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New Indian restaurant in LIC serves up its ‘unapologetic’ cuisine
BY JENNA BAGCAL
A new Indian canteen in Long Island
City is opened for business.
On Wednesday, Sept. 12, owner Roni
Mazumdar and Chef Chintan Pandya
have joined forces to open Adda at
31-31 Th omson Ave. Th e duo previously
worked together on the acclaimed artisanal
Indian restaurant Rahi, located in
In addition to Adda and Rahi,
Mazumdar is also the owner of Th e
Masalawala, which currently has two
locations in Manhattan and Long Island
Adda, which means”a place where people
hang out” was conceptualized by
Mazumdar to refl ect the authentic cuisine
that he and Pandya had while growing
up in India. Th e owner said that he
intended for the eatery to be a departure
from the upscale food served at his other
Adda’s decor also adds to its authentic
vibe, with a collage wall covered with
Indian newspapers and hand painted
plates on each table.
Last week, Adda was open for a series
of preview dinners, where guests had the
opportunity to sample dishes on the menu
made by Chef Pandya. Th e chef previously
worked in the Michelin-starred Indian
In the “Halka Phulka” or “snacks” section
of the menu are dishes like the crispy
Kale Pakoda made with whole kale leaves
covered and fried in ground chickpeas,
chat masala and several chutneys or Dahi
Batata Puri, soft potato puff s served with
chatpata aloo, tamarind and mint chutney,
Th e Th oda Bhari or “tandoor grill” section
showcases meat and vegetable dishes
that are cooked in a traditional clay oven,
including Achari Murgh Tikka, made
with tender boneless chicken, pickling
spice and coriander.
Bigger meals are under the “Pet Puja”
section which is translated as “worship the
belly.” Guests can enjoy the fi ery Junglee
Maas, a curry dish made with goat on the
bone, Adda’s own chili blend and onions;
or the Bengali staple, Murgh Rezala, a
half-chicken marinated in yogurt and
served with green chili and egg.
Guests can also enjoy naan, the fl atbread
which comes in a variety of fl avors
like butter, garlic and Amul cheese
and chili; and a refreshing mango and
mint lassi to cool things down between
Mazumdar shared that he wanted
Adda’s cuisine to be “unapologetically
authentic,” meaning that diners get to
experience many of the dishes as they are
traditionally eaten. Th e restaurateur said
that at his other places, he worried about
the food being “too spicy” for some people,
but did not shy away from spice at his
“Dishes at Adda that are meant to be
served spicy are made spicy and dishes
that aren’t, are not,” Mazumdar said.
Adda is opened from Monday to
Saturdays for lunch and dinner starting
on Sept. 12. Lunch is served from noon
to 6 p.m. and dinner is served from 6 to
9 p.m. For more information, check them
out on addanyc.com or @addanyc on
Facebook and Instagram.
Enjoy two days of amazing
music and ‘moves’ in Jamaica
BY JOSH TOWNER
of Quicksilver Dance and work from
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JKing Dance Company. Headlining artists
on Sept. 22 include the world premiere
Th e Jamaica Center for Arts and
of work by Laura Peterson and
Learning will celebrate the ninth annual
Making Moves Dance Festival on the
weekend of Sept. 21-22.
Performances will be held at the
Jamaica Performing Arts Center.
Outdoor shows are free at 6 p.m. on
Friday and Saturday while indoor shows
cost $10 at 7:30 p.m. on both nights.
Th e festival off ers Jamaica residents an
opportunity to experience the creative
work of over 15 choreographers and 45
dance artists who will perform various
forms of dance over the weekend.
Th e Sept. 21 performances include new
and reshaped works from Laura Shapiro
new works by Nai-Ni Chen and Mari
Meade Dance Collective.
Th e Making Moves Dance Festival
will also have events at the JCAL studio
Saturday aft ernoon, with dance classes
from noon to 3 p.m. and a community
gallery open from 3 to 5 p.m. Th e gallery
will include a dance discussion with special
guests and choreographers.
Th e theme of this year’s festival is
“Presenting Bold Ideas.” Th e festival
aims to support new and young dance
companies by off ering a platform to
present on and providing the opportunity
to work with other established artists.
Th e event will also
begin JCAL’s 2018
fl agship dance season.
RSVP for outdoor
and aft ernoon
and buy tickets
for the indoor
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es on the Making
Richmond Hill Block Association
Park Fair celebrates 45 years
BY EMMA MILLER
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Th e 45th annual Richmond Hill Block
Association (RHBA) Park Fair will take
place on Saturday, Sept. 15.
Th is free event will run from 10 a.m.
to 6 p.m., rain or shine, at Forest Park in
Richmond Hill at the Buddy Monument.
Th e fair includes food, local vendors, live
music, rides, games, raffl es and a fl ea market.
Th ousands of people are expected to
come to this event, said current RHBA
President Wendy Bowne. “Even people
that moved out of the area make it a point
to come to the Park Fair,” she said.
Th e entire Park Fair is coordinated
and run by the RHBA. Board members
do everything from obtaining permits
and calling vendors to setting up tables
and running the fl ea
market, said Bowne.
volunteers help on
the day of the fair as
the Richmond Hill
the RHBA was created
on Oct. 14,
1973. Its fi rst president
Galvani. Th at fi rst
year, the RHBA represented
on 30 blocks in
the Richmond Hill area. Now they interact
Th e RHBA started the park fair as both
a fun event and fundraiser, Bowne said.
Th e whole fair is geared toward families
and the community, which makes sense
considering that the RHBA is, according
to their Facebook page, “a community
organization striving to improve the quality
of life for its residents.”
Th e RHBA holds other family events
throughout the year such as Santa Day
in December. At this free event, children
receive a picture with Santa as well
as presents such as snacks and coloring
books. Last year’s Santa Day brought in
around 300 kids, Bowne said.
For more information about the RHBA
and the Park Fair, call 718-849-3759 or
Photo courtesy of Adda
Adda opened in Long Island City on Sept. 12.
Photo courtesy of JCAL