2019 New York Rising Star Chef Chintan Pandya of Adda

2019 New York Rising Star Chef Chintan Pandya of Adda
January 2019

Adda
31-31 Thomson Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101
addanyc.com

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Born in Mumbai, Chintan Pandya immersed himself in hospitality from a young age, studying hotel management at the Oberoi Management School in Delhi, India. He got his professional start at a hotel restaurant in Mumbai, spending eight years in the kitchen learning traditional Indian cuisine and techniques. After a brief stint in Singapore in 2009, Pandya traveled to Cleveland and Atlanta for consulting gigs. Landing in Manhattan, Pandya became the executive chef of Michelin-starred Indian restaurant Junoon. 

In 2017, Pandya opened Rahi in the West Village, a casual and relaxed Indian bistro where comfort is king. Along with restaurateur Roni Mazumdar, the pair wanted to help evolve Americans’ perception of Indian food, showing the varied regional cuisine in playful ways like chaat made with edamame and artichokes. In 2018, Pandya and Mazumdar opened a second restaurant, Adda, in Long Island City. At Adda, Pandya is making the traditional food he grew up with and explored throughout India instead of the Americanized dishes often associated with Indian cuisine. New York Magazine named Adda, “the most exciting new Indian restaurant in New York,” and the restaurant earned two stars in The New York Times from Pete Wells who said the food is, “a lusty, full-throated defense of traditional cooking.” The restaurant also netted three stars from Eater critic Robert Sietsema.