Was wandering around NYC, looking for something interesting for lunch, refusing to eat the ubiquitous streetcar hotdogs my son and wife chose - and even skipped the ice cream treats they had in the middle of central park, knowing I was destined for something better.
Walked down 5th Ave a ways, sat down in the shade, and checked Google maps to see what was near me. Not 40 yards away was the Biryani cart. Most reviews were pretty positive, and I'm a sucker for good Indian food, so gave it a shot.
Ordered the Chennai Kati Rolls (they come two per order). They were only $6, so I figured I needed to order something else (I eat a lot), so I also ordered the combo kabob for another $6. Add a bottle of water and I'm all set for $13. The guy making it was super nice, so I dropped the $2 in change into the tip jar, and strolled back to my hotel to feast.
I've never had Kati rolls before, so had no idea what to expect. I suppose it's not unreasonable to think of them as India's answer to the gyro. Whatever you call them, they were phenomenal. Just the right amount of spice and heat. Just excellent. The two of them would absolutely be a good sized meal for most people. However, after eating the first one, I moved on to the kabob.
Now, I'm a bit confused, as this "kabob" was not the chunks of meat and vegetables on a skewer that I've so often over-cooked to oblivion on the grill. Here's what this is: put a healthy bed of rice in a 6: dish, add a layer of lettuce maybe some onion), and then spread over that a good sized portion of small, marinated chunks of chicken meat with some pieces of onion and spices. Squirt a couple kinds of sauce over the top, add a dusting of dry spices from a shaker, and you have a good size dish of flavorful awesomeness. It was damn good. I finished that off (I don't eat much rice, so left most of that - though it was excellent, too), and then finished off the second Kati roll. Burp.
All in all, a great experience. I'd order the same thing again. In fact, one of the reasons I'm writing this review is so that I can easily find this place next time I'm in town!
Hope you have a great experience, too.
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