THELEwala

Indian Restaurant and Food Truck$$$$
Greenwich Village, New York
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  • The experts at Village Voice and Serious Eats recommend this place
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  • New York Habitat
    "Get the Chapli roll and ask them to spice it up for you."(20 Tips)
    Vaidehi K.
    "Thelewala chicken roll and masala chai = cheap and delicious."(9 Tips)
    Anil K.
    "The thelewala special Kati roll is awesome"(16 Tips)
    Emily W.
    "Bhel pori - so refreshing, so good."(6 Tips)
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  • Thrillist
    ThrillistNovember 24, 2014
    This place serves an incredible mix of vegetarian and oh-thank-God-not-vegetarian stuff. Try the Bhel puri, or the okra roll, which's still crunchy, just spicy enough, and wrapped in a fresh paratha. Read more
  • Nicole M.
    Nicole MarcelliniSeptember 19, 2012
    Not only the famous Chapli Roll (minced lamb roll, red onions, lime and fried eggs) is really delicious, the prices are down to earth and the Service is very smart! Just stop by!
  • Himanshu G.
    Himanshu GuptaMay 30, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Probably my most favorite place to eat in NYC and the only place so far I go out of my way to get food from. Their aloo achari kati roll is the best. Bhel puri is amazing too!
  • Joanne C.
    Joanne CheungAugust 14, 2016
    Chapli roll!!! Has the perfect amount of spice and is actually quite easy to eat if you are careful. I like to come here in solo trips for a quiche bite. It's quite small. But be warned, no AC.....
  • Mara B.
    Mara BelAugust 26, 2013
    It's a small space, enough to seat maybe 5 people maximum. The food is delish! I had the Lime Paneer roll-Yummy. If you've ever had Dhal pouri you'll love it. I'll def go back to try more.
  • Rhea D.
    Rhea DattaMay 4, 2013
    Chapli roll is to die for! My all time fav. Kati Roll Co. has a competitor now. Oh n the jhaal moori is as close as it gets to the real thing- take it from a true "Kolkata-r bangali"!!!
  • Flavia J.
    Flavia JordanMay 16, 2013
    Everything we ordered was delicious, the warm parathas are perfect and the spicy peanuts such a treat. A great meal for two under $20, you can eat in or picnic at the park.
  • Jeffrey
    JeffreyAugust 31, 2014
    Griddled-to-order nizami rolls, the rolled parathas stuffed with fillings like egg, minced lamb, chicken, and lime-flavored paneer, they make a perfect midnight snack. Also good: chaat.
  • CampusClipper
    CampusClipperNovember 29, 2011
    Good staff, clean area, and just a few steps from NYU and Washington Square. Not only that, but students can get a 10% discount by presenting their student ID! Ask for the Chicken Malai Roll!
  • Real Cheap Eats
    Real Cheap EatsAugust 15, 2012
    The okra roll has a light, satisfying crunch. Tossed whole on the tawa, it's tangy, spicy and subtly sweet, with a distinctly smoky edge. The paratha is delicate and dotted with char marks. Read more
  • Tim N.
    Tim NoltJuly 12, 2014
    Better than Kati Roll. Chapli Roll or Thelewala Chicken roll is the way to go. Cleaner, and better service. Listen to me, not yelp. This is what I do for a living.
  • Rahil B.
    Rahil BeraniSeptember 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    I love this place. The food is great. But man am I pissed at the fact that this guy held his phone the hold time. Did not pay attention to me food, but rather his texts
  • Joanna S.
    Joanna StanberrySeptember 4, 2013
    For gluten free and dairy free get the Tawa chicken w paratha and Ragara potato patties. I asked as a substitute for the bread which they couldn't do but did discount the combo.
  • Matthew H.
    Matthew HarrisonApril 26, 2012
    THELEwala chicken roll was great- small but filling, spicy but manageable. I've also been told that the Bhel Pori is supposed to be legit. @hanssaber (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhNovember 2, 2015
    Get their Chapli roll (lamb), chicken malai roll & their thelewala roll. All great Indian street eats! Make sure to get them extra spicy ;)
  • Real Cheap Eats
    Real Cheap EatsNovember 5, 2012
    The bhel pori ($5.50) isn’t for the faint of heart. Heartier than a salad, it clears your sinuses with a tart, spicy mix of chutneys and lime juice, then kicks in some red onion on the back end. Read more
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsApril 13, 2013
    The street food-style Indian food here is different from most in New York. We love the kati rolls and chaat.
  • Allison Y.
    Allison YuFebruary 1, 2015
    It might take a while to get your kati roll but it's so worth it. They use free range chicken and it absolutely makes all the difference.
  • Sidhu
    SidhuNovember 16, 2013
    It's okkk.. the original kati roll is much better in taste and quality. Also, all nonveg kati rolls come with egg. Although it doesn't say on the menu. So b careful if you r allergic to eggs like me.
  • Hayley J.
    Hayley JonesOctober 15, 2014
    Omg I could eat the bhel puri forever, the chickpea curry works pretty well with it! Yum!!
  • Faraaz N.
    Faraaz NaqviAugust 19, 2014
    Must try the THELEWALA Chicken Roll. Great flavours, cheap, and just delicious. When your in NYC, you've got your snack
  • Rajeev M.
    Rajeev MMay 20, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Jhaal moori is authentic, just like you would get it in Calcutta, India.
  • Scott G.
    Scott GellmanDecember 16, 2015
    So well priced and tasty! Love the Chapli roll, and try the bhel pori, sweet, cilantro-y and tasty!
  • Real Cheap Eats
    Real Cheap EatsNovember 5, 2012
    Try the okra roll. Tossed on the grill with red onion & bell pepper, then seasoned with cilantro, lime juice & green chilies, the okra is tangy, spicy and subtly sweet, with a distinctly smoky edge. Read more
  • Christian D.
    Christian DickmannJune 19, 2016
    The "thelewala chicken roll" and "okra roll" (order that one spicy), as well as "ghugni w/ paratha" are great.
  • Thomas M.
    Thomas MoAugust 15, 2014
    If you dare to order their Nazami rolls extra spicy like me, they will pill on jalapenos. When it comes to spice they mean business.
  • Berk K.
    Berk KapiciogluApril 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Better than Kati Roll Company across the street. Reasonably fast service. Chapli roll with lamb is delicious.
  • Jordan K.
    Jordan KongDecember 31, 2011
    Get the THELEwala chicken roll! Super tender chicken. The Burl Pori is very spicy despite not having the small red pepper symbol.
  • Chavelli
    ChavelliJuly 23, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    So tasty! Try the Chapli Roll. Amazing flavors and great size for a smallish meal or big snack.
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatDecember 5, 2011
    The rolls here are just too good to pass up. Get the Chapli roll and ask them to spice it up for you.
  • leo k.
    leo kyivOctober 21, 2014
    Awesome indian street food. Good choice of vegetarian rolls
  • Sebastien L.
    Sebastien LafosseFebruary 12, 2012
    I order here every week and there is no doubt that the Chapli Roll is the best!! Get 2 of them if you are hungry.
  • CREATETHE GROUP
    CREATETHE GROUPJuly 6, 2012
    Bigger and better than the rolls across the street. I always get the Chapli and Achari Aloo Tikki Rolls. -Derek
  • Heather V.
    Heather VelezFebruary 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The lime paneer roll is delicious! If you want something more substantial the chicken tawa is where it's at.
  • Joanne C.
    Joanne CheungApril 1, 2016
    Hit the spot! I got the lamb roll :) right amount of spicy and had a nice kick to it
  • John C.
    John CrepezziAugust 12, 2014
    Chapli is a must, as is the spicy chicken (fair warning: actually a bit spicy)
  • Ben W.
    Ben WatkinsJuly 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Flavor explosion. Get the thelewala chicken and make it spicy. Best mouth-gasm you'll ever have!
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MacMay 17, 2016
    Good lime paneer and chicken malai rolls, but a bit drier compared to Kati Roll (personal preference)
  • Eat to Blog
    Eat to BlogJanuary 14, 2012
    Calcutta-style street food is the focus of this place. Try the bhel pori for a unique take on Indian food.
  • Sairam R.
    Sairam RajagopalJune 16, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Best Indian street food in NYC! The Thelewala chicken roll is divine! Bhel puri is perfect also.
  • Abigail A.
    Abigail ArgersingerApril 4, 2016
    Great to pop in for a snack - don't expect great service or any space to stand.
  • Sergio L.
    Sergio LopezSeptember 27, 2011
    A great little place that offers authentic, fresh Indian cuisine. I recommend the Chicken Malai Roll!
  • Parul B.
    Parul BatraAugust 8, 2013
    The achari aloo tikki roll is the best vegan roll I have ever had!
  • Deep G.
    Deep GujralMay 24, 2013
    Higher quality food and ingredients as compared to Kati roll (across the street)- and about exactly the same price. Oh and no line or wait.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 15, 2011
    Stop by this cart for quick and delicious Indian food. We recommend the jaal moori!
  • Namitta S.
    Namitta ShankarJune 7, 2012
    Highly overrated Indian rolls. Paneer rolls lacked salt & looked like they were wrapped in a hurry(contents poured out as I began to eat the roll). It's fine, not too shabby. (2 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Akshay P.
    Akshay PatilFebruary 29, 2012
    Do you like spicy, oily, minced-up lamb? Yeah you do. Get the Chapli Roll and be happy.
  • Kunjan P.
    Ghughni is the best thing I've had! Also the peanut masala is amazing!
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinSeptember 30, 2014
    Chapli Roll: can't miss. Great chaat for sharing
  • Thomas M.
    Thomas MurphyMarch 15, 2012
    You absolutely need to go here! Be sure to get a cup of masala chai!
  • Tom J.
    Tom JosephApril 21, 2015
    The chapli and okra rolls were tasty. Good value too
  • Sanam L.
    Sanam LakhwaraFebruary 17, 2016
    The chicken phal roll is great and really spicy!
  • Saarim Z.
    Saarim ZamanJune 13, 2016
    Authentic Indian street food! Try the bhel puri
  • Vaidehi K.
    Vaidehi KMarch 14, 2016
    Thelewala chicken roll and masala chai = cheap and delicious.
  • Beena K.
    Beena KalaiyaJuly 4, 2011
    Truly authentic Indian street food....everything on the menu is delicious :) Read more
  • Nick G.
    Nick GrayNovember 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Off menu: roll with cauliflower and okra and egg. Delish!
  • Heather L.
    Heather LiuMay 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The Thelewala chicken roll is the best - get it extra spicy!
  • dane m.
    dane mcbaineDecember 23, 2011
    The achari aloo is so good. So is lime paneer- but the aloo is better!
  • Ronak D.
    Ronak DayaJune 7, 2012
    Perfect place to get indian masala chai on a rainy day!
  • Kristen D.
    Kristen DrewesApril 20, 2012
    Note the tiny star in the window -- 10% off with a student ID could be yours!
  • Isaac G.
    Isaac GApril 15, 2012
    The tiny red peppers to the left of the menu items means SPICY.
  • Vaishali M.
    Vaishali MehtaAugust 28, 2012
    For vegeterians, try alu dum with paratha...its frikkin' awesome!
  • Matthew D.
    Matthew DanzigApril 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Tasty "Cart" Indian food. Ask for your rolls extra spicy!
  • Sara M.
    Sara MathewApril 2, 2014
    Pani puri sucks !!! Order chapli kebab roll, chicken Phal roll and bhel puri
  • Lyndsey M.
    Lyndsey MJune 15, 2014
    Great food, but it annoys me that they refuse to serve tap water even on request.
  • Emily S.
    Emily SokolowApril 27, 2016
    Chapli roll is divine!! Perfect flavorful mid-day snack.
  • Al L.
    Al LoNovember 22, 2016
    The taste of these things are unbelievable. Thelewala chicken roll!
  • Karan M.
    Karan MainiMay 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Hot off the pan the chapli roll melts in your mouth!
  • Emily W.
    Emily WilsonNovember 3, 2015
    Bhel pori - so refreshing, so good.
  • Claudia C.
    Claudia CAugust 29, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Friendly staff + Delicious food = Many repeat offenders
  • Mandar M.
    Mandar MAugust 2, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Definitely try the peanut masala !!!
  • Hany Y.
    Hany YoussefNovember 7, 2016
    Great food super tiny place worth trying
  • drew t.
    drew tarvinMay 25, 2015
    Great for a quick roll while walking around MacDougal.
  • Gargi B.
    the chatpata paneer roll hits the spot!
  • Anil K.
    Anil KadimisettyMay 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The thelewala special Kati roll is awesome
  • Aditya A.
    Paneer chili roll is awesome
  • Amruta B.
    Amruta BugeJune 9, 2015
    Chicken Malai Roll 👌🏽❤️
  • Amanda T.
    Amanda TheilerFebruary 26, 2015
    really good chaat! $3.50-5.50
  • Kent W.
    Kent WilhelmMay 6, 2011
    Make sure you ask for whatever you order "spicy"!
  • Jason M.
    Jason MogeraFebruary 18, 2012
    Try the Achari Paneer Kati Roll
  • Nadu
    NaduJanuary 15, 2012
    try the lime paneer roll
  • Akshay P.
    Akshay PatilJuly 25, 2011
    Pretty solid kati rolls, but I have to say, I prefer Kati Roll Co. across the street.
  • Erica S.
    Erica SwallowSeptember 28, 2011
    Try the lime paneer roll!
  • Avneesh K.
    Avneesh KohliMay 8, 2016
    Bhel puri is exceptional
  • Allison S.
    Allison ScottApril 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the chapli roll & spice it up!
  • Namitta S.
    Namitta ShankarMay 20, 2012
    Lime paneer roll was not what I envisioned. Poorly cooked dough, extremely limey and the cottage cheese wasn't well done either. Does not deliver for all the hype.
  • Ryan E.
    Ryan EickMarch 14, 2016
    Awesome Kati rolls here
  • Dana L.
    Dana LeeApril 21, 2016
    Anything with paneer
  • Michael D.
    Michael De La RosaJanuary 14, 2015
    Bhel Puri: $5.50
  • AP d.
    AP du PlessisJanuary 26, 2013
    Best roti-like Indian spot
  • Kriti S.
    Kriti SharmaJuly 14, 2015
    Chat pata paneer roll
  • Joia R.
    Joia RoshogollahJuly 6, 2013
    Pretty good... Better than Kati Roll
  • Lisa C.
    Lisa CJune 4, 2012
    Great bhel puri!
  • Archana M.
    Archana ManiApril 25, 2016
    Everything is just yumm!
  • Josh F.
    Josh FeuersteinAugust 1, 2011
    The Bhel Pori is terrific.
  • Liz A.
    Liz AMarch 21, 2012
    The Chapli Roll is delicious
  • Samit P.
    Samit PatelMarch 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Spicy Egg Roll.. :)
  • Claire M.
    Claire MazurFebruary 2, 2012
    Lime paneer roll. Deeeeelish.
  • Divya M.
    Divya MenonJanuary 10, 2015
    Bhel puri!!
  • vinx
    vinxDecember 23, 2014
    Chapli Roll for the win
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