Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Rowdy Rooster debuts on 1st Avenue

Yesterday saw the debut of Rowdy Rooster, the new quick-serve establishment at 149 First Ave. between Ninth Street and 10th Street from restaurateurs Roni Mazumdar and Chintan Pandya. 

Here, Pandya "is proudly bringing to NYC the types of spices he has experienced in fried chicken on street carts in India," per its Instagram account. 

The shop is open now for takeout and limited indoor dining. Delivery is coming soon. They are open Tuesdays through Sundays from noon to 10 p.m. Check out the menu here. (And find a Rowdy Rooster preview article at Eater via this link.)

The restaurateurs, who also operate Adda and Dhamaka, have big designs on fast-casual Indian food. They plan on opening Kebabwala, which will focus on classic kebab preparations, this year at 82 Second Ave. between Fourth Street and Fifth Street. (More details here.) 

Last April, Mazumdar and Pandya decided not to renew the lease for the Masalawala, bringing an end to its 10-year run just below Houston at 179 Essex St.

Post now includes an updated photo of the exterior via Steven 


  1. Funny!, there was a fried chicken place in this same storefront years ago. And I still see that owner in the neighborhood sometimes

  2. Looks delicious, can’t wait for the kebab place as well.

  3. really miss Flor's Kitchen :(

  4. No liquor license? Love it!

  5. What do you think of price vs quantity?

  6. This is an awesome addition to the neighborhood! Dhamaka is one of the most exciting spots to open in NYC during the pandemic! This place looks great and the prices are not bad to boot!

  7. Just tried it. Pretty tasty but WARNING the fried chicken is SPICY!!!! Tried the Rebel (aka "mild" but it was HOT) and Rogue (aka "medium" but it was FIRE). Friendly staff and the place was quite busy at 12:45pm today.

    I wish them luck!

  8. Can’t wait to try, and looking forward to the kebob spot as well when that opens. The eater article also mentions that they’re relocating Adda to the EV from Queens, which is huge. Seems they’re building an EV empire with bunch of restaurants ala David Cheng/Momofuku before he shut half them or moved them.

  9. How are the portion๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ
    Wel come to the neighborhood-but you were on Essex st.๐Ÿ‹๐ŸŒถ๐Ÿซ–

    1. That was masalawala, completely different concept. They have like 5 different restaurants.

  10. I tried this place for takeout last night and everything was spicy and delicious -- a welcome addition to the neighborhood!

  11. This place was crowded last night! Nice to see them doing good business right off the bat. I had the chili chicken which was excellent and spicy. The tamarind date chutney is tart and spicy - I'd buy it in a bottle!


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