Awadh

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571 reviews
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Awadh, once a princely state, is among the most ancient of Hindu regions. The enchanting history of this land of the Nawabs, kings known for their refined and extravagant lifestyles, is recognized through the richness of its cuisine. Here at Awadh, we bring you these bold flavors that balance elements of spice, intensity and acidity.

Awadh is Gaurav Anand’s latest endeavor, following Bhatti Indian Grill (Murray Hill) and Moti Mahal Delux (Upper East Side). With Awadh, we present a culmination of culinary finesse of the finest food from India’s sacred and historic land. We hope to create experiences and memories through flavors as you explore meats, vegetables, seafood, kebabs, curries and breads that will leave a lasting impression on your palate.

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LJ
London
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous evening at a beautiful table upstairs for my dads bday.

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M
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food. Great service. Order the prawns!

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AH
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was clearly above the usual Indian restaurant. Prompt service and very tasty. I will return.

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JR
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've finally found an Indian restaurant on the Upper West Side that worth dining at ... it's terrific as a matter of fact.

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b
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A quite nice and unique dinner. Interesting flavors. Big entree portions versus small , but adequate, appetizer portions.

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MT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Overall, the experience for my 15 year old birthday dinner of 8 people was good. They were very attentive to food allergies until they brought out birthday ice cream in pistachio flavor for my 15 year old who is deathly allergic to all nuts. We did not order any dessert because of all the allergens and understand they wanted to acknowledge her birthday unsolicited. Their wine list needs to be updated as every bottle of red we chose from drink menu was not available in the listed year, but the cost was the same, which is highly unlikely.

The food was fresh and tasty. We will still go many times.

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MS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

As always the food is spectacular. The subtleness of the spices and dishes never ceases to please. I went with a friend and we agreed to just have appetizers since they are so creative we had 5 or 6 and I don't remember a more enjoyable meal in recent memory. Planning a trip back for the lobster and to try the chicken korma. Honestly if I could eat every night I would.

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r
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My husband and I and another couple just enjoyed a lovely evening here. We had a table upstairs, which I recommend if you want a quieter atmosphere. The service was excellent; attentive and knowledgeable but not overbearing. But the high point was the food, which was absolutely delicious. Other than the rice being slightly overcooked, all of it was extremely tasty and served piping hot. We ordered all vegetarian and fish dishes and shared them among the four of us. I highly recommend Awadh and will be delighted to return.

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HM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Generally typical Indian menu executed quite well. Comfortable and attractive surroundings. Good table spacing and reasonably subdued noise level (nice for seniors). Service was attentive and accommodating.

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P
New York Area
174 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Indian food I have ever had in a beautiful restaurant with excellent attentive service. A fairly-priced wine list for delightful wine. Cannot wait to return. We ordered a variety of appetizers. The food was plentiful and well-prepared.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is delicious. Best Indian on the upper west side.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Way too noisy.
Food great.
The Service was very good

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Not the usual Indian menu. The food is very tasty.

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CG
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant. Food was excellent, the service equally as good as the food. Great inventive Indian menu. Some of the dishes had that famous Indian "spiceyness" - it was good!

Peaceful ambiance, could talk with the people I was with.

I will be back.

Soon.

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C
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a small birthday celebration for three old friends, one of whom is vegan. I asked for a quiet table for conversation, and--although the restaurant was becoming busy-- they found an excellent table for us. The service was similarly thoughtful and professional, and the cooking is on a par with many of the best Indian restaurants in the city. (Our vegan friend was also very happy!) An excellent evening!

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SL
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

What a pleasant surprise! The food was delicious!
We will be back again!

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R
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This modest-sized spot (seating in the bar area on the first floor, plus an upstairs room) offers a wide array of Indian dishes, some of which I've not seen elsewhere. They're also accommodating: for instance, although the menu didn't list saag paneer, they were willing to make it at our request. Judging from the steady stream of bicycle delivery people (we were seated near the front door), they do a significant take-out business in addition to eat-in. Like most spots in Manhattan, the dining area is small and tight, but the ambience is a good couple of steps above the norm for Indian restaurants.

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Y
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Tasty food! Loved the cauliflower appetizer. The okra maindish was excellent. Will definitely go back.

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TC
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Sunday early dinner. Excellent food

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AL
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was spot on from beginning to end once past the unimpressive entrance and decor. Service was attentive but not rushed. Even the initial papadum and accompanying sauces tasted great with wine. Entrees of five spice vegetables and tiwali were outstanding. Garlic naan was warm and tasty. Want to return with more friends to try more dishes next time.

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AA
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is not your typical India restaurant, with many, inexpensive varieties of curry... This is seriously good (foodie good!), sophisticated food. The best Indian food by far!

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KF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Evey time we come to NYC we make it a must visit destination. Once again exceeded all expectations. The broccoli in saffron sauce is hands down the winning dish. Don’t go without having the broccoli.

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KD
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was ok. Unavailability of items from menu card. Food quality wasn’t really great

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s
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There are lots of Indian restaurants on the UWS but Awadh stands out as being truly exceptional - the food is really wonderful and beautiful setting

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V
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Lousy food full of salt. Don’t eat here. Had Chana masala (ok), lamb saag (hella salty), cauliflower app (gloppy and sickly sweet), paneer dumplings in grossly sweet creamy sauce for entree. Overall really bad food.

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P
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food. Relaxing ambience. Will definitely return

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Outstanding unusual Indian dishes. Low key yet elegant atmosphere

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C
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was excellent as usual, but we never did seem to have a waiter who was serving us. We had to flag down passing staff to get attention to order drinks, appetizers and entrees. Maybe this was because we were seated downstairs rather than on the second floor. Highly unusual based on my previous experiences at this restaurant.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is above average Northern Indian food, with beautifully designed contemporary decor and attentive, sincere service. I’m so happy it’s in my neighborhood, but it is worth a detour.

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B
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Never disappoints. Food is always delicious and staff is always friendly and helpful

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MS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious subtle authentic food. The lunch special is especially not to be missed. Terrific iand iendly management as well

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SC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

One of the best Indian restaurants in the city in an attractive setting with excellent service.

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A
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have eaten here many times. The food never disappoints. It’s quieter than many NY restaurants. All my guests are always pleased. Especially love the appetizer selection.

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BE
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The service was so great but the food was too salty for us

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C
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently good food! Love the cauliflower appetizer, stuffed mushrooms and the chicken tikka masala entre, delicious!

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AD
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Indian fare. Chicken Biryani is made in true Hyderabadi dum style ..Eggplant was outstanding as were all the dishes ..Nice place upstairs with a little less noise to have a decent conversations and still enjoy the meal..Kudos to the chef here--stellar quality and culinary excellence. Service was first class.. I am a food entrepreneur and a bit of an aficionado of desi cuisines and Awadh rises to the top of my ranking !

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The downstairs, where we were seated, doesn't have much in terms of atmosphere. But the food is amazing and great service.

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KD
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reservation known and table ready. Sat upstairs which was great, room to sit and not on top of other guests. The service was great and not rushed, food delicious. Great time.

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u
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Awadh is consistently the best Indian food on the UWS. It may be a tad more pricey than some of the more traditional Indian options, but the quality makes up for it. The food is excellent.

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F
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A neighborhood gem. Always a delicious meal with thoughtful service. Some unusual dishes that are spiced beautifully. I sometimes think their portions have gotten smaller but it has not stopped me from eating there.

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