The best Kati rolls!
One time we were working late, one of my colleagues who is originally from India, ordered some food from The Kati Roll Company. I mean that was a revelation and each bite was so divine that I could hear angels singing on my shoulders. I love that place: the food is not only good, but cheap and, if I could, I would go there on a daily basis! Kati rolls are street food wraps that originated from Kolkata in India. There are many variants, but, at The Kati Roll Company, they are made by wrapping warm paratha, a type of Indian flat bread, around a variety of meats, vegetables and cheese.
But beware: this place can turn to a madhouse, packed with hungry patrons avid to get a wonderful bite. In fact, we went at different times and, as you can see, it goes from quiet to crazy. The best time to go is before 6pm for sure...I love the decor with its yellowish walls that seem rundown, with Bollywood (the Indian Cinema Mecca) posters all over.
Here is what we ate:
Jodi always went for the chana masala, a vegetarian dish made with chickpeas that they enhanced with lime, cilantro, chutney and pickled onions. Very good, but make sure you ask for not spicy.
The shami kebab that is minced lamb kabab blended with chickpeas and eggs. Pretty good: I love the taste of lamb, so I was in heaven. A bit spicy though...
And then their best seller:...Read more at: http://www.ijustwanttoeat.com/post/restaurant-review/kati-rolls-indian-street-food-nyc-ny
Lunch at my desk: The Kati Roll Company
If your work environment is anything like mine, then you probably don't feel very comfortable taking leisurely 1+ hour lunches. It's not that leaving the desk is looked down upon at my company, but every single one of my coworkers eats their street-meat or 'ham & cheese on wheat' at their desk. When in Rome...
Yesterday around noon, I ran out of the office on a hunger mission; the only problem was that I wasn't craving any one thing in particular. And then, about five-minutes in to my lunch prowl, the words 'Kati Roll' seemed to appear in flashing marquis lights. "Sweet," I said to myself, "I've been meaning to try this place for years."
The Kati Roll Company: my rolls came in the insulated brown bag; love the packaging!A Kati Roll closely resembles a burrito, in that savory ingredients are spread atop warm paratha or roti flatbread and rolled/wrapped.
The Kati Roll Company: Chicken Roll and Achari Paneer RollEach of my rolls was constructed atop buttery, blistered paratha flatbread. Pickled red onions and a spicy, green coriander spread bound each protein (chicken, paneer). I wasn't sure whether the key ingredients of each roll - chicken and paneer - would find compatibility with the above 'binders,' but I was pleasantly surprised.
Conclusion: at least 30-minutes had elapsed from the time that I left The Kati Roll Company, to the moment that I actually began eating. Regardless of the fact that my rolls had gone from warm to 'room-temperature,' I found them to taste delicious. Kati Rolls are not only portable, but they are made with precision (no sauce-spillage/leakage, ingredients stay intact). And best of all? They make for a cheap, filling, inexpensive, and delectable meal. I can't wait to try the other eight versions!
Rolling in the Deep at The Kati Roll Company
By: Finance Foodie
On the days that I get out of work later than proper dinner time (read: almost every night), I've struggled with finding a place open late enough near my apartment that is not only quick but also tasty. Luckily, I stumbled upon The Kati Roll Company on 39th and 6th. Originating from Kolkata (Calcutta), kati rolls are the number one choice for street snacking in India, not unlike the humble hotdog of New York City. The Kati Roll Company first opened its doors in New York City’s eclectic Greenwich Village in 2002 with a simple menu consisting of authentically flavored rolls made with hand-ground spices, homemade parathas and freshly grilled fillings.
I decided to try three rolls (it was a stressful day -- so a big satisfying meal was totally deserved in my mind) - the Shrimp Masala Roll ($6.75), the Unda Beef Roll ($6.00) and the Unda Chicken Roll ($6.00). To be honest, Indian fast food isn't ever my go to cuisine - my visit here was mostly due to laziness, as this was the only place opened at 10pm that was within short walking distance. Out of the rolls I tried, I thought the Unda Beef was the best - the beef battered with egg was super satisfying and savory. Overall, I thought the crispy Indian flatbread used for the roll was fantastic -- nicely flaky with just the right amount of oiliness to make it rich without sweating grease bullets.
Overall, the Kati Roll is an affordable and filling option for a late night nosh (or even a quick lunch on the run). The next time I'm working overtime (read: probably tomorrow), I know where I'll be stopping to grab some grub before I head on home!
Little India Surrounded by Sky Scrapers
I wanted to have quick dinner in midtown and found this restaurant by chance. The inside of the restaurant looked very authentic and there was a line of people from India. Although it is a take-out restaurant, there was a small place to eat but it didn't look comfortable. They have many kinds of rolls and the price was quite reasonable.
I didn't know the size of a roll, so I tried ordering one beef kati roll. The roll was smaller than most rolls. It was very, very spicy, but tasted so good! I couldn't stop eating it. I should have ordered one more roll to satisfy my hunger and my taste buds!
Their rolls are not expensive and they have many kinds. Furthermore, it's located near Times Square. It's a good idea to have a roll here if you are hungry after a musical.
The Kati Roll Company
A kati roll is a hard concept to define. Actually the home of these amazing creations is Kolkatta, the city in India where I grew up. These amazing creations of skewered marinated chicken (hence the term Kati, which refers to a stick) are grilled to amazing perfection.
A rich flatbread called paratha is cooked on a large flat griddle, the meat is placed on the center and it is garnished with vinegared sour onions, the whole thing is rolled up and served in greaseproof paper. Quick, tantalizingly tasty, street food at it’s best. The kati roll is a newer term more popular for Western clarity, since the Kati roll distinguishes itself from other rolls such as spring rolls, egg rolls, salad rolls, I think you get the idea.
The magic and delight of the Kati roll is captured by the Kati Roll company, a little joint in NYC. I personally like the one on 39th street, but this really is a matter of convienience. The menu of this small place constantly bustling with action is a lovely rectangular piece of stiff paper that illustrates the name with pictures. Actually it reminds me of an Indian voter card. The walls are adorned with classic (70′s) hits and larger than life Bollywood icons and the vibe is very festive with lively Indian music.
The waiters (all wearing uniformed tea-shirts), are quick and turn around business promptly. It certainly is a fun place to sit with friends, drink you masala chai and enjoy a roll. I have not tried their vegetarian rolls, but highly recommend either their chicken or shammi kabab rolls. The do a good job packaging the rolls to go, in a lined pretty bag, that actually holds the heat well. I have quite often brought them home for dinner and they need little heating. All in all an fun try.
Kati Roll is an Indian restaurant in New York City. Specializing in rolls, it's describe as a carry-out type of restaurant and many people said it was a must visit or a regular stop in their dining adventures.
The food was described by reviewers as well cooked and well spiced, though some guests complained it was too spicy or too salty. While many guests were pleased with the amount of food and left satisfied, some people said they expect more food or complained about the size.
The service was praised mostly, as reviewers said that they were enthusiastically greeted and the food was cooked in front of them to assure it is fresh. However, one guest was very specific that the wait time was too long to be worth the wait for the food. Overall, the service is well received.
In terms of atmosphere, there isn't much. Guests said there are no tables, just a few stools and wooden walls. The guests said it is a carry-out restaurant and thus the atmosphere is nothing special.