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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 90 reviews)

Food 3.9 Value 3.3
Service 2.6 Atmosphere 3.0

Other Restaurant Info

(212) 679-0204
(212) 684-7755
(212) 679-5811
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Visa, MC, AmEx
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
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Cheap Eats, Group Dining, Online Ordering, Wheelchair Friendly, Accepts Credit Cards, Lunch Special, Take Out

User Reviews

  • Saravanaas/ Saravana Bhavan

    Posted by annonymous on 04/26/2010

    gone south

    poor food that no longer represents south india

  • Saravanaas/ Saravana Bhavan

    Posted by marajarajar on 04/20/2010

    Has the ownership changed?

    Visited the restaurant yesterday after a year. We ordered two dishes that were mediocre at best. The chappathi was undercooked and the dosa certainly not thin was cooked on one side and raw on the other. The food was not hot. The food was far better when it first opened.

  • Saravanaas/ Saravana Bhavan

    Posted by sf on 03/30/2010

    Best Indian food I've ever had

    It was a great sign that there was a line out the door of Indians -- says a lot about the authenticity of the food. Atmosphere is simple but nice, service was OK, but the food was absolutely incredible, and the price was reasonable. I had never really had Southern Indian food, so I was thrilled to try something new. Everything was delicious: flavorful and filling without being too heavy. The price is totally reasonable as well. I plan to go back regularly and bring friends and family visiting me in the city. Overall, a new and excellent culinary experience.

  • Saravanaas/ Saravana Bhavan

    Posted by Anonymous on 03/20/2010

    Much better quality and value than Hampton

    Great selection of options, food comes quickly, and it is very tasty. The Hampton Chutney Co is a poor quality rip off compared to this place.

  • Saravanaas/ Saravana Bhavan

    Posted by Rav on 10/19/2009

    Very EXPENSIVE and small portions

    This place is very expensive as compare to the food choice, services and portion they provide. there are many more places nearby with competitive price and excellent food choice.

  • Saravanaas/ Saravana Bhavan

    Posted by ND on 09/30/2009


    best south indian food in NY. mini idli and the chole bhatura are to die for!

  • Saravanaas/ Saravana Bhavan

    Posted by GoodEater on 08/08/2009

    Once good, now not

    Saravanas was once a no-brainer. They had great south indian food and good value for money too. Things seem to have changed since last 6 months. The food quality in terms of taste has fallen drastically. I had been going there for years but in all my last 3 visits I have come out of the restaurant disappointed. The first time about 6 months back, they had unusually high salt content in chole bhatura's chole. I had to return the dish. Considering it an one-off event I continued my loyalty to the restaurant but things have only gone worse. On my last visit a few days back, the sambhar was stale, low salt, high spices and sweeter than it supposed to be. I just had the gosa without it. That's it for me. I guess when a south indian restaurant goes wrong with sambhar, it must be a sign of many a things more wrong with the kitchen. The madras coffee is still good though. I won't recommend it to my friends anymore.

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