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Punjabi Deli

114 E. 1st St., New York, NY 10009 40.722998 -73.987728
nr. Ave. A  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-533-3356 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Price Range: $

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Hours

Daily, 24 hours

Nearby Subway Stops

F at Second Ave.

Prices

$3-$6

Payment Methods

Cash Only

Special Features

  • 24-Hours
  • Breakfast
  • Late-Night Dining
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out

Alcohol

  • No Alcohol

Reservations

Not Accepted

Profile

With a graffiti-scarred green awning and faded posters in the window, Punjabi Deli doesn’t look like much. But a glimpse of the crowd inside signal that this is no ordinary convenience store. Punjabi’s pungent, simple versions of Indian favorites have attracted a loyal following of hungry cabbies, homesick expats, and parsimonious locals who can barely believe their luck at scoring a giant rice and veg assortment for five bucks. Since it’s open 24/7, the narrow space gets crowded – and hot – as diners wait for Styrofoam serving plates or plastic to-go containers. A row of microwaves crowns a display case with trays of chana masala, saag paneer, thick dal, and oversized samosas. Seasonings are strong, grease mostly absent. There’s no seating, so you must either stand and eat on the shelf along one wall, savor your bounty in one of the nearby pocket parks, or zap the food when you get home – and it holds up just fine.

Recommended Dishes

Samosa w/chickpeas, $3; large plate of rice with any three veggies, $5.50; roti with one or two veggies, $4.50

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