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Indian Restaurant to Open on Thomson Avenue Next Month, Replaces Taco Spot

31-31 Thomson Ave., where Unico Global Tacos has been since February 2017. (NYC ZoLa)

Aug. 16, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez

A taco shop on Thomson Avenue will be replaced by an Indian restaurant opening its doors next month.

Adda, the name of the upcoming restaurant, will open at 31-31 Thomson Ave., where Unico Global Tacos has been for the past year.

The new restaurant is a concept by Roni Mazumdar, the same restaurateur behind the taco joint who also runs an upscale Indian restaurant called Rahi in Manhattan. Chintan Pandya, the Michelin-starred chef at Rahi, will also run the new Thomson Avenue restaurant.

Adda will offer dishes like Bhatti Da Murgh, a spicy version of a Punjab chicken dish; Malvani Prawn Coastal Curry, with prawns cooked in coconut milk and cloves; and Old Delhi Buttered Chicken.

The owners are aiming for the restaurant to be a place where people gather for conversation while enjoying authentic Indian food, with a bright, casual atmosphere that includes a collage of Indian newspaper covers.

Dishes will be priced between $6 and $20, and the restaurant will likely be open by mid-September, a spokesperson for the owners said.

When asked about the restaurant’s concept shift, Mazumdar said the following:

“Based on the neighborhood’s rapidly changing demographics, and the demand for greater ethnic variety, we saw this as a great opportunity to offer the regional, authentic dishes that Chef Chintan and I grew up with to the residents of Long Island City and beyond.”

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9 Comments

Mark Moore

And right next door where the Golden Crust used to be a Murray’s Cheese shop is opening too.

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Joe

Unico had good food, but had silly hours (not open for dinner) and the location wasn’t the easiest to get to.

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TikkaMeElmo

Considering all of those are borderline inedible, I’m all for a new Indian establishment to help me with my vindaloo addiction

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naanofyourbusiness

i’ve had good meals at 5 star.
mystik masala (truck by duane reade) is surprisingly solid.

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naanplussed

Great news. Assuming Aanchal, Raj’s, Five Star, Agra Taj Mahal and Saffron Garden suddenly stopped existing yesterday, we could really use an Indian place around here!

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