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Saravanaas/ Saravana Bhavan

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    $$$$12.01 - $18
    $$$7.01 - $12
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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 Amanda on 06/25/2007

    Great place to go!!

    Saravanaa's has amazing food for a great price. I've been here three times in the past month, and I always want to go back again!

  • Saravanaas/ Saravana Bhavan

    Posted by scorzi on 06/13/2007

    Get the tasting menu!

    I found this place after work and was one of the few people in the restaurant. Waiter patiently answered my questions and when I inquired about "a little of everything" he pointed me to the tasting menu dish (cannot remember the name.) For about $15.95 you get basmati rice, two kinds of naan, and 10 small cups of various curries and chutneys. It even includes a small warm tapioca dish for dessert. I wish they had labeled each sample, as some were great and some I did not care for. If you're new to Indian cuisine or just want to amuse your palet, definitely ask for this dish. Can feed one person or two if you get another order of rice.

  • Saravanaas/ Saravana Bhavan

    Posted by Andy on 04/30/2007

    Old Glory

    Well! Everything changed. Food used to be excellent. Not now. I think there should be change of kitchen staff or was this due to cost saving. Now food is not good. Not South Indian. It tases like North Indian. Poor service as usual. No proper cleaning of utensils. Again that must be due to cost saving or they do not know how to clean spoons and knives.

  • Saravanaas/ Saravana Bhavan

    Posted by cocoNUT on 03/16/2007

    Used to be excellent!

    I think the sambar here is to die for! However, some of the curries (especially the chana masala) used to taste far better before than they do now ... was there a major change in the chefs or cooks?

  • Saravanaas/ Saravana Bhavan

    Posted by Enstranged on 02/26/2007

    Hidden treasure

    My wife and I have been frequenting this establishment for the past two years, and have found the food to be excellent on every ocassion. To quote a co-worker (who by the way happens to be Indian) "the place is off the hook". Some of the other reviews complained about the service, my wife and I have never found the service to be sub par. While the service is not the best in the world, we have allways found the staff freindly at least. To pass up the oppurtunity to sample some trully delightfull cuisine, due to the service complaints of some of the reviewers would be a loss on your part.

  • Saravanaas/ Saravana Bhavan

    Posted by Anonymous on 02/22/2007

    My favorite dish

    A sign that this place is worth going to is that it is always busy and many patrons are Indian. Ever since I stumbled across the vegetable paratha dish, I cannot order anything else from the menu. This dish is so good, I've always have my dining companions try it and they agree. It is mixed veggies and sliced up paratha all in one, the flavor and texture are amazing. I highly recommend it if you want a change from the standard dosa.

  • Saravanaas/ Saravana Bhavan

    Posted by Foodie on 02/01/2007

    Very good food

    The food here is very good, and authentic South Indian. I have never had such authentic South Indian food in NYC or even in India for that matter. (I am Indian). Its not like one of the very good restaurants service and ambience wise, but if you are looking for good food this is it. I like their lunch special for $9.99. Their dosas are not the best, though. I have to yet have a good/original dosa in NYC.

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