Restaurant Name: Saravana Bhavan
Restaurant Location: 81 Lexington Avenue, New York
Finding good, authentic Indian food in restaurants in the US can be a challenge--especially if your mother-in-law is an amazing Indian cook. So, every time we try a new place, our hearts are braced for what seems to be the inevitable disappointment.
Thus, imagine our delight to discover Saravana Bhavan. This South Indian eatery is the real deal -- great, authentic, hot, and fast. Their specialty is dosas (thin crepes typically stuffed with mixture of potatoes and spices and served with sambar and chutneys) and they have a really extensive menu of them, ranging from traditional masala dosas to much more exotic varieties.
One that that we tried was an unusual dried fruit and nut dosa, seen here:
It was delicate and the sweetness of the fruit set off the salty element of the nuts. It was a singular taste experience.
The classic Masala dosa was also spot on (pictured here):
If you are looking for a casual, authentic south Indian culinary experience, Saravana Bhavan is the perfect spot.
They don't take reservations, but if you arrive before 7/7:30pm you should have very little wait.
For three courses (we shared appetizers and a dessert), the total was $24 per person (tip included).