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Darbar Grill

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  • Indian
  • 157 E 55th St, New York NY10022 40.759358 -73.968829
  • (Btwn Lexington & 3rd Ave)
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  • (212) 751-4600
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User Ratings (Based on 32 reviews)

4.575
Food 4.7 Value 4.6
Service 4.5 Atmosphere 4.5

Other Restaurant Info

Phone:
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(212) 751-4600
Fax:
fax
(212) 751-1305
Website:
www.darbargrill.com
Place Order:
Order From Darbar Grill for delivery & takeout
Notes:
Major Credit Cards Happy Hour Mon-Fri: 5pm-8pm
Hours:
Sun-Thu: 11:30am-10:30pm Fri-Sat: 11:30am-11pm
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Features:
Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Buffet, Delivery, Online Reservations, Online Ordering, Accepts Credit Cards, Take Out, Catering, Private Parties

User Reviews

  • Darbar Grill

    Posted by marisa on 06/03/2009

    the legend is back (with vindaloo done right)

    Never before had I been so disappointed in a restaurant's demise since the original Darbar on 46th street closed its doors. But the legend lives on! I inadvertently stumbled upon their new location while walking to Grand Central, assuming the name was just a coincidence, and that the two spots were unrelated. But by the time I got my lamb vindaloo, I started to wonder why it tasted exactly the same as the old, delicious Darbar. Vindaloo is a hard Indian dish to get right; it is often too heavy on the vinegar, so spicy all flavor is obliterated, and the lamb, being quite hard to cook right, is too frequently dry, fatty, or chewy. Not so here! The vindaloo sauce was a perfect balance of heat and flavor without the vinegar aftertaste, and the lamb was so tender it fell apart under my fork, with no gristle to be found. I didn't even need a knife. Bravo, Darbar Grill! Now convinced that this must be their new location, I confirmed my hopes with the staff, who informed me that they recently reopened in this location -- a smaller joint, granted, but these are hard times to pay for the huge, two-floored restaurant it used to be. The wait staff was friendly and attentive (although my boyfriend and I went late, so who knows how it is when it's busy). For those Indian fanatics who judge a restaurant on its mint chutney, the green sauce did not disappoint either. I am elated that the best Indian food in Manhattan is back, and hopefully here to stay. I plan on checking out the lunch buffet tomorrow!

  • Darbar Grill

    Posted by Terri-Ellen Lerner on 05/26/2009

    Disappointed

    I can't believe the diners who raved about this place ate at the same restaurant my cousin & I ded yesterday(5/25/09). It was her idea; and since I love Indian food & buffets, I agreed. The food was fine...lots of choices. But...my place setting was missing a napkin. I asked for one, but finally took one from another table. No one asked if we wanted a drink; I finally asked for a Wine List. We had to ask for our dirty plates to be removed, so we could go back to the buffet. No one ever asked if I'd like another glass of wine. While we had dessert, again, no one asked if we'd like coffee, or tea. The bottom line is...I didn't feel welcome. I eat out a lot, and the service is mostly friendly and helpful. Here it was to say the least, haphazard. I wouldn't go back there, or recommend it. There are too many other restaurants that make me feel comfortable to go to Darbar Grill again.

  • Darbar Grill

    Posted by Geoff on 03/31/2009

    Neighborhood Gem

    Really fabulous food!

  • Darbar Grill

    Posted by John Groger on 03/02/2009

    Great Party!

    I had my parents 25th wedding anniversary in their private party room on the second floor... We were a group of 64 people and the way Darbar Grill handled everything was simply amazing. From the time we arrived 'till we left, they handled everything professionally. The food, service, and ambiance was outstanding. Great job Darbar Grill!

  • Darbar Grill

    Posted by Amber on 02/07/2009

    Delicious!

    My husband and I went to this place after reading the many great reviews on menupages, and we were definitely not disappointed. The okra crunch was a great appetizer. I had the chicken saagwala for my entree, and my hubby had the Kheema Mattar. Besides the food, the house Merlot was actully really good. Atmosphere was sophisticated and romantic, and service was excellent. Will definitely be back.

  • Darbar Grill

    Posted by eastsider on 01/23/2009

    Great find in an unassuming spot.

    Dined at Darbar Grill last night and really enjoyed the pleasant atmosphere and wonderful food. Shared the veg samosas, whole wheat bread stuffed with potatoes, chicken vindaloo and tandoori chicken. Both of the chicken dishes were something to write home (or here) about as they were more flavorful than anything I've had in the city thus far. For a place that opened a mere few months ago, it really has its act together as well. From the hostess who took our coats, to our waiter, to the owner (I think?) and our servers, all made us feel very welcome. The interior is simple in an elegant way and without any pretension, and the prices are very reasonable. Without ordering anything alcoholic (but the Indian spice tea was fantastic), the bill came to just $49. Because it wasn't crowded, we were also able to have a nice, quiet conversation.

  • Darbar Grill

    Posted by Jamie on 01/09/2009

    Best Chicken Tikka Masala In NYC

    This is the 2nd time I've had Darbar... Last time we got a group of different items and shared it all Family Style. This time, we both got the Chicken Tikka Masala and some naan. The sauce in the Chicken Tikka Masala is absolutely amazing. It is probably the best I've had in all of New York. Highly, highly recommended. Well done Darbar!

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