What once brought kati rolls and an often-panned buffet to Midtown South at the late end of the Brooks Era has been shuttered. Touch of India, which was across from my last job on 37th btw. 7+8th (shout out to my guys on the 11th floor, you know who you are) and didn’t really do much on the Midtown Lunch radar, has closed. If you’re looking for your Indian fix, there’s always Kati House not too far away (on 36th btw. 8+9th).
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Remember when Kati Roll was the only place in midtown that served kati rolls. When they moved from 46th street to 39th street, the Biryani Cart jumped in and served their own version of the Indian burrito. (And we all know how that turned out.) They were followed by Indus Express’ naan wraps (on 48th btw. 5+6th), the standard kati rolls from Grill 44 on the East side, and even Spice Fusion (which is known for their all you can eat buffet) jumped on the bandwagon.
Now Touch of India (on 37th btw. 7+8th) becomes the latest to join the fray. I didn’t love their all you can eat buffet when I tried it last August, but for $9 it’s good enough. And there’s no reason a mediocre buffet would stop me from trying their “kathi rolls”.
It’s been a while since I buffeted it up at lunchtime in Midtown. When I first started this blog, there were quite a few buffets that fell under the Midtown Lunch price range. There was Rangole on 46th btw. 5+6th (now closed), Al Baraka Turkish Buffet on 55th btw. Lex+3rd (now called Kannaat), Arang in Koreatown (they stopped doing buffet), Chinese Midtown Buffet on 7th btw. 39+40th, International Food House latin buffet on 35th btw. 7+8th) and Curry Dream on 39th btw. 5+6th. I made an exception for the $10.99 vegetarian Indian buffet Sukhadia on 45th btw. 5+6th, and Spice Fusion became my favorite buffet in Midtown when they opened last year on 8th Ave. btw. 47+48th. Since that time, almost every one of these buffets have either closed or raised their prices, leaving West Tandoori Club on 37th btw. 7+8th, the last remaining under $10 Indian buffet in Midtown.
Last month, when the W.T.C. closed for “renovations,” I figured that was it. Even if they re-opened as a buffet, it’s not going to remain under $10. So imagine my surprise when a few weeks ago, West Tandoori Club re-opened as “Touch of India” with an $8.95 lunch buffet. Last friday, I headed over to check it out… Read more »