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May 2, 2011 11:19 AM

Saravanaa Bhavan (UWS) ?

We went by a couple of times over the weekend and saw this new name on the old Sido (and before that, La Grolla) location on Amsterdam between 79th & 80th. There is still paper on the windows but the name has been etched on, though without any notice of an opening date. Does anyone have any info? Is this related to the restaurant in curry hill?

I've been disappointed with many of the Indian restaurants in the neighborhood. So it would be terrific if this turns out to be a good one. Thanks for any info.


81 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

Saravanaa Bhavan
413 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

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  1. Yes, it's related to the restaurant in Curry Hill. I don't know when it will open, but here's the menu for the UWS location:

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    1. re: H Manning

      Thanks for the menu. Have you been to the Curry Hill location and is it good?

      1. re: LNG212

        Yes I've been to the Curry Hill location and like the food a lot. The dosas in particular are very good.

        Saravanaa Bhavan should be an exciting addition to the neighborhood since the all-vegetarian menu would be a nice change of pace from Mughlai, Earthen Oven, Tamarind, Indian Tanpura, etc.

        320 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023

        Earthen Oven
        53 W 72nd St, New York, NY 10023

        Indian Tanpura
        564 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

    2. In case anyone else is interested ... this is from today's Grub Street (I'm especially curious about the cricket-themed cocktails!) :

      We’re told that the father-daughter team that opened the first U.S. location of Indian chain Saravanaa Bhavan (a.k.a. Saravanaas) in Curry Hill is opening a second shop on the Upper West Side. In addition to the usual south-Indian fare, there’ll be an Indian brunch (featuring thalis, lentil donuts, masala dosas, vegetable and potato bondas, and cream of wheat) as well as a list of a dozen organic wines (available by the glass or bottle) and a menu of cricket-themed, Indian-spiced cocktails.

      81 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

      Saravanaa Bhavan
      413 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

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      1. re: LNG212

        Oh, and it looks like it may be opening Friday.

      2. I didn't realize that this restaurant was on Seamless Web. I just ordered a vegetable dosa and a lentil donut appetizer served with yogurt, both of which were very tasty especially with the condiments. I'd love to hear about any other must-trys on the menu.

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        1. re: Riverman500

          i had a tomato, onion, and chili uttapam that was great, as was the besebilbath (a S. Indian rice and lentil dish).

          1. re: jaba

            Sounds great, I'll try those next time. Thanks!

        2. I was really excited when SV opened; the first South Indian food on the UWS and a reputation for authentic fare. Well, I have been several times. The food is mostly excellent, the spicy dishes quite spicy, most of the dosas, vadas, etc. are good (not so much the bread). The curries tend to taste a little too much the same. But the real problem--and the reason I won't go back as often as I would like--is that it is poor value. The portions are small, sometimes almost laughably so. The fillings in the dosas are little more than a tablespoon. The best deal by far is the South Indian Thali for $18.50: it offers a nice assortment and is worth the money. The rest of the menu--considering the milieu, the service (casual would be a very nice word for it), etc.--is definitely overpriced and under-portioned.

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          1. re: swannee

            Any more recent reports? I have a hankering for good dosas.

            1. re: rose water

              Can you get out to flushing for the hindu temple society canteen? its kind of a schlep but man, so good.

              1. re: tex.s.toast

                Not to speak for the OP, or be a jerk, but someone asking about dosas on the upper west side may not find it so helpful to have someone suggest a spot a mile walk from the end of the 7 train. Just sayin'...(and honestly the last three times I was there I thought my dosa was pretty average; sambar is very good, but not worth the trip from the UWS by any means).

                To the original topic SB is perfectly acceptable, and obviously better than anything else you will get anywhere nearby, but I prefer Chennai Garden on 27th; admittedly also not on the UWS.

                1. re: Alan Henderson

                  I was replying to rose water, not the OP. perhaps rw's hankering isnt strong enough to justify the trip. maybe they have a car?

                  id make the trip just for the saturday special hydrabadi masala dosa with a thick smear of incindiary green chili paste on the inside and huge pat of melting ghee on top. and the excellent sambar, which i usually can take or leave, even in india.

              2. re: rose water

                I have been there a few times in the last 6 months. I am not expert in this cuisine by any means, but I found it quite tasty. I didn't find the spicy things spicy enough, but maybe they toned it down for me (I am clearly not from India), and I like spicy.

                The dosas are huge, and, while I didn't measure the filling, it's a whole lot more than a tablespoon. Service is certainly casual, but, for the neighborhood, it's not overpriced in my view.

                1. re: rose water

                  I'd like to be more positive about it, but about the best I can say about S.B. is that the dosas are certainly far better than that awful stuff they serve at Hampton Chutney Co. S.B. is inconsistent, especially in the chutneys and sambar. The dosas are adequate and the vegetarian entrees are OK, but they don't compare to their Curry Hill counterparts.

                  1. re: Dave Feldman

                    Wow, that's some endorsement! I have no idea when I can get myself down to curry hill (not to mention Flushing) but I guess I'll hold out until then. Thanks!

                    1. re: rose water

                      Or better yet, get thee to Jersey City and Sri Ganesh's Dosa House: