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Kips Bay
New Yorkers love their sandwiches: banh mi, tortas, subs, burgers…. But the outcast is the wrap, mainly because the bready blanket is usually a soggy afterthought to the stuff inside. Not at Roomali, a spartan Curry Hill canteen, where the stretchy, chewy, griddle-fried roti is as considered as the delightful fillings (chana pakora—fried chickpea batter, paneer tikka—scorched blocks of fresh cheese, and seekh kabob—cylinders of yummy tandoor-roasted minced lamb). There’s little reason to linger in the gloomy dining nook, but the winning roti is a perfect quick meal that will have you rethinking the whole attack on wraps.
Venue name: Roomali
Address: 97 Lexington Ave
New York
Cross street: at 27th St
Opening hours: Mon–Sat noon–11pm; Sun 1–10pm
Transport: Subway: 6 to 28th St
Price: Average main course: $5. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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