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Desi Galli

New York City, New York

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‘20 Certificate of Excellence, 2020

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Desi is a Hindustani term for the people, cultures, and products of the Indian subcontinent or South Asia derived from Sanskrit it Mean’s "one from our country". Galli symbolizes an ‘Alley’ or ‘Street.

Owner PriaVanda Chouhan and her husband created their restaurant to satisfy the Desi (Indian sub-continent diaspora) hankering for Indian soul food.

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4 December 2019

Desi Galli......I cant begin to say how great the food is! Hands down the best Kathi rolls I have had! My favorite was the famous DesiPoutine! So unique and tastes full of flavors! Great creation! Definitely a restaurant to go to! More...

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3 December 2019

Great food, I come here almost every week. Favorite Indian Cuisine in NYC. Highly recommend the Chicken Tiki Marsala

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19 November 2019

Obsessed. Born and raised in Block 4 Clifton, Karachi so for all my ghar walay this is the CLOSEST thing to Hot n Spicy/Red Apple chicken rolls in the northeastern US. I've been in nyc for 10 years and tried EVERY chicken roll spot- this. This place is it. Eat here. Then come back and tell me I was right bec i am More...

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4 November 2019

If you like curry...If you like vegetables...If you like to eat...In any of these simple cases, you need to fly your ship over to Desi Galli and get eatin.  Cause this place will change your life.I am serious as cancer here.They are so incredibly delicious.  I first discovered them up on Lexington.  I was working at 33 & Park and would walk over to that location and get my kati roll action on.This east village location is cute and open late too.  I like the 7 vegetable kati rolls although there are many others such as Channa, Aloo, Paneer and more.  For the meat eaters, you have chicken and lamb to choose from.There are many other curry flavors, and Biryani as well.  So you're gonna have to go back many many times to feel like you got the real experience.  It's the food that keeps on giving! More...

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21 October 2019

I've only had takeaway from here, but it's absolutely delicious. I'm a curry aficionado and these ones are terrific, especially at the price.

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18 October 2019

Delicious food which reminds me of the street food of my childhood days !!

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6 October 2019

Was around the area and stumbled upon this restaurant. Yelp reviews seemed interesting so thought of checking it out. It was a Saturday afternoon and the place was pretty empty which seemed weird. They boast a lot about their features from different magazines on their menu. I got myself the Chicken Keema Kathi Roll for takeout and it was ready within a few minutes. The Roll was really filly and absolutely lip smacking! The Keema is a flavorful minced Chicken gravy which was rolled in a Paratha. The side of green chutney was yummy too! More...

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24 September 2019

My late night favorite, Desi Galli has decent food at decent prices. They stay open much later than other places in the neighborhood, and they're not afraid to make it spicy when you ask them. That being said, their dishes have been hit-and-miss, most I enjoy but sometimes I try others and am not impressed with the flavor (I mostly get Kati rolls here). Also the service, while friendly, can be quite slow (although I expect that's because they always have just one or two total employees between the register+kitchen). Will continue to come here. More...

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30 August 2019

Really good go to Indian food. Flavors are real and the portions are great for the price. Clutch for a go to meal on the cheap which is crucial. Pictured is the Chicken tikka kathi roll. The combo comes with seasoned fries which are really flavorful. The meal also comes with the mint cilantro and tamarind chutney both compliment the meal well. Delicious food and always a staple for a good meal More...

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21 August 2019

MUST ORDER THE DESIPOUTINE! Paneer masala has met its match with French fries. Genius combination! Got mine to go with a milk kulfi -- perfect comfort food and more than enough for one person. Good price, too. Will definitely be back! More...

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18 August 2019

Most delicious pani puri in the world so far! fit fora raja!

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16 August 2019

The chicken tikka masala curry and desipoutine are delicious and the service is super friendly!

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29 July 2019

Delicious Indian street food, I had the Palak Patte Ki Chaat and the Pani Puri, both were scrumptious. Worth trying out for a change of pace from your Indian standards, plus friendly staff and a relax environment.

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22 July 2019

I've gotten takeout from here several times. The food is solid- with my personal favorite being the aloo paneer kathi roll. I prefer these over the ones from the original "Kati roll" chain because the paneer stuffing is better here and also they incorporate the right amount of onion so it's flavorful but not overpowering. I also really enjoy their vegetable samosa. Today I had a ritual order that was supposed to be ready at 1 pm but when I showed up at 1:15 it still wasn't ready. Took them about 5 mins to prepare it. Even on my previous visits I've noticed it takes them a while to prepare the food so just keep that in mind. UPDATE: placed an order on all set today and it was ready when I got there! Thanks Desi Galli More...

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17 July 2019

Great aromas and even better customer service as soon as you walk through the door! Lamb Biriyani was ON POINT. We were recommended the Desipoutine and it was an amazing appetizer. Definitely my new regular Indian joint! More...

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29 June 2019

We stopped by desi galli , a small place in Indian street in New York. We only ordered 1 paani poori.Paani poori was AMAZING- filled with mint chutney and with tamarind chutney! The paani was perfect.- a must try!But service was very slow. It was super hot so we did not go down stairs to sit( yeah we sat on a small bench next to the counter)Tip 1: If you buy anything you $10, you get 1 gulag jamun freeTip 2: They give 10% student discount More...

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21 June 2019

Very good chicken tikka masala curry. Get it with a side of naan and enjoy! Nice small seating area in the front for small groups.

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1 June 2019

I've ordered takeout from Desi Galli on multiple occasions and it's always hot, well-seasoned, and generally delicious. I LOVE their Pav Bhaji and their curries are on point. They even gave me a free dessert with my first order, without it being an advertised deal. I've never been to the restaurant in person, but I'm tempted to go! More...

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25 May 2019

The No. 4 vegetarian option is one of the best parathas I've had in NYC. Delicious and affordable. Also had some pani puri which was OK, not amazing. ...and was still hungry so got a chicken bbq paratha. Very good, *not* as good as the vegetarian aloo one, though. Beware a pretty long wait for the food, but still definitely worth it More...

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12 May 2019

When I asked my sister where she'd like to go for her birthday dinner, she chose Desi Gali because it was near her yoga studio.  This sounded like a great idea to me, as I'd had several delightful meals and snacks at the other branch on Lexington in Curry Hill over the years.  Last Friday we had plump and well-seasoned samosas, a complexly-spiced lamb curry, deliciously sweet and creamy ras malai, and wonderful mango lassis.  In addition to the fine food, I'm happy to report that the portions were quite generous and the service was very warm--two aspects that I'd always found to be true at the Lexington location.  In every way, a terrific birthday dinner! More...

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7 May 2019

The kathi rolls (chicken keema is my favorite) and specialty chaats are delicious. I would tell you to go somewhere else if you are looking for curries/briyani. The street food is great tho

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4 April 2019

All time favorite chicken tikka masala.  So creamy, perfect spice level, I crave it 24/7.  Don't want to move out of the neighborhood because I love this place so much!!

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3 March 2019

Food was actually very delicious !!!!  Those fries were some sort of fries with the gravy on top! Never tasted such a yummy thing lol. .  will be going there again most definitely ! More...

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17 February 2019

Ordered delivery on a whim and was blown away. This food is amazing!! What a pleasant surprise. Such a unique and creative blend of spices and flavors. If you're vegan or vegetarian there are lots of options. I wish they were in my neighborhood!Their sauces are magical. I don't even know what that brown sauces is but one of best things I've ever eaten! Thank you! More...

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1 February 2019

Good place for reasonably priced Indian food. I get lunch to go from here pretty frequently and it's very reliable. The kathi roll lunch special is a good deal and the lamb biryani never disappoints.

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27 January 2019

I haven't been here since the summer, but their Palak Patte Ki Chaat is one of the most delicious things ever. I'm not sure I've tried anything else - maybe their Kati Rolls? I've only gotten their chaats to go. The place doesn't have the best ventilation nor clean seating. I live pretty far away so they pack my to-go orders pretty well. I can't wait to return. It's been a while. More...

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23 January 2019

Has the best Katirolls and paani puri in the city!!

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21 December 2018

I love ordering from here. I have never been disappointed by this place. They come pretty quickly. The food is aromatic and delicious. If I get into details my mouth will start watering and I'll need to order right this minute More...

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15 December 2018

Yum! We had chaat to share, and a kati roll (paneer, lamb) each for a quick dinner. Everything was flavorful, and the meal was a good value. I liked that the rolls here were a bit punchier in terms of flavor than, say, Kati Roll Company. More...

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9 December 2018

High recommend the spicy chicken tikka masala. Have yet to find a restaurant that makes it wither he perfect spice like they do. Portions are good, could give more rice. I would recommend picking up and taking away. Food is very well packaged and never leaks or drips. Really appreciate this since take out can sometimes fall apart or get messy More...

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7 November 2018

Got an aloo and paneer tikka Kati roll! It was different than the amazing paneer kathi roll I've had elsewhere in New York at a different location, but it was still really good in its own way! The paneer was shredded, not cubed. Not spicy at all, but they give you green chutney with it if you need it! (but I'm South Indian) Small place, not sit down. Staff are friendly. They have iced masal chai which I need to try next time! More...

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31 October 2018

Dear Desi Gali - I love you. You have never disappointed me, and I often go 20-40min out of my way to eat you. Do you put crack if your dishes? Shit is unreal. Kathi rolls, bangin'. Biryani, perfect. Tikka Marsala, God's gift...just gimme a thermos of that sauce. You da best More...

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19 October 2018

Ordered the chicken tikka masala curry and it was great. Definitely good for what you're paying for

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25 September 2018

The owner is incredibly nice. I ordered takeout and it was ready in 5 minutes. The chicken tikka masala was very tasty, with plenty of meat and rice. Definitely left me full. Whether you're looking for a quick dinner or a late night snack, definitely recommend you check Desi Galli out. I'm excited to explore the menu :) More...

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24 September 2018

My fave late night vegetarian option "fast food" place that's within walking distance. Their spicey french fries- come on now, my son and I are hooked.

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14 September 2018

I don't even know where to start! I sought out this place after seeing the segment on the Rachael Ray show, and it did not disappoint. I love Indian food and I'm very picky when it comes to authentic Indian food. I purposely ordered almost one of every type of test just to be able to try it. Great to go with a group of people in case you want to do this as well. The most amazing Pani puri, kati roll, butter chicken, and vada pav! I wish I had more time in New York so I could try the rest of the menu. The owner of the restaurant is incredibly friendly and warm. I could tell that she really care that me and my friends had a great experience. It's a smallish place with seating. More...

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10 September 2018

Probably the best Indian food I've had in New York City thus far. This place deserves much more recognition than it gets. Good service and very nice people . You can't go wrong with what you order here, from the curry to the rolls to the chaat. (Best Chicken Tikka Masala I've ever had!) More...

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6 September 2018

Decent food... wasn't the best chicken I've had but acceptable. Its a small take out place.  I paid extra for naan but they initially tried to only give me rice.  Server quickly rectified the error. Check in for free dessert More...

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5 September 2018

I'm sorry but... this is the best curry chicken tikka In the city! Hands down. Just try it. My friend raced and I was like ok. .. but then I tried it and I've never looked back. I can't account for every item on the menu but this one thing is BoMB More...

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1 September 2018

This is my go to spot for biryani, especially when I want to take some home for dinner or the weekend! Cannot recommend the lamb biryani enough - it's a decent portion size and usually works for two meals for me.

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23 August 2018

"As feat. On Racheal Ray" is just absurd enough to make me try the 8.99$ combo** now available across the street from GoLES ( go lower east side tenant advocacy east village holdout) ( **chicken roll/ fries/drink*) *pay . 50 cents more for mango drink upgrade - yummy / get enough soda - 10% discount for Racheal Ray & students w/ ID which I am NOT - either.  Nice to sit and watch the foot traffic / target customers.  Oh speaking of Targets, as I tried to take the photo thru the window to GoLES my view was blocked BY A TARGET TRUCK.  still not sure what they sell at a Target, almost visited Just to see their fake and locally offensive CBGB facade. ( removed due to online and physical vomit ). Oh well, guess I'll have to settle for seeing and playing in the non-target version back when this $10 meal wouldn't have seemed like such a deal, but until I get that cargo bike Delorean up and running I'll enjoy the relative and relativity from behind my Greying beard.        Peace. More...

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29 July 2018

I work very close to this place. And I come here often. Try their veggie kati rolls they don't disappoint. Meat ones are good not great. Chicken biryani was good for the price. The rice had good flavor but chicken was dry. Iced masala chai needs a try surely. I also got a large order from them. They were exceptionally good with service and had everything ready. The rolls were cut in halves. They have a chutney too. More...

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23 July 2018

Verry Good

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23 July 2018

Tasty Fast Food...Great service....Very Addicting...LOVE !

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23 July 2018

Best Kati rolls in the city!

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23 July 2018

Gluten free kathi rolls are fantastic!! Excellent food and excellent service!

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