[pink, frothy, savory]
New Naimat Kada
124 Lexington Ave (between 28th and 29th streets)
New York, NY
In the belly: Vegetarian Samosa and Kashmiri Chai
Rating: Chai is very lickable.
If only the samosas at New Naimat Kada were a little bit tastier. A small Pakistani joint in Murray Hill, New Naimat Kada proudly displays platters of masala-ed fish and chicken, kababs, and two to three vegetarian items under a glass counter that greets customers. I’ve heard most of this food is quite good. The other night, I got a sizable, hot samosa from NNK, along with a cup of salty Kashmiri chai. For just $2.50, this could be the perfect hold-me-over snack, or a very cheap, very tasty breakfast/lunch/dinner. Sadly, other than the fried pastry, there is nothing enjoyable about these samosas- the potato filling has no seasoning or spice, and the filling is generally what differentiates good samosas from the rest. These were boring samosas.
The Kashmiri Chai, on the other hand, is fantastic. It is a luxurious drink: coral-pink, lightly salty, and scented with ground pistachios, almonds, and cardamom. It’s always hot, thick, and delicious- and after the first cup, most people tend to get over their hesitation regarding salty tea. I’m excited for the evenings to become brisk and cool, and the leaves to turn crispy and red. I’ll be walking down 28th street, a steaming cup of Kashmiri chai warming my hands.
Veg Samosa: $1; Kashmiri Chai: $1.50