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Saravana Bhavan: Traditional South Indian for Newcomers and Foodies Alike

One of Saravana Bhavan's gigantic dosas

Bring up the topic of Indian cuisine to the average eater and he might come up with something along the lines of “spicy!” Ask the more seasoned foodie and you’ll get a list of his favorite Indian dishes: Tandoori Chicken, Saag Paneer, Tikka Masala, etc. Highbrow meets brow at Saravana Bhavan, where traditional Indian food is made accessible to a diverse clientele without sacrificing taste (or spice).

Nestled in the Upper West Side, Saravana Bhavan serves a menu that is completely vegetarian with a focus on the culinary tradition of South India. We began our meal with a Masala Dosa, a thin crepe filled with spiced potatoes and onions. Unlike its French contemporary, this crepe was crisp, savory and long. The dish is approximately two feet in length, eliciting gasps from fellow restaurant goers and the need to clear away plates to make room on your table.

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