3 Places to Try if You Can Snag A Table - Dhamaka, Isabelle's and Cafe Salmagundi

October 2, 2021, 11:10.13 am ET  

 
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Dhamaka, the buzzy Indian restaurant at Essex Market, has a perpetual crowd thanks to its lively atmosphere and food. Dhamaka (which means “explosion” in Hindi) is a deep dive into the Indian street cuisine with dishes such as potato patties with white pea and green chili called Ragda Pattice,  lamb ribs with Kashmiri chili and fennel called Tabak Maaz and whole rabbit with yogurt and cloves called Rajasthani Khargosh. It costs $190 and must be ordered 48 hours in advance. 119 Delancey St, New York, NY (212) 204-8616

While the weather is still warm enough for comfortable outdoor dining, Isabelle’s Osteria is worthy of a visit curbside if you are looking for some people watching. Italian fare fills the menu with beef and pork meatballs to start, cauliflower with Calabrian aoli, frittata with swish chard, roasted peppers and mozzarella, and several types of pasta, including squid ink spaghetti and pappardelle with slow-roasted lamb. 245 Park Ave S, New York, NY (212) 388-1145

Café Salmagundi is another festive spot with lots of string lights. Comfort foods and cocktails are highlighted here. Look for things like Gambas, shrimps in garlic sauce with pequillo pepper, pan-seared bronzino with leak and roasted heirloom potatoes and dishes to share, such as braised short rib with stone fruits & brussels sprouts, whole grilled squid with pickled jalapeno and roasted cherry tomatoes in a garlic-ginger sauce.  51 Irving Pl, New York, NY (212) 510-8383

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