Category Archives: INDIAN

Soda Bottle Openerwala, Gurgaon, India

Soda Bottle Openerwala, Gurgaon, India

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Thelewala, Greenwich Village, NYC

Thelewala, Greenwich Village, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $

Must try: Chicken Phall Roll

Thelewala, as its name suggests, has recreated the street food experience right here in New York City.

 Situated on MacDougal Street amongst numerous tiny eateries, Thelewala offers stiff competition to Kathi Roll Company that is situated diagonally across.

The concise menu here offers uncommon variations on kati rolls which they call “Famous Nizami Rolls”. There are several fillings one can choose from with both vegetarian and non- vegetarian options. My favorite was the spicy Chicken Phall Roll.

Thelewala also offers other street style food ubiquitous in Kolkata. Do try their Jaal Moori which is a riff on the more common bhelpuri. It is prepared with puffed rice, peanuts, red onions, potatoes, lime and oil (ask for mustard oil which is the authentic version vs. olive oil)

The owner Shiva Natarajan’s who also owns Chola, Dhaba, Bhojan and more, is a native of Kolkata – where street food reigns supreme. As I too am of similar origins, I can tell you that Thelewala is the real deal.

 Here is some of what we ate:

 

Phuchka

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Jaal Moori

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Chicken Malai Roll

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Chicken Phall Roll

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Restaurant Information


* Restaurant Name
Thelewala
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
West Village / Thai
* Street Address
112 MacDougal St. (Between Minetta Ln. & Bleecker St.), New York, NY 10012
* Phone
(212) 614-9100
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The Masala Wala, Lower East Side, NYC

The Masala Wala, Lower East Side, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆ ½

Cost: $$

Must try: Kakori Kabab, Dahi Puri, Lamb Biryani, Gobhi Manchurian

(This meal was complimentary which did not affect my review.)

 

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Tamarind, Flatiron,NYC

Tamarind, Flatiron,NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆ 

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Kaikra Chat, Lamb Kababs

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Mint, Midtown East, NYC

Mint, Midtown East, NYC

 

 

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆ ½

Cost: $$$

Must try: Chicken Malai Kabab , Chilly Fish, Lamb Shahi Pasanda,  Garlic Naan 

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Junoon, Gramercy, NYC

Junoon, Gramercy, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆☆

Cost: $$$$

Must try: Eggplant Chaat
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Mumbai Xpress, Floral Park, Queens

Mumbai Xpress, Floral Park, Queens


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Food: ☆☆☆ ½

Service: ☆☆ ½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $

Must try: Tokri Chaat, Samosa Chaat, Onion Rava Dosa

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Graffiti, East Village, NYC

Graffiti, East Village, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Braised Pork Buns

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Amma, Midtown East, New York City

Amma, Midtown East, New York City

 

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Chicken Tikka Masala, Lal Maas

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Indian Accent, New Delhi, INDIA

Indian Accent, New Delhi, INDIA

 

 

Food: ☆☆☆☆  1/2 

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$$

Must Try: warm doda burfi treacle tart, Andhra pickle chicken meatballs

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Dilli Haat – Food Plaza, New Delhi, India

Dilli Haat – Food Plaza, New Delhi, India

 

Dilli Haat is an Indian crafts and food bazaar located in the heart of the city. There are many stalls here that showcase the great variety of handicrafts from all over India.

The idea behind Dilli Haat is to promote the rural craftsmen and artisans and facilitate them selling their handicrafts directly to the buyers. A few of the stalls are permanent but many or there on a rotational basis changing every fifteen days or so. There are on going festivals and performing arts from all over the country that keep this place quite abuzz.

 

 


 
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NIZAM’S KATHI ROLLS, NEW DELHI, INDIA

NIZAM’S KATHI ROLLS, NEW DELHI, INDIA
 

 

The name Nizam’s is almost synonymous with kathi rolls in India. They were one of the first ones to popularize this food that has its historic origins in cuisine from the princely states of North Eastern India.

A kathi roll is a very popular fast food in India. The meats used in these rolls are traditionally cooked in a charcoal pit using wooden skewers, which are called “Kathi’s”; hence the name Kathi Kababs or Kathi rolls.

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Sammy’s Halal Food Cart, Jackson Heights, NYC

Sammy’s Halal Food Cart, Jackson Heights, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆ 

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: n/a

Cost: $

Dishes not to miss: lamb over rice

 

From cabby to foodie! Sammy is immigrant from Pakistan who knew that he needed to be more than just another Pakistani cab driver in New York City. That has been the journey of Samiul Haque Noor of Sammy’s Halal who won the Vendy award for best street food cart in 2006.

 

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Sangeetha Fast Foods, Chennai, India

Sangeetha Fast Foods, Chennai, India

 

Sangeetha Fast Foods is one of my favorite breakfast spots in Chennai city. I love the local feel of the place. At Sangeetha, they serve a good variety of south Indian breakfast fare. My favorites are the vadas, dosas, mini idlis and upma. If you want to try a little bit of everything then order the “meals”. They make really good South Indian coffee too.

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Devi

Devi
DEVI
8 E 18th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 691-1300
www.devinyc.com


Dévi is the home of artful forms of Pan-Indian cuisine created by two Indian super chefs and co-founders, Suvir Saran and Hemant Mathur (who has since left to open his own restaurant – Tulsi).

Over the years, Devi has managed to create quite a buzz as being one of the “it” Indian restaurants in New York City. Its one of those hot Indian food spots one goes to where you get (and pay for) more than an “Indian buffet’ experience.

The chefs are certainly masters of their craft but the food to me was temperamental. Some dishes were stunners like the Tandoori Prawns with crispy okra salad, the Tandoor Grilled Halibut and the Corn Chaat. Read the rest of this entry

THE TIBBS FRANKIE, MUMBAI, INDIA

THE TIBBS FRANKIE, MUMBAI, INDIA
THE TIBBS FRANKIE
Aga Brothers                                  or                     Hema Cold Drinks
Sh-16/A, Cusrow Baug,                                        Near Bal Mohan High School,
Shahid Bhagat Singh Rd,                                    Shivaji Park,
Colaba, Mumbai, 400039                                   Dadar (W), Mumbai
India                                                                         India
Tel: 022 22830692                                               +(91)-(22)-24460900

 
 


Mumbai was the birthplace of the extremely popular street snack known as a Frankie, which is somewhat like a kati roll. It is a chapatti roll with or without egg that has options of different filling such as mutton, potato, chicken, and so on. Read the rest of this entry

NIROS OF JAIPUR, Jaipur, India

NIROS OF JAIPUR, Jaipur, India
NIROS RESTAURANT
MI Road
Jaipur
India
Ph: 2374493
www.nirosindia.com


If you ever visit the beautiful pink City of Jaipur in India, you must make a pit stop at Niros for a meal.



Conveniently located on the bustling MI road, right in the heart of the city, Niros is a food haven for locals, tourists and celebrities. Read the rest of this entry