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Posted by Andrew Rai on 12/12/2008
Well, first of all the waitstaff is a bit unprofessional! its more like a theme restaurant than a quality cusine eattery. The food was cold, i was rushed to the next course. Not once did the wait staff come in between courses to inquire how we were doing, or if we needed something. Definately not a place where kids are welcome. Definately NOT the value for the price.
Posted by V on 12/10/2008
Indian restaurants are supposed to be kid friendly. This place is decidedly not. So much, that when you make reservations and say you have kids, they ask that the kids be made to remain seated throughout the meal. The food is great - nothing to complain here. The portions are ample and I've never had to get a second round of anything. This is definitely one of the few places in the US that serves Gujarati food - a lot lighter and more flavourful than the traditional North Indian fare
Posted by shygirl on 12/07/2008
I cannot believe it that we paid 31 plus tip for this dinner per person. Due to recent renovation they have additional seating one level down and no elevator and just two exists. And with the coat rack enough place to hang your coats but no hangers. Very dark and dull place for dinner. As far as the food and the service was concerned it was very poor. By the time the food was on the table it was cold and soggy except the fried wheat bread. Yes this is unlimited dinner but i was disappointed. Bad food, service & staff. Staff was more interested to start a next course instead of checking if they were fine with the previous course. In the second course they bring almost two courses together and by the time you want to have the rice its all cold and ice. You don't want to eat cold food in a restaurant. Staff is so busy going up and down they all looked tired and again one more time you are having cold food. Staff is also not checking that if any one from the guests needs more rounds of food or if they need anything else. They know if you go in a group so they will get their tip so efforts were made for hospitality or making sure that your guests were comfortable. Quite disappointing for the price you are ready to pay in such a bad economy. Staff was more interested in giving you a plate with with food and taking them away without making sure that any one on the table was satisfied with the food or the service. So i will not recommend this restaurant to any one. Thanks for reading this review.
Posted by lovevibe on 12/04/2008
this is after years of unhappy meals elsewhere is my only go-to spot, while I like some dishes more than others, its a yummy time....I do want to try Devi as I hear they are good too
Posted by I agree with penny on 11/20/2008
I dunno what happened during Indi500's trip to Vatan, but that person clearly is in the minority. Dont mess with Vatan. It's the greatest. And yes, do NOT bring little kids there. Five Star Restaurant all around!
Posted by penny on 11/11/2008
Vatan is a really interesting and enjoyable vegetarian indian restaurant, not a pizza parlor for you to drag a bunch of kids to. I am glad to know that the above reviewer who wanted special treatment and prices for all her children will not be sitting next to me the next time I visit Vatan. .I don't want to pay $30 a person to deal with a day care center.
Posted by Indi500 on 12/26/2007
Impressive that a restaurant in New York would attract such accolades and be so incredibly disappointing, touting variety and a long history of great service, Vatan is for those who have no understanding or appreciation for quality cuisine, have no capability to distinguish fine Indian flavors and for vegetarians that would rather be impressed by volume and disregard quality. Do not take your children, the menu is fixed and uncompromising on head count, and does not offer anything that a parent would be satisfied with, so get a baby sitter if you must go. The service is polite, stubborn and uncomfortably forceful making the surcharge painful to part with. The food was flavorless from the potato fritters, bland sev puri, tasteless chick peas to the selection of unimpressive and stale mains and the cheap ice-cream desert that had no relevance and that no child would eat. The Indian patronage should be ashamed to assault their heritage of taste buds to such average food. New York boasts some of the best selections of Indian cuisine at better prices, service, quality and variety. Strike this from your list if you enjoy Indian food and have a discerning wallet.