Now a tipster tells us that the owners of Indian street food hit the Masalawala are opening a to-go spot from this storefront between Ninth Street and 10th Street. We're told that this will be a takeout-only establishment, and the owners won't be looking at any indoor or outdoor dining.
Back in April, restaurateur Roni Mazumdar and chef Chintan Pandya didn't renew the lease for the Masalawala, bringing an end to its 10-year run just below Houston at 179 Essex St., as Eater first reported.
This was the first NYC restaurant for Mazumdar, who later opened Adda, Rahi and Dhamaka.
As for No. 149, the storefront has been vacant since Afandi Grill closed after 13 months in October 2019. And several years earlier, This Little Piggy Had Roast Beef roamed the space until March 2014.
H/T EVG reader Jason! Photo by Steven earlier this month