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New Fried Rice Cart Debuts Today from Biryani Cart Chef

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.

Biryani Cart Owner Opening a Queens Restaurant This Week

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.”

Biryani Cart Adds New Triple Combo Special


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.

Highlights From Our 5th Birthday Party

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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…

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Juicy Wings Cart Relocates… Right Next To The Competition

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.

Lenten Fish Fridays: Biryani Cart’s Boneless Fish Curry

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.

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Midtown Kati Krawl Yields Definitive Winner

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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 »

Biryani Cart’s Juicy Wings Gets Tabled Until March: There's been some grumbling about the new Juicy Wings Cart (on 46th and 6th) being AWOL and yesterday Lunch'er Matt confirmed the bad news: "Just got back from the Biryani cart. They won't have any wings or cheesesteaks until March. They blamed the cold."  Urgh.  Another reason to hate the freakin' weather.

Biryani Cart Finally Adds a Paneer Roll to Their Lineup

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My very first kati roll experience was at Kati Roll Co (the EV branch, sorry Midtown kids). My friend encouraged me to order their Achari Paneer roll, a spicy vegetarian roll filled with onions and paneer, a simple Indian cheese, topped with plenty of hot sauce. It was love at first bite. I’ve long hoped that Biryani Cart, my go to midtown kati roll spot, would add a paneer roll to the menu, so I was pretty excited to hear that last week they finally did. Read more »

Biryani Cart Debuts New Kati Roll Today: It looks like Kati Roll isn't the only one adding to their menu this month... today the Biryani Cart (on 46th and 6th) will debut a brand new "Paneer Roll with deep fried Indian cottage cheese, caramelized onion and topped with a creamy chaat masala sauce".  ($7 for 2.)