We’ve long espoused the heavenly virtues of Punjab Deli, the wonderful Sikh steam counter near Houston and Ave A: it’s cheap, delicious and the owners are embarrassingly kindhearted. On top of that, all the cabbies love it, which is always a good sign.
AGHA Where I hailed him: Midtown Where he hails from: Pakistan Years as a cabbie: 8 Previous profession: Always a driver
There’s this great Pakistani place I like that’s open 24 hours, seven days a week. It’s called Cuisine of Pakistan, it’s in Midtown, on Ninth Avenue somewhere. It pretty authentic and cheap. Tasty, too. Other than that, I’ll just go to whatever place is open that I find when I’m able to eat. The Midtown area is good because there are a lot of places open later there. In other neighborhoods there are fewer places to go.
Where I hailed him: Union Square Where he hails from: Queens Years as a cabbie: 7 Previous profession: “College drop-out”
It’s too expensive to eat out all the time. A couple of times I’ve gone and gotten a slice or something, but nothing really more than that. All that food adds up. My wife makes food for me, usually just a sandwich or something. Actually, let me get it on the record that she’s an amazing cook. Anyway, I have that, and sometimes I’ll buy a soda. I don’t bring those because they get too warm.
Where I hailed him: Grand Central Station Where he hails from: China Years as a cabbie: 10 Previous profession: Bartender
Usually I don’t eat in the city. There’s no real Chinese food in America. Just a lot of fried rice. People don’t want to spend 20 years to learn how to do it properly, so they give only decorations on plates, but not food. I do know that lots of people like to go to Sixth Avenue and 11th Street, to a place that is open all night and serves French food. I take people there. But I don’t eat there because I cook my own food.
Where I hailed him: Union Square Where he hails from: Ghana Years as a cabbie: 10 Previous profession: Gas station attendant
I’ll tell you the truth: you see my body? Pretty sexy, right? It’s beautiful. You know why? I don’t eat no junk food. I cook. I eat lamb and rice. Ok, you caught me with some Starbucks coffee, but I don’t eat there. Once in a while I do go to the guy on 50th and Park, to the taqueria. But I don’t like most of the food in the city, it’s too greasy.