Could ‘Cuisine of Pakistan’ Have Been the Inspiration for Babu’s Restaurant on Seinfeld?
It’s just out of bounds for Midtown Lunch’ing purposes, but every time I walk by this place on 9th Ave. btw. 36+37th I always think of the Seinfeld episode where Jerry convinces Babu to turn his cafe into a Pakistani restaurant (it ends up failing). The Soup Nazi was originally in Hell’s Kitchen, less than 20 blocks north, so it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that this is the place that inspired Seinfeld and Larry David as well! Some more corroborating evidence: Cuisine of Pakistan has been opened for over 20 years, and before it was Pakistani food, it was a deli called Saul’s. The episode, titled “The Cafe“, aired in 1991.
I don’t know if it’s worth venturing all the way out to 9th Ave. from Midtown for this place, but from the sounds of this write up on Umamimart maybe it is. Plus they have kati rolls (although doesn’t everybody these days?)
Check out their kati roll “glamour shot” after the jump…
(Sorry about the glare, but you get the point.)
Cuisine of Pakistan, 478 9th Ave. (btw. 36+37th), 212-736-7745