Nirvana

4.1
427 reviews
$31 to $50
Indian
There is that dimension where there is neither earth, nor water, nor fire, nor wind; neither dimension of the infinitude of space, nor dimension of the infinitude of consciousness, nor dimension of nothingness, nor dimension of neither perception nor non-perception; neither this world, nor the next world, nor sun, nor moon. And there, I say, there is neither coming, nor going, nor stasis; neither passing away nor arising; without stance, without foundation, without support. -Buddha, on Nirvana

Nirvana is not a heavenly abode that one goes to. Nirvana is a mindset that one exists in. So whether it's the department break for lunch or dinner for two; whether it's a hunger for curry or a thirst for lassi; whether you dine in, or take away, our food assures that you take away the peace of mind that comes with only the perfect blend of spices, at the perfect Nirvana.
What 427 People Are Saying
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4.1based on all time ratings
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4.1
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3.8
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4.1
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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StanleyS
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant is actually closed down. I showed up and expecting my reservation but saw the restaurant was boarded up.

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anthonyd
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

able to accommodate last minute reservation. Very attentive and friendly staff. Excellent menu and everything was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great 25th Anniversary experience at Nirvana! Staff was exceptional as was the food and ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice big place can have large groups and seating. The food was delicious and service was good too

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MarySunshine
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was the first time my husband and I have eaten at this restaurant, and we were very pleased with everything about it. The atmosphere with table cloths and candles on the tables; the food was excellent and had a new, and difference flavoring from the Indian food we've eaten over the years and a nice new experience. Our waiter was welcoming and gave us the right amount of attention. We would recommend this to someone who enjoys Indian cuisine, and will visit it again ourselves.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Teníamos una reserva confirmada para el día 31 de diciembre a las 10:30 pm y me llamaron por teléfono a las 9:30 pm para decirme que cerraba a cocina a las 10:30 pm y que no iban a poder atendernos, de esta forma nos quedamos sin cena de Año Nuevo. Pésimo servicio puesto que dos días antes habían mandado un e mail de confirmación.
No lo recomendaría.

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JeffS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Been there many times, but this time the buffet was pretty poor. Near empty chafing dishes not filled during our hour there. Lids kept open, so some food congealed an all dishes got cold. Drinks and naan service was very good as usual.

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Imran
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food excellent service and comfortable environment.

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thetboys13
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent presentation, and the food is even better then it looks.
Outstanding, respectful and courteous staff.
Highly recommend giving this restaurant shot, you won't be disappointed.

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vipLeadsinger
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here multiple times and the food and service have always been great. We got in late last night, so we were the last ones there, but staff was still very attentive and fun.

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Eaters
23 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

There were four of us and we all love Indian food. This did not disappoint.

We began with poppadoms and a house-made chutney (orange marmalade base with a fiery pepper sauce add-in. MMM! This was followed by lentil dumplings and Manchurian cauliflower. WOW! the dumplings were OK, but the cauliflower was wonderful! Never had anything like that and highly recommend it.

Mains consisted of Afghani Chicken, Channa Masala, and Lamb Saag. All were accompanied by rice and a really garlicky Naan.

We only wish we had had more time in New York as we would have definitely returned. looking forward to our next trip up there to try again.

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vipBTGNYC
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and creative dishes. Love this gem near Grand Central.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

This place used to be much better...they’ve lost a step. Food was just ok and we waited forever for our food despite the place not being close to crowded.

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JayV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent though it was bit dark
Service was also great and chef was good enough to come and serve

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience1

Furniture was very old and falling apart, there were flies in the restaurant, and the ambiance was weird and unappealing

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foodmonkey68
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food!
Our waiter George was fantastic. Very attentive and knowledgeable

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vipShaun
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food taste at nirvana was excellent. We had a wide variety of dishes and all were delicious

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Read great reviews and decided to stop on our way through Albany. So worth it!!! The spicy dosa was HUGE and came with delicious flavorful accompaniments. I'm a vegetarian and ordered the Vegetable Vindaloo - it was my max level of spice and so good (if you don't love spicy, this is not for you! Lol) My husband got the Fish Curry and loved it. Fish cooked perfectly. The Rosemary Naan was yummy too. Highly recommend this restaurant, wish we lived closer to go again!!

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vipAndreaF
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wines, great food and great atmosphere. A real gem on in then northern suburbs.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing food.

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MaggieB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Staff was rude. They give you sparkling water at the beginning but don’t fall for it because they will charge you eight dollars.

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vipNickInLondon
London
24 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Premium Indian cuisine. Good quality if not particularly fancy. Overall, very good food and experience.

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vipDave
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch buffet!

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shopal
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice find on our conference trip to DC; food was quite good as was the service. Quiet place too.

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vipJeffK
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nirvana was an amazing restaurant. I highly recommend it. Great food, great service.

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vipShaun
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was excellent. Very authentic. Wine service was mediocre at best. My test for Indian restaurants is: how good is the bathroom? This one, like most Indian restaurants, failed miserably - designed poorly and maintained poorly

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JorgeL
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

More lighting on the Stairs is needed. It's really dark when going up and down. (Especially going down the narrow stairs.

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Cindy
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was what I would have expected, but the service was subpar. Our waitress barely paid attention to us and was judgy about our food choices. There was elevator music playing on the whole time. And the manager was pushy

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JamesP
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of midtown's best restaurant values! Great food, great service at a great price. What more could anyone want for a quick lunch in midtown? I consider myself a regular and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys good Indian cuisine!

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LourdethF
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always a pleasure to dine at the Nirvana. The service and food is always great!

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vipsrk49
New York Area
565 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience2

Food was so oversalted. So disappointing.

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NewYorker
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

The food was at beast, certainly sub-par. Ambiance was generally lifeless, with scant diners in the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Samosas!

Great service!

5 Stars!

A++++++++

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CarolineT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not only were the cocktails good but the food was exceptional. Dishes served and spiced accordingly - it was such good food.

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BairbreK
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and lovely friendly staff who were happy to advise us on the menu.

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DavidL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall3food4service5ambience1

Good food. Excellent service. You have to walk 1 flight up to restaurant and 1 flight down steep dark stairs to get to the bathroom which was gross!

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vipBrendanC
London
28 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

On hols in NYC, came across this place. Very nice. Good authentic curry.

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DIscerningCitizenB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We visit each time we come to NYC.

This is both approachable and very nice.

The entry through the bar is deceiving. It betrays how nice the restaurant upstairs is.

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vipMurrayHill
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great neighborhood gem. The food is VERY good, the service is excellent. The staff knows the menu well and are helpful with dietary requests and needs. Highly recommend.

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vipRozA
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here before but never during the week so was surprised to find they offer a wonderful buffet at lunchtime. As always, excellent service and great food.

FAQs

Nirvana does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

Nirvana is rated 4.1 stars by 427 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.