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8 E. 18th St., New York, NY, 10003
nr. Fifth Ave.
The worst New York dining experience I've ever had
By Emiltavo on 2/8/2009
Made a 9:00 pm reservation for a Saturday night and showed up 10 minutes early. After checking our coats, my date and I were told to wait at the bar for our table to open up. We still hadn't been seated by 9:45. Our complaints were largely igonred and we were told our table would be another 5 minutes. We said we would leave and that we would like our coats back. After a few more minutes they brought out the wrong coats...twice. After waiting for an hour for a meal that we never ate we had to go to the coat room to find our coats. If you want good Indian food while being treated like a human being, go to Nirvana on Lexington or Brick Lane Curry House.
By SeriousCritic on 2/15/2005
For a very special occasion, I reserved a special table (2 weeks in advance) at Devi. Upon reaching the restaurant on-time, my guests and I waited 25 minutes to find out that 'they gave our special table away' without notifying us in advance. This was extremely embarrassing and disrespectful. We were sent to another table to be served very small portions of average food. There is a bad attitude with all levels of service at this place, SO WATCH OUT FOR INSECURE NYC PHONIES who work there! Additionally, my friend from Bombay described the food as 'terrible' and 'rancid'. DO NOT GO TO DEVI!!!
Don't waste your time
By foodie16 on 2/17/2005
The food is overspiced and overpriced. The service left alot to be desired. There are too many good indian restaurants in NYC to waste your time going here.
By ModernR1 on 2/17/2005
Service is mediocore at best. Food is extremely salty and overly spiced even for Indian food. Staff is not accomodating at all with special table requests. Overpriced for what is being offered. Will never return and suggest you save yourself the time,effort,and money by avoiding this restaurant.
By critiquedujour on 3/14/2005
We were prepared to be dazzled after reading all the reviews. Sounded like a beautiful place (the marble staircase, the lanterns, the silk curtains...). With out-of-town visitors in tow, we went -- and what a huge disappointment! It's very ordinary and way too dark (a black wall opposite your table can be depressing) and the wait staff uniforms are ridiculous. The food was nicely presented and good -- but nothing was worth the trip from uptown.
Water, water and more water
By Foodlover2 on 11/18/2005
We brought clients from San Francisco to Devi. When one ordered a large bottle of water, they brought an already open bottle (yes, open), then kept bringing more open bottles for the whole table, even though we just were sipping water. Then the waiter vigorously pushed an expensive wine before we chose the meal, saying, "This wine goes with everything." The water charges on the bill were outrageous. Next day I called the manager. "He's having lunch. He'll call you back." Never did. I wrote a letter and an owner called me. Said, "We're high class, not like other Indian restaurants. We open water in kitchen before serving. [Sure you do, I thought.] Fax your check to me and I will take care of you." Faxed check twice. He never called back. Food was so-so; actually the lamb chops were. I should have asked to take the water home.
Strike This Disaster OFF Your "Must Try" List
By dcurcio on 11/5/2006
My husband and I just returned from not only the WORST Indian meal we've ever eaten in NY, but probably the single most disappointing meal we've eaten anywhere in almost twenty years. The servers and front-of-room staff were ridiculously obnoxious and clueless 20-somethings. Despite a reservation we were shown to the worst table in the room when the restaurant was two thirds empty on a Sunday night, and told that "all of the other tables were reserved." (Only one other couple came in while we were there and they were told the same thing.) The dishes we ordered, including the much touted Manchurian Cauliflower, were ill-conceived, and tasted like they had been prepared days in advance and then merely warmed over in a microwave. One sauce had separated--an obvious sign of bad reheating--and one tasted spoiled. Portions were insultingly skimpy. We skipped dessert we were so turned off, and even without a bottle of wine this meal was well over $100. So glad we hadn't invited friends or opted for the $60 tasting menu we had originally planned on. What a waste of a pretty room.
By LaTache on 12/6/2004
laughably small portions at high prices served by a staff outfitted in absurd "convict like" outfits the recommended nan "reggiano parmigiano" is $10
By Pirospaprika on 12/22/2005
The food is mediocre, however the service was upsetting. First of all they do not accomodate with special table requests, they pushed us to a table with no privacy even though I requested some privacy. Our waiter was very pushy. There is a certain way of giving suggestions and being polite, which I missed at devi. It is not true what I read in another review that the food could be compared to Tamarind. Not even close.
What a waste....
By ginmin on 5/31/2007
When the patrons of an Indian restaurant are mostly non Indians, you wonder if its the best kept secret that Indians do not know about or it is the other way around. Latter is true in case of Devi. Dishes sound and look exciting but dont pack a punch and the taste does not linger long enough to merit a return visit. The ambience is chic and fun but the lack of good music or BUZZ factor does not even merit recommendation for drinks only. Service was awful. Whether you are looking to impress your date or your palate go to Tabla, Chola or Tamarind.
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