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Devi - 67 Reviews - 8 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003, New York, NY - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (212) 691-1300

Devi

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8 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003
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Devi - New York, NY

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Best

Very impressive! Some different dishes, and the veggie options are actually spicy.

Worst

My boyfriend and I had a very poor experience at Devi. The food was fine -- not exceptional, but creative and ably executed -- but when the bill came, the manager acted as rudely...

Editorial review from GrubHub 3/6/2014

Food was good if a little pricey. The delivery arrived very quickly, which in this axes was a problem. I ordered at 7:50 and requested delivery at 8:00. It arrived at 7:30, and the group wasn't ready for it until after 8. more

Editorial review from GrubHub 12/15/2013

3 and a half stars. Food showed up pretty quickly. I got the vegetarian malai tikka with the lunch special, and ended up not being able to eat it because the texture and smell was so close to that of chicken that it put me off it. This might not be a problem to meat eaters or less sensitive people than me, haha. The prune and cheese dumpling curry was good and had a nice spice to it, and the garlic naan was very good. more

Editorial review from GrubHub 11/11/2013

by Leo at GrubHub Provided by GrubHub
So it's 1hr 40 mins since ordering (I live about 10 blocks away). Called them and got nothing but a brief 'sorry' and 'we can't get through to the delivery person.' Great. Thanks. Don't think I'll order from here again. Especially at these prices. more

Editorial review from GrubHub 9/7/2013

by Nic at GrubHub Provided by GrubHub
Very impressive! Some different dishes, and the veggie options are actually spicy. more


Editorial review from Citysearch 9/26/2012

absolute charm, beauty of ambiance, supportive staff and lovely food to have with family..cheers!! more

I HAD A BAD EXPERIENCE WITH THE MANAGEMENT!!!!! 11/3/2011

Guess what - the food is good but they broke my heart! Here is what happened: I had lunch one day with a vendor but I left my camera there by mistake. The girl who answered the phone told me in a sarcastic tone that no camera had been found. Something did not sound right. When I went back, the waiter remembered me and told me he put my camera in the lost and found. That was in the desk where the hostess/phone answerer was stationed. I am certain she took my phone. I spoke several times with a manager who was NO help. Then I spoke many times with another manager, Jeff who took a copy of my receipt and promised to follow up. I found out tonight he no longer works there. There has been NO FOLLOW THROUGH in assisting me with my loss. Only talk. I think a conscientious management would have resolved this issue months ago. It is still unresolved and I am still VERY unhappy. I hope Devi's owners will pay attention and take care of this situation. more

To Devi or Not 5/26/2011

I agree with the past few post I wished I had read them before we went there. I was disappointed - not bad but at this level I expected better, and all I had heard about the food was for naught . The ambiance is required cliched old haveli style it's ok lacked richness. The Food main reason we were there for was creative but taste was lacking in the crossover indian dished. We debated about the 3 or 4 course tasting menu - but since the 4 had 2 snacks and the menu choices were limited to chose from we went with 3. The traditional Indian dishes were good but the western influenced dishes were neither here nor there. The presentations were also not special - since we eat with our eyes first; nothing I cannot see on most foodtv show. I used to love the cucumber kachumber at Table so decided to have the cilantro version of it - it was ok they could have muddled the cilantro leaves so the flavors could seep into but the gin was abundant and good top shelf. Since this is NYC and all the table are so close we had the benefit of overhearing other conversations. patrons on my left asked the wait staff about a their dry white wine selection - offered a suggestion of a sweet white wine - its not his fault - its probably their lack of proper training and or a sommelier, on my other side I overheard a patron asking if there had been a change in chefs because the food wasn't up to par or as they have had it before. Our staff was witty and attentive - it was a nice evening in all. more


inconsistent food and service 10/16/2010

We had high hopes for this restaurant as we love Indian food. They claimed a Michelin star, but I can't believe they still have it. Some of the food was good, some was very bad - honestly I've had better sauces out of a can - not at all fresh and full of sugar and salt. The cauliflower appetizer tasted like cheap Chinese sweet & sour. The service was terrible - our waiter would be better suited to a diner (though we could see that there were many very polite Indian waiters for other tables). Any good reviews would be from people who chose well, had one of the good waiters and didn't have to wait for their table. Unfortunately there were too many inconsistencies for us. more

Exceptional food! 10/12/2010

It is not often that you end up going to a place with sky-high expectations and yet, it manages to tick each and every box in your list. Devi does! The only reason I have given it 4-stars was because the ambience was the only thing where I felt it would be more hep. Having said that, I won't say its bad by any means but I suppose I had expected it to be more trendy and it turned out to be a bit more plain (albeit elegant), but that probably was just an expectations issue. But let that not take away from the food in any way. There have been occasions when I've felt let down by Indian fusion mainly because the chefs have experimented to the point where the food does not feel Indian anymore. This is where Devi totally stands out. We tried the samosas and the chicken apricot seekh kebabs and they extremely flavorful and really well presented. For the entrees, we had the lamb chops and tandoori shrimp with the eggplant side. It was all perfectly spiced and everything was served with a twist, yet it retained it's Indian-ness which was the best part. Not one bad dish. In fact, not even one average dish. Everything was just absolutely spectacular including the shrikhand which we had for dessert. All in all, we are definitely going back to try the other menu items. A must-go. more

phenomenal food and service 12/29/2009

simply great food, great service. not your typical indian menu and flavors. menu is a mix of traditional and fusion options. we go a few times a year... have taken many of our out of town guests and large groups on special occasions.... always a hit. haven't had a bad dish yet. Pros: food, service Cons: nothing more

wonderful and full of flavor 4/6/2009

the ambiance is a excellent and romantic. Great lighting and service. I found this place to be everything that I wanted in a cozy romantic restuarant. We sat in a private booth where it seemed that the place was completely ours. The food was mouthwatering. I loved the lamb. There is really nothing bad I can say. Service was perfect and attentive but not intrusive. 5 stars all the way+++ Pros: everything more

Avoid Devi If It's A ""I Want Everything to Go Just Right"" Evening 2/7/2009

My boyfriend and I had a very poor experience at Devi. The food was fine -- not exceptional, but creative and ably executed -- but when the bill came, the manager acted as rudely and unprofessionally as I've seen a restaurant manager in New York act. Pros: Bright, creative Indian food Cons: Beware the manager. more

Overall Impression : Quite good 1/28/2009

Went last night, Jan 27 2009, for my bday dinner with family. more

Ridiculously overpriced 12/3/2008

Devi has a beautiful ambiance, but it is really, really overpriced for what it is. The dishes were elegantly presented, but nothing extraordinary in terms of flavor. In fact, I found the food to be somewhat bland, and they charge extra for EVERYTHING. Staff members were courteous and very attentive, which was nice. I would recommend this place to people who seek out places based on ambiance, and who are not traditional Indian cuisine enthusiasts. In fact, my friend and I were there on a weekend night and there wasn't a single Indian patron, which I think speaks volumes. We will not be returning. Pros: ambiance Cons: food, $$$$ more

Romantic and Yummy! 11/3/2008

The place is soooo pretty, great for dates and parties and the food is tasty. The host sat us immediately and the vibe in there makes you feel like you're somewhere else. I'd totally recommend people to come here. more

Best Indian Food in the CIty 8/9/2008

I love the food here! The service is also wonderful. My favorites are the curry and the okra. Try the mango cheesecake! YUM Pros: Ambience, food more

Two things make this place great- at least 7/24/2008

Even those who didn't like the food and prices have admitted the atmosphere is romantic, you can count on that. True enough, most of the meal was good but not exceptional, and if I was paying normal prices that may have skewed my overall review- so that is why I leave off one star. BUT- the lamb chop entree was truly spectacular. I can't express that strongly enough. The drinks were poorly made, my ginger collins was undrinkable, my friend's drink was unidentifiable. As far as it not being an authentic ""Indian"" cuisine, of course it's not. The amuse bouche was pure class. Gotta love the excess of the chicken stuffed with lamb starter- and the cauliflower was very nice too. Did I mention how great the lamb chop were? The quail was not just fried, it was deep fried, which was a nasty thing to do to a little quail. But the lamp chops will take you to a new stratosphere and each item served with it extends the experience like the small fireworks that trail a big display. It was nice of our server to let us know up front that the rice and bread would be extra. Jackfruit biryani was somewhat bland, but nice. Garlic naan, also nice.Bread pudding for both of us, as I can't eat mango (poor me) and it was quite nice. Lamb chop lamb chop lamb chop. Lamb chop lamb chop lamb chop.Lamb chop lamb chop lamb chop.Lamb chop lamb chop lamb chop. Really, you have to try these lamb chops. They are worth whatever they charge. I am completely over the moon about these lamb chops. After dinner I ran into a friend in the lobby and told them about our meal. They completely agreed about the lamb chops and decided on the spot to head to Devi for lamb chops instead of the place they set out for. They are really something. Lamb chop lamb chop lamb chop.Lamb chop lamb chop lamb chop.Lamb chop lamb chop lamb chop.Lamb chop lamb chop lamb chop. Pros: Ambiance, Lamb Chops, Service Cons: If you expect traditional Indian you will be disappointed more

please don t go.... ripp off!!!! 4/28/2008

you like a charming restaurant atmosphere you got it. Pros: atmosphere Cons: food prices service..(that is a lot) more
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Editorial

  • The Scene
    An intricately carved wooden door, curtains of soft orange and red, and colorful hanging lanterns dress up an interior that's reminiscent of an average Indian restaurant, only...

  • 9/13/2005 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Mon - Friday: 11:30 am - 10:30 pm Sat and Sunday: 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Payments:

    American Express, Discover, Master Card, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    Flatiron District, Union Square, Midtown
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