I'd already decided it was the year of the momo for me after five different hole-in-the-wall momo moments I had by chance in New York in the Spring and then being drawn ineluctably to Chez Gatse in Montreal for a momo lunch a month later. I even joined the mo:mo group on Facebook. So when rln hinted in a post this morning that there might be momos at a tiny venue on 6th Avenue, I figured it was Karma.
Karma it was, or, rather, is. That's the name of a new restaurant: Karma. It's a tiny place, with just a service counter and one table in the corner that two people could squeeze into, so it's mostly for takeout. (There's a bench outside in front, but no outdoor tables as yet.) So far it offers only momos, two soups (noodle and lentil), a noodle salad and a green salad with feta cheese. It's (sob) Vegetarian, and (except for the feta cheese salad) Vegan. They also have cold drinks, chai and Organically grown coffee. The young storekeeper told me he is Nepali, and his partner is half Tibetan, half Nepali.
I had an order of momos (five pieces for $5.95) and a coffee The momos were a little larger than I had grown accustomed to, though they had as much air as filling inside. The filling was gently savory, but perhaps too subtle for this carnivore who thinks vegetarian dumplings means garlic chives (jiu cai); the wrapper seemed just the right thickness and texture. The young Nepali recited the composition of the filling for me but I've forgotten some of them (being of a certain age); they included mushrooms, garlic, onion, and green bean noodle that I can recall. The coffee was a nice honest roast.
And oh, yes: according to the County Clerk's Office, the owner of record is named Karma Sherpa. I kid you not.
Check it out, V people!
200 6th Avenue at Cornwall