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The gist: By highlighting dishes from underrepresented regions of India, Dhamaka aims to transform the experience that many New Yorkers have when it comes to eating Indian cuisine. Located just off the Manhattan side of the Williamsburg Bridge, this restaurant from chef/partner Chintan Pandya and restaurateur Roni Mazumdar, the duo behind lauded spots Rahi and Adda Indian Canteen, offers vibrancy in all that they do. From the menu and hand-painted murals inside the dining room, to the dish presentations and colorful cocktails, the restaurant name’s Hindi translation of “explosion” says it all.
The food: Indian cuisine with dishes unlike anywhere else in NYC. Through traditional cooking methods like pressure cookers, clay pots, open fire cooking, and grills, expect snacks like ragda pattice with potato patty, white pea, and green chili; and gurda kapoora with goat kidney & testicles, red onion, and pao. Grilled items include goat belly seekh with cilantro, coriander, and garam masala. And for mains, choose from macher jhol made with baby shark, turmeric, and tomatoes; along with the Rajasthani Khargosh, a whole rabbit special that must be ordered 48 hours in advance.
The cost: Snacks are $9-14, grilled items are $9-16, pulao & biryani are $29-39, mains are $27-32 (and $190 for the rabbit special), and breads/rice/sides are $3-9. Cocktails are $16-18, and beer is $9-12.
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Since its opening in April, chef Chintan Pandya and restaurateur Roni Mazumdar of Rahi and Adda have been serving fiery provincial Indian cuisine in an equally bold atmosphere at Essex Market. At Dhamaka, the massive murals and art lining the walls of the dining room are a sight to behold, but the views outside are just as impressive with bold colors covering the patio structure and open-air tables that allow you to take it all in.