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Sapphire serves multiregional fare in an airy, serene space. The food is well worth its price, and the prix fixe lunch is quite a buy. Minimum is $25.00 per person
New York, NY 10023
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm;
Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
A,B,C,D 19 Columbus Circle
Vajay Bhargava/ Guman Saugh
Full Bar, Wine
Sapphire Ratings and Reviews
Second visit, both pre-theater at Lincoln Center. Arrived early but was promptly seated while waiting for dinner guest. The staff is all male (why? seems to be a feature of some Indian restaurants I've visited); the men who bring water and clear plates etc are polite but very formal which is a bit disconcerting. The waiter was very friendly. Food was good - combination of fish and vegetarian apps and main courses. Décor is a bit dated but everything was clean and neat. Bathroom was very clean too. Able to complete meal in plenty of time for 7:30 curtain. Would return.
The dining room was quite loud. The delivery drivers were back and forth through the restaurant during our entire meal and the food was mediocre at best. I ordered Chicken Tikka Masala, which should be a home-run for any legit Indian restaurant. Instead, they had clearly pre-cooked some chicken breasts in the oven and dropped them into the sauce just before putting it on the table. The chicken was dry, not dark meat cooked in the sauce as it should have been. The shrimp appetizer was not edible. The samosas tasted like the oil hadn't been changed in the fryer in months. Overall this was a disappointing experience.
We've dined at Sapphire numerous times and always enjoyed our experiences. This time service was poor. We sat at the bar first; that waiter was attentive, pleasant and a good server. When taken to our table the waiter was bordering unfriendly. Food did come quickly and was adequate. However, no one checked our table while we ate. Not once were water glasses refilled. Mine was empty. We waited awhile for dessert menus; not even then was my glass filled. We ordered kulfi for dessert. It wasn't a true kulfi but kulfi flavored ice cream.
Unfortunately we won't be returning. New York City is filled with so many good dining experiences.
The food was very nice (garlic naan was outstanding) but somewhat over priced considering the ingredients and portions. Nice dining room and service, but the coffe we ordered was so terrible that we had to go to a Starbucks for an espresso. And I don’t even like Starbucks.
Best Indian food in the Upper West Side/Columbus Circle. We eat here more than any single local restaurant ... And for us that includes crossing the GWB.
Why? The dishes are extremely tasty and consistently well prepared. The service is exceptional and the atmosphere is clean and classy.
Highly recommend this to anyone looking for delicious food in the UWS.
My wife and I were happy to be enjoying dinner at one of our favorite Indian restaurants, following a truly special concert at the Philharmonic. It was still early, and of course the noise level was favorably affected by that. We were familiar with the menu and chose several of our favorites, including the scallop appetizer and the Mango Shrimp. Service was impeccable and friendly, which, understandably, is not always the case at a later hour.
I've been going to Sapphire for years whenever I'm in the Columbus Circle neighborhood. The best thing about it is its consistency! You will never get a bad meal there, the service will be attentive but not too flashy, and the food will be high quality. If you go pre-performance at J@LC, they will get you in and out with plenty of time to spare. It is a very solid option overall.
I always enjoy dining at this elegant establishment. It is brightly lit, civilized clientele, and, most importantly, food is excellent. Service is great, and you don't need to worry about picking up cooking odors like you might have experienced at other ethnic food restaurant. Highly recommended.
Reception by staffmember who may have been the owner was quite unfriendly, and it took a long time before anyone came to our table. It was a very cold day and even though we were seated far away from windows and door it was cold enough so that one of us had to put on her coat. Letting the staff know that it was too cold brought no response. Pluses are that the restaurant is usualy quiet and there are good vegan choices.
The food here is consistently very good. The lamb chops are outstanding. A family favorite. My rating is lower than usual because the restaurant was just cold. Everyone sat around with their coats on. Asked them to turn up heating but they told us it is not theirs to control. Chicken Marsala is also a favorite.
The food was great as always and the service was excellent. Tried a new salmon dish which was wonderful. The waiter had the kitchen adjust the sauce on one of the meals to accommodate an aversion to onions. The restaurant's close proximity to Lincoln Center was a real plus as it was freezing outside.
One of our favorites near Lincoln Center, Sapphire provides consistently good food in very pleasant surroundings. The portions are a little small, the prices are a little high and the service can be a little slow. However, the food is delicious and presented well, and they'll get you out in time for your show or nearby movie. Plus, unlike so many other restaurants these days, you can actually have a conversation at the table without shouting over the music. We have never been disappointed with a meal at Sapphire and plan to return again and again.
Wonderful ambiance. Space broken up so noise level is reduced. Nice, attentive wait staff and management. Food was good - loved the Naan (bread) and ice cream flavors (fig ice cream was amazing) especially. Nice classy place with good food at reasonable prices. We stayed for 3 hours and were not rushed out. I will definitely go here again.
Since it is 2 times the cost of typical Indian restaurants, you would expect the food to be much better than it is. The menu states each diner must have a minimum of $25 in food, which is unusual, to say the least. We had concert tickets at Lincoln Center and literally were running to the concert, since our grim faced waiter dragged his feet in giving us the bill and we had to have the maitre d intervene. The combination of high cost [$91 for 2 chicken entrees, only one glass of wine, no appetizers, and one dessert], just ok food, and unpleasant waitstaff means we will not return. The restaurant was only one third full, so other diners may have come to a similar conclusion.
It been a few years since I visited at Sapphire and early in the meal I was reminded of the reason.
The food was good. The overall experience very poor.
Despite the restaurant being more than half empty, waiters came our table at great and annoying frequency asking if they could clear our plates. I typically welcome an attentive waiter, though these numerous visits to our table took place while the various courses was still being consumed, literally minutes after being placed on the table. The experience feels rude and rushed. Were the restaurant bustling, with a line of waiting patrons, this sort of behavior would have been somewhat understandable. As mentioned, the place was more than half empty.
To conclude the experience, the waiter hovered over our table as I was making payment, carefully studying the tip amount. Again, not exactly professional.
I will not be coming back.
We had reservations through open table and arrived a few minutes early. Although our reservation was for two people we were seated at a table for three with a reserved placard on the table. After we had settled in and reviewed the menu we were told by management that we had to move to a table in the back of the restaurant because this table was reserved for someone else! No apology or offer of compensation in the form of a free beverage or appetizer was offered for the inconvenience..in fact the tone of voice was rude. At the end of the meal the wine glass was grabbed out of the hand of one of the guests. This used to be our go to place when attending performances at Lincoln Center...but no more. Making guests feel welcome is an essential part of the dining experience.
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