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Saravanaa Bhavan

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81 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10016 40.741418 -73.983301
at 26th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-679-0204 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Indian, Vegetarian/Vegan
  • Price Range: $$

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  • Reader Rating:

    6 out of 10


    3 Reviews | Write a Review

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Mon-Thu, 8:30am-3pm and 5:30pm-10pm; Fri, 8:30am-3pm and 5:30pm-10:30pm; Sat, 8:30am-10:30pm; Sun, 8:30am-10pm

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at 28th St.



Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Breakfast
  • Hot Spot
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out
  • Reservations Not Required


  • Beer and Wine Only




If you can’t tell your poriyal from your pachadi or your koottu from your special kuzhambu, you’re not alone. Our waiter was at a loss, too, but that didn’t detract from our enjoyment of the subtly spiced variations-on-a-dal theme of the south-Indian thali at Saravanaas, the Curry Hill branch of an international vegetarian chain. Thalis, round metal trays ringed by an assortment of small metal bowls, are the ultimate combination plate, and a great way to experience the spartan restaurant’s satisfying vegetarian fare. Dosas are another: seasoned crêpes made from fermented rice and lentil flours, filled with mashed spiced potatoes and onions, or raisins and nuts. The starch theme extends to golden lentil griddle cakes that put our sad flapjacks to shame. They’re served with the unrefined lump sugar, called jaggery, instead of maple syrup, and a helping of delectable mung-bean-and-vegetable stew.


Reservations not accepted on weekends.

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