Thursday, February 11, 2016

Things to Do on Valentine's Day Weekend in NYC

Valentine's Day 2016 is on a Sunday, and that means NYC has great plans for you and your special someone for day and evening this weekend! There is always a museum, Broadway, comedy show and other standards of New York City. Here are some different ideas for you this weekend! 

(Photo courtesy of H. Armstrong Roberts / ClassicStock / Getty Images / NY Mag)

The good news is that some ideas are free! 

Cupid's Undie Run
Cupid's Undie Run is a charity fundraiser for children with tumors, but it is also a fun event to participate, or just watch for free laughs. At noon on Saturday, come watch people run a race in their undies, and if you and your special someone are up for it, join the fun by registering!

Love in Times Square
This annual event is free to spectators who can enjoy watching couples going through proposals and even some quick weddings! It's a fun outdoor sightseeing and people-watching fun for those who want to enjoy a casual night out before or after dinner. 

Walk in Central Park
Who cares if it is cold? Central Park is a free paradise in snow or sunshine. Go for a stroll through the rambles or check out Strawberry Fields. Maybe take some romantic pictures or selfies with your special other half and make it a silly night out. Did you know you could get flowers planted in the park in your Valentine's name? Romantic! 

Free Wine at Darbar
Every year, Darbar on 46 and Darbar on 55 dish out the most delicious Indian dinner menu for you and your special someone to enjoy on Valentine's Day. With dinner, you enjoy a free glass of wine, too! 

Happy Valentine's Day from all of us at Darbar!


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Experts in Indian Food - Finding the Best in NYC

Recently, Madhur Jaffrey, a well-known food writer, explained that "nobody can be an expert on Indian food." At Darbar on 46th in Midtown Manhattan, we agree. Madhur explains that India is a large country with a broad range of cultural nuances and differences from region to region, and even small town to the next small town. 

In NYC, Indian food is popular and everyone has something different. Foodies and Indian food lovers have to find their "best" by trying quality restaurants and tasting unique dishes for the first or hundredth time - until the best is on your taste buds and in your belly! 

Madhur Jaffrey says, "Every time you go into a little crevice of India, you find a new cuisine, a new dish." We agree. The same can be said for Indian restaurants in NYC. 

Darbar on 46 takes pride in a traditional take on Indian cuisine while bringing in some contemporary menu offerings, like crab cakes, to round out a completely delicious dining experience in New York City. Still in the middle of NYC Restaurant Week, Darbar on 46 offers appetizers, entrees and desserts, along with popular drinks, like the lassi. Who can forget about Naan? If you're a new Indian food lover, you'll likely go for the Chiken Tikka Masala, because everyone makes that "good." The goal is to find the "best," and we believe you'll love our take on this traditional meal. 

If you want to venture into more vegetarian offerings, Darbar on 46 includes vegetable samosas and a variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes. This combines with meat, chicken and seafood entrees for Indian food that has a little something for everyone. Maybe no one is an Indian food expert, but at Darbar on 46th, we certainly try! 

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

NYC Restaurant Week - Exploring Indian Food in Manhattan

NYC Restaurant Week is a very popular and in-demand event in New York City that runs from January 18th through February 5th at participating restaurants throughout the city that never sleeps. The goal of restaurant week is to showcase some of NYC's finest dining options at an affordable "prix fixe" deal that makes trying out a new restaurant a great value. At only $38 this year, restaurants are offering a variety of appetizer, entree and dessert options - in Manhattan! 

Darbar on 46 has participated in NYC Restaurant Week for years. Located in Midtown Manhattan on the East Side, the Indian restaurant serves traditional Indian cuisine in a convenient location with easy walking and transportation access to Grand Central and Midtown hotels, as well as Broadway. For Indian food lovers, Darbar on 46, and its sister restaurant, Darbar on 55, are already well- known for serving fine dining and friendly service with delicious Indian recipes. The restaurant week deal is a great value that appeals to regular customers, too. But, it is the new "foodie" who enjoys NYC Restaurant Week best! 

-Newcomers to Manhattan
-New to Indian Food

If any of those three descriptions fit, then Darbar on 46 is the place for you this week! Enjoying something new is part of the fun for touring Manhattan, and Indian food is tremendously popular, trendy, and healthy! Darbar on 46 offers vegetarian and vegan options, while still offering a complete menu of beef, chicken and seafood options. There is something for everyone!

Make your reservation for NYC Restaurant Week at Darbar on 46 for the best Indian food experience in Midtown Manhattan! Call 212-681-4500.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Celebrate Diwali in NYC with dinner at Darbar

Celebrate Diwali 2015, the Hindu "festival of lights," in the city that never sleeps this year at Darbar on 46th Street in Midtown Manhattan. Come for a feast of traditional Indian food for your Diwali dinner and don't forget your mithai (desserts) to finish off with a very happy tummy! Delicious food is a great way to bring loved ones together to observe Diwali in Manhattan this year.

Let Darbar take care of your dinner plans for Diwali 2015 in NYC! 

Call 212-681-4500 for reservations.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Fine Dining of Authentic Indian Cuisine at Midtown Restaurant

When you're in the mood for fine foods for lunch and dinner, come to Darbar on 46th, conveniently located in Midtown Manhattan. Darbar is your top choice for freshly made Indian fare when you want an upscale dinner that's reasonably priced. Whether you want to go for lunch or dinner, it's easier than ever to enjoy all your favorite Indian cuisine dishes any time of any New York day.
Here at Darbar, our authentic cuisine is perfect for lunch and dinner because it's healthy and light, with a diverse buffet for a mid-day meal when you want lunch, or a sit-down dinner at night. We offer all the basic staples of Indian fare, from rice and curry spiced lean meats to lamb and chicken. We also have all the sides, desserts, and fruits that complement your fine dining lunch or dinner well. The best in Midtown dining, Darbar is your top destination for salads like no other, as well as fresh veggies, lamb, chicken and fresh grilled seafood the likes of which you won't find anywhere else. Wondering where to eat today? Want somewhere different and classy? We are your destination for fine cuisine in traditional Indian stylings. We are your source for freshly made Indian fare!

Midtown Dining for Lunch at Darbar

If you've been busy sightseeing all day or need a break from working hard, hit our upscale restaurant for fine dining. Enjoy our authentic Indian food and drink at lunch time, including:
  • Malai Chicken Kebab
  • Tandoori Lamb Chops
  • Tandoori Mixed Grill
  • Chef's Special Lamb Chops Masala
  • Lamb Tikka Masala
  • Lamb/Goat Curry
  • Beetroot Malai Kofta

Here at Darbar, we incorporate a lot of fresh vegetables into our dishes. Not only are they a staple of fine Indian cuisine, they promote a healthy lifestyle. The USDA points out that there are many health benefits to eating veggies, such as reducing your risk of disease and building strong muscles and bones. Here are some of our vegetable options:
  • Dal Makhani: Lentils in tomatoes
  • Dal Fry: Yellow lentils with tomatoes, ginger, onions and cumin
  • Eggplant Korma: Eggplant cubes in a creamy sauce
  • Chana Saag: Spinach puree with peas
  • Dum Aloo: Potatoes and sauce crafted from ginger, garlic and onion

Dinner at Darbar
Trying our fine Indian cuisine at dinner time is a must, too. Our staff is happy to provide you with a wide selection of dishes, wine, spirits, appetizers and desserts for a fun night out or romantic dinner. To start off, try an appetizer like crab cakes or Paneer Tikka, which is a tasty cubed cottage cheese and tomato sauce blend. You will appreciate our extensive menu, including soups and salads to start your meal off right. From Chicken Palak Sorba and tandoori bread to rice dishes like Mushroom and Peas Pilaf or lemon rice, you can't go wrong. Choose from vegetable, chicken, lamb and goat or fish entrees, with our seafood menu featuring Fish Methi, which is a tilapia fish, herbs and spices, ginger and garlic. Chicken is a crowd pleaser, so try the Chicken Vindaloo or Chicken Kali Mirch marinade.

Make a Reservation
Enjoy the best in fine dining with a scrumptious lunch or upscale dinner at Darbar NYC restaurant. Call us at 212-681-4500 today for a reservation.

Drink at the Bar and Lounge under the Sky Window

If its happy hour and you want a drink before dinner, make sure to sit under the sky window at Darbar restaurant at the East side. There's no better way to enjoy a cocktail at this 46th Street fine Indian cuisine restaurant that features a stunning stained glass sky window above the lounge area. The beautiful pattern lets in plenty of light with a grand peaked style that really opens the place up and makes it seem bigger and lighter. If you're tired of dark, stuffy restaurants that have nothing in the way of atmosphere to offer, consider eating lunch or dinner under our sky window.

Come to Darbar for Happy Hour

After work, you're tired and looking to let off a little steam. Instead of going to a seedy bar, come to Darbar for a few cocktails, wine or beer before your dinner. Whether you're just getting off work or you've been sightseeing in the area all day and need a break, we welcome you with open arms. Happy Hour at Darbar on 46th in particular is a special occasion, so why not stop by for some delicious cocktails and appetizers? It lasts from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, with Happy Hour deals that can't be beat. This midtown lounge offers top-shelf cocktails for only $7, beer for only $4 and wines for only $6, and you can't go wrong! You'll appreciate the selection we have at those prices.

Here are some of our selections to complement your meal:

Wine: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, White Zinfandel and Rose

Beer: Kingfisher, Coors Light, Amstel Light, Corona and Heineken

Top Shelf Cocktails: Kama Sutra, Mumbai Express, Karma, Mojito, Five Spice, Mumm Taj, Jaljeera Passion, Martini (traditional, mango, lychee or apple), Margarita (traditional or mango) and Pomegranate Martini.

Why not complement your cocktail with a dessert for a sweet ending to a fun night? Whether you choose to go with the Gulab Jamun or Mango Mousse Cake to finish off your meal, you'll be glad you did. For the best drinks, fare and dessert, this Midtown NYC destination is your top choice for Indian food. Darbar on 46th features a cozy yet elegant atmosphere serving up satisfying ethnic dishes so you can get a taste of this traditional Indian fare with a twist.

Your After Hours Destination

If you've been out on the town all night and want a nightcap or an appetizer to end the night, Darbar on 46 St. is the perfect after hours destination. We're open till 11 on Friday and Saturday nights, so end your night on a positive note with our tasty Indian cuisine and top-notch spirits. Searching for a great Midtown bar that's conveniently located near the subway and other forms of transportation? Check us out for great food and service. When you're done, you can easily hop in a cab for a safe drive home. Call 212-681-4500 today for a reservation or just stop by! We'll seat you right under our legendary sky window.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Group Birthday Dinner in NYC: The Perfect Gift Idea for a Happy Birthday

Another year older, another year wiser, right? Congratulations on your birthday! Now, where to celebrate? Darbar on 46th in NYC is a perfect choice because it can accommodate small and large groups for special occasions. Whether you're headed out with a bunch or friends who all share the same birthday, or whether you're the guest of honor among friends and family, hold your group birthday dinner at Darbar Grill for scrumptious Indian food. With a modern yet laidback atmosphere, you will feel as though you're in the lap of luxury. Our affordable prices make a group birthday dinner a cost effective solution for any budget.
Great Birthday Gift Idea
Perhaps you have a few friends all celebrating a birthday around the same time and you don't know what to get them. Why not organize a group birthday party dinner at Darbar? This is one unique birthday idea they certainly will never forget. Perfect for the friend who already has everything, a fresh meal consisting of all her Indian favorites is certain to make for a memorable night out. For small gatherings, call ahead to make a reservation in our main dining room; for larger parties, let Darbar catering services help you out. You can choose from one of five diverse catering menus, including:
  • Custom Menu: customize your very own menu depending on your personal style
  • Continental Mix: salad, bread, main dishes, desserts and appetizers.
  • Vegetarian Meat: vegetable dishes, as well as goat and chicken
  • Vegetarian Seafood: Fish Curry, Fish Tikki and Shrimp, plus veggies
  • Vegetarian: Samosa, Pakora or Aloo tikki, meatless soups
With several options for creative, unique, authentic foods, you can trust Darbar Catering Services to provide the cuisine for your special day. Don't worry about food service and what to order to please everyone. Instead, take the stress out of the birthday dinner and let our catering service handle it all: from set-up to clean-up. Our restaurant is simple yet elegant, with food that pleases every palate thanks to a special blend of spices. Our professionals know how to put on a fun party and make your evening out one to remember. We'll even sing Happy Birtdhay to you. By the way, did you know that the Happy Borthday song is the most popular sung song in the English language, according to the Guinness Book of World Records?  It's even more popular than songs by Bach, Beethoven and the Beatles, has been used in more than 140 movies, and is credited to the Louisville sisters Patty and Mildred Hill who purportedly created it in the 1890s, says USA Today.
Smaller Groups: Celebrate in Style
Got a smaller group of girlfriends all turning 21 at the same time? What about your buddies who love Indian food and want to get together to celebrate the big 4-0? We even cater children's birthday parties! From couples to singles, young to old, having a group birthday dinner at Darbar turns any occasion into a special one. We can help you incorporate some fun Indian birthday traditions to your celebration, with a birthday catering menu that offers anything from buffet foods to party platters with appetizers and desserts. If you'd prefer to celebrate at home, we can offer samosas appetizers and party platters for a small Indian birthday party at your house. Whichever way you choose to do it, celebrate a milestone birthday with us!
Darbar is conveniently located at 152 East 46th Street in Midtown Manhattan. Call to make a reservation at 212-681-4500 or inquire about our catering services. We can give you a free quote to help you plan your event.