409 3rd Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1001640.742301 -73.980210
Sun, Tue-Thu 5pm-9:30 pm; Fri-Sat 5pm-10:30pm
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Kips Bay
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.
Great Place – I went there with a friend and we both really loved this place! Great food, great service and awesome atmosphere. Highly recommended.
Vegetarian's Delight – My girlfriend and I are both vegetarian's so we like to go out and try different things that go along with our diet. I came to Vatan because a friend of mine had told me of the vegetarian dining. He told me the atmosphere and the food were great, however the service was not exactly up to par. When I experienced it myself, he was on point with his recommendation. We LOVED the food, very authentic and fresh, everything was delicious, the ambiance was definitely a major plus. The downside is definitely the service from the managers to the servers, our waitress was not exactly attentive throughout the meal, however she was very helpful in explaining various dishes to us since we were new to Indian cuisine.
Only if I wouldn't know otherwise – Over roll it's an ok place with good atmosphere but knowing NYC and being a local I could just walk to Lexington and get GREAT indian food there...
Manager didnt bother coming to our table. – We recently reserved a table for our family gathering in Vatan and I took my little son with me. When we got to Vatan, manager ignored us for some time until he finished talking on the phone. He could of at least said excuse me, wait a minute or similar remarks just for the manners, but he didnt bother doing it. After finishing his phone conversation he asked us about our reservation with such a bad english that I couldnt understand what he was saying, one of the waitresses with better English came around and had to repeat it for me. After that we were sat in our table upstairs, and food started flowing. Food was tasty as usual, its a Gujarati food, all vegetarian consisting of three courses and its a lot of food with all you can eat system. In the middle of one of the courses, my little son felt sick and threw up. The waitress went to notify the manager, then brought me some tissues to clean up and was very helpful. What I didn't see was that, not once during our presence that day, manager came and asked us if everything was ok. My son felt sick and threw up in that restaurant and manager doesn't even bother checking if customer is ok after such an incident. What kind of management is that? No professional courtesy at all. If it wasnt for the unprofessional management, Vatan would of been a perfect restaurant.
Terrible management! – Me and my family went to Vatan last week. We had a nice food and our server was nice too, as usual. The only downside I always find in Vatan is the management. The so-called "manager" can't speak a proper English and everytime I go there, I end up getting confused on what he's trying to tell me. Especially when I call up to make a reservation, God knows what he's asking and his manners are so rude. When I called last week to make a reservation, he asked me what time we'd like to come, and when I said at 7:15pm, he said that either we have to come at 6:30pm or 8:30pm or we'll have to eat our food in 1 hour 15 minutes. I mean, who makes a customer to eat food in a certain time or duration of time? It's not a competition, I go there to enjoy my time, yet, he is timing me on how long I should eat my food for. I dont know why he was even put there. Vatan seems to be a very high-profile restaurant, but because of the unprofessional manager, it looks really bad. I'd given it a 5 star rate since the food was tasty as usual and our server was nice, but i'll have to give it a 4 since the manager is very unprofessional. I will start making reservations online now, I can't stand that guy anymore.
Horrible management – I went to Vatan with my boss and co-workers hoping to introduce them to authentic indian food. But as fate would have it, I was not only embarrased but horrified by the service. I work for a top-notch accounting firm and I made reservations a week ahead. But when we got there, the manager tells us the table will be empty in 5 minutes. He had terrible english which we could barely understand, however we were seated after 5 minutes. Then came our server whose english was worse than the manager. Now, my boss wanted a glass of Taj Mahal beer and trust me: IT WAS FLAT with no taste whatsoever. So, I asked my server if she could exchange it. Instead of being accomodating, she said "NO we cannot." Also, she came to our table only 3 times during the whole course. Never asked us for refills on food, drinks. All this while I saw her standing by the well and talking to a gentleman who I believe is the host/manager? My server was the laziest, most unprofessional and had no clue what she was saying. I could barely understand her English. All in all it was a horrible night for us.
Vatan is a Food Stall – Hi
To summarize I was handed a stell hot bowl of Daal in my hand. The server was holding cold part of bowl (upper part) and I was holding the lower part. Everything else was worst at best. In nutshell, if you want to visit a Food Stall and Pay restaurant price...Vatan is the right dinning place for you. If you dont believe me, try it out and respond to this review.
Diminishing value – The enjoyment I get out of a Vatan visit seems to diminish each time I go. They are not kid friendly at all, charging a full $31 even for a 7 year old! They crammed us into a smaller than optimal booth. The service is less than stellar and they are trying to rush you out so as to seat the next party. The price increase in recent months has not brought anything new. First time goers should enjoy the food, although the $40 price tab (including tax and tip) leaves a lot to be desired.
Horrible! Not going again! – We Went there with 2 kids (American kids 6 & 8 years old) They had burger and fries before we went to this place and weren't hungry (Also, they are absolutely not a fan of non American food) So, we told the waiters that only 4 adults will be eating. He was so rude and told us that's not something their restaurant policy will allow weather or not the eat they will be charged for setting on the table with us. When we asked to speak with a manager some lady come after good 10 mins She was having difficultly speaking English at the first place... Instead of listing to us she kept on reaping the restaurant policy (r@p and made us pay 70$ for the kids who did not touch thair plates once...If I wasn't with the guests I would have left..neways I dont think I will ever go back there though!
Less is more – I enjoy Indian food and know something about Indian cuisine. I will not be returning to Vatan.
Firstly it is expensive. At Vatan you dont have the option of ordering a single entre or a couple of apetizers, and you cant share. It is prix fixe. All or nothing. I would not normally order apetizer and entre and bread and rice and desert. I dont eat large quantities. An all you can eat buffet for $32. may be great if you plan to consume the equivalent of three meals! If not it is very pricey.
Then the quality in my opinion was average at best. Like most buffet food, it may suffer from having been sitting around a while. I thought it generally fell into one or more of three categories: too saty, too sweet, or over cooked.
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