The Dosa Man Of NYC, Thiru Kumar Is A Street Hero

by Mrunal Mahajan
The Dosa Man Of NYC, Thiru Kumar Is A Street Hero

New York City has a new staple food, Dosas. Thiru Kumar’s Dosa cart has been on the top of the list for 18 years. Delicious crunchy dosas are a competition to the famous hot dogs on Washington Street.

What Is It?
This Sri Lankan artist, Thiru Kumar has New York city’s heart. I call him artist because this Dosa Man has swept every New Yorker off their feet with his incredible dosa making skills. People call him ‘Thiru the Dosa Man’. He moved to New York when the civil war started and was doing various other jobs before he started the Dosa Cart in December 2001.

Picture Credits: NY Dosas

New Yorkers turn to this healthy delicacy by ditching the famous cheese hot dogs. His food is authentic, and one will not find these rice pancakes served with various lentils in one place. He works 6 days a week and the stall is crowded at lunchtime. Kumar’s dosa recipe is inspired by his grandmother. The famous dish ‘Special Pondicherry’, is the most favored and is served with Sambar and coconut chutney. He has maintained the quality for 18 years and has never disappointed his fans.

Picture Credits: NY Dosas

What More?
Apart from his famous dosas he also sells Sri Lankan Roti Curry and Noodles and Samosas. The combination of spicy, healthy, crunchy and delicious is what makes his stall the most appealing in New York. People from all over the world come here to eat his dosas.

Image Credits: NY Dosas

What Else?
He wakes up early every morning and buys vegetables and makes it fresh every day. He starts setting up his stall by 11:30 in the morning. He is very friendly and while making food he chats with people and shares anecdotes from his journey. He also believes food is for everyone and helps out the poor. He has built a rapport with the college-going students and understands their cash crunch and the budget their lives revolve around.

Address: NY Dosas, 50 Washington Square S, New York, NY 10014
Time: 11:30 am
Owner: Thiru Kumar