409 3rd Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1001640.742301 -73.980210
Sun, Tue-Thu 5pm-9:30 pm; Fri-Sat 5pm-10:30pm
Neighborhoods: Kips Bay, Midtown
This large, ornate, Gujarati village-themed Curry Hill restaurant is perfect for groups, with its all you can eat Indian buffet. As with all buffets, go strategic -- don't overdose on samosa before having any main dishes! Make reservations beforehand, especially for large groups.
Good food poisoned by bad service – I had very similar experiace as explained by first reviewer. That was almost a year back when I decided not to visit this place again. I have guests this weekend who would like this food. So just wanted to check if they improved on service. But recent negative review reconfirm my decision not to visit this facility.
It is a shame on part of vatan to be in negative books for so long. Go their if you want to see pennywise people
Horrible Serivce, Padded their tip – Four of us went to Vatan for a friend’s birthday. She’s a vegetarian and loves Indian food, so Vatan sounded perfect. The evening started off slowly when we got sat at 9:10 for our 8:45 reservation. Our waitress took another 15 minutes to come our table. After that the appetizer and entrée round of food were both equally slow. I don’t understand how a prix-fix, set-menu restaurant can have slow service. Everyone in the restaurant is eating the same food, so why does it take 45 minutes for an entrée to be delivered after the appetizer plate has been cleared?? Despite the slow service, the food was extremely good and representative of what one would eat in India. My final complaint and the one that pushed me to leave a review was the 18% gratuity included. The restaurant calculated the required 18% gratuity on the total bill INCLUDING TAX, not just on the food and drink total. I was very upset at this because 18% was extremely generous for the abysmal service we received, but putting gratuity on the tax is WRONG. I mentioned this to our waitress and suddenly her English wasn’t good enough to understand. I walked the check to the hostess desk and explained that gratuity should be calculated on the food and drink total, not on the tax. She argued this was their policy and wouldn’t budge. I paid the total because at this point it was 12:30am and we had been in this restaurant for over 3 hours and were very restless. I will never return to these crooks again.
In response to the previous review. – Hi, Vatan is one of the best resturants I have ever been to. The food was awesome, its just like having dinner in gujrat. I have been to BARODA and I know what Indian food tastes like. The staffs and the servers were very welcoming and they took care of me and my friends very well. I completely disagree with the previous negative review. I think there must have been a misunderstanding. I wish VATAN best of luck and hope it carrys on spreading Indian tradition.
Interesting but anti-climactic – At first I was impressed with the ambiance and decor. However, when the food service began I soon realized this was a gimmick. The waitress kept coming back with a fake smile and kept asking if we were finished with the course. She grabbed my beer that was still 1/4 full and asked me if I would like another. The second and third courses were served at once, sending us a hint that we took to long with the appetizers. Desert was then served (more like tossed on the table) and the waitress whispered into our ears that the next guests were waiting for our table. By this time the fake smile was no longer there, She had already switched to "clear table" mode. Next thing I know my Indian chi tea was whisked from under my nose, cup half full, and a bill for a couple hundred + $ appeared. NOTE: the Prix Fixe price is no longer $22.95, rather it is now an whopping $31 for an array of vegetables (apparently not even organic). To say the least the experience was very anti-climactic. At first I thought this would be a great place to dine with future guests. By the end of the meal it was clear that this was a gimmick!
So good you don't even know it's vegetarian – There is nothing bad and everything good about this place! The service is attentive, the food is delicious and plentiful, and the space is beautiful! Unlike a lot of Indian places, the food is cooked very healthy - not oily - and the ingredients seem really fresh. It's a fixed-price/fixed dish menu, but you get a huge selection served right to you, and seconds, thirds, etc or whichever dish you want. At dessert time, ask for the mango pudding; that's the one dish they don't automatically bring you, and it blends wonderfully with the dessert. I went with two Indian friends, and they both love this place and say the food is exactly how their moms and grandmothers prepare it at home.
I just really hope that they remain in business for a long time! The menu is so reasonably priced, and you get so much food, and most of all, they have a HUGE space in Murray Hill, but they have very few actual tables. It's greatly refreshing to go to a restaurant in Manhattan and not be seated elbow-to-elbow with the strangers next to you, but I just really hope they serve enough people in there each night to make s profit.
The experience all Vatan was awful. The food was tasteless. The service was terrible. They didn't even come to see if everything was okay. The staff very rude. Me being from Indian culture know and acknowledge the taste and flavor of Indian and Gujarati cooking. Their food had no flavor, no taste, just absolutely bland. It is not a place I would recommend coming to.
THE BEST INDIAN IN THE CITY – As a frequent visitor to Vatan I must applaud the new decor, wonderfuil service and as always, incredibly delicious food. For those of you giving a bad review, what planet are you on?
loved the new vatan – hi i went to vatan with some of my friends we had a wonderful time i cant find fault with any aspect from the hostess to the server to the food to the ambiance every thing was perfect so if u want to experiance the real home cooked meal GO TO VATAN u would not be disapointed
Great indian vegetarian – Go to Vatan for a unique dinner experience. I am so glad they reopened for I have definitely missed the flavorful dishes. We went there for my friends birthday. Everyone who went really likes indian food and I must say we all agreed that they serve the best vegetarian cuisine. The whole experience is so different from any other indian restaurant in NYC. The whole table decor is made to make you feel like you are eating in a hut in India. They redid the entire inside of the restaurant and it is sooo cool the pictures dont do it justice. We had a wonderful relaxed, unrushed time. The waitress was great always checking in periodically to see if we need anything! I reccommend this restaurant to everyone even if you do not like Indian food. Just go fo rthe atmosphere!
Horrible Service – I have been to Vatan several times. Everything I go back thinking its not fair to judge them in just one or two visits. However I believe in THREE STRIKES AND YOUR ARE OUT. I had gone this time with my whole family it was really embarrassing for half of my family members to be standing up. They attempted to try and fit 5 of us on a table of 4 and 12 of us on a table of 10. Now for those who have been there you know how big those plates are so you can figure it out yourself. I agree with the fact that their motto if for you to eat fast, pay and leave.
They had appointed ONE waitress for 30 of us!! Yes ONE! So you can imagine how much of a mess it was. They had plenty of space to sit us all... but they stated it was "reserved" when the whole time we were there no one showed up till we were getting ready to clear our check. Oh and don't fall for the .."who wants their dishes spicy, medium or mild.. cause there is not such thing. They all taste the same, they swear it is. When I had gone upstairs to talk to the manager about out seating there were like 4 waiters/waitresses standing around doing nothing.... absolutely nothing.. when they could of helped downstairs with our waitress maybe it would of made things a little better after the attitude and bad service we had received when we had reached there. Please think 10 time before going to Vatan, unless you enjoy throwing your money way for poor service and food which you have to swallow down.. then by all means go for it.
For those who are like myself, like to go out for dinner and be able to spend X amount of money as long as you have good service and are not being rushed to eat so they can attend the next customer that comes in so they can make their quota for the day. Just very very disappointing. I would much rather go to a place where I have to spend a little more (not that Vatan hasn't raised its price from $22.95 to $32 something) to have better service and be treated right.
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