Sapphire

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$30 and under
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Indian

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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
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3.7based on recent ratings
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3.7
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3.4
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vipssesse
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this restaurant has always been amazing. great service, great food, nice people.

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vipKeljonhorst
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We always love dining at Sapphire. Delicious food in an understated setting with fine service.

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viptomaszs
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

glad they are back! outdor on B-way with great quality Indian.

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vipSpangleNYC
New York Area
90 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy eating at Sapphire. There is good outdoor space as well as additional tables at the end of the indoor area which opens completely to the sidewalk area. Service was very attentive and the food was absolutely delicious: we had flavorful garlic naan, complementary lentil chip papadum with two spicy sauces, the spicy shrimp (4 large ones) appetizer with a wonderful sauce, chicken tikka masala (tangy & well seasoned) and a very fresh (bright green) palak paneer. Can’t top that for a fabulous dinner! We’d highly recommend the restaurant, now in its new location.

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vipeatout
Miami
30 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

With one exception the dishes we had were disappointing. We looked forward to being satisfied as we have been in the past. We were very unhappy.

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vipHardlee
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience1

First of all, I was concerned with this restaurants covid precautions. Table cloths not a good idea. Are they changed between customers? The staff was not wearing gloves as they do in other outside restaurants. The menus were used again, also not done in other restaurants. Either online menus or paper disposable menus.

Our server was very pleasant and made suggestions.

The food was okay, not great. I had the chicken jalfrezi, which was over cooked and tough. The lemon rice was delicious. My husband liked his salmon. My gin and tonic was perfect!

The outside tables were spaced apart but the restaurant was unfortunately under scaffolding which is so ugly. It would have been nice to have some plantings/flowers around the edge — maybe some decorations on the metal poles.

However, I like this location better than the other one. Hoping you can make it during these troubled times. I live in the neighborhood and am happy there is an Indian restaurant here.

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vipJudyH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were excellent. We enjoyed our meal and were glad we went. We will be back

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vipNYContheroad
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We always enjoy eating at Sapphire, for the delicious food from different regions of India and the attentive service. It continues to be a good pre-Lincoln Center option in its new location.

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vipBarbaraF
New York Area
447 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a wonderful dinner at Sapphire after a play at LCT3. The food was delicious and reasonably priced.

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ElizabethJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the old Sapphire and were anxious to try the restaurant at its new location. It is much smaller, but pretty and very comfortable; and the food is fabulous. Evidently other people agree because customers kept coming in the whole time we were there, which was from 8:00 p.m. until about 9:30 on a Saturday. We did miss the waitstaff from the original Sapphire, but the new staff was friendly and efficient, and the always gracious owner was behind the bar and very approachable. We will be back.

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vipTerinka
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Food was good. Place not nearly as elegant or atmospheric as the old location. Service was slow and unresponsive. We needed our check to leave in time for the opera but didn’t get it until 20 minutes after the first of our five requests to three different servers. I’m

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vipQuatorze
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Better Indian food than average. We always used to order take-out from here - wish they would do so again.

Food was OK. Some tasty, and good portions, but my tandoori chicken was a bit dry.

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vipAwful
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Phony prices on your website. Everything in the restaurant was at least 50% more costly than listed, some nearly double in price. It is a disgrace to keep these phony prices on your site. On top of that the food I ordered, Rogan Josh was insipid, the worst I have ever had in an Indian restaurant. The pity is that Sapphire was an excellent restaurant in its old location. They had better change their chef and post honest prices online.

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vipEricH
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We have always enjoyed Sapphire's and at the new location it has become more lively. This is also associated with more noise, but the level is acceptable. The lamp ribs as an appetizer are excellent. We definitely will return.

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Regulars
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience1

Hug different from the previous location with much less space, poor decor, noisy.

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vipupperwest
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day, they gave out a flower. Very nice.

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vipRubyChewsday
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

The food was not served hot enough and every time the front door opened, cold air came into dining area, cooling food off more. The service was perfunctory, wait staff didn't smile or otherwise act cordial. Food took a long time to arrive. The vegetable clay pot was dry and rather flavorless but the ginger chicken and saag were tasty. "Uninspired" pretty much sums up the experience. But it was a nice gesture to have a pleasant woman offer us a flower as we left, in recognition of Valentine's Day.

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SuzanneR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

They moved to a new location. New chef. Just the name is the same!

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SeanP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious food from the same chef at their prior location.

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vipCynthiaK
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was tasty but too spicy. They did give me yogurt and rice to tame the fire and that was very helpful.

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SamS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were quite distressed when Sapphire, our favorite Indian restaurant, closed a few months ago. We were DELIGHTED when learned they re-opened on Broadway near 68th Street. Our dinner this evening was excellent. Great food, great ambiance, its wonderful to find our old friend has returned!! Looking forward to trying their lunch menu.

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vipJeffreyG
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Ordered papadam to start and entrees. Papadam forgotten, entrees arrived, then papadam. Bad. Food is considerably more expensive than when it was located near 61 and 62nd street. Food continues to be tasty with warm good spiciness and good breads. Rather noisy and tables close together. Previous location had lots of room around each table and was quite and more elegant. It has lost some of its quiet classiness.

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vipjcjc
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

changed locations but just as great!! authentic Indian food in a nice as ambiance

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Used to really like sapphire when they were in their other locations. Very disappointed

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vipMeenalL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Food is too bland tasting, not even a little bit authenticity in their food. Menu is very limited and prices are unfair for the taste they provide. If you're not looking for good Indian food then you can go there. Otherwise, it's a complete waste of money.

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NYer
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience1

Have always enjoyed dining at Sapphire in their prior location. They had to move because the building they were in for years is being torn down.
The new/current space has high ceilings and a tile floor which makes it very noisy. I really hope they address this issue as it’s too difficult to hear your friends speak without leaning in and having them shout.
The service wasn’t very good as there was only one waiter for the entire restaurant. When we finally received our bill, we were charged more for an entree than what was reflected on the menu. It was corrected but again, with just one server, it took so long that we agreed our patience had worn thin.
The food, however, was delicious. Won’t give up on this restaurant as I’m hoping they’ll correct the noise and service issue once they are acclimated with their new space.

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vipJoan
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Lovely staff. Neighborhood gem as well as destination restaurant.

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PaulS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

First time I was there since they moved. Monday night so not very busy. Food was great. The room was disappointing especially considered to their former place. I hope they will improve the decorations
to make it warmer and more Indian.

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vipBarbaraM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been a big fan of Sapphire for many years. The move has not hurt their food and service at all. Still great food, responsive and gracious welcome and service. Still one of my favorites in the Lincoln Center area.

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vipDisappointing
New York Area
180 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Before their recent move, I probably went to Sapphire a half dozen times a year for 10 years pre-Lincoln Center. I was so looking forward to their reopening, but what a major disappointment!!! Unlike the old beautiful upscale decor, this new place is dull and depressing and uncomfortable. The wine list is practically non-existent--5 whites were on offer and all were sweet. (Out of the 5 whites, why-oh-why would they have TWO gewurztraminers?) We had to settle for no wine at all. Appetizers (which I used to long for at the old Sapphire) were vapid. Our main courses and the rice and the nan were all served cold. I mean COLD! When we sent them back they must have nuked the dishes...the lamb was dry and beyond chewey. Jumbo shrimps chewier and actually tasted a bit off. Zero flavor to anything. The host/waiter was pleasant and apologetic but seemed to not have a clue about anything. Never again, sadly!

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vipRubyChewsday
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The new location is attractive, there are interesting items on the menu you don't usually see in Indian restaurants. The ginger chicken was delicious. The house red wine was very good. If the prices were lower, I'd consider this my first choice for neighborhood Indian food.

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vipGiselle
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent Indian food in a comfortable, spacious dining room. The decor is not yet as pretty as in their former location but they just reopened.

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vipGhiottone
New York Area
128 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I rarely write reviews like this, but I rarely choose restaurants this bad. Sapphire in its new location (the old Sapphire down the block was pretty good, as I recall) is disgraceful. The room is barren of any decoration (who cares? I'm there for the food); the staff was at the same time intrusive and incompetent (again, who cares? I'm there for the food). And then we get to the food. The best thing was the (presumably store-bought) chutney. The tandoori was inedible. It had certainly never seen a real tandoori oven. Lukewarm chicken of uncertain vintage with a kind of pasty coating on it that they didn't even take the trouble of browning beyond a sickly gray color. Lamb slightly better but only by the very low standard set by the tandoori. Depressing surroundings, borderline unhealthy food.

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vipunsatisfied
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience1

First, they had no record of my open table reservation. However, later (while we were still in the restaurant) they reported that we had not kept the reservation and that it was cancelled. Now you ask us for a review. We were used to the original Sapphire on Broadway and 63rd which we really liked. They have now moved to this new location. The decor of the original restaurant is missing. The food is okay but not up to the previous standard and the presentation lacked the charm of their predecessor. The new Sapphire only recently opened so they may need some time to come into full gear.

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butron
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Not as nice as it used to be, and service also not as good as it was in their previous location. Still, food is good and service is good enough.

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vipBlethynH
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Decor is near zero, and place was understaffed when we ate there. Better to take out.

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vipEileen
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They have moved into new quarters and luckily the old staff is still around. Many of the old patrons have moved along with them. The food is still very good and we enjoyed a nice, pleasant meal.

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Amla
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

For that price, the food and service were incredibly disappointing. Will not be going back.

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vipDanW
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Decent food, and nice waiters and host. But we were sandwiched in pretty tight, despite the restaurant being sparsely populated, and it sometimes took a while to get the attention of any waiter, let alone our own. We wound up being late to a movie because it took 15 minutes to get our check.

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vipAlBart
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We ate early (6:00 pm). Service was ok, a bit slow at the end. We shared appetizer, chicken vindaloo, bread and a veggie dish. Food was ok, but not amazing. Bill was fairly expensive considering we had no drinks and shared the meal.

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