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Oct 072010

Oh My God! Oh My God!

Question: What’s worse than a North Indian restaurant in New York City making a mess of the delicious South Indian crepe Masala Dosa?

Answer: A Pakistani food cart in New York City peddling awful Masala Dosa.

We were wandering around New York City yesterday when our eyes fell on the word DOSA prominently emblazoned on a food cart at the corner of W.39th St and 6th Ave (close to Bryant Park and New York Public Library).

Well, you know what happened next.

Like Indian youths drawn toward pictures of Mallika Sherawat’s tatas, our legs were pushed of their accord to the Dosa cart for two reasons – the drooling desire to munch into the Dosa and the chance to do a review of another desi eatery in NYC.

Pak Dosa Cart – Horrible Masala Dosa

Although the cart owner Shahid Riyaaz was closing up, he was nice enough to offer to make us the Dosas.

By the way, Shahid hails from Lahore in Pakistan and says he got attracted to Dosas after tasting it at the Dosa Diner in Jackson Heights, NY.

During our visit, Shahid had two varieties: Plain Dosa and Masala Dosa.

Of course, we opted for the Masala Dosa ($4.99).

It took about five minutes to get our Masala Dosas that Shahid cut into pieces and packed into Styrofoam boxes.

We took the boxes and quickly headed to the nearby Bryant Park where there are chairs and tables.

Pak Dosa Cart Review – Lousy, Large Dosa
The Masala Dosa was large but, alas, it was not tasty. Not in the least. Continue reading »

Oct 072010

Shame, oh, the shame.

Today, the postman delivered our copy of Michelin Guide New York City Restaurants 2011 from Amazon.

And as we quickly perused the much-anticipated book, tears rolled down our cheek. They started as a trickle and ended as a flood.

Folks, there are over 200 Indian restaurants in the greater New York City area. Maybe, even 300.

Yet, not a single Indian restaurant has won the coveted Michelin star this year. They didn’t get any last year too.

Austrian, French, Italian, Greek, Seafood, Mediterranean restaurants and steak houses in New York City have all got Michelin stars. The rare few three, some two and others a lone star.

But Indian restaurants?

Nil. Cipher. Nichts. Zilch. Nada.

Tabla, Tamarind, Utsav, Devi, Chola….none of them got a star. Worse, in a big insult Chola does not even figure in the 2011 Michelin Guide. What a disgrace.

Only 15 Indian restaurants in NYC get a mention (but no stars) in the 2011 Michelin Guide to New York City Restaurants:  Bay Leaf, Bombay Talkie, Brick Lane Curry House, Bukhara Grill, Copper Chimney, Delhi Heights, Devi, Indian Clove, Jackson Diner, Saravanaas, Surya, Taj Tribeca, Tamarind, Tamba Indian Grill & Bar and Utsav.

Tabla is mentioned in the ‘contemporary cuisine’ category.

Saravanaas and Surya are also highlighted in Michelin’s Bib Gourmand category of restaurants that provide good value (for $40 or less, diners are supposed to get two courses and a glass of wine or dessert).

Michelin NYC Ratings

Although not in the league of reviews for Indian restaurants, Michelin reviews cover a broader array of cuisines. Continue reading »