Every neighborhood, from Fort Greene to Harlem, from Bay Ridge to Sunnyside, has its own culinary style.
In a city obsessed with food (in a good way) Moving help in New York get to sample it all.
Each week we are featuring a neighborhood institution that over time and experience for professional movers will become a no-brainer. The places that when you look at the day’s scheduled moving jobs, you know what you’re having for lunch before you hop in the truck.
This week’s pick! — Punjabi Deli and Grocery, East Village
From across the street, it looks like an ordinary deli.
The sun-faded awning, emblazoned with thick white lettering, juts out over a dusty storefront window crowded with advertisements and posters.
But the second you step into Punjabi Deli and Grocery on East 1st Street, it becomes clear that this is far from your regular corner store.
Behind the counter are men cooking up Punjabi-style Indian dishes as traditional music blares from a stereo in the corner. The air is inundated with rich spices and the narrow store is crammed from wall to wall with customers chowing down on some of the best and cheapest Indian food New York City has to offer.
For an astounding $6, this East Village deli offers a generous portion of three curries, dahls or saags of your choice served on top of a steaming bed of basmati rice. For an extra two bucks, you can complement your meal with piping-hot chai tea and a leaf-thin slice of roti bread – perfect for scooping up sauce with and somewhat essential, as the eclectic eatery is standing room only.
If you’re in a rush, the deli also sells lightly breaded, carefully seasoned samosas and pakoras that you can eat on the go. All dishes are 100% vegetarian – a facet that should not dismay meat-eaters, as these masterful meals outplay your average chicken tikka masala everyday of the week.
Punjabi Deli is a main go-to for many on the Cool Hand team. You can always count on this straightforward eatery to dish up hearty, healthy and delightfully spicy meals, whether you finish a moving job at 3 p.m. or 3 a.m. Who knows, maybe next time we’re there, we’ll bump into you.