Saar Indian Bistro

4.6
245 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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vipNanaBanana
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food….. caring manager…. Attentive waiter.

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vipPluti
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Interesting Indian restaurant with different dishes - pretty setting and very welcoming & kind staff - we always come back here as it's the best in the neighborhood

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HariD
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good Infian restaurant. Ambiance and food excellent.

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vipRajiv
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taste of dishes were unique, presentation was excellent and an enjoyable experience overall

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and ambience. Highly recommend it.

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ParagP
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was superb. Very tasty. We chose to sit outside. My only complain is with the portion / price. I understand that it is in NYC but the quantity you get for what you pay is shocking. $23 for Paneer and you get four pieces of Paneer. That said this was the best Paneer I have ever had.

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vipNotBad
New York Area
185 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Finally a great Indian restaurant on midtown/upper west side! Unusual and delicious dishes. Exceptional service from a very welcoming host to a helpful server to a charming busboy.

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Kaypur
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The food and atmosphere were wonderful but the waitress was so unpleasant and cold that it’s really did affect our dining experience. If she doesn’t want to be interacting with diners then she shouldn’t ruin the otherwise lovely meal.

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vipRocky
New York Area
112 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently one of the very best Indian restaurants in NYC. Friendly, efficient service. Excellent value, especially considering the location.

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TraumaS
New England
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience eating at Saar. I would definitely recommend it to people visit when they are in NYC

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vipSunilH
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food and service

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

They were severely understaffed. The waitress ever brought it up. 20 minutes to order a drink, another 20 to order food, 20 minutes to get a check. Food was really good and the kitchen seemed to be better staffed. It wasn't very busy when we went, maybe half full. Out of two of the beers we tried to order.

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vipPearlybaker
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. Cocktails were excellent!

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Divya
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice experience overall

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Alberto
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excelente servicio y comida, la ubicación muy buena y la atención de la mesera de lo mejor

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vipjgold
New York Area
81 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dinner at Saar was an absolute delight! The food is outrageously delicious and the service is impeccable, professional, and friendly. Sonny, the maitre d', is sincere in his effort to please. Every recommendation he gave us (when asked), turned out to be excellent. We ate outside so there was some street noise but it did not lessen the quality of our meal. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Armature.
Food was cold. No atmosphere. Very quiet surroundings.

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vipRocky
New York Area
112 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this restaurant. This time, had the chicken korma and the grilled scallops-delicious.
Excellent cocktails and service. A real winner.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Friends birthday

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ingridh
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding cuisine and friendly and efficient service!

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vipChrisE
Yorkshire
9 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good authentic Indian food but limited menu.
18% Automatic tips applied to the bill but then requesting additional gratuity which is excessive for this level of restaurant and the service provided.

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vipLancelot
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We relied on our host to select our vegetarian dinners after our samosa tasting and bharta, both of which were delicious. He also kept his eye on our drinks to make sure we did not go without. The restaurant was pretty, comfortable, took Covid precautions seriously and felt like a cozy haven within a big city. Despite having an enticing dessert list, we were too full to partake, but we'll be back!

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vipDanielaR
New York Area
134 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Clean and pleasant .. lunch or dinner — it’s great ..

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vipTinaT
Grand Rapids
18 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A unique Indian fusion menu we had wonderful cauliflower latkes. All the food was excellent. The dessert made with lentils was amazing. You must try this restaurant if you want a flavor extravaganza.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best place I ever ate in NYC and the best service I ever had too. Sunny really made it special for us. What a wonderful server!!

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vipGraceC
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have not been here since lockdown in March. And as soon as we started eating we wondered why? The food here is stunning, so good. And the service is perfect. Definitely recommend.

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amitc
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was amazing
Unfortunately the people were too loud next to our table
Food was par excellence

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was absolutely delightful! Even my partner who never savors his food noticably slowed down saying that it would be a shame to eat it so fast. Our waitress was sweet and attentive and the interior design was colorful and inviting. The only minus was the temperature which was on the colder side. I was wearing a long sleeve dress with leggings underneath and still had to put on my coat...although that might be part of covid-regulation. Anyhow, I think it's a fantastic restaurant especially for the value and I'll most definitely be back!

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vippeeps26
London
40 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Have been here many times pre-COVID. Sat outside. They had "happy hour" special so we got beers for $5 each. We had the sweet potato chaat app and then the lunch special. They never overcook their chicken, The veggies that came with it were great. We weren't thrilled with the yellow daal but we have always preferred daal makni.

Overall, this hit the spot.

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vipchefmeche
New York Area
174 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Everything was good but not quite as good as last month. They brought the mains before the apps and we sent them back. Perhaps it's my imagination but it seems they cut back on the portion size.

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vipRocky
New York Area
112 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

My favorite Indian restaurant in Manhattan. Loved the chicken korma and okra salad during our last meal there.

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vipGertie23
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing. I cannot rate them highly enough. I asked for a recommendation and we were treated to a curated meal from the extremely helpful and engaging staff. Every dish was well explained and delicious. I will absolutely be returning and FREQUENTLY. Portions, service, and quality make for a very fair price.

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vipCasinoVisitor
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always this restaurant doesn’t fail to deliver. The grill stuff is what we enjoy most and the salmon tikka and lasooni Kababs were amazing. The kulcha and laccha parathas were perfect and even though the outdoor seating seemed bold for a nippy evening; the food and Cabernet made sure we were warm. Sometimes it’s just good to go to a place that you know you won’t be disappointed.

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vipDanielaR
New York Area
134 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is really better than any other Indian restaurant on the West side. Chicken korma is plentiful and excellent. Starters are all good but the lamb kabob is beyond good. They are set up so you can eat in the street and it’s quiet and they have made it very pretty and the ownership and servers are grateful to have guest and provide excellent service. Definitely going back there regularly!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BEST INDIAN FOOOOD EVER!!!!

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vipGraceC
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food here is always amazing. It is not your usual Indian fare, the menu is full of very different flavours. We love it here. And the staff and the owner are always very welcoming.

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vipKash
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We have been to Saar before for dinner & the food was delicious! This time we went for lunch & felt like the food didn’t taste the same. The chicken pieces were smaller, the paneer was not soft. The service seemed slow as well.

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vipYummy
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Solid Indian and convenient location

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I’m having trouble understanding the star rating for this restaurant. Perhaps it would have been a different experience for people who are not vegetarian. Except for one appetizer, the vegetarian options and sides were bland and uninspired.
Service was good until half way through, then non existent. We wondered if we had somehow offended our server, though we had not complained.
I would suggest that vegetarians consider another place.

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FrankB
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Really tasty food (the chicken was delicious).
Excellent deal.
Convenient location in the Theater District,

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 4.6 stars by 245 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.