Editor's note: Please welcome new SENY writer Jamie Feldmar, former food editor at Gothamist and all-around knower of New York eats. We'll chat with her more later today, but for now, enjoy the first installment of her "Cheap Eats" series. Take it away, Jamie!
Dozens of Indian restaurants and grocers cram the intersection of Lexington Ave and 28th St, leading spice-seekers to affectionately dub the area "Curry Hill." There's little in the way of a unifying theme for the cuisine on display--lavishly appointed white-tablecloth restaurants sit next to hole-in-the-wall snack shops; south Indian storefronts cook up oversized dosas and peppery rasam soup right next to north Indian joints doling out gut-busting butter chicken and biryanis; and pretty much every bodega has a shelf (or three) full of pungent spices packed in plastic baggies.
Curry Hill just so happens to be cheap eater's paradise, with a mind-boggling array of affordable dishes to choose from . If you know where to look, it's possible to taste your way across most of India, sampling dishes from almost every region, all for under $10 a pop (heck, almost everything we list here is under $5). On one block alone, you can find piping-hot roti wraps, comically large, meat-stuffed naan breads, and creamy, spicy chaats, plus dessert, if you have any room left. Here's a look at five great, affordable Indian snacks in the neighborhood.
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About the Author: Jamie Feldmar is a Brooklyn-based freelance food writer and editor. She enjoys ethnic eating adventures and can consume a startling amount of dumplings in one sitting. You can read more here and follow her (mis)adventures here.