Worth the hike!
Posted on 01 / 09 / 2008
The dosa cart man (Thiru Kumar) was number one on our list of eating out when visiting NYC. We had a terrible time finding him and had to keep our eye on the prize as we passed through the tempting smells in Little India and vegan treats for sale in Union Square. We got there and he was closing up early for New Years Eve and was going to be closed for 3 weeks. Therefore, we got the leftovers. Because my boyfriend is also Tamil, he sweet talked us some added goodies. We ended up with plain dosas with a smidge of potato stuffing. Even with the plainest item on the menu, we were impressed. The dosas and chutneys were perfect. Nothing was too spicy. Even the sambar, which we finished up like soup after our dosas to warm up. Really hit the spot.
I had come wanting to watch dosas being made authentically, but one of the dosa cart man's Sri Lankan groupies accosted me and started on a treatise on vegan living. Entertaining, but distracting.
This vendor is 100% VEGAN: no animal products at all. Happycow hasn't specified, so when we arrived, we asked if anything had ghee or dairy in it. We were taken to be insulting, and we were firmly assured that the dosa cart and the dosa cart man were 100% vegan. This entry needs to be updated on Happycow to prevent future embarassment of NYC visitors!
I also picked up a really cute shirt he was selling. It's printed on American Apparel and features a line drawing of Thiru with his dosa cart.
Furthermore, I suggest you order to go if in the winter, it wasn't much fun picking at dosas with numb fingers!
I wish we'd caught the dosa cart in-season. I will return again for sure.
All vegan, Good value, Fresh, delicious, and authentic
No shelter from cold in winter, Bothersome groupies, Location (unless you're a student there)