Saravanaa Bhavan

★★★★★
With big, bright flavors and serious spices, this South Indian spot heats up the city's vegetarian scene.
  • 81 Lexington Ave

    New York, NY 10016

    Cross street: 26th Street

    Map & Directions
  • 212-679-0204

About Saravanaa Bhavan

Hours
Mon-Fri 8:30am-3pm, 5:30pm-10pm Sat-Sun 8:30am-10:30pm

Food

Food
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Best Southern Indian in the city. Excellent dosas.

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Best Southern Indian in the city. Excellent dosas.

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This is the best South Indian eatery in New York.
I highly recommend getting Medhu Vada as a starter followed by either Mini Meals, Thali or Masala Dosa(or any other of the many they have) and Masala chai of course.
I've been eating almost

3
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This is the best South Indian eatery in New York.
I highly recommend getting Medhu Vada as a starter followed by either Mini Meals, Thali or Masala Dosa(or any other of the many they have) and Masala chai of course.
I've been eating almost

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Had a great couple of vegetarian dishes and a bottle of mine. I'd definitely recommend this Indian restaurant and will be back again.

3
★★★★★

Had a great couple of vegetarian dishes and a bottle of mine. I'd definitely recommend this Indian restaurant and will be back again.

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Some people told me to check out Saravanaas....so I went. The food was "okay". It truly could have been much better. Not to my expectations, and I've been a lot of restaurants in Little India. Some MUCH better choices in the area.

3
★★★★★

Some people told me to check out Saravanaas....so I went. The food was "okay". It truly could have been much better. Not to my expectations, and I've been a lot of restaurants in Little India. Some MUCH better choices in the area.

Pros: Nice Place to Hang out

Cons: Overrated

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Best place for authentic south Indian food in NYC! You will not be disappointed. The quality of food here is worth the money. A must visit restaurant!

4
★★★★☆

Best place for authentic south Indian food in NYC! You will not be disappointed. The quality of food here is worth the money. A must visit restaurant!

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Amazing Indian food. A perfect place for the south Indian food lovers. You get everything here from dosas to kapi. A must visit place when in New York.

4
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Amazing Indian food. A perfect place for the south Indian food lovers. You get everything here from dosas to kapi. A must visit place when in New York.

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The best south indian food I have had in the US. The Kozhambu here is amazing. Just buy the meal and you will have the complete south indian experience. A little expensive but worth it.

5
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The best south indian food I have had in the US. The Kozhambu here is amazing. Just buy the meal and you will have the complete south indian experience. A little expensive but worth it.

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wow! I can't believe I am the first to write review for these guys. This place is certainly The best South Indian restaurant in NYC. hands down! For people from Madras, try their kothu parotta, you will feel like you are in Madras. For the rest of south India, this place is Sooooper!

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wow! I can't believe I am the first to write review for these guys. This place is certainly The best South Indian restaurant in NYC. hands down! For people from Madras, try their kothu parotta, you will feel like you are in Madras. For the rest of south India, this place is Sooooper!

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This was THE worst dining experience of my life!! Put aside the fact that I was ignored by my waiter, the busboy and a man who seemed like the manager when I asked for a plate (I literally had to go to the kitchen and get it myself,

3
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This was THE worst dining experience of my life!! Put aside the fact that I was ignored by my waiter, the busboy and a man who seemed like the manager when I asked for a plate (I literally had to go to the kitchen and get it myself,

Pros: the area-plenty of OTHER restaurants to choose from

Cons: everything

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I came here for dinner on a cold night recently and had one of the most overall satisfying meals I've had in a while. After about twenty minutes of pouring over the menu, I settled on the mini tiffen, a meal with assortment of sample on

3
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I came here for dinner on a cold night recently and had one of the most overall satisfying meals I've had in a while. After about twenty minutes of pouring over the menu, I settled on the mini tiffen, a meal with assortment of sample on

Pros: Great Food, Cold Beer

Cons: Bright! Odd signage inside.

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My favorite South Indian in the city. Authentic and delicious. Yes, service can be a bit uneven, but everyone is always pleasant, and the food and the prices more than compensate. I agree with the reviewer who suggested going to Tabla or

3
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My favorite South Indian in the city. Authentic and delicious. Yes, service can be a bit uneven, but everyone is always pleasant, and the food and the prices more than compensate. I agree with the reviewer who suggested going to Tabla or

Pros: food and value

Cons: as others have mentioned, the crowds

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they have the best indian food in nyc ,any time when u go this people are packed always there is a long wait for this restuarant but it makes lot of sense we had been seated because there food is great and the service is fantastic even

3
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they have the best indian food in nyc ,any time when u go this people are packed always there is a long wait for this restuarant but it makes lot of sense we had been seated because there food is great and the service is fantastic even

Pros: great service and best food

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i love this place. amazing vegetarian indian food. so much taste. i found this place on citysearch when i was looking for breakfast.\r
cant wait to come again.

3
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i love this place. amazing vegetarian indian food. so much taste. i found this place on citysearch when i was looking for breakfast.\r
cant wait to come again.

Pros: indian vegetarian delicious food

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I've been to Saravanaas several times and have found the food to be authentic and delish. Definitely worth a shot and appeals to both desis and non-desis alike. The service is business-like and not the most hospitable; but you get what

3
★★★★★

I've been to Saravanaas several times and have found the food to be authentic and delish. Definitely worth a shot and appeals to both desis and non-desis alike. The service is business-like and not the most hospitable; but you get what

Pros: Price, location, authenticity

Cons: Lackadaisical service, noisy

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I have had breakfast and lunch here, and dinner pick-up, and this is by far my favorite South Indian restaurant. The food is authentic and tasty. The service is not bad either - but then I have never been here on weekends. I highly

3
★★★★★

I have had breakfast and lunch here, and dinner pick-up, and this is by far my favorite South Indian restaurant. The food is authentic and tasty. The service is not bad either - but then I have never been here on weekends. I highly

Pros: Food

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I came to Saravanaas the other day for breakfast and it was by far the best Indian food that I have ever tasted. All of my senses were touched, and delighted. I had the breakfast platter. It had a taste of each flavor on it. So incredible

3
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I came to Saravanaas the other day for breakfast and it was by far the best Indian food that I have ever tasted. All of my senses were touched, and delighted. I had the breakfast platter. It had a taste of each flavor on it. So incredible

Pros: breakfast, service, taste, ambience, location, all of the taste

Cons: nothing!

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Granted, the service and decor here leaves a lot to be desired but the staff is sweet enough and the food is good enough to make it bearable. Great, reasonably-priced food, plus we had several things we haven't encountered on other NYC

3
★★★★★

Granted, the service and decor here leaves a lot to be desired but the staff is sweet enough and the food is good enough to make it bearable. Great, reasonably-priced food, plus we had several things we haven't encountered on other NYC

Pros: great food, great prices

Cons: slow service, lackluster decor

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We went here yesterday for sunday lunch, we had to wait outside in the flurries for 20 minutes, but we did, and I have to say that it was worth the wait. The food was very delicious and the filter coffee reminded me of my hometown, we will

3
★★★★★

We went here yesterday for sunday lunch, we had to wait outside in the flurries for 20 minutes, but we did, and I have to say that it was worth the wait. The food was very delicious and the filter coffee reminded me of my hometown, we will

Pros: GREAT REAL SOUTH FOOD

Cons: hmmnn... small tables, ok service

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This was the second time we visited Sarvanas and had similar experiences. The menu here is a mix of all south Indian food. It's hard to be specific about whether it's TN/AP/Kerala/Karnataka style. Food was fresh and tasty, but authentic

3
★★★★★

This was the second time we visited Sarvanas and had similar experiences. The menu here is a mix of all south Indian food. It's hard to be specific about whether it's TN/AP/Kerala/Karnataka style. Food was fresh and tasty, but authentic

Pros: Rates

Cons: Ambience

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Horrable experience on both Fridays and Saturdays. Almost 3 hours after I got a seat after fighting with people who entred and got table on influence basis. Service very poor. No body ready to take our order. We pulled few waiters and

3
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Horrable experience on both Fridays and Saturdays. Almost 3 hours after I got a seat after fighting with people who entred and got table on influence basis. Service very poor. No body ready to take our order. We pulled few waiters and

Pros: Food is ok

Cons: Serivce is horrable experience. NOT RECOMENDED for both inidians and non-indians.

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i dont want to write bad for any restaurant.since ihave wrk at a local indian restaurant now wrk for a 3star rest. it was my 2nd experience in sarvanas. it was an saturday nite so some excuse ok . we got a table for 2 after 10 min wait not

3
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i dont want to write bad for any restaurant.since ihave wrk at a local indian restaurant now wrk for a 3star rest. it was my 2nd experience in sarvanas. it was an saturday nite so some excuse ok . we got a table for 2 after 10 min wait not

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The food is really, really good and i dont know what the other reviewer was saying about the portions--they seemed healthy enough, especially considering the price. They could use a little refinement on their service, but if you really

3
★★★★★

The food is really, really good and i dont know what the other reviewer was saying about the portions--they seemed healthy enough, especially considering the price. They could use a little refinement on their service, but if you really

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The food is delicious, healthy, and very reasonably priced (downright cheap). But the service is horrendous. The waiters seem distracted, they forget what you order, and they deliver each person's food at different times. The place can get

3
★★★★★

The food is delicious, healthy, and very reasonably priced (downright cheap). But the service is horrendous. The waiters seem distracted, they forget what you order, and they deliver each person's food at different times. The place can get

Pros: Food, Price, Healthy food

Cons: Service sucks, Service really sucks

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While service tends to get a bit sloppy when they're full (eg. at lunch time on weekends), the food is authentic and very good. Try the Rasa-Vada, the rice dishes, the rava dosa - with & without the masala, the tea and the madras coffee..

3
★★★★★

While service tends to get a bit sloppy when they're full (eg. at lunch time on weekends), the food is authentic and very good. Try the Rasa-Vada, the rice dishes, the rava dosa - with & without the masala, the tea and the madras coffee..

Pros: Authentic Food

Cons: uneven service

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Saravanaas specializes in south Indian fare, particularly dosas---a crispy pancake-like bread folded around various savory goods---which Indians all over the Subcontinent enjoy eating for breakfast. But don't let the position of the sun…

 

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