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Utsav Indian Restaurant & Lounge

1185 6th Avenue (at 46th St between 6th & 7th Ave)
New York, NY 10036
(212) 575-2525
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Utsav Indian Restaurant & Lounge - New York, NY


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Great place , food is delicious , you will love it , Excellent services . Beautiful Decor , It is a pleasure to eat there .


I've eaten hundreds of curries in NYC and London. You can measure a good Indian by so many different clear factors... some of the most basic are papadam, naan and st...

Editorial review from 7/29/2011

This place is a disgrace to indian food. i ordered delivery and the food was delivered more than one hour later, and the food was extemely cold. seemed like someone microwaved and sent $4 frozen indian food. for the price you pay you would expect decent food. Taste is also pretty bad. WIll NOT recommend more

Beautiful Decor , It is a pleasure to eat there . 7/20/2011

Great place , food is delicious , you will love it , Excellent services . Beautiful Decor , It is a pleasure to eat there . more

WORST PLACE 10/3/2010

I went there with my hubby and 2 yr Old son. \r As soon as we enter, one man told lift was not working, and then in the buffet area they were not having baby high chairs and the managment was not at all friendly. \r \r To the point, food was stale, and tasteless and overpriced too. We paid $37 for the time we were handling very active baby huh, and eating tasteless food in turns.\r Better look for choices before going there.\r Don't want to mark any star for it, but it's must. more

Only bright spot is the location 1/31/2010

We happened to visit Utsav right after christmas to meet up with friends and chose the hotel simply because of its convenience to Timesquare. We had 5 young kids in the party.\r I was shocked to hear that despite having a hue dining area, they didn't carry any high chairs. The attendants were very curt in their attitude, no warmth or any sense of hospitality.\r The food was even worse..for an exorbitant price that they charge for the lunch buffet, one would expect atleast a decent, well laden appetizer among multiple entree's. Its not that we reached close to the end of the buffet, but the dishes always seemed empty.\r I've lived in the NY/NJ area for 10+ years and have visited this restaurant earlier..but the experience has never been so negative.\r Would definitely consider my options before stepping into this restaurant again. Pros: prime location and huge dining area Cons: food, service, not child friendly more

good time 2/17/2009

Utsav\r I went here for my friends Birthday. We were about 20 people back in December 08.\r The look was very nice and very diff from other Indian places. We were seated on time and started looking through menu. saw the typical menu that all places have and some other items. \r \r The service was verry good as the waiter helped us choose items off the menu.\r The food was Average-Good. I guess after eating at Dawat and Bukhara its hard for one to really like another place.\r good time and had a nice birthday more

So much flash ... such DISAPPOINTING food... and way over-priced. 1/7/2009

I've eaten hundreds of curries in NYC and London. You can measure a good Indian by so many different clear factors... some of the most basic are papadam, naan and start with. ALL of which were some of the most average and below average. Papadams were excessively toasted/burnt but of course they arrived in a nice basket and the chutney was in nice glassware, etc... \r \r Then came the Chicken Vindaloo... yes, I like it very spicey... and it was...but it was just and no flavor. I've had many truly gorgeous vindaloos and madrases that were hot and absolutely exploding with flavor! The curry sauce was thin..not a nice thick oniony-based sauce but a thin watery one... Service... very polite but they barely checked on the table!\r \r $10 for a beer, $6 for rice...$5 for naan... hey, I'm game with pricey curry but this is not a $40/person quality.... I can easily have pulled this from a small Indian side-street cafateria type place for $10, no questions... in fact, three nights ago I had one like that in an adventure to try a was superior to this curry.\r \r Nuff said... I haven't been this disappointed in a long while and haven't paid this much for so little.\r \r Lots of glam though! HAHAHA. Pros: Very posh and glammy interior...pleasant eye candy restaurant ambiance... Cons: Absolutely disappointing quality food...thin sauces, low-end flavor... poor naan, etc. more

Went right through me 12/21/2008

I'm a New Yorker and we thought an upscale Indian prix-fixe would be a nice pre-theater pick. Bad move. The food here is several steps below many of the take-out Indian and Pakistani joints throughout the city, - (Pakistani Tea House, Lahore, 5 Star Punjabi), and about 6x the price. The lamb and chicken dishes were both drowning in sauce, while the meat itself was dried out and not flavorful. Though the indigestion was certainly memorable. \r \r The setting is pleasant enough, but does not warrant the price. While the waitstaff were dressed in suits, I found them condescending and the pacing was poor... they came by about 5 times before we were ready to order, and then took a very long time in bringing our food - which was especially suprising because I surmise it comes straight out of chafing dishes.\r Pros: nice lamps Cons: bad food, poor pacing, ungracious waitstaff more

What a find 7/24/2008

I was in NY on my own and arrived at the restaurant early evening. As an Indian, going to an Indian restaurant outside India, I have learned to have low expectations. At Ustav I had a great time. The staff were attentative without being obstrusive and made me feel very welcome. The food was wonderful. Will definately go there again. more

I Love It!!! 7/18/2008

I come often to the states for work, and love Indian food, my friends recommended to me Utsav Festive India so me and my group of friends we head there last weekend. Let me tell you, the experience was amazing, the place is really tastful and cool, the waiter and the staff were really friendly and helpfull, and the food, my god; I LOVE THIS PLACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! more

Worst Indian Restaurant in New York City 6/28/2008

Want to waste a lot of money on crappy Indian food in New York City? This is the place to go. You will find yourself in company with service personnel who would take unfinished plates from your table without your permission to make room for the next person. When you state that to the manager / owner, you will come to see the worst business person on planet - who doesn't believe his customers. Food itself is tasteless and the place is crowded if you are looking for quality and ambience. \r \r Welcome to Utsav !! The worst Indian Restaurant in New York City. Cons: Everything more

One of the best Indian Food Restaurants 6/26/2008

I am a big fan of Indian Food and eat it frequently. I tried many different Indian Restaurants and this is one of the best. The food is exceptional, service excellent and atmosphere really nice. I've gone with both a small and large group. This is a great choice for both new and experienced people eating Indian Food. more

Dont try this for INDIAN food, unless you are a hungry indian tourist who hapens to be passing by, with money to waste. 5/17/2008

Last night we had dinner here. The place stinks and the air is heavily loaded with unhygiene. Had it not been recommended by a friend i would have straight away walked out but i decided to give it a try hoping 4 the food to be good. My mistake as it turned out, for not relying on my instincts and my immensely vast exposure to Indian food in resaurants. We were 3 of us and went a-la-carte on the menu. The black dal was bland, the paneer kadhai tasteless, the chicken just plain boiled in broth. Breads were average and not what you want in restaurants. A waste of money & does no justice 2 the fabulous Indian Cuisine. Pros: Locatiion Cons: Food itself, Ambience more

Good Pre-Theater 2/12/2008

My husband and myself had dinner at Utsav before catching a Broadway show last week, and it was an excpetional restaurant for pre-theatre dinner. The show started at 8pm, and I'd made my reservations for 6pm. The dining room was still without many people when we had arrived, but by the time we left at 7:30pm, it was nearly full.\r \r Both of us has their pre-fixe for $30 a piece and we both left stuffed. The waitstaff was attentive, polite, and brought us complimentary samples from the kitchen. We both choose the mulligatawny soup for our appetizer, I had the lamb pasanda and he had the chicken tikka masala for our entrees, and the mango mousse for dessert is the best I've tried yet. Our entrees were somewhat spicy, but not overpowering. It was definitely a good choice. Pros: attentive waitstaff, lots of food, nicely decorated, good value for price Cons: make reservations if later in evening more

My favorite spot after the play/concert/shopping...anytime 2/7/2008

I have yet to visit Utsav and have an unsatisfactory experience in dining or service. I have dined here at least 1/2 dozen times and I feel like we have 2 or 3 individuals waiting on us every time we come. The managers are always sunny and friendly. I feel take care of and welcomed each time. I will admit at times the service is slow but I hate being rushed and I'd rather have to wave a few times than be asked ""will there be anything else?"" 10 times while I'm on my first course.\r \r The grilled meats are always perfect. The vegetables are always tasty, spiced right and sumptuous. And let's not forget the cocktails. Hello!! Try their specials you will not be disappointed and have a nice little buzz. I discovered this place about 6 years ago. I will always be a dedicated patron. I love Indian food. Growing up in NYC you have access to so much diversity. I am glad Utsav is part of that spectrum. See you soon. Pros: I love the design and interior. Very nice comfortable seating everywhere. Cons: Sometimes they're closed for private events. Call ahead. more

It's the best I've tried in NYC! 12/5/2007

I LOVE India food, but I have never been to a place where the food is good and the service is also amazing. The food, is the best I've tried in NYC. The setting is modern, simple, and clean. Can't wait to go back again! Pros: Amazing food, great service, comfortable setting Cons: n/a more

Good for a pre-theater dinner date 9/27/2007

This is a regular stop for me before seeing a show. I've always been able to get in and out in plenty of time to see the show.\r \r They just increased the price of the 3 course ""Broadway Pre-Fix"" to an almost unreasonable $28 per person. I enjoy the chicken korma so I usually order al a carte. With two appetizers, entrees, naan and lasses; dinner for two is usually under $75. I've even seen some coupons available in Playbill and other broadway related websites. In general, Utsav has a full menu with all the standard dishes you would expect at an Indian restaurant. while all the food is good, none of the dishes really stand out as spectacular.\r \r Don't be turned off by the entrance through the smaller bar downstairs. In the dinning room upstairs, the decor and atmosphere is quite nice with a splash of romance. Pros: large tables & booths available for groups, decor is nice, fast service to get you out before your show Cons: a little difficult to find in the middle of the block, pre-fix meal price went up to $28 more

Disappointing and overpriced 6/27/2007

We had dinner there tonight - $10 bread platter came out all stuck together and obviously microwaved. Our dinners were very delayed coming out - 2 tables seated after we had ordered received their food before we didl I had lamb (boti kebab) which was terribly dried out and overcooked. Husband had chand masala - nothing special at all - bland. We shared the basmati rice with vegetables (best part of the meal), had a cup of coffee to finish that was obviously old and bitter. Had water with dinner and the Total for 2 was $78 before tip. I wouldn't mind paying that for a really good meal but this was not even a decent meal. Maybe the lunch or pre-theater dinner is a better option but for a regular dinner it's a very poor choice. We eat Indian food all over and this was some of the worst we've encountered to date. Pros: interesting space, reasonably attractive decor Cons: poor food, poor service, overpriced more

amaaaazing tamarind rice pudding, convenient lunch-buffet... 6/9/2007

amaaaazing tamarind rice pudding, convenient lunch-buffet, yet still very classy. nice change from typical... more

Best pre theater in town 4/8/2007

It was really a great experience to try a different menu. Great ambiance good service well worth the wait for the table, Food was great especially sea food and dessert are really yummy, good choices and suites the wallet. more

best food and service in town 3/19/2007

It was a commendable dinning experience. The specialty items were delectable particularly the Lasuni Gobhi had just the right hint of garlic with bursting flavor kinda' along the line so 'Desi-Chinese', the Veg Sheekh Kababs were as good as any non-veg kababs you might order. Among the veg entree' I suggest ordering the newly introduce Kele Ke Kofte and the Methi Matar Malai.....instead of the run of the mill veg. entree's these will not dissapoint you.....\r Since I like to venture into the new and innovative...we ordered the Daab Chingri and Tandoori Murg roll are and 'out the world"" experience....the usual run of the mill items on the menu are equally good....which I have tried int he past....however since Utsav is often times introducing new and delectable dishes I am alwyas in for a surprise when I dine there...the Ambiance and service are equally pleasing making your dining experience satisfactory.\r more
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Ambitious, sophisticated and spacious serving sumptuous cuisine.

Owner Message

  • Since 2000, Utsav Festive India has been creating a unique, festive environment coupled with a flavorful menu complete with traditional Indian cuisine. This New York Indian restaurant offers patrons a lunch to-go menu, lunch buffet, an a La Carte dinner...


  • In Short
    Patrons can relax with an Indian snack and cocktail in the plaza-level lounge, dine surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows in the 200-seated dining room, or throw a party...

  • 8/18/2005 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Daily: Lunch 12pm-3pm; Diner 5:30pm-Midnight
  • Payments:

    American Express, Discover, Diner's Club, Visa, Master Card
  • Neighborhoods:

    Midtown Center, Midtown

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