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37 Responses to Kati Roll

  1. Pete says:

    I tried the chicken tikka today. Never had tried one before and it’s ridiculously good…….

  2. Inane says:

    GREAT food. But sooooo slow, more people left than stayed.

  3. Inane says:

    ( I went today on your recommendation)

  4. pinknest says:

    mmm…i’m a sucker for paratha. however people want to call it. stumbled across your blog! fun stuff.


  5. jomynow says:

    Sounds really tasty! Can’t wait to try it out sometime, wait all i have to do is go back to india and or maybe at home in my hizzouse! But we indians will take ova, once ve lern how to spveel.

  6. D says:

    Just found this blog- my coworkers and I love it…and you work in our building!

  7. Steverino says:

    This place is good, but there’s another Indian place RIGHT NEXT DOOR that’s just as good, IMO, and you get to select a whole platter of food. You get 2 meat dishes and one vegetable, with rice and naan, for example, for about $7.

    A lot of the dishes are very creamy and don’t always sit well in the stomach, but they’re tasty. They were there well before Kati Roll opened and stole some of their thunder. Really good samosas, too.

    Speaking of Indian, I used to work in East 50s and there’s an amazing place on E51st, AMMA, just west of 2nd Ave. Much more upscale and expensive, with gourmet homestyle food, but you can get some good lunch deals. Zach, it’s worth a separate post if you get a chance to try it out.

  8. zhan says:

    If Steverino is talking about Rangole on 46th st, I would agree.
    Rangole has a really exceptional Indian lunch buffet – it may look like a pretty standard cheap buffet set up but once you taste the food that it is unusually flavourful for a buffet of this type. Really, I have not tasted more flavourful indian lunch buffet dishes anywhere else. The Indian (not just born in US, but really from India) guys in the office really like this place for its authenticity and good cooking. They also love the dinner menu, but I find that many of the dishes on that were too spicy for me (lunch was fine though)
    NYTIMES review:

  9. MidtownLunch says:

    No… there’s actually another place right next door that I’ve been meaning to go to. I think it’s called Minar. Rangole is on 46th between 5th and 6th (and an excellent lunch buffet which I plan on reviewing soon as well)

  10. Anon says:

    Another place right next to Kati sells awesome Cuban sandwiches. Very very authentic.

  11. MidtownLunch says:

    Margon… I’ll be reviewing that place soon too!

  12. Sandra says:

    I stumbled on your website today (while hungover) and dreamed of Indian. I went to Kati right after work. I’m at home eating my Aloo Masala and Chicken Tikka roll. OMG, I’m in heaven. One of the best things I’ve eaten. Though can do w/o the onions, esp. w/ Aloo masala. Has enough taste, but otherwise – delish! Thanks for turning me on to Kati!

  13. dbdtron says:

    Damned cat’s outta the bag (it’s been out, natch)… I luv this place… there is another place around the corner (different)


    IMO not as good, but hits a number of different things.. Naanini, it’s poison in a name, but not bad at all as a san’wich.

    Myself, I like ordering Chicken Tikka Rolls at Kati Roll Co….. consistent and tasty…. 🙂

  14. dbdtron says:

    Oh wait.. I thought you were talking about the W.Village place.. sorry!


  15. katikrazed says:

    Dude, the mutton is worthy of praise, esp. after a night of bing-drinking.

  16. LiLi says:

    the oxtail stew at Margon is amazing. The Chicken Unda at Kati is really good too. the egg just adds something extra.

  17. Anonymous says:

    my god that stuff is good

  18. mike says:

    it sounds great…wish I could have it!

    Also, this Indian burrito sounds like a Roti that you can find in Caribbean sandwich shops. These shops have a combination of Indian and African foods. In Boston, I would go to Ali’s in Roxbury, one just around the corner from Ruggles station and NU. You can get curry chicken, chickpeas, potatos or rice and don’t forget the hot sauce!

  19. farrower says:

    i like the food at kati roll, but agree that the service is ridiculously slow there. i find that extremely puzzling given that this isn’t their first restaurant and what they’re turning out isn’t particularly complicated.

  20. Anonymous says:

    I went and tried the Chicken Tikka — not having had a lot of indian food in my life I can say that it WAS very tasty.

    I did, however, come upon the same issues as those before me. It took over 10 minutes for me to get my *one roll* AND—i had ordered and paid for an Unda Chicken Tikka and imagine my surprise to find out when i got back to the office that it was a regular Chicken Tikka.

    I will probably try the place next door next time.

  21. MidtownLunch says:

    Yeah… I said it up above in the (-) section. It’s much better to place your order ahead of time.

  22. […] Now for the downfall.  Bread is one of my favorite things about eating Indian food.  I usually can down a whole order of Naan by myself, and lord help me when there’s all you can eat bread at an Indian buffet.  I’m also a big fan of paratha (like the kind at Kati Roll).  What I’m not a big fan of, if a half a slice of plain (borderline stale) pita bread.  Not with Indian food anyway.  Give me a thing of hummus, and that might be ok- but with Indian food, I want the real deal.  I understand as a cart, you may be limited- and maybe good naan or paratha needs to be made fresh, but that doesn’t put the bread in my stomach! […]

  23. […] My friend Leah was browsing on the Midtown Lunch Blog and came across the Kati Roll restaurant in midtown. Thing is we always complain at work about not having any variety of restaurants and here’s this blog called MidTown Lunch that features all the things you can eat in Midtown. Damn, this is awesome. I’m going to have to check out more and more of her posts – I basically gave up on Midtown. (Actually I’ve been to Kati Roll once before on the upper west side but wasn’t able to actually eat what I ordered cause some homeless guy came in and started a fight with the owner – it was pretty crazy so everyone left and we never got our food) […]

  24. pinknest says:

    i think their paratha is good, but the chicken tikka and the aloo masala rolls are INCREDIBLY salty!! aaaag! i like naaninis at indian bread company and the stuffed parathas at lassi better.

  25. Helpdesk says:

    I had high hopes for these burritos after reading your review. I even talked a few of my co-workers into it. None the less we are sitting arround and looking at each other…the mood is mute.

  26. unsatisfied customer says:

    tried the chicken and beef… it was ok, but I don’t think the food was good enough to justify a second visit.

  27. hey listen says:

    The food at Kati Rolls was just ok, I would place it at a 6 out of 10, it was lunch, and tasty, but nothing worth bringing friends to or writing home about. I traveled 12 blocks by the advice of this review but left unimpressed.
    For more fun and in my opinion, better food and culture, check next door at Margon, the place is great, and the price is right.
    $6 will fill u with roasted pork, plantains, cuban rice, beans, and a drink — enough for 2.

  28. Harsh from DC says:

    I am addicted to the culture of “food porn” so I read about Kati Roll when I was in Washington, DC 2 weeks ago. I happen to be in NY this week for work so I had to stop by and try Chicken Tikka myself. I liked the food but I am a big fan on sauces a.k.a. chutney. I would have liked to have that on side.

    One restaurant at at time…I’m gonna try them all.

  29. bibliochef says:

    Lunch. Oh wow. What a concept. I am jealous of all the options.

  30. […] Everyone who reads this blog knows how much I love Kati Roll (the “Indian Burrito” place)… but sometimes you just want the real thing.  And when that urge hits, Minar is right next store to feed my Indian food fix.  The one thing I’ve realized about these Indian food places is, you get what you pay for.  You pay $4 for Indian food out of a cart, it’s going to taste like $4 Indian food (it’s good, but not the best).  Minar costs a little more then that, and it’s a little better.  Not as good as a nice Indian restaurant where you are going to pay $10+ an entree, but if you are looking for some quick and tasty Indian food for lunch- and you work in this area of Midtown, you can’t do better then Minar. […]

  31. dB. says:

    We went to this place today, but it wasn’t as spicy as advertised. The frankies (as they are called in Bombai) were good, and our Indian specialists approved.

  32. jen says:

    It’s amazing! We went last week and I’m dreaming of going again…. maybe today. Definitely worth checking out. It does take quite awhile for the food to come – so order ahead or take advantage of their midtown delivery. Vegetarians – fyi – there are three veggie options on the menu. I recommend the spicy sweet potato over the paneer – it’s drier and crumblier than the paneer you’re probably used to and tastes a bit like scrambled eggs. Thanks Midtown Lunch for the great tip!

  33. […] There are a lot of reasons I choose to write about a place.  Being “Cheap” is a given… but other than that the first, and most obvious is the food.  A lot of the places I write about do something interesting- something that isn’t available everywhere.  Whether it’s the Indian Burritos at Kati Roll, the rice balls at Oms/b, the various ramen places, or the meat pies at Tuck Shop- these postings are most popular because they are destination lunches- worth walking that extra 5 or 10 minutes if you don’t work right near the place. […]

  34. Just tried this yesterday. I had three, the spicy egg, the mutton, and a chicken. All were good, a bit oily. But, I did feel afterward that I had a brick in my stomach, and it still feels like that now, a whole night later. I may not return. Also, my favorite Cuban place is two door down.
    -Anthony K.

  35. Raj says:

    Congratulations to Morroco, Columbia, Texas, Pakistan, Alabama, Rajasthan and Vietnam for buying me lunch.

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