Desi Galli: A Nod to London's Brick Lane

Desi Galli, a new Indian café, located in the Murray Hill, neighborhood appropriately nicknamed Curry Hill, has opened its doors recently. Owned by the popular Bhatti Indian Grill, Desi Galli serves classic Indian street food staples, such as chicken tikka or lamb bhuna, in a unique and nontraditional way that separates Desi Galli from other Indian eateries.

Recently, ethnic sandwich shops have opened around the city. By taking flavors and ingredients that are outside the comfort zone for many New Yorkers and creating something utterly familiar, such as a sandwich, has been very successfully for many eateries. Desi Galli, which means Indian alley, follows suit of Korean and Vietnamese sandwich shops, such as Kimchi Taco Truck, Num Pang, and others, to create customizable sandwiches using authentic Indian flavors. The foundation for the two sizes of sandwiches (roll-in and slide-in) are India’s world class bread varieties such as Northern India’s parantha, roomali roti, a bread from Central India, and Galli’s own whole wheat vegan parantha bread. Along with traditional fillings found on the "Galli Signature Roll" menu, Desi Galli offers their patrons vegan options such as spiced chickpeas, spiced potatoes, and more.

Besides Indian sandwiches, Desi Galli has a wide-ranging menu of “Small Chops” which features vegan samosas, meat or vegetarian Galli puffs, and others. Desi Galli also has a breakfast menu, which includes different omelets or scrambled egg varieties that can be added to their three bread options. Desi Galli has covered every aspect of Indian soul food by also serving creamy Mango Lassi and a custom-blended Masala Chai tea, imported from London. Don’t forget about dessert either. A must-try is their house-made Galli Ki Kulfi, a saffron-flavored ice cream on a stick

Located at 101 Lexington Avenue at 27th Street, Desi Galli is opened weekdays at 7 a.m. for breakfast, which started June 18th, until 11 p.m. On the weekends, Desi Galli is opened until 3 a.m., making their chic downstairs lounge area the perfect destination to wind down with a nice hot cup of Chai after a night out.