Vatan Indian-Vegetarian

★★★★☆

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This is an exceptional restaurant. The service is great. Everyone is extremely polite and helpful. The decor is meant to give you the impression that you are in an Indian village and its very well done. The restaurant is quiet. The food is very good and you get a lot of food. Very good value. One of my favorite restaurants in NYC.

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★★★★★

This is an exceptional restaurant. The service is great. Everyone is extremely polite and helpful. The decor is meant to give you the impression that you are in an Indian village and its very well done. The restaurant is quiet. The food is very good and you get a lot of food. Very good value. One of my favorite restaurants in NYC.

Pros: Great service, Good Food, Great atmosphere

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Vatan is by far my favorite Indian restaurant. I love love the food here. I would have given this place 5 stars but am quite turned off by their attitude problem. I know I will keep going here because the food is comfort food for me and takes me back home, but they really need to check their attitude. They will not do reservations unless you call 2-3 days in advance even though the place is always half empty. Why can't they just be nice and accommodating for their customers? I go there just once a year now!
FYI, the food is vegetarian, all you can eat, and they have a fixed menu.

1
★★★☆☆

Vatan is by far my favorite Indian restaurant. I love love the food here. I would have given this place 5 stars but am quite turned off by their attitude problem. I know I will keep going here because the food is comfort food for me and takes me back home, but they really need to check their attitude. They will not do reservations unless you call 2-3 days in advance even though the place is always half empty. Why can't they just be nice and accommodating for their customers? I go there just once a year now!
FYI, the food is vegetarian, all you can eat, and they have a fixed menu.

Pros: Good food, Variety, Good Ambience

Cons: Always booked, Fixed Menu

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This is one of those places that is great for the vegetarian and non vegetarian alike. The deep fried peppers (not sure of the proper name?) were phenomenal and must have been in response to requests for spicier food. A great place to sit around in a non hurried atmosphere and kick back a lot of Indian beer.

2
★★★★★

This is one of those places that is great for the vegetarian and non vegetarian alike. The deep fried peppers (not sure of the proper name?) were phenomenal and must have been in response to requests for spicier food. A great place to sit around in a non hurried atmosphere and kick back a lot of Indian beer.

Pros: Indian Beer, Endless Food, Stay for hours

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I had dinner here with some friends from out of town and at first we were shocked at the tiny portions. . . But they kept coming and they were soooo good! I would highly recommend Vatan. The decor was fun and I love any excuse to eat with my hands.

2
★★★★☆

I had dinner here with some friends from out of town and at first we were shocked at the tiny portions. . . But they kept coming and they were soooo good! I would highly recommend Vatan. The decor was fun and I love any excuse to eat with my hands.

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I love this place!! Everytime someone visits me from out of town, I take them to Vatan. We always eat so much we feel uncomfortable, but we have a great time every time. I've never had a bad experience there, always had very attentive service (the ladies explain each item, how it is to be eaten and even ask if you would like it spicier next time) and the ambience is excellent.
Be sure you sit at the tables where you sit cross-legged with your shoes off!

2
★★★★★

I love this place!! Everytime someone visits me from out of town, I take them to Vatan. We always eat so much we feel uncomfortable, but we have a great time every time. I've never had a bad experience there, always had very attentive service (the ladies explain each item, how it is to be eaten and even ask if you would like it spicier next time) and the ambience is excellent.
Be sure you sit at the tables where you sit cross-legged with your shoes off!

Pros: unique, fun, great food

Cons: must have reservation, not good for kids, no room large parties

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Vatan isn't your typical N/S Indian restaurant as you can tell by the polarized reviews. If you're looking a spicy vindaloo or a tikka masala head to a "curry house" instead. For the rest, it is a great opportunity to sample a plentiful and varied menu from the largely vegetarian Indian region of Gujrat. The elaborate decor recreates a small village, centered around a large banyan tree. Most will find it charming/romantic while some a little kitschy (as all theme restaurants are). It's just like being in India without the heat, cows, scooters, nosie and pollution - Hmmm. Expect prix-fixe "thali" style dining - they will bring more of any dishes you like. Keep in mind, Gujarati food is not known for being spicy - so if you like it hot, ask for VERY spicy. I think its great only in NY could you find something so authentic.

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★★★★★

Vatan isn't your typical N/S Indian restaurant as you can tell by the polarized reviews. If you're looking a spicy vindaloo or a tikka masala head to a "curry house" instead. For the rest, it is a great opportunity to sample a plentiful and varied menu from the largely vegetarian Indian region of Gujrat. The elaborate decor recreates a small village, centered around a large banyan tree. Most will find it charming/romantic while some a little kitschy (as all theme restaurants are). It's just like being in India without the heat, cows, scooters, nosie and pollution - Hmmm. Expect prix-fixe "thali" style dining - they will bring more of any dishes you like. Keep in mind, Gujarati food is not known for being spicy - so if you like it hot, ask for VERY spicy. I think its great only in NY could you find something so authentic.

Pros: Authenticity, Variety, Charm

Cons: Not the norm

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ALmost 99.9% of Indian restaurants in USA or UK serve food that has absolutely no similarity of food you eat at home. This one is REALLY authentic (both in decor and taste). If you go to any joint on Lexington, it is like going to Pizza Hut to enjoy real Italian food!!! This one definetly made mo home sick.

The service is indeed bit uptight.

2
★★★★★

ALmost 99.9% of Indian restaurants in USA or UK serve food that has absolutely no similarity of food you eat at home. This one is REALLY authentic (both in decor and taste). If you go to any joint on Lexington, it is like going to Pizza Hut to enjoy real Italian food!!! This one definetly made mo home sick.

The service is indeed bit uptight.

Pros: good food, great decor

Cons: bad service, rude service

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If you're the tourist crowd I suppose you might like this place but by New York standards the interior is kitschy and the food boring(and I asked for extra spice!). The service was ok until the place started to crowd up then I got the feeling they wanted us to settle the tab and go. No problem, I was bored by the food and the atmosphere too. Definately for the Disney crowd-they'll think they saved the trip to Epcot. New Yorkers have better choices nearby.

0
★☆☆☆☆

If you're the tourist crowd I suppose you might like this place but by New York standards the interior is kitschy and the food boring(and I asked for extra spice!). The service was ok until the place started to crowd up then I got the feeling they wanted us to settle the tab and go. No problem, I was bored by the food and the atmosphere too. Definately for the Disney crowd-they'll think they saved the trip to Epcot. New Yorkers have better choices nearby.

Cons: Dull spicing, Corny space

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My experience at Vatan was fantastic from start to finish. Unlike some of the other reviews here, the reservation was upheld, the waiter took the time to explain each dish and frequently asked if we wanted more of anything (which we did, several times). The food was excellent (even for a die hard meat lover). I would definitely recommend this place.

2
★★★★★

My experience at Vatan was fantastic from start to finish. Unlike some of the other reviews here, the reservation was upheld, the waiter took the time to explain each dish and frequently asked if we wanted more of anything (which we did, several times). The food was excellent (even for a die hard meat lover). I would definitely recommend this place.

Pros: Friendly wait staff, Great food, Interesting

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Everyone is entitled to their opinion but all the "10" reviews are WRONG. I too couldn't get in the first time I tried because of a reservation "mix up". I should have taken the hint but I went again with some friends(one of whom is Indian). The interior filled with plastic palms and fake bambo isn't "romantic" as another reviewer noted-it's corny. My Indian friend thought it was an insulting cliche. He also thought the food rather one noted and rote. No way was it "just like home". I agree with the previous reviewer who suggests going to Lexington Ave. This place can't touch the food at Madras Mahal or Pongal. MUCH nicer atmoshere too.

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★☆☆☆☆

Everyone is entitled to their opinion but all the "10" reviews are WRONG. I too couldn't get in the first time I tried because of a reservation "mix up". I should have taken the hint but I went again with some friends(one of whom is Indian). The interior filled with plastic palms and fake bambo isn't "romantic" as another reviewer noted-it's corny. My Indian friend thought it was an insulting cliche. He also thought the food rather one noted and rote. No way was it "just like home". I agree with the previous reviewer who suggests going to Lexington Ave. This place can't touch the food at Madras Mahal or Pongal. MUCH nicer atmoshere too.

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Two weeks ago I was in the city with some friends looking for some traditional indian food. Being vegetarians they have everything we were looking for. Great samosas, tasty khichidi, and a great selection of wine. The price is well worth the quality and quantity of food. I would suggest this place to anyone who enjoys good food, beautiful atmosphere, and prompt and courteous service.

2
★★★★★

Two weeks ago I was in the city with some friends looking for some traditional indian food. Being vegetarians they have everything we were looking for. Great samosas, tasty khichidi, and a great selection of wine. The price is well worth the quality and quantity of food. I would suggest this place to anyone who enjoys good food, beautiful atmosphere, and prompt and courteous service.

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I went there with a group of friends and found the service to be extremely rude and inattentive. The food was horrible and bland, servings were extremely small. They balked when one of my companions asked for seconds. They couldn't wait for us to leave. For the price they charge you, go somewhere else.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I went there with a group of friends and found the service to be extremely rude and inattentive. The food was horrible and bland, servings were extremely small. They balked when one of my companions asked for seconds. They couldn't wait for us to leave. For the price they charge you, go somewhere else.

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feels like being in india, everything was great! the food was very good and the service was excelent. special and relexing.

2
★★★★★

feels like being in india, everything was great! the food was very good and the service was excelent. special and relexing.

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Gujurati style vegetarian Indian food--all you can eat, set menu. Excellent option for gatherings of family and friends.

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★★★★★

Gujurati style vegetarian Indian food--all you can eat, set menu. Excellent option for gatherings of family and friends.

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I came here with a small group on a Saturday night and was pleasantly surprised by just about everything inside! The interior is gorgeous (very Shangri La, complete with a tree and a wishing well), the food was very good and plentiful, the service was great, and you really cannot beat the price! It was also wonderful for those who have a hard time making up their mind what to order, because you get a little of everything and then more of whatever you liked. For those who don't like that you have to make a reservation, to the restaurant's credit, this allows the restaurant to remain uncrowded and seat you immediately (at least this happened to my party). Would be great for a large group or even for a first date. I will definitely return!

2
★★★★★

I came here with a small group on a Saturday night and was pleasantly surprised by just about everything inside! The interior is gorgeous (very Shangri La, complete with a tree and a wishing well), the food was very good and plentiful, the service was great, and you really cannot beat the price! It was also wonderful for those who have a hard time making up their mind what to order, because you get a little of everything and then more of whatever you liked. For those who don't like that you have to make a reservation, to the restaurant's credit, this allows the restaurant to remain uncrowded and seat you immediately (at least this happened to my party). Would be great for a large group or even for a first date. I will definitely return!

Pros: Beautiful interior, Great food and value!, Good service

Cons: Reservations only

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A unique experience well worth the price. The food was good, not the best I ever had but very plentiful. The meal included several appetizers, main dishes, breads, and desserts. The decor was beautiful, all hand painted, waitresses dress in traditional costume and offer explanations of all dishes. A great introduction to indian cuisine, and lots of fun.

2
★★★★★

A unique experience well worth the price. The food was good, not the best I ever had but very plentiful. The meal included several appetizers, main dishes, breads, and desserts. The decor was beautiful, all hand painted, waitresses dress in traditional costume and offer explanations of all dishes. A great introduction to indian cuisine, and lots of fun.

Pros: unique

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I see I wasn't the first and probably not the last to get the shaft with "reservations". I left a request on their answering machine with my number to call if there was a problem. Didn't get a call so I thought all was ok-they didn't have a reservation and wouldn't seat us for over an hour even though no one else was waiting and I saw several empty tables. I have eaten here before and the food is fairly good but why support a place that doesn't respect it's customers.? Sitting on the floor to eat is fun but just a gimmick. Just a few blocks away on Lexington Ave are several vegetarian Indian restuarants severing food that blows this place away.

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★☆☆☆☆

I see I wasn't the first and probably not the last to get the shaft with "reservations". I left a request on their answering machine with my number to call if there was a problem. Didn't get a call so I thought all was ok-they didn't have a reservation and wouldn't seat us for over an hour even though no one else was waiting and I saw several empty tables. I have eaten here before and the food is fairly good but why support a place that doesn't respect it's customers.? Sitting on the floor to eat is fun but just a gimmick. Just a few blocks away on Lexington Ave are several vegetarian Indian restuarants severing food that blows this place away.

Cons: Incompetent staff, uncaring staff

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this place is great to go on a date or with a large group of people. the ambiance is very relaxing (i have never been rushed while eating here, but it may be because we easy eat out around 9 or 9:30). and you sometimes get to eat under little huts (oooh)! the food is very good and varied, and you can ask for more of anything that they bring you. we noticed though that when you ask for your food "hot", it is not much spicier than the "medium", so that would be my one complaint. otherwise, my favorite indian restaurant in the city.

2
★★★★★

this place is great to go on a date or with a large group of people. the ambiance is very relaxing (i have never been rushed while eating here, but it may be because we easy eat out around 9 or 9:30). and you sometimes get to eat under little huts (oooh)! the food is very good and varied, and you can ask for more of anything that they bring you. we noticed though that when you ask for your food "hot", it is not much spicier than the "medium", so that would be my one complaint. otherwise, my favorite indian restaurant in the city.

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A lovely, Zen experience awaits you in this narrow refectory space. No choices, no stress, no contemplating prices and calories. Instead, you sit and the gracious staff brings you a lovingly prepared, delectably spiced Indian vegetarian meal on a silver platter. Everything's good and the experience is one of the city's most relaxing -- after a meal here, you feel simply rejuvenated and at peace.

2
★★★★☆

A lovely, Zen experience awaits you in this narrow refectory space. No choices, no stress, no contemplating prices and calories. Instead, you sit and the gracious staff brings you a lovingly prepared, delectably spiced Indian vegetarian meal on a silver platter. Everything's good and the experience is one of the city's most relaxing -- after a meal here, you feel simply rejuvenated and at peace.

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The vegetarian prix-fixe menu is a tasty value. Even my non-vegetarian friends enjoyed the variety. The staff actually takes the time to tell you about each dish, so you'll get a lesson in Indian cuisine on each visit. The decor is tranquil and initimate. Great spot for a nice quiet dinner for two. Just don't plan on going on a Monday night, as they are closed!

2
★★★★☆

The vegetarian prix-fixe menu is a tasty value. Even my non-vegetarian friends enjoyed the variety. The staff actually takes the time to tell you about each dish, so you'll get a lesson in Indian cuisine on each visit. The decor is tranquil and initimate. Great spot for a nice quiet dinner for two. Just don't plan on going on a Monday night, as they are closed!

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I've been here several times, usually for a birthday party or some group event. The food is certainly better than average, a notch up from 6th Street fare. The waitstaff is friendly, if somewhat lackadaisical. The big draw is the atmosphere: The restaurant looks like it should be at Epcot Center--a convincing re-creation of an Indian Village.

2
★★★★☆

I've been here several times, usually for a birthday party or some group event. The food is certainly better than average, a notch up from 6th Street fare. The waitstaff is friendly, if somewhat lackadaisical. The big draw is the atmosphere: The restaurant looks like it should be at Epcot Center--a convincing re-creation of an Indian Village.

 

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