Cheap Eat of the Week: Malai Marke

By Jewelle Trotman

As a college student in NYC, having a cheap food connoisseur is essential. We all want to save money, but why sacrifice a good meal? I’m here to let you know that you’ve got options! From deals to discounts, I’ve got you covered.

If you’re in the mood to try some ethnic food outside of the “Global Station” in the dining hall, try Malai Marke located in East Village. Featuring a lunch special for $11.95 (which includes naan, rice, cabbage, dal, or roti; so pretty much an entire meal), each time I have the lunch special, I am full for the rest of the day. It’s perfect if you want to treat yourself to something different and substantial for a great price. You can stop by for the lunch special between 12pm and 3pm from Monday through Thursday; 12pm and 4pm from Friday through Sunday. The deal is available for dining in. I recommend getting the full experience: great decor, music, and service. There’s also an option to do take-out which is great if you’re on the go.

My favorite dish is the Fish Moilee. At first glance, you may think that the portions are small because the entrees come in a little dish, but they’re definitely not. There are multiple pieces of fish in the bowl that it comes in. The fish has a creamy, coconut sauce — and it’s damn good, too. I love the naan that they serve, always fresh and flavorful, as well the rice. The sides that the special comes with really tie it all together. I always get a Mango Lassi, which is like a thick, yogurt based smoothie, for a few extra dollars. If you’re a first timer when it comes to Indian food, Chicken Tikka Masala is a popular pick that you should try. The chicken comes in a creamy tomato sauce that is familiar to most people’s palettes. And vegetarians, there are a lot of options for you too!

I rate the Fish Moilee 5/5. 

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