Sun-Thu, 11:30am-2:30pm and 5:30pm-10:30pm; Fri-Sat, 11:30am-2:30pm and 5:30pm-10:45pm
4, 5, 6 at 59th St.; N, R, W at Lexington Ave.-59th St.; F at Lexington Ave.-63rd St.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
48th St. to 68th St., York Ave. to Fifth Ave.
Dawat goes through phases: Sometimes it's New York's best and most creative Indian restaurant; other times it's just a very good one (in which case, if it's anything less than outstanding, it's overpriced). The flavors, inspired by Indian actress and cookbook author Madhur Jaffrey, have a tendency to default to somewhat softer, Americanized norms, but clear communication with the waitstaff can fix that. Dawat thankfully avoids the hokey decorative pitfalls of New York's innumerable cookie-cutter Indian restaurants. It's a sleek room, with service to match.Prix-Fixe
Three-course dinner, $45; four courses, $65; five courses, $75Recommended Dishes
Shrimp appetizer, $11.95