Just returned from the most authentic and fantastic South Indian meal at Sarvana Bhavan! Can't believe I had that meal in New York and not an authentic joint in South India! Its a cheerful simple joint, done up in white. Like any traditional Udipi joint, don't expect to be seated! Just find yourself a seat - you are lucky if you don't have to wait for a table. Not being prompted to sit is not a sign of bad service, it's just the way traditional South Indian joints work! Each table has its jug of water kept and 4 steel glasses kept. You can be pretty sure that someone will attend to you soon. The staff is polite, maybe a little reserved for American tastes, but in no way rude or indifferent! We ordered a South Indian thali, pongal, Mysore masala dosa, mulgapadi dosa and a filter kappi! Each dish was very well made and finger-licking delicious! The white coconut chutney is the freshest I have ever eaten - the spice level just correct! To my utter delight, the filter coffee is served in its traditional glass!! While we were there, there was a constant flow of people pouring in. We have tried a couple of dosa joints in Jackson Heights, but the quality doesn't even come close. Moreover, I have visited a few Indian joints in Manhattan (in the same neighborhood around Lex and 28th) and and to my utter dismay, they serve absolutely sub-standard Indian food...its passable for someone who is not well-versed with the Indian palette, but for me who has lived in India till around 6 months ago, the food does tend to disappoint. All I can say is that Sarvana Bhavan is an exception!!! The meal costed us approximately USD 55 but its one of the most satisfying meals I have had in the recent past!! How is wish I had discovered Sarvana Bhavan earlier - but better late than never!! See myself going there again, and again, and again!!!
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