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Saravanaas/ Saravana Bhavan
Posted by foodie on 10/05/2005
The first time I ordered masala dosa, the server brought a plain dosa and suggested I start eating. He said the potato filling were being prepared - he'd bring it when it was ready (saw the same thing happen to another couple). People familiar with this cuisine will understand how absurd the suggestion is. It's like ordering spaghetti w/meatballs only to be told to eat spaghetti while the meatballs are being prepared. Not wanting to write this place off, I went back. This time our entrees arrived at a gap of 8-10 minutes which when you're hungry is a long time. The last time, it was a repeat performance of the first time. I left thinking the poor customer service and the dazed servers are too much of an annoyance to ever go back.
Posted by Aravindh on 09/28/2005
I enjoyed eating at Saravanaas . You really get the taste of South Indian food here . It is a purely Veg restaurant and good for the health too. All the cooks are very expirienced and I feel like I am in Madras in India when eating here . I really like the place much . Wishing the Saravanaas group a grand success
Posted by Eater1 on 09/27/2005
I love South Indian Vegetarian food. We went for Sunday brunch. I have eaten many times at their Mountain View CA location, and comparing the two, the NY branch fell short on the food quality and menu selections. CA place gives 3 chutneys with all dosas plus sambar or rasam, but this NY branch just does sambar and 1 chutney. Do try their Madras coffee- its very nice. Our order took a very long time to arrive and I had to remind them 5 times to bring the coffee, but they were quite nice about it and said that they were running short on staff and apologized.
Posted by zelphienyc on 09/06/2005
I ate here for lunch the first time last week. I had a truly wonderful dish with malasa-seasoned potatoes, peas, and onions wrapped in a large crepe. But the dish cost over $8--too much for potatoes. I would go back here for dinner when I'm prepared to spend a little more, but not again for lunch. Everything else--atmosphere, service--is nice but not extravagant. If it was cheaper, I'd be raving about this joint.
Posted by DA on 08/15/2005
My boy-friend and I were looking for an indian restaurant walking up the Lex. This place has a very nice decor, simple and stylish. Good space, it doesn't hit you with the noise. We were there quite early - around 5.30pm on Saturday. The place got quite busy by 6 pm. there were couple of big groups with babys/kids. Our waiter was awesome - explained us the menu. Menu is priced fairly, better than what you would get in midtown or uptown. Wine/beer list was a nice surprise, very reasonably priced! All wines $22 a bottle or $6 a glass. Not many places in the city, which do that... Food was tasty, service was very fast. The only minus I could see so far is that tables are quite small, which I guess is normal for Manhattan. Overall, I recommend to check out this place!
Posted by Raj on 07/15/2005
The restaurant was scheduled to open Sept 04. It finally opened last week. It was worth the wait - The food was delicious, service was excellent and atmosphere better than most restaurant in this area. I recommend the South Indian thali (Authentic!).