photo by Reimy Gonzalez
New York’s parks are home to some prolific food vendors: Central Park has its elegant and historic Loeb Boathouse; Madison Square Park has its vibrant Shake Shack. And Washington Square Park has its NY Dosas cart, where Thiru Kumar, a mustachioed Sri Lankan immigrant, has been vending knockout vegetarian stuffed crepes to long lines since 2002. It’s a simple formula: Slightly sour rice and lentil batter is painted on a grill and griddled into a pancake, then rolled around spice-inflected potatoes and vegetables. Drizzle on your own coconut chutney to taste, and pair your lunch with a fried veggie samosa if you’re starving. It’s worth the struggle to find a bench nearby to eat this meal.