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Saar Indian Bistro, New York, NY

Saar Indian Bistro

4.4
4.4
312 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

7:30 PM


Booked 21 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 312 people are saying

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

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    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!!!
  2. AK

    AdamK

    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.
  3. 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!
  4. RW

    RandyW

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

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

    AnnieGNYC

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 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!
  6. 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.
  7. N

    Noah

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful meal. Portions a bit small, but excellent cuisine.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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!
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. l

    lovely

    New York Area

    42 reviews

    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We enjoyed our meal very much and will definitely come again.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. JV

    JamesV

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2022

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

    BarelyOK

    New York Area

    207 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    207 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
  20. 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.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were 1/2 hour early for our pre theater dinner and the hostess was able to seat us immediately. We had a delicious meal and we were allowed to linger of drinks and coffee. Will definitely visit again!
  22. D

    Dani

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I highly recommend this Indian Restaurant. The food was delicious as was the service.
  23. NC

    NandiniC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food3service4ambience3
    Good food Quick service The paneer fingers are very tasty !
  24. P

    Pluti

    New York Area

    80 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This is our neighborhood Indian - the Tandoori tiger shrimp is yummy!
  25. S

    Satwant

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stayed in New York first time (8 days) and was pleasantly surprised with authentic home style food.
  26. SS

    SteveS

    Houston

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner for 4. We had 3 appetizers Shakarhandi Chaat, Samosa Chaat and a cauliflower appetizer and they were all excellent and the perfect amount for our group size. For dinner, we had the Chicken Tikka, Saag Paneer and a few vegetarian entrees and everyone was very happy with each. Service was also friendly so it made for a wonderful dining experience.
  27. f

    fitfreddie

    New York Area

    51 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was excellent
  28. RL

    RogerL

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We opened with Cauliflower latkes, kulcha and lasooni (chicken) kebabs ---all delicious and spiced well. Main courses included Malai Kofta (vegetarian), Salli boti (lamb stew), Tandoori Colorado Lamb (chops- not gamey and very tender)) and Tandoori Tiger Shrimp (big and delicious). We finished up with coffee and delicious desserts (rice pudding, gulab jamun (soft fried dough balls) and kaju kulfi (Indian cashew ice cream). Overall, an enjoyable and wonderfully tasty meal that excited the palates of our group.
  29. NY

    NewYorkGuy

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Really delicious Indian food at reasonable prices. Great location for pre- or post-theatre. Especially good were the mushroom appetizer, cauliflower latkes, prawn appetizer, onion kulcha, lamb chops. Highly recommended.
  30. RM

    RebeccaM

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superior wait staff with great advice on menu options. Wonderful selection of Starters. Food was delicious, authentic Indian. Interesting crispy okra dish. Bright and colorful space too in Midtown. We recommended our hotel concierge add this to his list of recommended Indian restaurants.
  31. A

    Annette

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and impeccable service even creating a dish not on the menu
  32. B

    Blues

    Savannah

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Excellent Indian food. Service was very good. Pre theater meal. Very timely seating, service and never felt rushed. Some of the best Indian food I’ve ever had.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    I’m often traveling between Chicago and NYC. Generally the restaurants are better quality here in NYC. However, this is my first bad experience with an Indian restaurant in NYC. The food and the service was low-quality relative to other Indian restaurants In the city. The samosas taste like they were purchased from the frozen dept at Costco. To add insult the waitress didn’t smile one time - despite my repeated attempts to be friendly - not to mention that the tables are way too close for comfort. I’ll give them another try later this year.
  34. j

    jonjohnoc

    Los Angeles

    57 reviews

    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was an exceptional meal. Indian food can be basically the same but this was elevated dining. Even better than the meals I had in India 🇮🇳
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I took my girlfriend for dinner and service was on point, food was delicious, can’t wait to go back again.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was absolutely delicious from the appetizers to the desserts! Highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who might be coming or living in New York! We will definitely be coming back to Saar.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family trip to celebrate my husband’s birthday.
  38. LS

    LeanneSF

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spent our anniversary out with a Broadway show and some Amazing Indian food at Saar! Ambiance, delicious food, great wines and kind hearted service! Great price point for the area and very clean! Raj our server went above and beyond to make us feel Special. We will be back!
  39. IG

    IraGoldfine

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time eating at Saar but we will be back often. The food was delicious, the menu had lots of interesting choices and the service was excellent. It is a short walk from the Broadway theaters and it is open all day so you can go there even if you have a 7:00 show to catch. My wife and I have always loved Indian cooking and this place really lived up to its reputation.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Saar exceeded our expectations at every level. The menu stood apart from the standard Indian restaurant fare, the staff was super attentive but not in your face, and it was just a super dining experience.

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 312 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 21 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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