Finally Tracking Down the Elusive Sami’s Dosa Cart

Sami Dosa

For awhile I feared that Sami’s Dosa Cart was a figment of my imagination. I first read about it in a tip from Lunch’er Adam Prato, but after multiple failed dosa excursions to 55th and Broadway I gave up. Fortunately another tip lead us to the cart’s current location on 39th and Broadway.

Sami Dosa Menu
The menu is 100% vegetarian and has been evolving. Currently he offers dosas, uthappam, samosas, kati rolls, and a rotating menu of rice dishes: lemon rice, tamarind rice (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) and vegetable biryani (Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday).

Sami Dosa Process Shot 2
The dosas are quick. Being a spice fan, I decided to go for the Mysore Masala Dosa ($5).

Sami Dosa Mysore Masala Dosa
The dosa itself was crisp yet tender and if you like curried potatoes the filling is oh so satisfying.

Sami Dosa Sambar and Chutney
It came with a small cup of sambar (vegetable stew) and spicy coconut chutney. The dosa, sambar and chutney all had a bit of heat to them. They weren’t overwhelmingly hot, but had a pleasant spicy kick. Still the totally spice adverse should be warned.

Sami Dosa Onion Chili Uthappam
On a repeat visit I tried out the onion chili uthappam ($5), which for the uninitiated is another type of Southern Indian pancake. It was a cold day when I dropped by and Sami warned me that the uthappam takes longer than a dosa, but I was willing to wait. I watched as Sami prepared the uthappam and it seemed like he used the same amount of batter, but in a higher concentration so the pancake had a smaller circumference, but was thicker than a dosa. Then he added raw onions which cooked up as the uthappam cooked. The whole process took around 10 minutes. The end result, which was also served with sambar and coconut chutney, tasted something akin to Indian spiced onion rings. Definitely a dish that I’d get again.

Sami Dosa Samosa
The samosas ($3 for 2) are pretty decently sized and a favorite for many of the cart goers and tend to run out early.

Sami Dosa Inside Samosa
The day we tried the samosas, we got there just in time to get one of the last orders at around 1:30.

Sami Dosa Kati Roll
The kati rolls from the cart are vegetables only and pre-rolled and reheated (most places heat the paratha then add the filling). They seemed to be filled with carrot and onion, almost like an Indian spiced egg roll. If you’re a hardcore egg roll and Indian food fan, this kati roll might be for you, if not, I’d suggest sticking to the rest of the menu.

Sami's Dosa Cart
Sami himself is very friendly and a terrific cook. It’s carts like his that make midtown an awesome place to work. If you don’t want to wait in the cold, you can pre-order by calling Sami at 347-965-3353. (Amazingly enough, he appears to be open today.)


  • Nothing on the menu is over $5
  • Sami is super friendly and a terrific cook
  • Lots of good options for vegetarians

THE – (What somebody who doesn’t like this place would say)

  • I don’t like vegetarian food
  • I’m on a low carb diet so no thanks on the potatoes, rice and flour.

Sami Dosa Cart, 39th & Broadway


  • Was the dosa by itself filling enough for lunch? Like compared to normal street cart falafel over rice.

    • I would say the potato filled dosa made for the most filling lunch. The potato rounds it out. It’s not a heavy lunch, but a satisfying one.

  • Looks so good! I wish they would come back to 54th & Broadway so I can give em a try.

  • COOL. I wish I tried them before. I really enjoy indian veg. dishes! Me like DOSAS. Mysore Masala is the way to go.

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    Have you seen the Sami Dosa cart, lately? I can only find the other dosa cart (which is inferior, in my opinion) at 39th and Broadway.

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      Hi guys,
      This is Sami, I am sorry to be away from you guys for all these days. I am gonna come back to the same place in 2 weeks. Right now I am not actively being there and not attached to it anyway. The present guy is not attached to me. Sorry for the inconvenience. Thanks for all the support. If anything needed, you can reach me at 347 965 3353.
      I will be back in 2 weeks.
      With love,

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    Thanks Mr. Brownie, For all your support. I will be back soon….in 2 weeks

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