October 01, 2007

'Dosa' Claims New York's "Best Street Food" Award!

BY BRENDAN BROSH and MELISSA GRACE

Thiru Kumar, 'Dosa Man,' presents one of his delicious spicy, potato-filled pancakes.

Thiru Kumar, 'Dosa Man,' presents one of his delicious spicy, potato-filled pancakes.


Bragging rights for New York's top sidewalk chef went to Thiru Kumar last night for his street cart's vegan Indian food delights.

Known as the "Dosa Man," Kumar, 39, won the top prize, The Silver Vendy Cup, in the third annual Vendy Awards held in Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park.

Kumar serves up dosas - spicy, potato-filled pancakes - among other veggie concoctions at Washington Square South and Sullivan St. in the West Village.

"I made a lot of vegans happy today," the Sri Lanka native said while noting his large following among college students. "There is even a dosa fan club at NYU."

Manning his street cart for six years, Kumar has been dubbed the "Susan Lucci of the Vendys" because he's been a finalist three times.

The event raises money for the Street Vendor Project, a nonprofit organization that supports the city's more than 10,000 sidewalk chefs.

Hundreds of New Yorkers paid $60 to eat - and vote - for their favorite streetcorner cooks.

6 comments:

starry nights said...

I am so glad he won, have been watching intently, I think its his third nomination.Makes me want a Dosa right now! yummy

Lotus Reads said...

I think the Vendy Awards is such a cool idea! I love street food, I don't think Toronto has enough of it. Will have to look out for Kumar's Dosa stand when I visit New York next!

Khakra said...

vegans are the scariest people on this planet.. if he manages to make them happy, god bless

net-net4 said...

Hi Id It Is !!
Happy to edit your poem in my blog today :)
I hope you will like the picture concerning requirement of color :(

Here is your poem back for your space as well :

What splendour!
Word-bereft, tongue-tied too!
What did you expect...
got to come up for breath
lest I willfully drown
in that ocean of color.

A breathtaking array!

- Id It Is -


I have just read your new poem in your previous post and i' m wondering how you do so different styles !

pRicky said...

Ah my kind of awards...

Sharique said...

If I would have know that a dosa sells for $ 60 in NY, I would have taken up the profession of a cook!