You may remember back in 2013 when Meru Sikder, the owner and chef of Biryani Cart, pulled up a super cheap Indian fried rice cart next to his original cart. Well, it’s back starting today.
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Last week, I had a bit of a panic attack. I noticed Biryani Cart had not been out four times over the month that I had walked by 46th and 6th Avenue. I got really worried when an imposter cart had taken their place. This is one of many carts that have been circling the area with creative names like “Biryani Car” and “Biryani Card”. We might have another Famous Halal Guy situation on our hands.
But as commenters had reported, there indeed was nothing to fear.
It’s possible that they are just at their health inspection which occurs every two years and is notorious for taking weeks, but I have not seen Biryani Cart on 46th Street in close to a month now. I was alarmed this past Friday when I spotted a nearby imposter cart with the creative name “Biryani Car” in their usual spot.
I’ve reached out to Meru, the owner of Biryani Cart, but it seems his phone is not currently taking messages. So unfortunately I can not confirm or deny that Biryani Cart will be back on the street. The two-time Vendy Award-winning Biryani Cart is one of Midtown Lunch’s first discoveries and their excellent kati rolls have been on our regular lunch rotation for the very beginning. We will keep you updated as we get more information.
For those of you that didn’t get a chance to travel out to Jamaica, Queens to try Biryani Cart owner Meru Sikder’s Chinese food at his brick-and-mortar location, we have good news for you. Starting today, you’ll notice a new cart on 46th Street and 6th Avenue right next to the original Biryani Cart. Vooter-Adda NY is the same name as the now closed restaurant and the menu will offer only six items, mostly comprised of fried rice. You can get it with Manchurian Chicken, Manchurian Shrimp, Masala Lamb, or a Chicken/Shrimp Combo. There will also be yakisoba and chow mein offered. Nothing on the menu exceeds $6 and I for one am very excited. Early adopters leave comments below.
I received some very exciting news this week when Meru, kati roll master and owner of Biryani Cart told me he would be opening his first restaurant this week. My excitement waned only slightly when he told me it would be in Jamaica, Queens. Field trip, anyone?
The restaurant is called Voot-er Adda NY and if all goes according to plan, it will open on Thursday. The menu is a very interesting fusion of Bangladeshi and Chinese cuisine. Meru gave me a copy of the menu and it looks like a perfect Midtown Lunch spot (except for the whole geographical issue) with most dishes well under $10. Some of the wings he was serving at Juicy Wings are featured as appetizers, along with some deliciously described entrees like sizzling chicken katsu, Manchurian fried rice, and Thai style masala beef. The famous kati rolls are offered, along with (surprise, surprise) a $6.95 lunch special.
For now, Meru will still be manning the 46th Street cart during the day and will be at the restaurant in the evening. When I asked the busy chef if he plans on bringing any of these new dishes to Midtown, I got a good-for-now “maybe.”
Last week the Biryani Cart (on 46th and 6th) added a new special to their menu in honor of our Birthday Party, featuring a kati roll, a bit of chicken biryani and a samosa all for $7. (I do love variety!) It was so popular that they’ve decided to add the combo to the permanent menu starting today. It sold out pretty quickly on Thursday of last week (once they run out of samosas it’s over), so if it looks good to you, you may want to hit it up early today just to be safe.
On Saturday we gathered together at City Winery with a couple hundred of our closest friends to celebrate the 5 year anniversary of Midtown Lunch (yes, we too are surprised this thing has been around for 5 years!) A great time was had by all thanks to the amazing food (provided graciously by Kwik Meal, The Biryani Cart, Cer Te, Ma Peche, Food Gallery 32, El Rey del Sabor, Tri Tip Grill, Wafels & Dinges, Miss Softee & the Rolling Cones, Kelvin Slush, and Momofuku Milk Bar) and the endless drinks courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery and GuS’s soda.
Check out the highlights, after the jump…
Posted by The ML Team at 9:30 am, June 13th, 2011 under Biriyani Cart, Certe, Eddie's Pizza Truck, El Rey Del Sabor, Food Gallery 32, Harry, Kelvin Slush Truck, Kwik Meal, Midtown Lunch Anniversary Party, Miss Softee, Momofuku, NYC Cravings, Tri Tip Grill/Buckhorn Grill, Wafels and Dinges.
The Biryani Cart empire appears to be expanding its borders beyond 46th and 6th. Their Juicy Wings cart, which hasn’t actually been serving wings since February, is now set up 2 blocks south on the SW corner of 44th & 6th serving traditional favorites like biryani, street meat and kati rolls right next to My Biryani, a cart heavily “inspired” by Biryani Cart. The move will surely result in some “friendly” competition, but when I stopped by the much less well-known My Biryani was actually serving more people in its usual spot than the recently relocated offshoot of the original. It will be interesting to see how lines compare as more people realize they can get Biryani Cart food two blocks away, presumably with less waiting.
Today is the first Friday during Lent, which for our observing Catholic lunch’ers means no meat. Traditionally Lenten Friday lunches might include fish sticks or a tuna sandwich, which have their own special place in the lunch pantheon, but if you’re looking to expand your fish lunch horizons, we’ve got some suggestions for you in the coming weeks. First up the Boneless Fish Curry from Biryani Cart.
When you’re the food blogger in the family you often get co-opted into the food decider role–the person in charge of picking the food outing that the whole family will enjoy. I love introducing people to new foods, but still it comes with a good bit of pressure. Months ago I introduced my husband’s aunt to kati rolls and she’s been raving about them ever since. With my husband’s mother, brother and sister in town it was clear that kati rolls would be on tap and with so many eager eaters it seemed an apt opportunity to embark on a kati krawl. Read more »