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Food: 44
Atmosphere: 1.671.67
Service: 1.671.67

(3 customer reviews. Leave your own!)

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81 Lexington Avenue
New York   NY 10016
(212) 679-0204
Fax: (212) 679-5811
Saravanaas website
View this restaurant's page on other sites: MenuPages | Yelp

Veg level:

Vegetarian (not especially vegan)

Menu does not indicate vegan items

Price Range:

$$$$$ (Average entree cost: $10-$15)

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Mon - Fri : 8.30 am - 10.00 pm
Sat - Sun : 8.30 am - 10.30 pm


At 26th Street.
Nearest Transit:
28th St-Park Ave S (6)
23rd St-Broadway (R)

Delivery notes:

Saravanaas delivers.


Part of the "Hotel Saravana Bhavan" international chain of South Indian restaurants. For a fixed price, one is served all he or she can eat of the evening's special dishes.

Added annex seating and a full bar as of 2011.

Bookmark and Share The information on this page was last updated on February 14, 2011.

User Reviews of Saravanaas

Averaged user ratings:

(1 star = lousy; 5 stars = great)
Food: 44
Atmosphere: 1.671.67
Service: 1.671.67
  • Review by keramel on April 28, 2008:

  • The food here is incredibly tasty. I'd recommend it to anyone who's craving some really good South Indian food.

    You need to be careful about dairy, especially ghee.

    Also, most of the food is fried or heavily oiled, so if you're on a diet . . . this is NOT a place to go. That said, the food is delicious.

    I had the channa batura and the idli. Be sure to ask about dairy or ghee before you order anything.

    My service was fine. This is a place that's supposed to be a quick, tasty meal. It's not a place to have a relaxed, leisurely meal.

    Plan to wait in line for a seat and to be pressured to order, eat, pay, and leave asap.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 22
    Service: 22
  • Review by bigrobowski on February 18, 2008:

  • I had a moderately tasty masala dosa, but I was very disappointed that almost all of the dosas contain ghee, and they cannot be special ordered, since everything is apparently cooked in advance. Advance cooking, however, does not guarantee speedy service. I waited over 20 minutes to get my food while others who came in after me were served first... all in all, I had a terrible experience with rude, inattentive staff, with too few waiters to handle the lunch crowd. Go to the dosa cart in Washington Square Park instead!
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 11
    Service: 11
  • Review by crispyheart on January 15, 2007:

  • As a seasoned eater of dosa, this place rocks. The food is delicious. Atmosphere and service are sparse, but if you really just want to stuff your face full of delicious veg south indian food, go here. Go here. The food is not greasy (a common complaint about Indian food). Simply prepared, authentic & reasonably priced (dosas are surprisingly filling). It gets busy so definitely get there early or expect a wait. The food is worth it, though. And the line-ups of brown folk waiting to suck up rava and masala dosas give it street cred.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 22
    Service: 22

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