Adda long island city. Adda Canteen

Adda Canteen

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Inside, rice shimmers with chunks of bone-in goat and shredded herbs. Adda is a neighborhood restaurant in Long Island City focused on regional Indian home cooking, and it checks a large number of boxes on our Ideal Restaurant Checklist. And that rice had so much flavor on a scale I had rarely experienced, each grain coated in an amazing veil of meaty juices and spices. The space is just one narrow room that fills up quickly, but you can always make a reservation. And if you want something bigger, there are curries and rice dishes that will make you consider investing in real estate across the street. We arrived probably 25 minutes after they opened and witnessed the place being filled very quickly, many people having a reservation and we were lucky to get a table so you understand: if you are planning to go, get a reservation! Below is the delicious Kale Pakoda, made of Ground chickpeas, chat masala and chutneys. Everything we ordered that night felt like essential components of the meal.

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Review: Long Island City’s Adda Has Unparalleled Indian Classics

adda long island city

And the walk down Queens Blvd to get to Adda, might I add, is not an easy or straightforward one, so the food has to be extremely good for people willing to risk the trek to this part of town. You know a restaurant is great when New Yorkers are willing to venture out of their cozy apartments into treacherous weather for food. Kale pakoda takes the form of a trendy bar snack, battered in ground chickpea flour and topped off with funky chaat masala and a drizzle of chutneys. The diverse Queens community already considers Adda their go-to hangout. The hostess, who cleaned up quickly our table apologizing for the rush because people with reservation were waiting, was not too convincing and it looked more like a way to get rid of us quicker…Too bad because the food was very good, although quite spicy they should add the spice level on their menu.

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ADDA, Long Island City

adda long island city

He explained to me that they wanted to offer a menu of traditional Indian dishes cooked the same way they would be cooked in an Indian home. But a meal here is still worth seeking out. With no visible signs of red or any obvious indications of heat, the biryani seemed innocuous enough, but then a slow, unrelenting burn would build in your mouth that not even the naan or the cool raita yogurt could quell. Thank god I had my mango lassi with me to quell the flames. I should probably avoid the fancy places! Photo courtesy of Adda Located on an unassuming stretch of just a few doors down from a gas station and a 7-Eleven , Adda makes for a warm and bright refuge. The last one is fairly new: Adda, an Indian restaurant, result of the collaboration between owner Roni Mazumdar and Executive Chef Chintan Pandya.

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Adda

adda long island city

As an added bonus, buttery Parker House rolls are served on the side to sop up the rest of the addictive plate. We started out with some fried snacks, the kale pakoda and the aloo chana chaat, which served as pleasant teasers for the good meal that was to follow. Arriving at our table, the waiter takes a big spoon and saws the nicely browned crust with a circular motion. Those 10 minutes I spent getting lost and trying to figure out how to cross the odd hexagonal streets to get to Adda were not a waste a time at all. We at Adda believe that food is a conversation of life and want to recreate that dialogue through our ingredient-focused menu. The Adda Canteen is spearheaded and owned by Roni Mazumday and executive chef Chintan Pandya, who both have a shared vision of bringing an authentic Indian culinary experience to New York with the freshest ingredients and unique twists on classic recipes. Another delicious plate we thought was absolutely worth mentioning, pictured below, is the Junglee Maas, composed of Goat curry, a unique Adda chili blen and to finalize, a garnish of red onions.

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Adda Opens in Long Island City With Excellent Indian Food

adda long island city

Surprisingly, it had a slight kick, but the yogurt tamed it down. It was very stunning visually, in which a layer of naan sealed the underlying meat and rice and had to be dramatically broken with a fork and spoon like a massive creme brulee. The Adda Canteen, a hidden gem tucked away in the Long Island City neighborhood on 31-31 Thomson Avenue, is a truly unique culinary experience. By evoking hints of their own nostalgia, Roni and Chef Chintan have created traditional dishes the way they're meant to be cooked: with a variety of herbs and spices made in-house while staying true to India. Most tables around us were well-prepared and opted for classier bottles of wine, but beer actually pairs pretty well with spicy Indian food.

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Adda Canteen

adda long island city

Come with your spice-appreciating friends, and join us for a sensational feast!. There are, of course, exceptions, and Adda is one of them. Can you imagine if Amazon actually had set up shop in Long Island City? New York, curated just for you. The casserole is topped by a sheet of naan dough that imprisoned the volatile flavors as the dish baked. From the moment the goat biryani arrived at the table, you knew that it would be a showstopper. However, we felt the staff rushed us a bit because of people waiting and it was with disappointment that we heard that they did not have anymore kheer or rice pudding, surprising at this time of the day and considering this is the only dessert they propose.

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Adda Opens in Long Island City With Excellent Indian Food

adda long island city

I spoke a bit with Roni who I met at few years ago, a restaurant he opened with his dad, Satyen, on the Lower East Side. To eat it, you have to stuff the whole thing in your mouth you need a big mouth , getting an explosion of flavors at the same time. The dining room was packed that fateful night, with tables of LaGuardia students celebrating the end of midterms; a lone taxi driver on break from his long night on the icy roads; a table of eight coworkers unwinding after a day of meetings; gal pals catching up over bottles of Shiraz and Riesling; and plenty of couples, young and old, who had the same idea of warming up over piping-hot bowls of curry and lingering for as long as they could. The first bite proves exquisite, especially when further moistened with the tart pomegranate raita pro. Then he flips the flap of crust over so the steam spirals out, redolent of saffron and sweet spices. Well, for starters… Classic Indian dishes get a modern makeover.

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Traditional Indian cuisine at Adda in Long Island City — I Just Want To Eat!

adda long island city

And then we waded a little deeper with the paneer khurchan, a delicious homemade cheese with a mild disposition that set us up for the fiery goat biryani and butter chicken. Long Island City will never stop to surprise me. Here is what we had: Dahi Batata Puri, little pockets filled with potatoes, tamarind and mint chutney, yogurt: this is one of my favorite street foods, that I tried for the first time at The Masala Wala. The dining room is of medium size, with the wall paper on one side representing Indian news papers and magazines articles. And they definitely do not hold back on the spice here. . .

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