Found within the redesigned Essex Street Market on the Lower East Side, Dhamaka is a follow-up to the owners popular restaurants Adda and Rahi. The menu centers on regional Indian home cooking and rustic cuisine, served within a modern, industrial-designed, 60-seat space that includes a 10-seat bar and additional 16 seats outdoors. Expect plates like goat pulao, a Punjabi chicken curry called tariwala murgh, and baida roti, which is an egg-stuffed flatbread that’s a common street food item in Mumbai.
Regional Indian cooking
Bhaja - fried cubes of eggplant with kasundi sauce; ragda pattice - mashed-potato patties with white-pea gravy; Meghalayan boiled pork salad; rabbit cooked Rajasthani style served with muth pyaaz - hand-crushed onion and Champaran meat dish - that marinates for 24 hours - prepared a whole head of garlic.