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Saar Indian Bistro, New York, NY

Saar Indian Bistro

4.4
4.4
332 Reviews
$31 to $50
Indian
SAAR is a modern Indian bistro in Midtown Manhattan helmed by celebrated Tandoor Master Chef Hemant Mathur and his wife, acclaimed Chef Surbhi Sahni. The 64-seat restaurant and bar showcases authentic regional comfort food in a cozy, eclectic setting inspired by Chef Mathur’s home city of Jaipur. The menu features a unique combination of traditional home cooked and Indian street foods, reflecting the essence of India’s broad multicultural influences – including elements from British, Persian, and Jewish cuisine. Service includes lunch and dinner.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Indian

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 12:00 pm–8:45 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–9:45 pm

  • Phone number

    (646) 609-2142

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Hemant Mathur & Surbhi Sahni

  • Catering

    Please visit www.saarcatering.com for more details.

  • Private party facilities

    Accept parties 20- 70 people in the main dining room.

  • Neighborhood

    Theater District / Times Square

  • Cross street

    Between 8th Ave and Broadway

  • Parking details

    Stamp Parking for up to three hours across the street from the restaurantABM Parking Service 1633 Broadway, New York, NY 10017

  • Public transit

    C, E, B, D, 1, N, R, Walking distance from Times Square Theater District

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 332 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Manhattan

    Indian

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  1. L

    Luvfood

    Salt Lake City

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a gem! All the dishes we ordered were flavorful and just amazing! Really nice atmosphere and a friendly and family atmosphere. Staff was wonderful and attentive. Can’t wait to go back!!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Disappointed. The food was not as tasty and good as expected, drinks were very expensive making the total cost much more than expected, and within 10 minutes of paying we were asked to leave because they wanted the table. For a business meeting it was embarrassing. Never again.
  3. LM

    LMNY

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chose to eat vegetarian - was delicious! The jackfruit biryani, the crispy okra, sweet and sour eggplant and spicy mushrooms were all wonderful. Highly recommend.
  4. PS

    PaulS

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Moderate selection, great flavors and super service.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent… service was great. Great pre-show location.
  6. SR

    ShefaliR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service and ambiance! Would definitely go back.
  7. L

    markL

    New York Area

    78 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Not the usual Indian fare. More “elevated” without losing authenticity Service was terrific
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Food was good. Server offered limited recommendations or details of various dishes. In all, OK.
  9. N

    Northwest

    Miami

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Eating at Saar Indian Bistro was a marvelous experience to be repeated. The dishes were prepared with incredible flavor. We savored every item we tried from the vegetarian dishes to the lamb to the dessert. Wow! Bravo!
  10. AA

    AARONK

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food with great service. They have very friendly staff. I give a shoutout to Rez, our waiter, who was great!
  11. k

    kellik

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food and a relaxing ambience prior to the theater
  12. s

    santosh

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great location for pre broadway show dinner . Good Indian bistro with great value. Highly recommend
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to dinner before our show, staff at Saar took great care of us!
  14. O

    Omnivore

    New York Area

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were delighted to be able to dine outdoors in pleasant surroundings of a covered area along the street at Saar. The Indian food was excellent and ample, our waiter Raj did a superb job with our orders, keeping our glasses filled, and bussing food and dishes. The seasonings had just the right spiciness with remarkable flavors. We enjoyed the tandoori chicken, the ground lamb, the vegetable biriani, the naan, and other special dishes. The dessert of Gajar ka Halwa (carrot pudding) was perfect, as we the unexpectedly delicious but rich Moong Dal Halwa (lentil pudding). We don't know what indoor dining is like at Saar, but outdoors couldn't have been more pleasant.
  15. DM

    DaniellaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, reasonable rates, we enjoyed
  16. L

    Lalaland

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good appetizers, fast service.
  17. JG

    JerryG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I love Indian food and this has become one of my favorite Indian restaurants in the City. The room is relaxed; the service attentive; the food spectacular. I've taken members of my team from work; clients; as well as my adult daughter (for father's day), and I've frequently taken out food. I've never been disappointed; I've frequently been pleasantly surprised with "new" "discoveries" on the menu.
  18. DA

    DebbieA

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time at Saar. It was amazing. Highly recommend and we will be back.
  19. DR

    DRUC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good was really good but the service was phenomenal!!! Had an amazing experience!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Raj was my server and provided the most exquisite customer service—I took his recommendation on the Butter Chicken + Basmati rice + Garlic naan, perfect! My cup of water was never empty, he recommended a perfect Cab to go with my dinner. The host was so beautiful and professional, she offered me a safe, corner booth to dine solo, where I felt comfortable in taking off my mask. I can’t say enough about Saar, and the experience I had with my host & server (Raj). Thank you so much, best experience I’ve had these past 2 months with my OpenTable reservations. I’m definitely coming back next week!!!
  21. AK

    AdamK

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food - best butter chicken we have had and delicious lamb and tandoori shrimp. The service was excellent - a very nice and attentive staff and fun atmosphere.
  22. k

    kykat

    New York Area

    41 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Get the lamb chops! They were wonderful! Everyone was so nice. We sat outside & enjoyed our meal with family & friends. I don't know what it's like inside.
  23. S

    Sirena

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely amazing but everything we ordered was spicy! Of course most Indian food is known to be spicy but everything we ordered had fire to it, even the items that our waiter said weren’t spicy at all. Usually I don’t mind a little heat but that night I had something irritating my tongue and the spicy food was aggravating it so just would’ve liked to have at least one option at the restaurant that could cool me down a bit. Other than that, everything was great! I loved the atmosphere, design and the drinks were delicious!
  24. RW

    RandyW

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fathers Day dinner at Saar. Food and service were incredible!! Can’t wait to return.
  25. AG

    AnnieGNYC

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Looking for excellent Indian Food in the Times Square area? This may be in a touristy location, but the food is anything but typical tourist-fare. Highly recommend!
  26. MR

    MRWH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Went to this restaurant for a post proposal party. They were quick to accommodate 9 people with just a day's notice. The service was a bit slow, bit the food was truly incredible. Expect to spend 50-70$ on a meal with drinks. Will definitely go back.
  27. N

    Noah

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful meal. Portions a bit small, but excellent cuisine.
  28. CD

    ChandrimaD

    Dallas

    17 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Nice people but drain is here near the claim they make their chef is Michelin starred! The service was acceptable at best. The drinks were mediocre and the dishes were fair. Nothing exceptional just your run of the mill Indian restaurant.
  29. S

    Sashi

    Philadelphia

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service. Chef Hemanth personally walks the floor talking to customers and making sure everything is to our satisfaction. Terrific and creative bartender who made a special masala chai cocktail for us to sample. Overall, one of the best Indian food in New York and possibly the US.
  30. MV

    MitraV

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, service, options on menu, ambience. Fantastic everything. WhT a place! Will go there again and again.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Really interesting Indian food with an American twist. Very tasty. Great attentive service.
  32. CG

    ChristineG

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Group of seven, arrived early and seated immediately. Food was delicious. Some of us were not familiar with Indian cuisine, so we tried lots of different starters: samosas, cauliflower latkes, chicken murg kestrel. All wonderful. Mains were equally good, with lots of new and wonderful options . Waitstaff was so helpful and friendly. Would definitely recommend!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food was delicious and the service was professional
  34. A

    Anonymous

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Disappointed for various reasons. The restaurant was empty when we arrived yet there was a question after we were seated as to switching tables as they were expecting to be full. It was hardly the case by the time we finished dining (~2 hrs). We ordered various apps: cauliflower latke, lasooni kebabs, entrees: malai kofta, chicken korma, stuffed paneer lababdar, and cochin black pepper chicken. Cauliflower latkes were 3 1-inch patties that had a crispy exterior but otherwise were tasteless and mushy. The accompanying cranberry chutney was not balanced. 2 variety of samosa seemed as they were from the frozen section of a grocery store - lacked filling and bland. The lasooni kebabs were tender but lacked the garlicky flavor the name implied. We were told black pepper chicken was spicy hence we ordered it - it was not spicy at all and portion was size of a squab. The korma was very mild but the chicken was tender. Koftas were 4 balls in a mild curry without any real Indian spice flavors. Paneer was not stuffed as name implied but the curry had balance. The naan were bit burnt and flat. The mojito was like watery lemonade without flavor. Overall would not recommend this restaurant if you want bold Indian flavors.
  35. l

    lovely

    New York Area

    44 reviews

    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We enjoyed our meal very much and will definitely come again.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    This was recommended by our local team and it had very authentic and delicious food at a reasonable price. The only downside was the service which struggled to keep our glasses filled with water and cold beer.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Two girlfriends and myself met up for dinner before seeing the Tina Turner show. It was the perfect start to the night. The food was delish and our servers were attentive. Would definitely recommend and go back.
  38. JV

    JamesV

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, great location and friendly staff. Surprisingly busy for a Monday evening.
  39. S

    Svaadisht

    New York Area

    210 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    210 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Major major disappointment. I’ve been before and liked this place very much but this time… our first three choices of appetizers were not available. Our fist three choices of main dishes—from shrimps to scallops to lamb chops were also unavailable. Our servers (1 man, 1 woman) were incredibly thick and confused. The glasses of wine —both red and white—were slightly off. Our third served was much much better and far more intelligent. The dishes we ended up with were very good, but simply not what we wanted. I will never return
  40. F

    Foodf

    New York Area

    57 reviews

    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Delicious food. Slow service but the servers were very pleasant and I didn’t need to be anywhere. Recommend this restaurant.

FAQs

Saar Indian Bistro does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Saar Indian Bistro also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (646) 609-2142.

Saar Indian Bistro is rated 4.4 stars by 332 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today
Google Map for Saar Indian Bistro

241 West 51st Street, New York, NY 10019

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between 8th Ave and Broadway

  • Neighborhood

    Theater District / Times Square

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 12:00 pm–8:45 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–9:45 pm

  • Cuisines

    Indian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Stamp Parking for up to three hours across the street from the restaurantABM Parking Service 1633 Broadway, New York, NY 10017

  • Public transit

    C, E, B, D, 1, N, R, Walking distance from Times Square Theater District

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Hemant Mathur & Surbhi Sahni

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (646) 609-2142

  • Catering

    Please visit www.saarcatering.com for more details.

  • Private party facilities

    Accept parties 20- 70 people in the main dining room.

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