We’ve been looking forward to this new venue since 2019, and that anticipation made Dhamaka’s opening even more exciting. Approaching this dazzingly pretty Indian restaurant at Essex Market makes you feel like you’ve arrived. Inside, menu items from that they call “the forgotten side of India” include gurda kapoora (goat kidney, testicles, red onion and pao) doh khleh (pork with lime, cilantro, onion and ginger) and champaran meat (mutton, garlic, red chili), which sells out fast. Beer and cocktails are also available.
Dhamaka is located at 119 Delancey Street and is open Tuesday–Sunday from 5pm–10pm.