Desi Galli Opens in East Village

The East Village is a haven for great eating. Mexican, Thai, Vegan and Italian to name just a few. But the one cuisine they lack is Indian – until now. Because Desi Galli has recently come to the hood (172 Avenue B) and the residents are rejoicing.


Desi Galil EV


Desi Galli is known for Indian street food that is both tasty and inexpensive, a perfect fit for the East Village. Cheapeats was recently invited to sample their newest location and boy were we excited.

Kitchen Counter


We were greeted with smiles and invited to head over to the open kitchen counter and place our order. We decided to go with their spiced chick pea /channa and potato/aloo Kathi which is like an Indian burrito. It comes with a side green dipping sauce that is similar in flavor to cilantro but packs quite a punch of heat. This wrap is Vegan and gluten free friendly. The spices are mixed to perfection and hearty enough for any carnivore. The drink of choice was their infamous Mango Lassi, which is like a smoothie. The creaminess of this lassi is the perfect balance to the spiced Kathi.  Combined this would run you about $11-$12.


Spiced chickpea Kathis

Owner Pria Vanda is originally from Montreal and what they’re known for is poutine. What is poutine you ask? French fries with gravy and cheese curds. So Pria has brought that to this location Desi style. The Desi fries, which is only available in this location, is a combination of fries lightly bathed  in Tikka Masala Sauce and sprinkled with cheese. With one bite, you get a mix of salt and sweet. My immediate reaction was – this is the perfect hangover food. Sooooo good!

Desi Fries Poutine


Desi Galli is open for lunch and dinner daily.  And if you happen to be in the barhopping in the hood – they’re open to 3am Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Woo! Hoo!


Happiness, $25 and under.

Desi Galli East Village Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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A fierce love of food and twin careers in real estate and fashion taught Rose to look for the hottest item and the hottest deal. Perfect attributes for creating When friends and clients needed a great meal at a great price, she could rattle off restaurant names the way a sports nut ticks off batting averages—but with a lot more home runs. Now it’s all at Cheapeats, where you’ll find “Happiness, $25 and under.”


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