After a bit of a name change, Kasturi , a little Indian Bangadeshi recommended in Jim's book, has resumed its original name at the same location 83 Lex between 26th and 27th. So inconspicuous, though I almost walked right by even while looking for it yesterday.
The food they offer is real homestyle bangladeshi, with a couple of bengali fish dishes, a couple of meat dishes and several fine veg dishes each day on their "steam table" - which doesnt seem to be heated so your plate will be microwaved after it is assembled.
The drill is you get a plate - big order of rice, with either meat and veg or two veggs for $6.50. They make fresh nan and other items too, but there doesnt seem to be a menu to consult these days (maybe there's still the sign out front? Tiny sweet woman is server.
Last Friday, they offered quail, chicken, beef, fish ball and fish curries as well as two dals (their channa dal is great) and maybe six more veg including sautes of okra, bitter melon, gourd, cabbage/chana, bean and a mixed veg. Very soul satisfying spicing, distinct flavors and character to each dish, a real pleasure. Fish ball (kofta) was particularly nice, but we licked our takeout plates clean of each item.
This has never been great chow or fancy chow, but it is very very tasty and a very good deal. Give it a try! Go early for best selection - and I would think this is mainly a lunchtime place - most of clientele are taxi drivers.
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