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Friday, July 13, 2007

Lahore



There is a category of food you really won't find outside a big city like NYC: that which might be referred to as Pakistani taxi cab cuisine (by and for Pakistanis). Cab drivers have a short list of requirements for their choice of on-the-job food: cheap, fast, and available all hours. In the case of Lahore, which meets these basic requirements, one could add authentic and quite good. For authentic ethnic food, it is safe to place your bets with the taxi driver - they know the entire city, have a vehicle which will take them anywhere at no cost, and are well networked with other members of their community. Many New Yorkers have gone by 132 Crosby Street hundreds of times and not even noticed the place. Lahore is literally a hole-in-the-wall - narrow, cavernous, dark, funky - yet they come (and line up). As far as the atmosphere, for many the word "scary" would come to mind, but I found the charm of the servers to quite quickly overshadow any misgivings about the roughness. This is primarily a takeout place, although there are a few stools and a tiny counter to sit at. Click here for a photo I took of their menu. Cash only, of course. I can't say Lahore is a total secret - an online search will turn up a number of reviews (all positive) including one from the New York Times in 2000. By the way, I learned today that Lahore is the capital of Pakistan's province of Punjab. With its beautiful preserved colonial architecture, gardens, and rich culture, it is sometimes known as Paris of the East...

8 comments:

Doug said...

This is the kind of thing I love most about New York. I remember the first time I had a pierogi was at place like this about 30 years ago.

Brian said...

doug - I agree, but these places are not for everyone - certainly not the faint of heart.

Zsolt said...

i loke the way you put the photos together! Showing a place within one photo like this but giving a "whole" picture:)

iBlowfish said...

Interesting post, thanks. I'll stop by to this place anytime I am in NYC.

Neva said...

This would make a great picture for the word yellow!!

Karola&Pamp said...

Great narrative.
That's really hidden place. I probobly wolud just pass it. But inside the food looks great. ;)))

kitty said...

I love Lahore!!!
I work in the neighborhood and I go often to pick up lunch or dinner on the way home.
It is INSANELY, INSANELY cheap.

Another great place (not taxi-related) is Sirtaj on 26th between 6th and Broadway. Better food, bigger portions but possibly less photogenic.

I'm tagging you with a meme and putting you on my site, btw. Keep up the great work.

-k

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