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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)

3.215
Food 3.9 Value 3.3
Service 2.6 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 SS on 04/06/2008

    Superb with a few glaring defects

    Excellent South Indian food. This place gets absolutely jam packed so come early. Better than in anything in Jackson Heights or Flushing. My only problem with Saravanaas is the incredibly rushed service- we were asked for our orders twice over the course of few minutes right after we sat. Furthermore, our waiters forgot our utensils several times. Still, you can't beat this combination of food and price.

  • Saravanaas/ Saravana Bhavan

    Posted by Anonymous on 01/23/2008

    delicious!

    the rasam is a perfect soup when you're feeling under the weather. the chutneys are delicious too!

  • Saravanaas/ Saravana Bhavan

    Posted by Anonymous on 10/13/2007

    Best South Indian food in Manhattan

    With the exception of the Dosa Cart at Washington Square park, this is the best South Indian food in Manhattan, and close to the food you can get in Flushing. Great value, great atmosphere, and tasty food. No one goes to Indian restaurants for the service, you go for the food because there are just not that many good Indian restaurants in the city.

  • Saravanaas/ Saravana Bhavan

    Posted by Linda on 10/11/2007

    Wait Staff are rude

    The food was great, but I was appalled at the rudeness of our waiter -- beyond anything I have experienced in my many years of living in NY. Such a pity.

  • Saravanaas/ Saravana Bhavan

    Posted by Offended on 10/04/2007

    Beyond the Realm of Rudeness

    A coworker had raved about this place. Amazing food, etc. It is all nice and said, that their food is good, passable, but what made the entire food experience so distasteful was the service. But our waiter was impatient, rude and very unpleasant. This restaurant does not deserve a rating at all. As we were ordering, he grew impatient and walked away midsentence and started taking an order at another table. There is no excuse for rudeness. Quit your job if you hate people so much. I will never go there again, neither will my friends. It was so offputting, made the food seem poor. Definitely nothing to rave about.

  • Saravanaas/ Saravana Bhavan

    Posted by Desilicious on 10/03/2007

    Still the best Sambar, Still a Deal

    Although the food is not what it once was, this is still great South Indian fare. The Sambar is still fantastic. Mixed Vegetables Paratha is also great, although it is often not properly spiced. When it is, however, it is one of the best 8 bucks to spend in the city. The uttappam are pretty good too, although I'd stay away from the adai avril (which I can't remember how to spell just now), which was dry and pretty tasteless.

  • Saravanaas/ Saravana Bhavan

    Posted by Bade Nawaab on 08/05/2007

    Not recommended

    What started off as one of the better South Indian offerings in Curry Hill, has been steadily slipping downhill. Either the proprietor's attention is now focused on expanding into NJ, or they just don't care and feel they don't need to make the effort to maintain standards. Service is haphazard and inefficient on most weekends, and the food tastes like that of any other run of the mill South Indian restaurant. Phone calls routinely go into an automated response, making it difficult to place orders for delivery if one wants to.

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