Lunch: A Little Line Gawking at Biryani Cart

Couldn’t help it. In need of a stroll, I decided to check out the photoscene at Biryani Cart and their adjacent “Sandwich Land” cart, which sells just slightly different options, to see what it was like post-publication of the full-page article in the New York Times’ Dining Section this week in which the cart was featured front and center.

It took me a moment to decipher what, exactly, was going on, but I sorted it out: Only the original Biryani Cart sells the kati rolls (per the photo in the NYT article), and for that cart there was a line of about 10 people at 2 p.m. There was no line for the adjacent “Sandwich Land” cart, which sells your standard chicken-and-rice plates, pita wraps, sandwiches, etc.

photo(3)Seriously hungry and in no mood to wait around, I ducked in to the counter of the Sandwich Land cart, and was on my way with my chicken-and-rice plate ($5.50) less than five minutes later.

How was it? It was fine. It’s now gone. I was hungry. Rice was a little dry; I’m not a fan of fennel seeds; there was no real dressing to the salad, so it was just a pile of iceberg lettuce; the sauces, standard. Like I said, it was fine; it’s gone; I was hungry.

Of my own street-cart food foragings documented on this blog so far, Meal O’Bama’s combination plate is remains the one to beat.


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