We Finally Catch Up With the Dosa Cart
For the vegetarians, the street food scene may sometime feel a bit boring, since it’s mostly all about street meat. And to meat eaters, vegetarian food can seem kind of boring. But every body loves a good dosa! So when we first heard about the newish Dosa Cart spotted in Midtown last month, it was a big deal. For people unfamiliar with dosas, they’re a South Indian specialty. It’s basically an Indian crepe, made from rice and lentils, that can be filled with many different fillings. We first heard about this cart parking on 39th and 7th, but it appears as if they’ve settled in at a spot on 39th and 6th- and for just $5, how could I not check it out?
In true street food form, you get to see the dosas made fresh right in front of you (which is pretty cool) and if you eat it right away it’s still going to be a little bit crispy on the edges. Dosa fans might be disappointed with the lack of height and crunch (like the ones you get from Minar) but that would be really hard to eat on the go. They fill the dosas here with some sort of potato filling which helps because the wrapper itself isn’t all that substantial. They also give you the option to get it spicy (with green chilies?), but I didn’t see him put any into the dosa…
You get the dosa chopped up into four pieces, and two little containers of condiments. One is an almost-white sauce and the other is sambar. The white sauce wasn’t really a sauce the way that street food lovers know white sauce. It’s not some creamy consistency type of thing, it’s more like a mushy type of sauce. I tried a little of it by itself to see what it was, and it turned out that it was the hot sauce, and packed plenty of heat! (So if you’re skeptical of eating a lunch without meat, but love the heat, this sauce could be your saving grace.)
The cart also serves up falafel but I didn’t try it- mostly because I didn’t see a deep fryer on the cart. If I’m getting falafel, it better be freshly fried. Even so, the dosa left me moderately full and for only $5 you have plenty of cash left over for a nice dessert at the Miss Softee truck or the Treats Truck. All in all, the Dosa Cart is a great new addition to the Midtown Lunch landscape and hopefully they find enough business to stay around 39th street and keep serving up their wares to eaters looking for (and open to) a vegetarian lunch.
Dosa Cart, NE Corner of 39th and 6th ave.