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Sai Bhavan Sweets and Snacks

141-20 Holly Ave., Flushing, NY 11355 40.751412 -73.817822
at Robinson St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-359-2091 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Indian, Vegetarian/Vegan
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Official Website

saibhavan.com

Hours

Mon and Wed-Fri, 10am-3pm and 3:30pm-9pm; Sat-Sun, 10:30am-11:30pm; Tue, closed

Directions

7 to Flushing-Main St., then Q17 bus to Holly Ave. and Kissena Blvd. stop

Prices

$3-$7.50

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Kid-Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out

Alcohol

  • No Alcohol

Reservations

Not Accepted

Profile

This venue is closed.

Having trained and worked for decades in Hindu temples in India and the U.S., Madhusudan Rao decided to open his own humble storefront restaurant, Sai Bhavan Sweets and Snacks, which serves vegetarian South Indian delicacies in a far-flung patch of Flushing. An open kitchen and its supplies dominate the fluorescent-lit space, and a small dining area is off to one side. In the dining section, walls are punctuated by devotional paintings and small figurines, and wooden tables inlaid with copper-colored tiles. Chef Rao is a virtuoso of the dosa, a crispy and chewy crêpelike concoction made from lentil-and-rice flour, cooked on a griddle, and rolled up like a tube. The simplest is the paper masala dosa, nearly a yard long. The rava masala dosa has more flavor; it’s made of a semolina-and-rice-flour batter that’s poured over a hash of onions, green chile, cilantro, curry leaves, and ginger. The dosas are served with pleasant mustard-seed-flecked curried potatoes, sambar (a lentil broth seasoned with tamarind and turmeric and dotted with pieces of potato and whole pearl onions), and soothing coconut chutney. Typical of Indian treats, desserts are impossibly sweet and best avoided.

No Bathroom

While dining in is certainly an option, the lack of a public restroom should be taken into account.

Recommended Dishes

Yogurt rice, $1.50; idli, $1.50; vada, $2.50; rava masala dosa, $5.50; paper masala dosa, $7.50

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