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Saravana Bhavan - A Pure Vegetarian South Indian Restaurant

***There is one seating only for this event.  Please arrive promptly at 7:00pm. Thank you.***

Saravana Bhavan is a pure vegetarian restaurant that is highly unusual for a New York Indian restaurant -- in that it serves cuisine exclusively from (vegetarian) South India. Their chefs come directly from India. They are run by the prestigious Hotel Saravana Bhavan, which is the most popular vegetarian chain in India. You can find more information on their website: http://www.saravanabhavan.com

David Greene happens to love this place. He says, "This restaurant is exquisitely delicious and way out of the ordinary. With its idlies, vadas, many varieties of dosa, spicy rasam soup, and other South Indian specialties, you will experience delectable South Indian vegetarian cuisine that is absent from 95% of other New York Indian restaurants. And Saravana Bhavan is the popular favorite and the critics' favorite of the few South Indian restaurants that do exist in New York."

They serve traditional South Indian fare including many chutneys, lots of rice dishes, and specialized breads. "South Indian chutneys are made of tamarind, coconut, peanuts, lentil, fenugreek seeds, and cilantro. These chutneys are light, more flavored and aromatic, and are the perfect complement to the food they accompany."

The restaurant is located at 81 Lexington Ave on the corner of 26th Street. Closest trains are the N/R at 23rd Street and the 6 at 28th Street.  http://maps.google.com/maps?q=81%20Lexington%20Ave+New%20York+NY+10016

Zagat gives Saravana Bhavan a super-high food rating of 25 -- unheard of for a restaurant this inexpensive.  Their review: “Heavenly” dosas and other “cheap”, “wonderful vegetarian” dishes elevate this “unassuming” Murray Hill South Indian miles above “your usual curry joint”; “regimented” service and “cafeteria”-like decor don’t deter the “crowds”, so “be prepared to stand in line.” (Note: Saravana Bhavan has renovated and expanded -- to keep up with demand!  We have a large reservation, so there will be no problem with seating.)

Here is a quick look at their menu:  http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/saravanaas/menu

For those of you who have never attended one of our Vegetarian Meetup events, this is an incredibly friendly and welcoming group. To find us: our group will occupy their entire, large second dining room. It will be easy to find our group, or you can just ask any restaurant staff member for the "meetup".

For the vegans in our group: many of the dairy-seeming dishes are made with coconut milk, which is vegan. But some dishes are made with dairy. If you are vegan, please check with your waitperson to make sure that the dish you wish to order is vegan or can be made vegan.

Note: there will be only one seating. Please arrive promptly at 7:00pm. Thank you.

Looking forward to sharing this delicious meal with you!

-- Erica and David

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  • Sanjay

    Great food and conversation!

    May 1, 2013

  • Alex C.

    food looks amazing!! too bad i missed out

    April 30, 2013

  • Glen D

    Until hearing about Saravana, Chennai Garden was the only all vegetarian place (I knew of) in that neighborhood and also very good.

    1 · April 15, 2013

    • Glen D

      Thanks for the tip. I didn't realize those others were veg only. I tried Bojan two weeks ago. Friendly staff but can agree on your lack of a recommendation.

      1 · April 30, 2013

  • Audria

    I had a wonderful time, awesome food and good conversation

    1 · April 29, 2013

  • Allan...

    Great food, and nice to meet everyone at the "organizers' table"!...

    April 29, 2013

  • Joan

    Great food, great people.

    2 · April 29, 2013

  • Rosie

    Sorry I am going to be 30m late.

    April 29, 2013

  • Judy C

    Sorry wont be able to make it, enjoy!

    April 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will be a bit late the newport path station is out of service .

    April 29, 2013

  • melissa c.

    I am sorry! I can't get out of work on time. Sorry that I am missing this.

    April 29, 2013

  • Alex C.

    just curious, are we planning anything after or is this just a dinner meetup?

    April 29, 2013

  • Tali w.

    Sorry this is last minute but I cant make it! Enjoy the yummy food and each others company, peace and lentils!

    April 29, 2013

  • Roman S.

    I'm too tired, sorry. Next time though!

    April 29, 2013

  • Roman S.

    I would like to go but can not make it on time. Is there a number i can text so you can save me a seat? :D

    April 29, 2013

  • Gabriele G.

    Also, is the second to last photo of uttahpum?

    April 15, 2013

    • Xiaoran Z.

      Hi~ I think the second to last photo is Thali.... And uttapam is sth like a thick pancake, with toppings cooked right into the batter~

      1 · April 18, 2013

    • Gabriele G.

      Yes, I think that's uttapum in the 2nd to last photo right above the photo of the woman. The third to last photo is definitely a thali, I agree.

      April 29, 2013

  • Gary W.

    Unfortunately have to cancel because of a business meeting...I've been there before and the food is wonderful....everyone enjoy it and I hope someone on the waiting list can take my way

    April 29, 2013

  • Rebekah

    Something came up at work. Next time!

    April 29, 2013

  • Audria

    Looking forward to meeting new friends and enjoying the meal!!

    April 28, 2013

  • Arlyne

    Unfortunately I can no longer attend. Hope to make another soon!

    April 28, 2013

  • gayathri

    amazing food:-) From the Southern part of India where I"m from. Enjoy!

    1 · April 28, 2013

  • Audria

    Iam a Vegan/ vegetarian see you there.

    April 26, 2013

  • Emmanuel A.

    Absolutely, I am as excited. See you guys!!

    April 25, 2013

  • Susan D.

    Sorry, now have a rehearsal

    April 23, 2013

  • Audria

    Iam a Vegan/ vegetarian see you there.

    April 20, 2013

  • Janu

    one of my favorites

    1 · April 17, 2013

  • Divya

    Looking forward to this!

    April 17, 2013

  • sheldon

    The images of the food look scrumptious!

    April 16, 2013

  • Joan

    Looking forward to it, I love Indian food.

    April 15, 2013

  • Roman S.

    Love indian food!

    1 · April 15, 2013

  • Gabriele G.

    What is the food in the picture following the dosa?

    April 15, 2013

  • Audria

    Iam a Vegan/ vegetarian see you there.

    April 15, 2013

  • Tali w.

    looking forward! Have not had indian food in so long!

    April 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am South Indian, a lifelong NY-er and I've never been to Saravana Bhavan! This group read my mind - I was just thinking, I really should go!!

    April 15, 2013

  • David G.

    Looking forward to a delicious meal at the always-fantastic Saravana Bhavan! Thank you for hosting, Erica!

    1 · April 15, 2013

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