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Posted by Anonymous on 01/05/2009
The food is okay about what you'd expect for a pre-theater restaurant on the lower end of the price scale. We had an unpleasant experience with the service, however. Our reservation was at 6:00, and we showed up on time. We didn't receive our dinner until 7:30 with a show at 8:00. The entire time we waited, with increasing levels of stress, for our food, the bartender and manager were eating they own dinner at the bar and chatting with friends, with occasional breaks to check on other tables. we will never back again.
Posted by lexy on 12/09/2008
I tried out Deervish because it is in the theater district and the reviews here made it sound good but it was a let down, from top to bottom. The place is large and airy, which is nice, but it doesn't look like they have done anything to the decor in years wallpaper is peeling, sorely needs a paint job. I went with a large party and the waiter had a hard time getting to us to take our order, fill our water glasses, correct a problem. A person in my party got the wrong meal, and it was handled awkwardly...they wanted to charge her for the more expensive entree, when it wasn't her mistake. The food was average....The lack of spice made it feel like I was eating Polish food, or something. I would not go back anytime soon....location aside.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/30/2008
Had a male friend who gave a 10% tip because of bad service and long wait and the waiter so rudely told him NYC tip goes 15% and made him change it. Of course we ignored her but he made such a scene we would never go back there again even if we were given a free meal.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/31/2008
disappointing experience I was so disappointed with the food quality. I was looking forward to a flavorful tasty meal, but ended up with the most bland and over cooked food ever. We started with roasted mashed eggplant which were too greasy and almost burnt.The waiter also recommended a mihrap borek pastry as an appetizer which was edible, but not great. We choose the Mahmudiye and Salmon steak for our entrees, big mistake. The lamb was chewy and bland. The salmon was again over cooked, no flavor and was served with a very overdsalted simple dishes. The only redeeming food was the bread which was fresh, but the oil that accompanied it was medicore at best. The table next to us had the same experience. The service was clumsy and we felt rushed because the entrees came too quickly and they wanted to take the the appetizers away. There didn't seem to be any management over looking the FOH. There were about 5-7 waiters and we couldn't get any of them to pour our wine and we ended up with the hostess getting the check for us. As we left the woman at the front didn't even bother to say good bye or ask us how things were. We would have been much happier and content by grabbing a sandwich at the diner cross the street, not to mention saving over two hundred dollars. we will never go back dervish again. we used to go there since openning.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/21/2008
Three of us ordered the pre-theater menu last night. Our waiter was not a man of many words. He did not ask if we would like to order a drink. He came to the table to take our orders and may have spoken 10 words -if that many! Our food was very good. We had the hummus and the spinach filo dish for appetizers. We all ordered the lamb and eggplant entree. Our entrees were placed on the table -- without a word -- less than 5 minutes after we received our appetizers. The desserts offered with the pre-theater dinner are either baklava or almond pudding (a sweet, white gelatinous mass). They do have a dessert menu if you order from the regular menu. We had 6pm reservations and were out of the restaurant by 6:50. There was ample waitstaff as well as empty tables so we don't know why our waiter was in such a rush. We left him a generous tip regardless. If I ever return there I will request that there be some time between serving the courses!
Posted by Anonymous on 09/14/2008
We love this place for their pre-fixe theatre menu. The lamb and eggplant accompanied by one of their delicious Turkish white wines is worth the very short walk from Times Square. Upstairs in the back can be a bit loud but downstairs is very comfortable. The staff is attentive.
Posted by Jeff Shao on 09/02/2008
I am a jeweler right on the same block with Dervish and I took my customers to this place countless times and never been disappointed with the food or with the service.