Viks Chaat Corner from Berkeley in NYC?
When I lived in the Bay area, I was obsessed with this amazing chaat house called Viks Chaat Corner. I would go every weekend to fight the crowds, wait on a long line and order from their long menu of treats. A long wait to guess which was my name that was being called indecipherably on the loud speaker, sharing a table with an Indian family of 9 and eating the most delicious food around was all part of the ritual. And all under $6!!!
I was especially addicted to the lamb baida roti and the bhatura cholle with chick pea curry and mango pickle. The samosa cholle was amazing as well.
Any ideas where I can get the same delicious cheap food and fun experience in NYC?
I too loved Vik's in Berkeley. I recall eating their delicious chaat outside on the curb when no tables were available, and with the flimsiest plastic spoons they give out! LOL. anyway, i've also been meaning to seek out some similar places in manhattan. i recently found this article in the nytimes about chaat that listed two places that might be worth trying: Sukhadias and Dimple. good luck!
If you are feeling adventurous ...
You can take the PATH train to Jersey City and go to Little India. This is a shopping district for working class South Asians at the end of Newark Ave. You will find your chaat experience there.
You take the PATH from World Trade Center three stops in the direction of Newark to Journal Square and then just walk a couple blocks past the Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall to get there. The PATH ride is fifteen minutes from Manhattan. You'll walk another ten minutes.
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