Restaurant Review: Kati Shop

Details: Located at 162 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022. Official site is https://www.katishopnyc.com/

Score: 7/10

Kati Shop is a poorly named restaurant. You think this is going to be an Indian place that serves they well known kati rolls (basically an Indian burrito), but this place is really just a Dig Inn with Thai curry sauce. That’s it. When you think about what curry really is, it’s basically just a sauce and that’s how it’s served here.

Almost all the ingredients are basically American food. You get your choice of rice or salad, a protein, and two sides. The only real Thai component is the curry sauce that gets put on top. There are four different curry sauces that each a level spicier than the previous one. Other than that, it’s all American ingredients.

I will say that the chicken is strangely tender, like more tender than any fast casual chicken I’ve ever had. I want to say that it is boiled first before being grilled, kind of like how they prepare Haianese chicken, but I have no proof to back up my statement.

A meal with chicken as protein in about eleven dollars and the prices go up from there depending on the kind of protein your order (steak, salmon, tofu is cheaper than chicken though).

Service was really nice. The environment is very clean.

Overall, this place is pretty good.

Restaurant Review: Badshah Modern Indian

Details: Located at 788 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019. Official site is https://www.badshahny.com/

Badshah has the distinction of likely being the best chicken tikka masala I’ve ever had. Not by a wide margin, but it is pretty good. I’ve eaten a lot of tikka masala, but this was the most memorable one I’ve had in recent memory.

I think it’s that it’s a thicker sauce. Most tikka masala I’ve had has been watered down more. This was very thick and creamy. The flavor was also stronger. It was just better.

I came by and ordered the chicken tikka masala for lunch. It came with rice, a small salad, and naan bread and costs around twelve dollars after tax.

Overall, everything was pretty good and I can see myself coming back here again. If you want to eat inside, the interior is comfortable. The woman I placed my order with was very nice.

Score: 7/10

Restaurant Review: Hyderabadi Biryani & Chat

Details: Located at 44-27 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, NY 11355. Official site is http://www.biryaniandchat.com/

The first time I came to this play was around when they first opened. I came by to try their food mostly out of convenience because I was in the neighborhood. It was a dingy looking place. No decorations or anything. Just some tables and chairs and a guy behind the counter. It didn’t look like anyone had even tried the restaurant yet because it was empty and the cashier looked that bored. I ordered some samosas and paid with a twenty dollar bill. The cashier took my money and instead of paying from the register, he reached underneath the cash tray and gave me a taped up ten dollar that was ripped in half. Naively, I took the ten with the knowledge that banks take damaged legal tender. I went to the bank to deposit the ten and the bank teller told me the ten was fake. She was right. I looked at the ten with a little more scrutiny and could see the printer ink washing off the paper. I was really mad. This cashier went out of his way to give me fake money. I decided then and there never to return to this dumpster fire of a restaurant ever again.

That was many years ago. Since then, I’ve had friends tell me that this place is okay. In fact, there was an Eater review that gave the place four stars out of five (here’s the link: http://ny.eater.com/2015/10/6/9462351/hyderabadi-biryani-chat-restaurant-review). In light of these developments, I decided to give the place another try.

The first thing I noticed walking in was that the place is a lot warmer. They added some decoration. Most importantly, that trash cashier was nowhere to be found. Instead, a warm, nicer old lady took my order. Actually, she was likely the proprietor or owner of the place now that I think about it.

Anyways, the food is displayed like at Chipotle and you can pick what you want. The food here is stuff you often find at other Indian restaurants around New York City, like chicken tikka, curries, samosas, and naan. Outside the restaurant, a sign advertised their combos which priced at almost ten dollars, so I decided to get that. I ordered the boneless chicken combo, which was chicken tikka masal over rice with a side and naan bread. I also got some samosas which for four for three dollars.

The food was good, especially at this price point. I think this kind of Indian food is similar to how Chinese takeout is to authentic Chinese food in that there is some resemblance, but it’s significantly altered for a Western palate. I was mostly glad that the cashier who gave me fake money was nowhere to be found and that the lady who took my order was nice.

Overall, I’d recommend this place. A lot’s changed since I was last here and it’s changed for the better.

Score: 5.7/10

Restaurant Review: Go! Go! Curry!

Details: Located at 273 West 38th St., New York, NY 10018, among other locations. Official site is http://www.gogocurryusa-ny.com/

I’ve walked by a few locations a number of times and always wondered how it was. I finally decided to take a look inside and see if it was all right. It was all right.

Ordered the Home Run Curry, which pretty much comes with one of everything they have. It had a shrimp tempura, a sausage, a boiled egg, and the fried pork or chicken cutlet covered with the curry sauce. It also had some chopped cabbage and rice. All of it cost $9.50 before tax.

The food was okay. Nothing spectacular, but you can be sure that the food is not complete crap. It’s fine for it’s price and location. It is enough to fill you.

Score: 5.5/10 You could just opt for a chicken or pork cutlet, shrimp, or sausage curry instead of getting the Home Run Special. They also have differing sizes depending on how hungry you are. Worth mentioning is the World Champion Curry, which is a huge bowl of everything that costs around $25.00.