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Permanently Closed - Saro Bistro

4.2
26 reviews
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$30 and under
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Eastern European
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Saro is an Eastern European Balkan Bistro that celebrates the eclectic seasonal cuisine of culinary treasures left by two long lost empires – The Austro–Hungarian empire & the Ottoman empire. The idea behind Saro is sharing that Eastern–European warmth with New-Yorkers, offering a cuisine which is new by recreating the old. Chef and Owner Eran Elhalal often simply puts it as: "Comfort food you did not get to grow up eating".
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Eastern European, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 6:00 PM - 1:00 AM, Friday - Saturday: 6:00 PM - 2:00 AM, Sunday: 6:00 PM - 1:00 AM
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Phone number
(212) 505-7276
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Eran Elhalal
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Catering
Saro does offer catering in special cases - please contact the restaurant directly with any questions.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Delancey
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Public transit
The F, M, J or Z trains to Essex Street station.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2  based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.3
service
4.0
ambience
Noise · Moderate
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vipZtaKED (New England)
1.0  Dined on November 12, 2016

This restaurant no longer exists. Changed ownership and renamed. Booked a reservation. Showed up and had nowhere to go.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2012

We found this place through Open Table and I have to say that all the good reviews are true! Saro Bistro serves rustic Eastern European cuisine and it's good! The staff was also extremely friendly and the chef even came out to talk to us about the food.

Another plus was the old fashioned granny style interior, very cute tea cups and the music.

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vipacle (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 14, 2012

Great food. Only negative was that the service was a tad slow but otherwise, it is definitely worth a try!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 11, 2012

Charming, intimate restaurant with friendly staff and excellent food!

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on September 19, 2012

Imaginative and tasty dishes bursting with flavor.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on September 15, 2012

Epitome of a local restaurant gem. Exquisite food that's very personal, based on the owner's grandmother's recipes and recipes from his home region of the Balkans. Absolutely wonderful!

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vipJOHNL (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on May 26, 2012

Chef/owner Eran Elhalal provided hospitable consideration for my wife and me during our memorable visit to Saro Bistro.
We were welcomed like family by his waitress and attended to as friends who just met by Eran himself.
Come to enjoy the food, wine and everyone you are with at Saro.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on May 12, 2012

Lovely little restaurant with a unique menu. The food was excellent and the service friendly and attentive. It's always a good sign when the chef makes it a point to stop by your table. Would definitely go back.

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vipMrCPW (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on April 18, 2012

Start with a unique menu, add perfect food preparation, with highly attentive service. Sara Bistro is a restaurant where you immediately feel welcome. The octopus salad was delicious as an appetizer. This was followed by a crispy deboned Cornish hen. The smoked paprika flavor was a perfect flavor compliment. A Turkish coffee served piping hot to end the meal was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on April 5, 2012

This tiny bistro was a real neighborhood Gem! They surprised me with service (so friendly, and nice), food and deco. Love to come back again soon!

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vipPTCNYC (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on March 30, 2012

I dined here as part of a group of 6. I was immediately charmed by the intimate space and the warm and friendly service. All members of the group seemed pleased with their food choices. I had a goat cheese/mint salad and the Rabbit Duo. I could certainly recommend both!

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vipLLLL (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on March 4, 2012

Fantastic! And with dishes that you don't get at every other restaurant.

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vipsashazoe1 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2011

Food is excellent and service friendly. We had a great evening and will definitely be back.

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NikV (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 22, 2011

The two Croats acommpanying me at the table were pleasantly surprised by the quality and authenticity of the food. They have a decent regional wine selection to boot. The chef is not only talented but is thoughtful as well, taking time to share his personal (and facinating!) history with the table.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on September 24, 2011

Really unique, authentic Balkan food in the Lower East Side. You will NOT be rushed through your meal and if you come for brunch you will have the pleasure of sampling some in house fruit syrups along with sparkling wine. I have been there for both brunch and dinner and cannot wait to go back for my next experience. Also, check out their various types of "hash" at brunch.

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Dimitri (New England)
4.0  Dined on September 10, 2011

Great niche restaurant. Excellent food. The chef took the time to come out and explain how he prepared all our meals (granted, we were the only table there, but it was a nice gesture). Small and intimate setting. Will definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on September 10, 2011

Our group seems to have had brunch in every location in the Lower East Side except for this place and we have definitely been missing out by not frequenting Saro Bistro. We were there on a Saturday afternoon. The place was quiet, but not deserted. We were greeted by two friendly staff members and eventually by the chef himself. Food was excellent and enjoyed by all. The burger was particularly tasty.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 29, 2011

What a gem! To start, the place is incredibly pretty and cozy. It's tiny, but in a very appealing, romantic way. The restaurant very much has an old world European feel to it. Perhaps the type of place you would find on a Parisian side street.

As for the food--spectacular! Days later I'm still haunted by the lamb. It was perfectly fatty and melted in my mouth; so flavorful. My friend loved her kebabs, especially the eggplan fritters that came with it. And the wines were an interesting discovery. They were terrific! I did not know Croatians wines were reputed to be so good.

And the service was amazing too! The charming chef came out to personaly greet us. He puts his heart and soul into this gem of a restaurant. My new neighborhood

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Dianekde (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 13, 2011

The staff was so friendly and giving. I was intrigued to try the regional cuisine and it was really, really good.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 3, 2011

As I'm writing this I realize that I don't want to write this review because this place is amazing. My girlfriend and I went for an anniversary and it was one of the best dinning experiences I've had in NYC. The place is small and the owner is there almost all of the time. He is very involved in the business and appears to love talking to the patrons.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on June 25, 2011

A great experience altogether. A remarkable chef who clearly loves what he's doing.
Looking toward to go and try those Kababs.

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vipygalai (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on June 12, 2011

This little gem is a fantastic restaurant. The food is as good as any chef's restaurant in the city I've been to, yet the place is unpretentious and casual enough to be fun. I'm no expert on Eastern European food, but everything we ate was delicious and fresh (Chef Eran changes the menu based on season and availability of produce in the market). Highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on May 25, 2011

Very different cuisine and great staff. The chef/owner is friendly. I loved the food here because each item was fresh. The wine and beer selections were unique. Definitely, going back.

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ready2nosh (Indiana)
5.0  Dined on May 24, 2011

What luck to find this lovely restaurant because we mistook it for another! The young chef/owner Eran Ehalal took the time to explain his extraordinary food and describe his cooking philosophy. My sister and I started with a savory pie served with kefir and aivar, a fresh, bright eggplant chutney, then split smoked, roasted cornish game hen and cevapcici, beef kebabs. Everything was meticulously and perfectly prepared. Our attempt to pass on dessert was unsuccessful and we thoroughly enjoyed Saro doughnuts. Never has a mistake turned out so well!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on May 20, 2011

Our dinner at Saro Bistro was a new treat for us as the food and service was not what you get from any other restaurant in NY. The entire staff was friendly and helpful. Being that it is a small place and we came just before it got busy, the chef/owner was able to tell us the story behind the restaurant and the menu. All the food tasted of fresh ingredients and had an exceptionally good "homemade" quality which was a nice surprise. It is also served on mismatched pieces of vintage dinnerwear, that made me remember eating at my great-grandmother's house as a child. Our bill was reasonable as well; no course was spared for 2 with wine for just under $100.
It just, overall, seemed to be a different experience from typical dining out.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on March 5, 2011

Interesting "eastern European Balkan bistro" where the theme is "food from lost empires" is a cool concept with a lackluster result. Everything sounded very interesting but the actual tastes were not that creative and the prices felt a bit high. The service was reasonably friendly and attentive during a busy evening. Small, a little cramped and louder than I like over dinner. I enjoyed myself but would not go out of my way to go back. I might try it again for brunch, with a smaller group.

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