Malai Marke's New Snack Kitchen Now Serving Kati Rolls, Chaat, and More Indian Street Food

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Crisp and spicy pav bhaji at Malai Marke

I love making a quick lunch of hot masala chai and pav bhaji, one of India's finest junk foods. The bread rolls should be generously buttered and deeply browned, ideally served with a super-spicy curried mash that's full of flavor and devoid of nutritional value.

Shiva Natarajan's sparse and shiny Malai Marke already stands out on East 6th Street's stretch of Indian restaurants, with a glass-encased kitchen and a menu that dips into more esoteric regional dishes than its Northern neighbors. The crisp pav bhaji is lovely ($7 for 2), especially when squeezed with a bit of lemon, and the methi chicken is a good find as well, the fresh fenugreek leaves softened in garlic and green chiles. The kitchen works some of the brighter flavors from the coast, too, as in the Mangalorean dish of shrimp Ajadina.

I was delighted to see that Natarajan is now dedicating a new kitchen within Malai Marke to Indian snacks.

The small flat-top and counter, set aside in one pocket of the dining room away from the main kitchen, fires up today. You'll find a variety of chaats and many kinds of kati rolls (filled with things like spicy ground lamb, fried eggs, and potato). Much like at Thelewala, the restaurant's teeny West Village snack bar, prices will range from $4 to $12.

Malai Marke, 318 E 6th Street; 212-777-7729

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Malai Marke

318 E. 6th St., New York, NY

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UrvashiJ
UrvashiJ

I agree his restaurants are good, but the other day i found out, the owner of these restaurants, Shiva, is an amazing human being. My further doubts were settled after visiting his private fb page where he writes about his insertions and shares interesting articles he reads over the internet. This is his page: https://www.facebook.com/ShivaNatNY

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