Indian chef and restaurateur Hemant Mathur announced on Wednesday that he is planning to open a new eatery called Saar Indian Bistro. The successful chef, who already owns five other Indian restaurants in New York City, has not finalized the menu, but it will likely be based on cuisine specific to a particular region in India.
Saar will be located just off of Broadway on West 51st Street between the Neil Simon Theatre and the Gershwin Theatre. Like his other restaurants in Manhattan, Mathur plans to have a bar and a dining area with 64 seats. The eatery will also serve Indian-style tea to patrons and offer a catering service.
Mathur has become one of the most prominent Indian chefs in the country. A native of Jaipur, India in Rajasthan, he honed his cooking talents in opulent luxury hotels in India like the Maurya Sheraton in New Delhi and the Taj Bengal in Kolkata. He immigrated to the United States in 1994 and began working his way up the ladder at various restaurants like Tamarind and Diwan Grill.
In 2004, Mathur opened his first restaurant, Devi. In 2007, the Union Square restaurant became the first Indian restaurant in the United States to receive a Michelin star. Mathur left Devi in 2010 to open Tulsi, which became known for its signature dish of tandoori grilled lamb chops. In 2014, Mathur branched out and launched Fine Indian Dining Group, which manages a stable of five Indian restaurants in Manhattan.
Mathur’s specialty is focusing on certain regions of Indian cuisine, rather than forming pan-Indian menus. Each of his restaurants covers a certain region. Dhaba, his restaurant in the Curry Hill area around Lexington Avenue, offers Punjabi dishes like Amritsari fish and Punjabi murgh. Nearby, Chote Nawab focuses on Awadhi cuisine from Lucknow and Deccani-style dishes from Hyderabad. Mathur has not revealed which part of India he will draw on for the menu at Saar, but expects to make his final decisions in time for the resturant’s grand opening in April.