N.Y. Dosas

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82 Good

Thiru Kumar’s food cart serves up vegetarian crêpes from South India.

W. 4th St. at Sullivan St., New York, NY, 10014



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In a carnivorous cartosphere, N.Y. Dosas is a beacon in the street-meat wilderness, attracting cash-strapped NYU students, spice-craving South Asian natives, and vegetarians of all socioeconomic stripes to the southern edge of Washington Square Park, where Thiru Kumar has parked his popular cart since 2002. The lanky and extravagantly mustachioed Sri Lankan native once worked at Flushing’s Dosa Hutt, where he perfected the art of the lentil-and-rice crêpes that he griddles and stuffs with spiced potatoes and vegetables and serves with the traditional accompaniments of lentil soup and coconut chutney. The Special Pondicherry Masala might be Kumar’s best seller, but it’s the diaphanous Special Rava Masala Dosa, a lacy wisp of red-raw-rice-and-cream-of-wheat batter dabbed with chile paste and griddled to the quintessence of crispness, that could make you consider giving up meat.

Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld

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