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Savann

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2280 Frederick Douglass Blvd., New York, NY 10027 40.808661 -73.952115
at. 122nd St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-222-7990 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Price Range: $$$

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Hours

Daily, 5pm-11pm

Prices

$15-$27

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Delivery
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Good for Groups
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Take-Out
  • Delivery after 10pm

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Delivery Area

112th St. to 132nd St., Third Ave. to Riverside Dr.

Profile

Though the window-front looks more like a vacant retail space than a cozy neighborhood restaurant, take a chance when passing by Savann and ask for a table. For one thing, it has history. When the lease ran out at this Mediterranean spot's former Upper West Side location, the chef-owner decided to shorten his commute and move the restaurant to Harlem. The updated menu is actually a best-of list of the Turkish, French, and Italian dishes that customers requested repeatedly over the years. A grilled-octopus salad is simple and perfectly executed, with thick, tender tentacles of purple and white curled up over soft greens. Another seemingly basic item is the manti: Turkish dumplings filled with ground lamb and served with a tart yet soothing tomato yogurt sauce. It is the dumplings’ very plainness that is beguiling, even soulful. Have a cup of muddy Turkish coffee with a tarte tatin, baklava, or warm chocolate cake—all lovely bookends to a good meal. Never mind the cavernous room, haphazardly decorated with antiques and crystal chandeliers. The mood is one of a mellow closeness. Come alone, come with kids—dinner will be fine.

Recommended Dishes

Grilled Portuguese octopus, $14; zucchini pancakes, $9; manti, $17

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