ambience and price.

Excellent assorted spreads appetizer with great pita triangles. Shared the grilled bronzino which was very good. Portion size was perfect. Had a side of sautéed spinach which I highly recommend but it was a bit redundant with the vegetable that came with the fish which might have been dandelion. Wished I knew but didn’t really detract overall
I will say it got quite loud but that could be a function of a Saturday crowd

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A
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Terrible service. Restaurant is open until 12am, but we showed up at 10:05 pm and were denied service because the kitchen closed at 10. What is worse is that I made reservations online for 10:30 pm....if your kitchen closes at 10 don’t allow for reservations after that time!!! That is unacceptable. Will not come back again.

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M
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

I was concerned about a restaurant situated on 42nd street, as this is the heart of tourist travel in New York, but all the restaurants we know are at least decent were booked. The décor was acceptable and the service reasonably attentive and polite. However, I was right to be concerned. It is hard to screw up Greek spreads and a simple salad, but this restaurant managed to do it. The fish was probably frozen, in any case tasteless, and although I prefer underdone to overdone fish, was practically raw when first served. Our friend had the pork and said it was more or less inedible. Even the rice was kind of tasteless. There are countless for better places to eat.

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e
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

perfect sot for pre theater. We were a table of 6 and then we had an addistion. No problem with accomodations; staff/ manager very helpful. Food was terrific. Loved the hummus a different take using fava beans. All were satified with meal. Will come back

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F
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Experience was 10x better than we anticipated. The appetizer sampler of 3 spreads was delicious. The vegetarian eggplant moussaka was tasty. The striped bass was a large portion. The 3-greens pies were very filling. The baklava was up there in the best we have had— not cloyingly sweet.

Originally hesitated to eat here because some reviewers complained about being rushed, rude wait staff, and filthy bathrooms. But, this was convenient to the theater,so we decided to try it. We found none of those problems. In fact, our waiter had a great sense of humor. We will be back!!

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e
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Be guided by your server, and the ask for whatever you order medium rare.

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J
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service are always excellent. Prices have gone up since I was there in the fall, but still a good value.

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LD
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very nice very busy place with no noise abatement so quite difficult to converse. Charm and value.....please do something about the noise level!

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JP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Overall it was a pleasant dining experience. There were two reasons that I didn't give it five stars. I ordered the grilled shrimp which was butterflied, but with the shell and feet still on. The shells did not come off easily. I had to peel it piece by piece with both hands. Never again. Also, the bathrooms could stand to be cleaned more often.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great food and good service.

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