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Posted by Robin on 06/24/2009
I've eaten at a bunch of these lunch buffet places on the block, and so far this is the best of them. The food was varied and good (even at a few minutes to 3, when i went), the staff was nice, the naan was excellent and fresh, and for whatever reason they brought a couple extras to the table, a tasty piece of yogurt and herb cooked chicken and a plate of fried potatoes with some interesting sauces. The price is a few dollars more than some places on the block, but it's well worth it. I'll be back, probably with more people from my office. Also, a tip - if you're vegetarian, avoid the 'vegetarian' restaurants in this area! It seems to be code for 'miserable food, poor selection'. The non-vegetarian places like this one still have a great selection of vegetarian dishes (most Indian food is vegetarian) and the quality of the cooking is far better, in my experience.
Posted by Foodiefinder on 06/08/2009
I was excited to try this place- in looks alone it stands out from the other Indian restaurants in "Curry Hill."- Although the menu has some recommended "must tries," we decided to stick within our comfort zone the first time around for comparison sake. The food is an acceptable neighborhood alternative when we don't feel like making the trek to our favorite UWS and EV Indian restaurants, but nothing to write home about. The service, however, is comically subpar! My advice: be ready to order everything AND ask for the check the very first time you see a server! Otherwise, you could wait 30 minutes between being handed a menu and being waited on, another hour and half for the food to come, and then another 30 minutes to get the check once you ask for it, and finally an additional half hour for them to return the check! Also, inability to smile must be a requirement for working there!
Posted by Tom on 05/10/2009
Being an Englsihman, I consider myself a 'curry snob' as it's my nation's favourite dish so the choice is plentiful. Having moved to NYC 6 months ago, I was struggling to find a curry house that satisfies my cravings for good Indian food. This is where Dhaba steps in. Firstly, the decor. It's a very modern, lively restaurant and the staff clearly like working there. Tick. Secondly, the food. As I say, my expectations are high, but I can honestly say this restaurant produced the best curry I've ever had. It was delicious and just the right portions. Often curry can leave you feeling stuffed, Dhaba seems to be able to find the 'happy medium' leaving you completely satisfied. The desserts are good too. Tick. Finally, the price. Very reasonable considering the quality of food. Tick. I'd recommend this place to anyone.
Posted by AG on 02/22/2009
my friends have been raving about this place for weeks and it totally lived up to their great reviews. food was amazing - i think they brought over some appetizers we didn't order (and they weren't free) but they were delicious and something i didn't know to try. it was crowded but still not too noisy that we had to shout. i would totally go back - food was awesome and not super expensive.
Posted by anonymous on 02/18/2009
My date and I were served our sparkling water and then were left to sit for 25 minutes before we asked a waiter walking by if we could order. An hour and 15 minutes later we still didn't have our cold appetizer of spicy cashews or the samosas. We got up to find a waiter (no one had been back since taking the order) and asked to pay for our $10 water and leave. The man said "wait!" and ran away. One minute later we had the appetizers and two minutes after that we have the entrees. Put down wordlessly and without apologies. The server used motions and mono-syllables to ask us how to fit all the food on our tiny cafe table. We asked for more water. It never came. When we were finished eating we had to go again to find a waiter to ask for the bill. We were charged for food that never came. And we never got any more water. The food was good, but Expensive. We will never go back.
Posted by anonymous on 02/17/2009
Great food. But it didn't matter. The service was not good. My guest and I were served $10 water then waited 25 minutes before we asked a waiter walking by if we could order. An hour and 20 minutes after arriving we still had not received our samosas and cold appetizer of spicy cashews. No waiter had visited us this entire time. We got up, found a waiter, and asked to pay for the water and leave. The man said, "wait" and turned around and ran back to the kitchen. A scared kid brought our appetizers and food at the same time and then asked us how he could fit it all on the small table. We asked for more water (our glasses were empty) but it never came. We waited for our check while the waiters took pictures at the back of the restaurant. Then we were charged for naan that we'd ordered but had never received. No apologies from anyone. We paid our over 60 dollar bill and left...never to return.
Posted by Marie E. on 01/31/2009
This is the best restaurant I've been to at lunchtime in the Little India area. I can't remember most of the names of the dishes we had, but they were all excellent. The mushroom vindaloo was unusual, very spicy, and delicious. Very good chicken tiki marsala. Likewise, very good Indian bread. The service was outstandingly good. It's important to me that my water glass be refilled frequently, and the waitress did this promptly every time. My friend and I were treated very attentively and courteously. The only negative aspect of the experience was that the restaurant was noisy, but that's par for the course at lunchtime in a popular restaurant.