Thelewala

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76 Solid

This Indian street-food specialist’s signature snack is the nizami roll, a parathalike flatbread stuffed with various savory fillings.

112 MacDougal St., New York, NY, 10012

212-614-9100

http://thelewalany.com

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The lowdown

When it comes to highest restaurant turnover, it’s a toss-up between West 8th Street and MacDougal Street, where holdouts like Mamoun’s and the Olive Tree Café are exceptions to the rule. A more recent arrival, Thelewala, is an Indian-street-food challenger to the Kati Roll Company down the block, specializing in “the Famous Nizami Rolls” of owner Shiva Natarajan’s native Kolkata. These are stuffed with fillings like minced lamb, lime paneer, and chicken that the menu ensures is antibiotic-and-hormone-free. There’s also a small chaat selection and a curry or two, and the spot’s name means “street food vendor” — a job title that doesn’t quite apply to Natarajan, who came to the States to earn an MBA before launching a restaurant group that now includes Chola, Dhaba, and Little Thai Kitchen.

Robin Raisfeld and Rob Patronite

What you need to know

Insider Tips Free delivery within ten blocks.

DrinksNo Alcohol

Noise LevelCivilized