First Look: City Market Cafe Becomes Indus Express, Serves Giant Kati Rolls
There is no shortage of generic delis here in Midtown, and we’ve got our decent share of fast and cheap Indian steam tables too. Combine the two, and then you’re talking craziness! Walk into what used to be City Market Cafe on 48th btw. 5+6th, and you will find the latest in worktime lunch’ing ingenuity. Keep the set-up, change the food seems to be the motif at the newly christened Indus Express, the latest cheap, fast food Indian place to open in Midtown. I haven’t tried anything yet, but early word from a tipster is that the saag paneer is “pretty good”.
They don’t have printed menus yet, so I don’t know exactly what the scope of their offerings will be or how much everything will cost, but they did have a list of basic steam table pricing. $7.95 gets you two veggies, dal, rice & bread, $8.95 gets you one meat, two veggies, bread (and I’m assuming rice, although it doesn’t say it), $9.95 gets you two meats, two veggies, (rice), and bread, and $10.95 gets you fish with two veggies, and bread.
They also have a steam table full of nice looking pakoras and samosas.
But a steam table alone will not pull lunch’ers away from already established Midtown Indian food favorites. For that, Indus Express is bringing out the big guns, which I have photos of, after the jump…
Too big to be a kati roll, too Indian to just be called a standard Midtown deli ”wrap”, this could be what separates Indus Express from nearby mainstays like Minar, Sukhadia, & the downstairs take out table at Utsav.
Because of the whole menu thing, I’m not exactly sure how much they cost, but I’m pretty excited to try one of these naan wraps. If it’s as good as it looks, we might have a new winner on the Midtown Lunch’ing circuit. Full report coming soon.
For big fans of the generic Midtown deli, don’t be too upset. The salad bar from City Market Cafe still remains intact on the right, and if you don’t want to get your lame salad from an Indian deli, there’s always Variety Cafe or Bagelfeller or Europa or Cafe Metro or…
Indus Express/City Market Cafe, 48 W. 48th St. (btw. 5+6th), 212-840-2733