8 E 18th St, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.738119 -73.991191
Mon - Friday: 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Sat and Sunday: 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Neighborhoods: Union Square, Flatiron District, Midtown
Ridiculously overpriced – 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.
Romantic and Yummy! – 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.
Best Indian Food in the CIty – I love the food here! The service is also wonderful. My favorites are the curry and the okra. Try the mango cheesecake! YUM
Two things make this place great- at least – 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.
please don t go.... ripp off!!!! – you like a charming restaurant atmosphere you got it.
you want to be abused and molested by the prices you got it !!!!!!
you want real delicious indian food you don t get it !!!!
the menu ,45$ doesn t even include rice +6$ or nan +4$, the wine list for a red starts at 45$...no glass.
plus they give you the wine list before the menu, then you find out you can get a combination of wine and food on the menu.........no common sense
the service is arrogant and unprofessional they don t even know how to serve the wine.they make it bubbly with all the splashes you can imagine and they serve the women first to taste it........simply a joke.
the food portions are ok but it is too tasty...way too strong and the cream on the lamb chops almost cheesy......forget about the one star
the prices were way to high for the quality.............it was a disappointment...............the only great thing was the always great company of my beautiful girlfriend.
Romantic Indian getaway in your back yard... – In culinary school my chef instructor recommended Devi. My husband and I went and were like royalty. The food was amazing! We began at the bar with a Ginger Collins, fabulous drink made with Maker's Mark, fresh and candied ginger, and ginger ale. Their beer list was nice as well. For dinner I had the three course tasting menu with a 2004 Syrah that had been recommended to us by their sommelier (who was very charming and knowledgable). My husband opted for the ala cart menu and we pretty much devoured our food. The presentation was beautiful as well as the service being excellent. I particularly enjoyed the cauliflour, their tamarind chutney, and tandoori prawns. No one rushed us out, they let us enjoy our tea and dessert as they were closing for the night. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who is new to this style of cuisine and is looking for a little romance and intrigue to go along with their meal... I am very much looking forward to our next visit.
Go Tuesdays for the Masala Fried Chicken – I read about the masala fried chicken and how good it was and I was destined to try it. On a Tuesday night I sat down and asked for the masala fried chicken and a glass of sauvignon blanc. I was impressed by the service and it was prompt. As my dinner was presented to me the first thing that came to mind was how small the portions were. I was given two pieces of chicken an a cold potato salad, which I didn't care for all that much. Notwithstanding the small portion the fried chicken was juicy, good and wasn't greasy. The fried chicken would be better fit for lunch and definitely not dinner. Should you try it ask for two servings otherwise you'll be heading home hungry. I would have given a five rating if the serving were bigger, however, I was coerced to give a three rating.
Great restaurant week menu – This is by far one of the best restaurants in New York I have visited. I was a little apprehensive when I read some of these reviews... BUT don't listen!!!! If you don't enjoy this place you're nuts! I admit that it may not be a great value, however, during restaurant week it is an outstanding value. They offer what they normally would outside of restaurant week for the restaurant week menu. There were at least 4-5 choices for both appetizers and main course. I had the lamb chops and they were extraordinary. Our friend had vegetarian choices on the menu- outstanding as well. The look of the restaurant was soothing and warm as well. I would highly recommend trying this place out. The Michelin star is well deserved.
P.S. the cocktails were out of this world!
Great for restaurant week – This is up there with the best choices on the menu, best sized portions, and overall deliciousness of any New York restaurant week I have experienced (and I have gone every time they offer it, twice a year, for the past eight years!).
Highly recommended. The lamb was wonderful. I want to come back and try it on a regular night.
Poor Indian food, below average fusion food – I was extremely disappointed by my recent experience at Devi. The main issue I had with the restaurant concerned the quality of the food itself. First of all, do not go to Devi expecting any semblance of traditional Indian food, instead the food has been transformed into a fusion cuisine that completely loses touch with its roots. Additionally, as far as fusion cuisine goes, the flavor of the food was average and the quailty of the food was poor (e.g., my venison dish was poor quality meat and poorly cooked, as it was tough and stringy, and I had difficulty cutting through the meat with my knife). There are definitely far superior fusion places elsewhere in the city. Finally the service was somewhat lacking, which pushes my rating from "below average" to "not recommended".
It is interesting to read the other reviews here and see how the ratings have declined over time. Apparently the restaurant has gotten worse. I will definitely not be going back to Devi again.
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