Saar Indian Bistro

4.4
102 reviews
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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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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had dinner before a show and it was delish! Servers were so friendly and accommodating!

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MA
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

First visit was mediocre, second visit was horrendous. Waitress had a huge attitude and the food was average.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice place, nice ambiance... enjoyed my food.

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OT
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best "new" for us restaurant we have eaten at in some time and it is without question a "keeper". The food is interesting, innovative and delicious. The service was excellent. Location very convenient in the theatre district. We will be going back and taking our friends. In particular, the Tiger Shrimp dish was superb and the saag paneer (which i order at every Indian meal) perhaps the best I've ever had. Lamb ribs and cauliflower latkes also great. Just a wonderful restaurant experience!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for business lunch. Service was attentive. Food was excellent. I definitely plan on coming back in the evening for dinner.

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TC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good food beautifully presented. Okra salad is a must. Surprisingly nice experience for theater district.

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H
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great service, delicious food, conveniently located for theater district and an extensive drink/cocktail menu. Lots of interesting food selections, all cooked to perfection. Decor is basic, but it more than makes up for that in amazing food and great service. We will return.

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a
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Really wanted to love this place, especially after reading about the Michelin-starred chef and numerous glowing four and five star reviews, but I ultimately left my lunch feeling unsatisfied. The problem is that in an effort to make this place" Indian-modern", they've taken all the soul out of what makes for me a transcending, exotic experience when I go to an Indian restaurant. The décor has the touchstones you'd expect, lively patterns on upholstery, an elaborate mural, vibrant colors, but during the day, the lighting is stark and white like a big box store. Not cozy. We had the $18.50 lunch special with choice of two menu options which seemed like a good deal. The portions are adequate to miniscule. I was looking forward to the cauliflower "latke", which was tasty, but was more like two tiny cauliflower "knishes" with a tiny dab of cranberry jam on top. Nothing else with it and it ate a bit dry. The tomato watermelon salad was a sad dish of tiny cubes of sweet melon and off-season tomatoes in a water dressing and tasted very bland to me, although others liked it. We had the stuffed paneer entree, which was small triangles of crisped paneer in a pool of garden variety Tikka sauce. Worst offense was the naan, which came out looking pillowy and temptingly golden, but tasted sweet, with an aftertaste of baking soda, like a Bisquick pancake. If these dishes had been served on trays in a takeout, I may have been more forgiving, but I was not impressed. The service was very casual, friendly and attentive.

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OZ
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

This place has a lot of potential. It's not the usual Indian menu. It's quite creative and draws a bit from other cuisines--cauliflower latkes anyone? I would recommend that they tell people that the goat curry has bones in it before they order it, especially since the similar lamb stew had no bones. The service could be sharper since the prices are more fine dining than downtown 6th street. Be careful if you order a Manhattan and don't specify the booze. Their drink menu has what they call a Manhattan, but it's made with rum! Not in Manhattan is a Manhattan made with rum.

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DA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! We loved it! We will definitely be eating here again and will recommend to others.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Ate before a show- glad I got there a little early because as it got busy the service was slower and afraid I would have missed my show- food was great!!

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t
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wish I had more room to try more dishes. Great variety, everything looked great. Our food was delicious.

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f
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service and ambiance all top notch

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JF
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We picked Saar for a number of reasons. It is incredibly close to the Gershwin theatre, they know the ingredients of all their food and label each dish as gluten free or vegan, and we love Indian food. Saar did not disappoint. The food was great, so flavorful and the gluten free options are abounding. Prices were fair for location. You can see the theatre from inside it's so close. Service was very good. Will absolutely return.

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NA
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Overall a fair experience. Food was average. Nothing exceptional. Service was great and they did all they could to make us feel comfortable. Noise level was a bit high.

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r
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Interesting eclectic menu. Really good saag paneer.

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AE
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Barbara is the Best , very knowledgeable and engaging with customers.

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TV
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience and very close to theatre. Food was exceptional.

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f
New York Area
144 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious Cauliflower Latkes with cranberry chutney ( more a jam...) and the chicken kebabs with a cool mung bean salad and mint yogurt dip. The Mango Lassi was addictive!
Like the modernity of the Indian dishes and great specials for lunch with a choice of 2 (appetizer & main) or 3 dishes dishes (dessert added) -I’d like to return for dinner and a show with others!

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Meal, Great Service.

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LE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

our first time ..we will be back...super experience all aspects

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G
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing best indian ever. Beautiful decor lush seating exquisite food and bar. Service above reproach

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SS
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it...highly recommend

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M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The service was warm and helpful. Waitstaff was honest and clear about which plates might go together and how much was enough. They did not try to add on food you wouldn't eat. The only downside is that for some strange reason both times I was there it took too long to get water and menus even though it wasn't busy. Once we did that, the service was swift and personable. It is expensive but the food is outstanding,

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BM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall my wife and I enjoyed our experience at Saar. It was our first time and they didn’t disappoint. Sunil, the manager, was extremely attentive and provided excellent recommendations. We ordered several appetizers to try different items, and one main meal which we shared. Although vegetarian options were limited, the choices were tasty. The mushroom risotto was my favorite. We plan to come back.

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M
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was very good with a little twist on standard Indian fare.

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J
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had a very early dinner at Saar - 5:30 before theater so the restaurant was very empty when we got there which is always a negative in my mind, but understandable. The food was really delicious, very different. We had an eggplant appetizer - delicious, smokey, nice flavors- and a fried spinach leaves with a cauliflower latke - also delicious. For dinner we had scallops and black pepper chicken with yellow dal side dish. Everything was delicious. Very nice service too. Our waitress was helpful and attentive but not hovering.

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G
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

It's about time Indian food got a revision.

Most indian restaurants in the USA stick to the standard menu of tired old colonial interpretations of indian food tuned to a Western palate. Tired and boring

Saar has taken the essence of Indian cuisine, the spices and textures and put a new twist on them, Cauliflower Latkes were perfectly spiced, although the cranberry sauce could have been more of a chutney), the boti kababs were beautifully made and you could actually taste the lamb. The jackfruit biryani (a rare treat for me) was the perfect accompliment to the chicken chettinand.

Service was attentive without being too overbearing.

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LO
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our new go-to Indian spot for a pre or post theater meal. The food was well prepared and delicious, and the service was excellent. It's a pretty restaurant and great for couples or groups

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S
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

There are not a lot of good options pre-theater near Times Square, but this is definitely one for the list. The food is great. The atmosphere is laid back and fun. The lamb was especially tender. We will be back.

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SE
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Indian tapas-small plates.
Creative and authentic
Val was terrific

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RT
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, great experience.

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JV
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, it was delicious and looked amazing. The service was outstanding.

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S
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

Service was warm and welcoming but food was not good. I felt sick after eating at the restaurant

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l
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

The worst ever. Overpriced want to be Indian cuisine. It was so bad could not even eat it. What the hell the white sauce was on all the meat is anyone's guess. Want Indian tandoori or bread forget about it not even on the menu. Run Run Run

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L
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

A modern take on Indian food. Food was good however the Saag Paneer was wonderfully prepared but was missing "something", maybe salt, seemed a bit bland. The butter chicken was terrific, but as a main course there was not much chicken in it. spicy smoked eggplant appetizer was terrific.

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m
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We came for a pretheatre dinner based on a notice about the opening of the restaurant in the NY times. It's a perfect location and the food, service and ambiance are a perfect beginning to the evening.
We

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LL
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Stylish decor, casual ambience, very good creative Indian food. Service was excellent. Great place for pre-theatre lunch or dinner.

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RK
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

We had dinner before theater. The food is excellent, but the service can be improved. It is hard to get the staff's attention as they seem to congregate in the center and ignore the tables at the sides. They did not come to ask for a second drink or refill the glasses of wine.

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s
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful, modern decor. Impeccable, friendly service. Chill vibe and ambience. Amazing food -- including options for my vegan husband! We see a lot of Broadway shows and Saar is perfect for the occasion. We are so excited to have discovered it. Stands out among all the other restaurants we've been to in the theater district (and it feels like we've been to them all). We'll be back soon!

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