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“Superlative Indian food - and a bargain”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Thelewala

Thelewala
Ranked #4,001 of 13,552 Restaurants in New York City
Cuisines: Indian, Fast food
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Restaurant details
Good for: Cheap Eats
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Delivery, Takeout
Neighbourhood: Greenwich Village
Bethesda, Maryland
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108 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Superlative Indian food - and a bargain”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2014

A caveat of this review is that my experience with Bengali food is limited. That said, I had one of the best meals ever at this take-out hole-in-the-wall in the Village. It is run by a small team of enthusiastic ethnic Tibetans (from the diaspora in Calcutta). The food is not just capsaicin hot (it is plenty of that, specially the roll with the habanero pepper sauce), but redolent of spices, in a manner that is hard to find in the USA, but expected for any decent food in India. I could eat here all night, and almost did. This is a shining exemplar demonstrating that you don't have to pay a lot of money to get extraordinary food. It is something of a mystery to me why they don't run a high-end operation (difficult to get capital, I suppose), but I will keep returning for their food, regardless of what they charge. An astonishing feast for the tastebuds.

  • Visited May 2014
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English first
New York City, New York
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89 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“What is Kati Roll?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2014 via mobile

This place is definitely underrated. Their rolls are not oily at all and definitely taste better but I don't know why there's a longer wait outside Kati Roll Company across the street. Anyway, we had the malai chicken and shami kabab rolls and they were both excellent.

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New Haven, Connecticut
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59 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Perfect Rolls”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2014

This is great for an inexpensive, no thrills, quick bite. NYU students should certainly take advantage of it. It is certainly a place were you can get a really hardy quick fill by in and out order or delivery. My favorite is the chapli roll (chicken and lamb). The lamb is incredibly well seasoned and cooked. There is no pomp and circumstance, but is a must try.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank JSylvia707
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Andover, Massachusetts
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57 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Awesome Rolls (Indian style)”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2013

This is a superb place for Rolls (Indian style wrap). We have been to this place once before & were pleasantly surprised to find such tasty snacks.
We visited this place yesterday & the food is still awesome. We had "chat pata chicken roll", "thelewala chicken roll" & absolutely loved it. The "ragara patties" was good too. The "tawa chicken with paratha" was not that spicy, but was ok.

This place will be on our suggested "places to eat" list around New York city.

  • Visited December 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Great food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2013 credit card Amex Cardmember Review

Only ever order delivery but it's delicious and inexpensive. I like the lamb and chicken chapli. Fast and fresh

Visited October 2013
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