Darbar boasts some of New York City's most authentic Indian food at more than reasonable prices. The lunch buffet or the to-go lunch boxes are perfect if you’re looking for a midday meal, but at night the action shifts upstairs to the more subdued dining room.
The second floor’s enormous skylight gives the room a romantic glow as patrons stare upwards at the illuminated Manhattan skyline. The gigantic, near diner-sized menu offers every dish under the sun, including favorites likes naan bread, chicken tikka masala, and lamb vindaloo.
Sharp-eyed foodies can look around a restaurant and tell a great deal about it from the mix of diners. They'll like what they see at Darbar -- because the room is filled with large tables of Asian diners who obviously approve of its tasty, authentic food.
Darbar, located in a sleek, narrow East side duplex, boasts a classy, quiet milieu. Its upstairs dining room is a place of glazed brick walls, a high, sky-lighted ceiling, candles, white table cloths, instrumental music from Indian motion picture soundtracks, Indian artifacts and smooth, sophisticated service..." Read Richard Scholem's full review of Darbar here.