One of the boarded up restaurant in Curry Hill finally opened up –Kathi Rolls, where Kabab Factory used to be. Interestingly enough, they kept part of the name “Kathi Rolls by Kabab Factory” on the sign. I’m not sure it is the same people since most of what I read about the new place is that it’s owned by the Bhatti Indian Grill across the street. Kathi Rolls is a clean, young trendy looking place …almost like a Pinkberry version of Kabab Factory.
I got the Seekh Kabab (lamb) Kati Roll $5 with my choice of free vegetable toppings (onions, lettuce, tomato, peppers, egg, etc.) I held back the urge to get everything and just picked a few that I thought would compliment a lamb kati roll. It was nice, spicy and a decent size. The paratha/Indian flat bread was soft and pillowy.
I’m now curious about Bhatti Indian Grill. They have a lunch buffet that I’ve heard they bring to you plated. For the price of two kathi rolls, a buffet is a pretty good deal.
I’m also interested in the future state of Curry Hill and how it plays out. Seems like more trendier places are setting in and taking over the hole-in-the-wall joints. But it isn’t as if the trendier places are any more expensive. I would say it’s like how a lot of Thai places have become trendy looking yet affordable (i.e. Planet Thai, Sea). And with the trendy looking DhaBa taking over the old Dosa Hut next door to Bhatti, the block seems more like a destination for college kids than cab drivers.
Kathi Rolls – 101 Lexington Ave (btw 27th & 28th St) New York, NY 10079