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Saravanaas/ Saravana Bhavan

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  • Indian, Vegetarian-Friendly
  • 81 Lexington Ave, New York NY10016 40.7414736 -73.9832576
  • (At 26th St)
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  • (212) 679-0204
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User Ratings (Based on 89 reviews)

3.225
Food 3.9 Value 3.3
Service 2.7 Atmosphere 3.0

Other Restaurant Info

Phone:
work
(212) 679-0204
voice
(212) 684-7755
Fax:
fax
(212) 679-5811
Website:
www.saravanabhavan.com
Place Order:
Order From Saravanaas/ Saravana Bhavan for delivery & takeout
Notes:
Visa, MC, AmEx
Hours:
Mon-Thu: 8:30am-3pm+5:30pm-10pm Fri: 8:30am-3pm+3:30pm-10:30pm Sat: 8:30am-10:30pm Sun: 8:30am-10pm
Serves:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Features:
Cheap Eats, Group Dining, Online Ordering, Wheelchair Friendly, Accepts Credit Cards, Lunch Special, Take Out

User Reviews

  • Saravanaas/ Saravana Bhavan

    Posted by elizabeth r on 09/27/2011

    Rip off

    I ordered up for my kids. My daughter likes a potato curry so I asked if I could get Alu Gobi with potato only. When I received it the container was only about a 1/3 full so I counted and there was 11 bite size pieces for $11.50. When I called up to complain the woman on the phone could not stop giggling so I asked for the manager who asked what I wanted him to do and when I said "send more" he said he could not do that - all he could offer was a $3 credit. Like I would ever order from there again!

  • Saravanaas/ Saravana Bhavan

    Posted by AvoidThisDump on 09/22/2011

    Avoid this restaurant

    This place used to be great two years ago. Now it's a dump, not worth the hassle and poor and rude service and mediocre food. The only explanation I have for the nose dive is good ol' greed. Three times in a row, I ordered exactly the same dish, got the wrong one, and to correct the problem the waiters simply rearranged the food on the plate and claimed that was what I ordered. We usually go there as a couple and on too many occasions one of our entrees would arrive and the other would arrive a full half hour later, forcing each of us to watch the other eat, instead of enjoying a meal together. We thought maybe the problem was the location. So we tried the upper west side location. No luck there either. There were only three couples in the restaurant, yet the waiter managed to mess up our orders. To top it off we received burnt dosas that they wouldn't replace. My advice, avoid, avoid, avoid. There are so many other places in the city to enjoy a great meal.

  • Saravanaas/ Saravana Bhavan

    Posted by Anonymous on 09/18/2011

    Microwave idlis :(

    I have been coming to Saravana/Saravana Bhavan ever since it opened a few years back. The food used to be amazing and fresh, and I would keep going back even though the service was not great, nor the atmosphere (and I live in Washington DC). But yesterday, I went there on a weekend trip to NY and was served microwave idlis. I recognized what it was as soon as I saw it (from the texture of the idlis) and took a bite to confirm. I then asked the server why they were not fresh. He said indignantly that it was not microwaved. When I insisted it was, he brought another waiter who unapologetically and rudely told me that it was indeed reheated in the microwave. He proceeded to tell me that they cannot make fresh idlis every time we order a plate, and that they only make idlis twice a day (once in the morning, once in the evening) and that anytime thereafter we are served microwaved idlis. Not only was the response served rudely, it also did not seem true, because I am very sure every other time I have come to Saravana I have been served fresh idli (and I ALWAYS order idli) or at least not microwaved ones. Anyway, needless to say, I was super disappointed.

  • Saravanaas/ Saravana Bhavan

    Posted by Anonymous on 09/15/2011

    Not worth your money

    The restaurant is very small for the number of tables they have. You cannot move around without dashing on someone. Food is really expensive for the quantity they provide. For very little chillie powder for idly they charge you $1.50 . Not worth it. Food quality is good but not as tasty as the Saravana Bhavan in India.

  • Saravanaas/ Saravana Bhavan

    Posted by Indian on 06/07/2011

    Charges you for additional chutney !

    This place charges you extra if you ask for some additional coconut chutney (which is an accompaniment to the main dish). This is like having to pay for that additional squeeze of ketchup on your hamburger!

  • Saravanaas/ Saravana Bhavan

    Posted by Sajjad on 05/19/2011

    Incredibly rude, but food was ok

    I went with my elderly mother who has difficulty walking or standing. She has a stick and is visibly in pain when standing too long. They made us stand and wait until a table for 2 opened up, even though there were about 5 tables for 4 available. They wouldn't even split up one of the tables for 4 (which are two tables joined together). And were incredibly rude when I kept asking them for this. And throughout the time we were there when we did eventually sit down, those other tables remained empty. So this was totally unnecessary. The food was actually quite good but I won't be going back, as they were rude.

  • Saravanaas/ Saravana Bhavan

    Posted by annonymous on 03/19/2011

    Good South Indian in NYC

    I had lunch with my friend and we loved it. Very fresh and good quality. The tables are kinda small to hold the huge dosas, and very close together. The decor is simple, like an Indian canteen look, but it certainly lacks a south Indian flair to it. I had the Mysore dosa and it was good. Idly was light and puffy. All the chutneys were awesome. I would definitely go back. Compared to other restaurants who make south indian dishes, this restaurant surpasses it all. Keep the fresh and good quality theme going, and you will gain good customers. Customer service needs some training for sure.

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