Khodiar Lunch Services Loses the “Taj Delhi Chat” (And Some Quality Along With It?)
I noticed something interesting while walking down 9th Avenue this weekend… the original signs for Taj Delhi Chat (which used to hang in the window of the former newsstand on 6th Ave. btw. 37+38th) are now hanging in the window of an Indian steam table place on 29th and 9th. Apparently the lady who started “Taj Delhi Chat” was kicked out of the Khodiar (aka Newsstand) space, and is planning on reopening at this new location in Chelsea. She’s not up and running yet, but plans to be selling chaat from that location at some point in the next two weeks.
So, what does this mean for the chaat being served out of the newsstand on 6th Ave.?
Yesterday, I ventured over to our favorite former newsstand (turned food court) along with Ed Levine, Robyn & Alaina from Serious Eats and we are happy to report that the chaat is still very excellent. They’ve changed the name on the menu to match the menu of the Gujarati food (Khodiar Vegetarian Food) but the actual chaat menu itself remains the same. Sadly though, the Gujarati vegetarian food we tried- which has been so amazing in the past- was kind of terrible. I was really embarrassed because I had sung its praises to Ed and the gang, only to have it fall well short of expectations. Anybody else notice a lapse in quality recently? We got 2 lunch specials (the thali), for a total of four different dishes, and not a single one was what I would call good.
It looks like the quality may have been transferred over to the regular Indian steam table where they serve the meat dishes. We tried the goat and the chicken curry, and both were surprisingly good. (As much as I love meat, I had never tried this part of the food court, because the Vegetarian Gujarati food- which is what this place became famous for- is so good.) We also had a plate of stewed beef and stewed pork from the spanish food steam table (that used to be in the now shuttered Blimpie next door) and that was really good as well. Ed will be posting his full review soon on Serious Eats: New York.
Hopefully I hit the Gujarati food on a bad day, and they’ll bounce back… but even if they don’t- thankfully the chaat is still the best in Midtown!
Khodiar Lunch Services (6th Ave. Tobacco & Magazine Shop), 1013 6th Ave. (btw. 37+38th), 212-840-3767