From the delectable appetizers to the music playing in the background, everything is thoroughly enjoyable at Haveli. This relaxed but somewhat upscale ... More
From the delectable appetizers to the music playing in the background, everything is thoroughly enjoyable at Haveli. This relaxed but somewhat upscale restaurant has a charming atmosphere, excellent service and reasonable prices. At dinnertime Indian musicians play softly, allowing their sitars to carry each patron away to a world far from the East Village. The Samosas (meat and vegetable filled turnovers) make an excellent start. Lamb and spicy seafood dishes, shrimp or chicken tandoori, tikkas and kebabs of all types are popular main courses.
My favorite Indian restaurant, which has a wide variety of dishes from various regions, and polite, attentive service. I bring visitors from out of town that don't have Indian food where they live, and its always a treat for them. They always make my guests feel welcome.
I really like this place, so much they know me by face. Very nice atmosphere and wait staff. It's great for a date or group of people. I usually order the same things (hot assorted appetizer, Lamb briyani, vindaloo chicken/lamb and chicken curry) and it's always excellent. Even the cracker and sauces served in the beginning are good. I always ask for extra onions in the red sauce. Their lychee martinis aren't bad either. Also there is always a mix of people dining. Go here, it's a great place.
We have been fans of Haveli for at least 15 years. Count on good food, excellent service and a pleasant atmosphere. Even though we no longer live in Manhattan we still make Hevali a must stop when we return.
There are few restaurants that offers all that Haveli does at such reasonable prices.
I am not an expert on Indian cuisine, nor do I eat it often, but today I had a great experience at a restaurant called Haveli. This was actually my second time there, but the atmosphere was still as charming as ever. The food can be good, or just average depending on what you get. For the most part, the saag is always a good choice, and the sauces and various chutneys are just PACKED with flavor. Add to that the sweetest, smooooothest(like silk) Basmati rice, and you pretty much can't go wrong. Of course there is the requisite Naan(A tasty Indian flatbread) which was very good. The atmosphere seems a bit ritzy upon first glance, however the crowd seemed to be mixed, so that the place has an air of accessibility for all. College kids, people in business attire, old people, young people, children. Whenever I go to a place without the benefit of having any White people with me, I often wonder what kind of service I will get. I am happy to say that they the service me and my friend received was excellent. Overall, this is a decent place to go if you are new to Indian cuisine, and a great place to take a group of friends.
They have this lamb chop special that isn't on the menu that is delicious. For New York, it's not the cheapest restautant...but compared to San Diego, it was a great deal. We don't live there any more and we really miss it.