When I suggest an Indian restaurant to my friends, the response is always the same – “No way, it’s just so heavy.” Time and time again I agree to disagree, and come to terms with eating Indian on my own time. Hey, more Naan for me!

But then I found a place that is changing the (Indian) game. Bombay Sandwich Co serves lighter and revamped vegetarian versions of the Indian classics. Think sandwiches, wraps, and salads filled with chickpeas, chutneys, dals, curries, and more to round out the menu. This completely vegetarian menu, with several gluten-free options, will convince any of your non-believing friends that Indian food can not only be delicious, but also healthy and lighter than usual. At Bombay Sandwich Co., you don’t have to worry about that Buddha belly.

Bombay Sandwich Co Started at Smorgasburg

A Smorgasburg success story, founders Shiv Puri and his wife, Shikha Jain, originally tested their flavors out at the Brooklyn food market in June 2012. The couple dreamed of providing the city with healthy, homestyle vegetarian fare, so they decided to take their family recipes and strike out on their own.

Bombay Sandwich

Fortunately, they got a big enough following to allow them to open a brick and mortar space in Chelsea, conveniently located down the street from the Eat Up New York headquarters. Bombay Sandwich Co is the perfect place to grab a quick lunch, as the line always moves quickly, but not ideal for a sit down, as the space is quite narrow and small. Pro tip: take your order to-go and enjoy the outdoor seating right next door.

One of the top sellers at Bombay Sandwich Co, the Chana Masala Sandwich, is a recipe that comes from Jain’s mother. Made with slow-cooked chickpease, date chutney, and pickled onions, I guarantee you’ve never tried anything quite like it. But don’t let the name fool you because Bombay Sandwich Co., has plenty of non-sandwich options. I regularly enjoy the salads and bowls, which are large, filling, and quite reasonable priced. I recently tried the Garden Salad, which is a far cry from your typical Garden Salad, complete with arugula, avocado, sprouts, cucumber, carrots and onion, with a homemade Indian spiced dressing that really brings it all together. I also added a side of the Chana Masala for some extra protein, and because its freaking delicious. The smoothies are also a great option, with just a hint of Indian flare, like the Vegan Mango Lassi.

There are so many options on this menu that you could come here everyday for several weeks and always try something new. And you should, because I promise you will find something you love. If you’re considering dipping into Indian cuisine for the first time, give Bombay Sandwich Co. a try. It’s an easy way in and will have you coming back for more.

Bombay Sandwich Co. – Website
48 W. 27th St., nr. Sixth Ave.


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