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Posted by Paparam on 10/18/2007
This is a restaurant run by women. The food is authentic Gujerati, served in an authentic style on Thalis.It is all vegetarian and those who compare it with the typical Indian fare are ignorant...it is like comparing southern cooking in the US to hamburgers, hot dogs and Pizza. The menu and the price is fixed...you can get more of the stuff you like. The servers are not refined but that goes with the territory just as sitting on the floor is (an option if you want to go authentic) Have an open mind and go...you will be pleased.
Posted by neeta sehgal on 10/01/2007
Love Vatan. have been there many times. very peaceful the decor is just unique. staff is very friendly. service is just great. I am a indian n love this restaurant n keep going back. i tried most of the restaurants but this is for keeps. dont miss out. Its just the best.
Posted by Joe on 07/26/2007
I had dinner at Vatan a couple of weeks ago and couldn't have been more pleased. The food was delicious and the staff was friendly, helpful an excellent. I will make sure to go back the next time I am in NYC. I have eaten at a great many Indian restuarants and I have never had a better Indian meal. The only thing I wish they would add is the beer Maharaja.
Posted by Carmine on 07/17/2007
I have been to this place 5 times now, EVERYTIME has been fantastic. Great good, an EXCELLENT place to take that special vegetarian someone on a date! The service has always been good. They remember me everytime I go there. I love how they explain what everything is and what goes with what. I can listen to those accents all day :) The negative reviews on here are totally ridiculous. Expect to pay $30 per person. What's good is you know how much you're going to spend. Believe me everywhere in the city has $8 appetizers and $18 entrees. This is all you can eat for $30! And it's goood! Come with a big appetite.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/29/2007
dinner at vatan was a great experience. the food was delicious, interesting, and obviously filling. our server was wonderful - he was extremely informative and attentive. we didn't expect the no shoe cross-legged seating (which was difficult for two of the not so flexible members of our group) but it was different and kind of fun. would definitely go back.
Posted by nrggirl on 04/30/2007
I fail to understand why this place has been receiving negative reviews lately. All of my Indian friends love this place - and think it is about as authentic as it gets outside of India. Having been to India myself, and to Vatan numerous times, I would have to agree with them. And the value - the food for the money - is fabulous. I think the service is great - we always seem to have the same waitresses - and they are very accomodative and absolutely love serving out (complimentary) seconds of whatever you love. The only thing to complain about is the fact that it is increasingly tough to get a reservation lately - but if you plan ahead, it's well worth the wait.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/16/2007
I love the food at Vatan, which is quite authentic Gujrati cuisine and a welcome relief from the over-creamed, over-spiced Punjabi/Mughlai that passes for Indian food at most restaurants in NYC (speaking as a Punjabi who nonetheless has eaten enough gujrati and south-inidan home-cooked meals to know what I'm talking about). I also think the decor and ambience work quite well overall. The village theme could easily be over-powering, but it is tastefully executed. The waitresses aren't rude as much as they're blase about diners. I think this is partly because the restaurant hires matronly Indian women, who tend to have a conflicted relationship with the non-Indians and relatively westernized Indians who frequent Vatan. There might be some self-selection going on here too, since the waitresses (and there are only women working here) are encouraged to wear sarees and chania-cholis that are quite homely. The most annoying thing about Vatan is that they will almost always tell you they do not have spots for a reservation, but if you do end up visiting, the restaurant is half-empty. I've been turned away on one occassion even though the place had a total of four diners (it comfortably accomodates 40). It's exceptionally frustrating when you've seen this MO employed 4-5 times. That said, I keep going back...