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Saravanaa Bhavan

$$ - $$$
Upper West Side
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413 Amsterdam Ave, New York City, NY 10024-6209
+1 212-721-7755
08:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 08:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 08:30 - 22:30
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

great food!!!! something new i tried and enjoyed !!! Im going to come back there when i nyc again.For breakfast the food has a strong taste but its something new!

Thank elainewa
New York City, New York
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

SB has 2 locations, one in midtown and one on the upper west. The one on the upper west isn't my fav as its small and not super clean. But the one in midtown is awesome. Often very crowded, and long waits but that's a sign of really good food isn't it? Try the paper Dosa, Idlis, and the Thali.... More 

Thank Iloveizzys
Melbourne, Australia
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79 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

Excellent dosas, uthappams etc. However, vada,bhajji and and adai were below par and did not meet our expectations.

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Miamisburg, Ohio
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92 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

This restaurant was on my must-go place in NYC. Went there for lunch. Ordered mini thali which was sufficient and very tasty. My husband ordered lunch thali which was like the thali you get in any south indian restaurants in India. If you like coffee, do try the south Indian filter coffee. Though over-priced, it is authentic and good. It... More 

Thank anonymous882016
Providence, Rhode Island
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

I mostly don't pay over $40 for a meal. When I do, I raise my expectations. I am left a bit disappointed. My appetizer was not bad. Two fried, peach-sized samosa-like blobs with soup and some sauces. It was good enough but way too large a portion. It was also over $10. I would be very happy with half the... More 

Thank barefoothanaan
Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

Its almost tastes the same way if you ever go to any Saravana Bhavan's in Tamil Nadu. Thats the secret. Feels like home when I have my breakfast, lunch or dinner. Authentic Tamil Nadu restaurant.

Thank Mohandoss I
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79 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

Had paper dosa and some dish of lentil pancakes with Avial/jaggery. Both were pretty good and so was the filter coffee. Loved having South Indian here.

Thank VarunMishra
Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
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94 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

Made a special attempt to visit this famed restaurant only to be disappointed with the quality of food. Place is small, limited seating. The food quality was average . The chutneys were not great, dosa was ok. Chana Batura was oily and over cooked. Service was fine.

Thank AmitabhChand
Columbus, Ohio
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35 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

We had lunch at this nice simple south Indian Vegetarian Restaurant on Sunday July 17th. We were with some friends of my wife who suggested we have lunch there. Reached at 11 am and sat down for lunch at 11.30 am when all were assembled. The place is clean, fairly accomodating and simply furnished but adequately comfortable. They serve every... More 

Thank randhir111
Thunder Bay, Ontario
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

We went there to have a meal and found the service to be pretty shoddy. Mentioned clearly about nut allergy and the food came with nuts to my daughter. This was only detected by me accidentally and we managed to avoid a disaster. The manager was apologetic but did not even make the nut filled meal free of charge! The... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$25
Indian, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Delivery, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:30 - 22:30
08:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
08:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
08:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
08:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
08:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
08:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 413 Amsterdam Ave, New York City, NY 10024-6209
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper West Side
  • Neighbourhood: Upper West Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-721-7755

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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