While walking on 50th street between 6th and 7th avenues, I couldn’t help but stop at the Desi Food Truck, because according to a menu sign taped to the window haleem, the soup Clay liked so much last year and an Indian rarity in New York, has returned! Also advertised on the window was Puri Bhaji. Sounds like lunch to me…
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The Desi Food Trucks have been a pretty big part of Midtown Lunch since Clay first visited them over a year ago. So, it was a big loss when they were forced out of their spot on 50th (btw 6+7th) by the cops. Ever resilient, the Desi folks may have found a way around the food truck breakdown – they parked their brand new Kati-Kart on 50th btw. 6+7th. Get a look at the menu and some kati rolls after the jump.
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It seems the truck crackdown is becoming an epidemic in Midtown West. Brownie warned us a few weeks ago that 50th Street between 6th and 7th Avenue was becoming another hot spot for food trucks. And sure enough, on Tuesday, Desi Truck was forced to move from that location halfway through the day. They arrived at Hanover Square in the Financial District around 3:00, which is later than almost anybody eats lunch. The owner told me they plan on making this their new permanent weekday location as the parking in Midtown is getting too insane. He also told me in the coming weeks, they will launch a second truck at the corner of Spring and Sixth Avenue. Is this going to be a trend that all of our beloved Midtown food trucks will be forced to re-locate well below 14th Street?
If you aren’t already reading the forums, you should be. It’s a great place to get lunch inspiration from your fellow lunch’ers. During my recent Kati Roll Krawl, I missed checking out the 39th street Desi Truck’s offerings because they weren’t out that day. After seeing AchillesLunches’ post in the forum about their Chicken Anda roll being “crazy delish” I had to check it out for myself. Read more »
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 »
I’ve been intrigued by the Desi Food Truck’s endearingly quirky Bollywood influenced flourish and the owner’s infectious enthusiasm for quite some time. Now that the Desi Food truck has been parked in my home turf (50th between 6th & 7th) with reliable regularity for lunch, I decided to check out the kati rolls that Clay seemed to really enjoy over the summer. With my chicken kati roll ($4.50) order placed, the Desi Food Truck staffer, ever the consummate salesman, steered me towards the haleem chicken. “We’re the only restaurant that has authentic haleem chicken”, he promised, “it’s very rare but it is delicious”. Post-liminary research and googling brought up only two other restaurants in Midtown that seem to serve haleem, and a handful of restaurants in Jackson Heights and Elmurst, Queens. I selected a small cup ($4) and whisked my Indian variation of a soup and sandwich back to the office.
Last week the yellow Desi Food Truck decided the time was right to brave the streets of Midtown proper, and proceeded to move one of their trucks to 50th btw. 6+7th. We knew it wasn’t going to be a walk in the park for them, but we thought it would be the cops not the other vendors to give them trouble. From Lunch’er Austin: “Just snapped this photo of the Desi Food Truck in Midtown today (50th btw 6th & 7th), they’re being hotboxed by two hot dog vendors for no apparent reason. Thought you could let people know, in hopes of rallying some support/business for them, so they don’t leave mid-town for good.” It’s been awhile since we saw some hot dog cart blockage. We’ll keep an eye on this one, and see how it plays out…
Back in June Ultraclay wrote about the yellow Desi Food Truck in the Flatiron District (on 27th and 5th Ave.) He was a big fan of their kati rolls, claiming the roti was better than the kati rolls at the Biryani Cart (bold!) Well, today we have a chance to compare them side by side… we’re hearing that the yellow Desi Food Truck is going to try and park on 50th btw. 6+7th today. They’ll also be serving their chicken haleem, a “rare Indian delicacy”. Could be interesting. Hopefully the cops won’t kick them out! Early adopters let us know how it is in the comments…
Lunch’er “Devina” Reports: Skip the Kati Roll, Go With the Biriyani and Chicken Tikka Masala at the Green Taste/Desi Truck
Remember how last month we told you the Green Taste Truck was converted into another branch of the Flatiron based Desi Truck? Lunch’er “Devina” tried the truck out yesterday and sent over this report…
Usually I get a measly half hour lunch break, but today…today was a great day and I got real lucky…my boss had to leave early and I could take as long as I wanted. I took my time walking to kati roll (on 39th + 6th) to get my fix of the Indian burrito. On the way there I spotted a big green truck parked on 40th & 6th serving up plates of rice and chicken with a rich red sauce on top. Being a foodhound, I was mesmerized and had to find out more! Could this be the answer to my prayers for better options for this part of midtown…indeed Lord Shiva had listened and granted me with this boon in the shape of a big green Indian truck!
Two week ago we noticed that the Green Taste Truck wasn’t exactly pulling in the crowds… and apparently they noticed it as well! Last week Green Taste was converted into a second Desi Food Truck, serving up dal, curry, kati rolls and biriyani. On Friday they were parked on 6th Ave. btw. 39+40th, but we’re not exactly sure where they’ll be parking going forward (neither @desifoodtruck or @greentaste has made any mention of the new truck.) The prices seem to be a bit more expensive than the original Desi Food truck on 27th and 5th but Clay was a big fan of their Kati Rolls, so this one is clearly worth keeping an eye on.