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Posted by ChristopherGirl on 04/15/2005
An educated review... Vatan is a lovely gem amidst all the other Indian restaurants in Curry Hill. Great for vegetarians. Contrary to what another reviewer said, the metal trays are not "tacky." They are thalis: round, usually stainless steel, dishes used to serve traditional vegetarian Indian dishes.
Posted by christine on 02/08/2005
I'm sorry, but this is the worst Indian food I've ever had. The service was good, but that was as far as it went. The food came on metal cafeteria trays (very tacky) and tasted stale, metallic, and unflavorful. It was way overpriced, almost $35 per person. The atmosphere could have been better. The lighting could have been dim and there should have been indian music playing, instead of something pop/rock on the radio. I've been to much better places, and also my dad used to own an Indian restaurant so I know what I'm talking about.
Posted by parimala on 02/07/2005
I was blown away by the ambience at 'vatan'....although the menu was pre-set it was worth it and very appeasing, especially if you are a vegetarian. The service and style was excellent. the village setting, along with the staff dressed in traditional attire was relaxing.... I highly recommend the place n look fwd to going there often.
Posted by Fat and Happy on 02/03/2005
Go to Vatan with an appetite and an open mind, and you won't be disappointed. My husband and I have taken out-of-town guests here several times, and they have always been blown away by the experience. The food is incredible--a set menu with all you can eat Vegetarian Indian--and the service is very attentive. Take your shoes off and enjoy a culinary adventure.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/25/2005
This restaurant is hands down the best indian food to be had in New York - especially if you don't eat meat. And if you do eat meat, you won't miss it. The atmosphere is delightful - real trees, raised and secluded eating areas. Reservation is required for the pre-set all you can eat menu but it's worth it. The staff is not only incredibly attentive and and informative but dressed in exquisite saris. The food is fantastic and you can get more of anything you like. This is a great place for special events or to impress the vegetarian in your life. Don't go if you haven't got an appetite!
Posted by Partha on 12/08/2004
I have been frequenting Vatan since 1998. It is a all you can eat multiple course dinner with a fixed menu, where the food keeps coming - so go hungry. This is Gujarati Vegetarian food, with an emphasis on snack like items. The atmosphere is meant to recreate an Indian village. Only drawback - the menu is pretty similar across time, so you can't "frequent" this place. However, going once or twice a year is great fun. The price is moderate, around 23 bucks, but this includes dessert and tea.