The fourth edition of Bonnie Saran’s Little empire opened in October in the former home of Jerry’s Brick Oven Pizza in Pleasantville. Saran also owns Little Spice Bazaar, Little Crepe Street and Little Kebab Station in Mount Kisco.
The décor at this 1,350-square-foot nook for dining in and takeout is bright and funky, with wall murals and paint-can light fixtures. There are 20 to 24 seats. You can start with a fresh fruit juice, tea such as a cutting chai, a coffee or a lassi, an Indian yogurt-based drink.
Expect sweet and savory French crepes filled with combinations such as chicken with sherried mushrooms and gruyere; smoked salmon with sour cream, chives, scallions, capers and provolone; smoked ham, swiss and egg; mozzarella pesto with tomatoes; and chicken tikka masala. There are several vegetarian crepes also available in vegan and gluten-free varieties.
There are soups and salads such as the Mangolicious Salad; the Chopped Lentil Salad; and the Pear + Goat Cheese Salad.
And then there are those Indian street cart snacks: the pavs, puris, chats and samosas. Two Mumbai favorites are the Pav Bhaji, a mélange of potatoes, tomatoes, onions, green peas and Vada Pav, potato patties with mustard seeds, roasted spices, mint chutney and garlic chutney — both served with buttered pav bread. The Mumbai street cart menu provides more than a dozen personalized combinations for the Frankie Roll, Rice Bowl and Salad Bowl, with lamb, chicken or vegetables. You can choose the preparation style, dressings and spicy-heat levels. Most dishes are less than $10.
The Frankie Rolls are a hit in Mount Kisco, Saran says about the grilled whole wheat wraps lined with free-range eggs, lemon, pickled onions and mint chutney. (Then comes the filling!)
Little Mumbai’s kitchen staff make all the dressings, marinades, savory sauces, chocolate sauces, dulce de leche and marshmallows. The shop doesn’t have a freezer, except for the one that holds the all-natural, micro-batched ice cream sourced from SoCo Creamery in Massachusetts.
“What you eat here today was made here today, and that’s how it needs to be at all our locations,” Saran says. She wants it to be a place for students and corporate professionals alike. “I want it to work out so that it’s cheaper to eat here than to cook at home.”
— By Amy Sowder for The Journal News and lohud.com
If you go …
Little Mumbai Market, 475 Bedford Road, Pleasantville. 914-773-0500, On Facebook. Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, til 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. Great for: Cheap Eats, Solo Dining, Take Out, Brunch, Kid Friendly, Open Kitchen, Going Out on Mondays, Small Plates, Vegetarians.