Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Owners of the Masalawala said to be opening to-go spot for Indian street food on 1st Avenue

In recent weeks the for-rent sign has been removed from 149 First Ave. 

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


JAMES said...

Please, please add a bathroom to this place. The Afandi claimed to not have one.

Anonymous said...

If they’re not going to be doing indoor or outdoor dining, they most definitely won’t be making restrooms available

Anonymous said...

Sounds good

Sarah said...

There's a sign in the window about the new place now. I meant to email the Grieve about it.

I'm just glad it won't be standing empty. Too many vacant storefronts everywhere around here.